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Torrid Zone (1940)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 25 May 1940 (USA)
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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Lee Donley
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Steve Case
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Wally Davis
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Gloria Anderson
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Bob Anderson
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Rosario
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Sancho
Victor Kilian ...
Carlos
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Rodriguez
John Ridgely ...
Gardner
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Sam
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Garcia
Frank Yaconelli ...
Lopez (as Frank Yaconnelli)
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Hernandez (as Dick Boteler)
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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 <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Zona Tórrida  »

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Trivia

For the plantation scenes, 950 banana trees were planted over 5 backlot acres at Warner Bros. Studios. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Wally Davis: A house doesn't have to fall on me.
Nick Butler: It might help.
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Referenced in Breakdowns of 1941 (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Mi Caballero
(1940)
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Sung by Ann Sheridan (uncredited) in the hotel bar
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Sheridan and Cagney together again
11 July 2017 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

Sooooooo similar to Gilda.. 1946. THIS one is Warner Brothers, and 6 years before Gilda, which was Columbia Pictures. Cagney and Anne Sheridan star in this, with co-stars Pat O'brien and Andy Devine. and of course, no movie is complete without Grady Sutton as the radio-gram clerk. George Reeves is in here as "Sancho"... he would be Superman in 1952, This was one of those exotic far-away lands, south of the border films, adventure on the banana plantation. Like Gilda, Lee knows how to take care of herself. One big difference here is the soundtrack... this one has a more comical tone, and bounces right along, kind of happy go lucky. Lots of clever one liners in this one. In Gilda, it's a very serious drama; also a great script, but not so fun and up-beat. Rosario and his band interfere with the plantation, so they can get their land back, while Sheridan and Helen Vinson trade insults. They seem to be fighting over Butler (Cagney). Directed by James Keighley, who directed Cagney and Sheridan numerous times, probably the most famous was "Man who Came to Dinner". Torrid Zone is a good one. They must not show it very often... only 900 votes on IMDb so far. It IS available on DVD, for those in a hurry.


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