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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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Storyline

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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"DADDY, WHAT MAKES THE TROPICS SO HOT?" Reason No. 1: Cagney: The One Man Earthquake - at his Best! See more »


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25 May 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Zona Tórrida  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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Trivia

James Cagney's (Nick) last line to Ann Sheridan (Lee) "You and your 14 carat oomph" was a subtle nod to Warner Brothers billing Ann Sheridan as "the oomph girl" beginning in the late 1930s. Although it was an arguably accurate nickname, Ann Sheridan did not care for the label. See more »

Goofs

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

Lee Donley: [to Case] Mister, the stork that brought you must have been a vulture.
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Connections

Referenced in Anything But Love: The Torrid Zone (1991) 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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A wild ride!
6 April 1999 | by (Verdun, Quebec) – See all my reviews

This remake of "The Front Page" is an improvement, as far as I'm concerned. The combination of Wald/Macaulay and the Warner Brothers stock company is sure-fire ("They Drive By Night"!) Ann Sheridan is vivacious as a trodden-upon showgirl, singing "My Caballero" and trading vicious quips with the scheming O'Brien and the dynamic Cagney. Special mention must go to George Tobias, one of the funniest character actors of the studio age, who plays Rosario, the guerilla leader sentenced to death "just because I shoot a man..."


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