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Director:
Writers:
Richard Macaulay (original screenplay) and
Jerry Wald (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 May 1940 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Cagney ... Nick Butler

Ann Sheridan ... Lee Donley

Pat O'Brien ... Steve Case

Andy Devine ... Wally Davis
Helen Vinson ... Gloria Anderson
Jerome Cowan ... Bob Anderson

George Tobias ... Rosario

George Reeves ... Sancho
Victor Kilian ... Carlos
Frank Puglia ... Rodriguez
John Ridgely ... Gardner
Grady Sutton ... Sam
Paul Porcasi ... Garcia
Frank Yaconelli ... Lopez (as Frank Yaconnelli)
Dick Botiller ... Hernandez (as Dick Boteler)
Frank Mayo ... Shaffer
Jack Mower ... McNamara
Paul Hurst ... Daniels
George Regas ... Sergeant of Police
Elvira Sánchez ... Rita (as Elvira Sanchez)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Trevor Bardette ... Policeman Escorting Lee on Ship (uncredited)
Max Blum ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Joe Dominguez ... Manuel - Rosario's Henchman (uncredited)
George Humbert ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Manuel López ... Chico - Rasario's Henchman (uncredited)
Joe Molinas ... Native (uncredited)
Don Orlando ... Hotel Employee Hanging Mosquito Netting (uncredited)
Tony Paton ... Charley - Plantation Worker (uncredited)
Ralph Peters ... First Train Engineer (uncredited)
Ernesto Piedra ... Policeman (uncredited)
Paul Renay ... Jose - Rosario's Henchman (uncredited)
Victor Sabini ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Betty Sanko ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Rafael Storm ... Man (uncredited)
Leo White ... Smiling Man to Whom Lee Sings (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... Passerby as Train Moves (uncredited)
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Directed by
William Keighley 
 
Writing credits
Richard Macaulay (original screenplay) and
Jerry Wald (original screenplay)

Produced by
Mark Hellinger .... associate producer
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer
William Cagney .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Adolph Deutsch 
 
Cinematography by
James Wong Howe (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jack Killifer (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Ted Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
Edward Thorne (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Howard Shoup (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jack L. Warner .... in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Heath .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Oliver S. Garretson .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Byron Haskin .... special effects
Hans F. Koenekamp .... special effects (as H.F. Koenekamp)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
 
Other crew
John Mari .... technical advisor
 
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Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.) (a Warner Bros.-First National picture)
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Runtime:
88 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (PCA #6091) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Trivia:
"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 25, 1942 with George Tobias again reprising his film role.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Mr. Steve Case:[after hearing Rosario has escaped] Don't tell me that Donley dame had her mob down here there and rescued her too?
Police Chief Juan Rodriguez:Oh, she's safe under key and lock.
Mr. Steve Case:She better be, and she's out of town on that boat, or you'll be on the next one, medals and all!
Police Chief Juan Rodriguez:Mr. Case, I must remind you I was elected by the people.
Mr. Steve Case:Yes, and they're finally wise to you. Bet those brass buttons the next time they go to the polls, they'll throw you right out of office.
Police Chief Juan Rodriguez:Mr. Case, I don't believe in a Third Term.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Breakdowns of 1941 (1941)See more »
Soundtrack:
Mi CaballeroSee more »

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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Oomph in the Tropics, 18 April 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

This was the final film for James Cagney and Pat O'Brien who in my opinion invented the buddy film. O'Brien would be leaving Warner Brothers the following year and the two of them would not get together in another film until Ragtime in 1981 in which they both had small parts.

It's a typical fast paced comedy for both of them, they were incapable of doing anything else together. O'Brien slowed down when he was in a clerical collar and Cagney when he was doing a nostalgic film, but together the lines go at light speed.

Except when Ann Sheridan is concerned. Director Bill Keighley always slowed the pace for Sheridan because he didn't want anyone to miss some of her tart sayings. She has some of the best lines ever in her career. Typical being when she tells O'Brien that the stork that brought him must have been a vulture. Or when she's constantly one upping Helen Vinson who made a career of playing the other woman.

O'Brien is the hardnosed manager of a tropical fruit company and he's in big trouble because a local Sandinista type bandit leader, George Tobias, is wrecking his operations. Another distraction is Ann Sheridan whose redheaded beauty he figures is too much of a distraction to the men where redheads are scarce. Notice how O'Brien tells the local authorities what to do. More truth than humor in that situation.

He's desperate enough to hire back his number one troubleshooter James Cagney who gets the job done, but always gets himself in a jackpot where women are concerned. He's taken a fancy to Sheridan and she him.

A couple of other reviewers have pointed out the obvious similarities between this and The Front Page. The first film version of that classic play is the one where Pat O'Brien made his screen debut as the ace reporter. However he did it on Broadway in the role of the editor which he's playing here.

Perhaps this might be better described as another version of His Girl Friday. I can't say remake because both films came out at the same time. Sheridan comes off the same way as Rosalind Russell does in His Girl Friday, but Keighley also wants to accent her sensuality as well as her sharp tongue. He succeeds admirably because no woman in their previous films quite put off both Cagney and O'Brien the way Sheridan does.

The woman sure had oomph.

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