Torrid Zone (1940)

Approved  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  25 May 1940 (USA)
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Plagued by revolutionaries that harass his plantation in a banana republic, fruit company exec Steve Case rehires former nemesis Nick Butler to restore order and profits.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Donley
Steve Case
Wally Davis
Helen Vinson ...
Gloria Anderson
Jerome Cowan ...
Bob Anderson
Victor Kilian ...
Frank Puglia ...
John Ridgely ...
Grady Sutton ...
Paul Porcasi ...
Frank Yaconelli ...
Lopez (as Frank Yaconnelli)
Dick Botiller ...
Hernandez (as Dick Boteler)


Banana Company executive Steve Case on a Caribean plantation group tries to convince his former co-worker Nick Butler to take over the plantation No 7. But he is on his way to Chicago, to take over a job as a manager for another company himself. He has also troubles with US night-club singer Lee Donley, whom he wants aboard a ship back to the US, and rebel Rosario. He is able to get Nick to the plantation, but is he able to keep him there or will he leave it in a few days with Gloria, the wife of the former exectutive of No 7, Mr. Anderson ? Written by Stephan Eichenberg <>

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Theyre burning up the TORRID ZONE and they're warmly recommended. See more »


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Release Date:

25 May 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Zona Tórrida  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 8, 1940 with James Cagney and George Tobias reprising their film roles. See more »


In the gunfight scene between Butler's group and Rosario's group, Rosario shoots Butler and Butler appears to be grabbing his right arm as he goes down. In the next shot, he is now tending to his wound on his left arm. Later in the scene, after they catch Rosario, Rosario bumps Butler's hat as he walks by. See more »


Mr. Steve Case: [to the engineer of an overdue train] How'd you come? By way of Jersey City?
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Version of Blowing Wild (1953) See more »


I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles
(1919) (uncredited)
Music by Nat Vincent, James Kendis and James Brockman
Lyrics by John W. Kellette
Played on harmonica by Andy Devine three times
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6 October 1998 | by (elizabeth, new jersey) – See all my reviews

Good movie - love the way Ann Sheridan goes head to head toe to toe with Cagney in some very snappy dialogue.

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