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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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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When Frank Puglia says, "I don't believe in a third term," he was referring to the then speculative run of Franklin D. Roosevelt for an unprecedented third term as U. S. President in 1940. 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 »


Lee Donley: [to Nick] I don't want to put you out. I'll take in washing for my room and board.
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Mi Caballero
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Sung by Ann Sheridan (uncredited) in the hotel bar
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25 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Torrid Zone (1940)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

A banana plantation owner (Pat O'Brien) hires a tough guy (James Cagney) to look after everything but an escaped bandit (George Tobias) causes some trouble as does a woman (Ann Sheridan). This is a slightly entertaining film that offers some nice performances but in the end there's nothing too special with the screenplay, which at times wonders around. O'Brien steals the show as the tough talking owner and this is one exception where he steals the film from Cagney. Cagney is decent in his role but he doesn't bring too much energy to the film. I'm not a fan of Sheridan but she's actually very good her delivering a tough performance. Tobias is great as the villain and Andy Devine offers nice comic support. The cast makes the film entertaining but I wish the screenplay had tried to do a tad bit more. The movie is pretty light weight, which keeps it from being better.

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