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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 »
Genre:
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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User Reviews:
Fast-paced dialogue, action, romance -- the trinity of film! See more (17 total) »

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)

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
 
Crew verified as complete


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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
For the plantation scenes, 950 banana trees were planted over 5 backlot acres at Warner Bros. Studios.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:
Wally Davis:I smell a drink! I smell two drinks!
Nick Butler:You smell!
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Soundtrack:
I'm Forever Blowing BubblesSee more »

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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Fast-paced dialogue, action, romance -- the trinity of film!, 5 August 2000
Author: Karen Green (klg19) from New York City

This film is basically "The Front Page" set on a banana plantation, with the "Oomph Girl" thrown in for a love interest, but somehow it manages to transcend that sort of genre-typing.

Everyone from Jimmy Cagney and Pat O'Brien (in one of the best of their 10 films together) to George Tobias shines in this snappy action-romance, sprinkled with the kind of dialogue that made the movies of the '30s and early-'40s the most fun ever. My favorite exchange in the history of film is in this movie...

Helen Vinson (Gloria) is kissing Jimmy Cagney (Nick), and her cigarette has slipped from her fingers to the floor. The camera follows the cigarette down, and then a hand reaches in from out-of-frame to pick it up...the camera pulls back to reveal Ann Sheridan (Lee):

Lee: This is how the Chicago Fire got started.

Gloria: The Chicago Fire was started by a *cow*.

Lee: History repeats itself.

Now, how can you not love a film like that? Ann Sheridan singing! Pat O'Brien conniving! George Tobias as a Latin American bandit! Jimmy Cagney with a mustache!

Sadly, Torrid Zone is not yet available on video, but it shows up on TV from time to time. Don't miss it!

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