Law of the Tropics (1941)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  4 October 1941 (USA)
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The telegram that Jim Comway receives states that the woman he was to marry, Laura, could not move to a country she didn't know, and marry a man she felt she no longer knew



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Complete credited cast:
Joan Madison
Jeffrey Lynn ...
Jim Conwoy
Tom Marshall
Mona Maris ...
Hobart Bosworth ...
Frank Puglia ...
Thomas E. Jackson ...
Maguire (as Thomas Jackson)
Paul Harvey ...
Alfred King, Sr.
Alfred King, Jr.
Charles Judels ...
Captain of River Boat
Hotel Clerk
Cliff Clark ...
Rolfe Sedan ...
Tailor (as Rolf Sedan)


Jim Conway, who works on a South American rubber plantation, leaves to meet a girl from the United States whom he is to marry. But he receives a telegram from her telling him she has married someone else. He goes to a waterfront café where he meets a singer, Joan Madison, and tells her his troubles. He asks her to marry him and return to the plantation with him using the name of the girl he was to marry. This strikes her as a great idea as she is a wanted fugitive. Written by Les Adams <>

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LOVE'S TRAGIC LESSON (original poster-all caps)


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Release Date:

4 October 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

King Rubber  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Miriam Hopkins turned down the role of Joan Madison. See more »


Jim Conwoy: What's the idea of taking me to a tailor like that?
Tito: I knew him long time ago when he was a butcher.
Jim Conwoy: He still *is!*
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Version of Oil for the Lamps of China (1935) See more »


Happy Birthday to You
(1893) (uncredited)
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Sung a cappella by Constance Bennett and Mona Maris
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B-movie programmer seems like a rip-off of "Torrid Zone"...
13 May 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Warner Bros. seemed to be doing a retread of TORRID ZONE, the film that starred James Cagney and Ann Sheridan. And CONSTANCE BENNETT is no substitute here for Sheridan, for whom the role of a nightclub singer running from the law would have been perfect...except that by this time, Sheridan was doing Grade A films.

JEFFREY LYNN, with a mustache, has the kind of role you might expect James Cagney to be in. He's the inventor of a process that produces rubber faster than the usual time it takes. He's assigned to a rubber plantation where he can carry out a way to increase production of rubber. When he's jilted by his would be bride, he makes a deal with a nightclub singer (CONSTANCE BENNETT) who agrees to play the role for a fee and as a means (unknown to him) to escape the law because of an incident in her past. Naturally, they fall in love before the last reel after the usual plot contrivances.

It's formula stuff and gets the Warner Bros. B-film treatment with clumsy attempts at humor along the way, but at least there are two nice supporting performances from MONA MARIS (looking beautiful) and the reliable REGIS TOOMEY, both sympathetic to Bennett's cause.

Summing up: Passes the time quickly, but is one you'll soon forget. Bennett's penciled in eyebrows are a distraction and she looks ill suited for a role that would have fit Sheridan like a glove.

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