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Torrid Zone (1940)

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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 ...
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Paul Porcasi ...
Frank Yaconelli ...
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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 <>

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25 May 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Zona Tórrida  »

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


Helen Vinson quotes a travel brochure for the area that describes a Caribbean moon. The Caribbean sea and the Caribbean Islands include Cuba, Haiti, etc.. And they are on the southeastern side of the Gulf of Mexico. While most of the banana's are grown in Central America. In what were called the "banana republic's", and included what is now Guatemala, Costa Rica, Honduras, etc.. So she would be seeing any Caribbean moonlight in the that banana plantation. See more »


Police Chief Juan Rodriguez: Rosario, you no longer have to worry about eating. We are going to shoot you.
Rosario 'Rosie' La Mata: Sooner or later everybody dies. It's too bad I am sooner.
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Ann Sheridan outdistances Cagney, O'Brien in so-so romantic adventure
15 November 2002 | by (Western New York) – See all my reviews

A couple of buddies chasing a buck, and usually a woman, in what we now call the Third World was a staple plot-line of movies from the 1930s on. Such movies were thought to offer a sure-fire recipe for entertainment: a travelogue to sultry and dangerous corners of the globe; romance sauced up with sass; exotic peril; and good ol' man-to-man rivalry.

Torrid Zone, directed by the pedestrian William Keighley, follows the recipe but lacks something in the execution – that elusive something that elevates the routine into the memorable. Down in Central America, Pat O'Brien plays the irascible operative of a banana-exporting concern (read: the infamous United Fruit Company). Besides shipping ripe but not rotten product to New Orleans, he serves as unofficial proconsul in this far-flung province of the American empire, where his word is, literally, law. (This subversive strand of the script, however, never gets explored.)

In addition to sluggish delivery from Plantation #7, O'Brien faces other problems. First, a local `revolutionista' condemned to death has escaped to rejoin rebel forces. Second, an American card-shark and shantoozie (Ann Sheridan) is stirring up trouble (O'Brien flubs his attempt to ship her home like a crate of perishable fruit). Third, his old nemesis James Cagney, former overseer of #7, is back in the country. Cagney takes a shine to Sheridan, who has befriended the revolutionary, who wants back the lands confiscated by O'Brien, who....

Barbed and topical dialogue, most of it mouthed throatily by Sheridan, proves to be Torrid Zone's chief attraction. But the needling rivalry between O'Brien and Cagney wears a little thin (as it does in the contemporaneous Road pictures between Hope and Crosby). And Keighley doggedly follows the script from one damn thing to another, so the movie ends up a fast-paced clutter.

O'Brien, a good actor who never really grew into a star (though he would shine in Crack-Up and Riffraff a few years later), suffers mostly from an unpleasant part. Cagney, in a Latin-lover mustache and the tropical answer to a 10-gallon hat, comes off as a bit of a bantam rooster. But Sheridan (whom Warner's publicists had dubbed the `Oomph' girl) remains a delight, embodying the pluck, warmth and smarts of that generation of game women who survived the Depression and would help to win the coming War.

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