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Torrid Zone (1940)





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Torrid Zone star James Cagney once described the film as "The Front Page among the bananas." Indeed, the screenplay diligently follows the Front Page plot device of a tough boss (Pat O'Brien) pulling every underhanded trick in the book to keep his top man (Cagney) from quitting. This time the setting is a Central American plantation owned by O'Brien, which supervisor Cagney would dearly love to leave behind. Complicating the plot is a nightclub singer (Anne Sheridan) over whom O'Brien and Tracy do battle; a bored married woman (Helen Vinson) with eyes for Cagney; and a gang of Latino bandits, led by George Tobias (providing comic relief). What Torrid Zone lacked in originality it made up for in sheer energy.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Richard Macauley, Jerry Wald, Richard Macaulay
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 24, 2007
Warner Home Video


James Cagney
as Nick Butler
Ann Sheridan
as Lee Donley
Pat O'Brien
as Mr. Steve Case
Frank Puglia
as Rodriguez
John Ridgely
as Gardiner
Grady Sutton
as Sam the Secretary
George Humbert
as Hotel Manager
Paul Porcasi
as Garcia the Hotel Bar...
Dick Boteler
as Hemandez
Paul Hurst
as Daniels
Jack Mower
as Schaeffer
Frank Mayo
as McNamara
George Regas
as Sergeant of Police
Dick Botiller
as Hernandez
Trevor Bardette
as Policeman
Ernesto Piedra
as Policeman
Don Orlando
as Employee
Rafael Corio
as Man (uncredited)
Tony Paton
as Charley
Max Blum
as Bit Part (uncredited...
Betty Sanko
as Bit Part (uncredited...
Victor Sabuni
as Bit Part (uncredited...
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All Critics (4)

Yeah, it's a melange of much, but, boy, is it ever a lot of slickly made fun.

Full Review… | March 28, 2013
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It's a good example of a lively Warner Brothers film, where the ensemble studio cast have a great chemistry together.

Full Review… | October 17, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Harmless fun, the movie is more notable for its attractive stars and snappy dialogue than for anything that actually happens in the plot.

Full Review… | April 28, 2007
Movie Metropolis

March 6, 2013

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