Torrid Zone (1940)

87 mins | Drama | 25 May 1940

Director:

William Keighley

Cinematographer:

James Wong Howe

Editor:

Jack Killifer

Production Designer:

Ted Smith

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

According to news items in HR , George Raft was originally slated to star in this picture. A production still from the film also shows that actresses Astrid Allwyn tested for a role. Warner Bros.'s 1953 film Blowing Wild , starring Gary Copper and Barbara Stanwyck and directed by Hugo Fregonse was loosely based on this ... More Less

According to news items in HR , George Raft was originally slated to star in this picture. A production still from the film also shows that actresses Astrid Allwyn tested for a role. Warner Bros.'s 1953 film Blowing Wild , starring Gary Copper and Barbara Stanwyck and directed by Hugo Fregonse was loosely based on this film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
6 May 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
13 May 40
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Jan 40
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Feb 40
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Feb 40
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
7 May 40
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
13 May 40
p. 2.
Motion Picture Herald
27 Apr 40
p. 62.
Motion Picture Herald
11 May 40
p. 48.
New York Times
18 May 40
p. 11.
Variety
8 May 40
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture; Jack L. Warner in charge of production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech adv
SOURCES
SONGS
"Mi caballero," music and lyrics by M. K. Jerome and Jack Scholl.
DETAILS
Release Date:
25 May 1940
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 18 May 1940
Production Date:
began 8 February 1940
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
24 May 1940
Copyright Number:
LP9660
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
87
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6091
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Tough-talking, cigar-chomping plantation manager Steve Case rules the port of Puerto Agular in Central America, and therefore is able to order the banishment of American chanteuse and card cheat Lee Donley as well as the execution of revolutionary Rosario La Mata. The one man whom Case cannot order around is Nick Butler, his tough foreman with a roving eye for good looking women who has just quit the banana plantation business to return to the United States. However, Case induces Nick to return to his job for two weeks and a big bonus, and Nick arrives at the plantation on the same fruit train as Lee, who is hiding from Case and the police. Meanwhile, Rosario has escaped from prison and is busy recruiting Nick's banana workers for his revolution. Becoming nettled by the attentions of Gloria, the disgruntled wife of incompetent plantation foreman Bob Anderson, the sarcasm of Lee and the antics of Rosario, Nick takes off after the revolutionary and captures him. He then notifies Case that he is quitting his job again, and Case threatens to charge Lee with assault unless Nick stays. Case's bluff works, and Nick is on the verge of conceding when Rosario escapes once again. In the chaos of the escape, Nick realizes that he has fallen in love with Lee and decides to remain in the torrid zone with her at his ... +


Tough-talking, cigar-chomping plantation manager Steve Case rules the port of Puerto Agular in Central America, and therefore is able to order the banishment of American chanteuse and card cheat Lee Donley as well as the execution of revolutionary Rosario La Mata. The one man whom Case cannot order around is Nick Butler, his tough foreman with a roving eye for good looking women who has just quit the banana plantation business to return to the United States. However, Case induces Nick to return to his job for two weeks and a big bonus, and Nick arrives at the plantation on the same fruit train as Lee, who is hiding from Case and the police. Meanwhile, Rosario has escaped from prison and is busy recruiting Nick's banana workers for his revolution. Becoming nettled by the attentions of Gloria, the disgruntled wife of incompetent plantation foreman Bob Anderson, the sarcasm of Lee and the antics of Rosario, Nick takes off after the revolutionary and captures him. He then notifies Case that he is quitting his job again, and Case threatens to charge Lee with assault unless Nick stays. Case's bluff works, and Nick is on the verge of conceding when Rosario escapes once again. In the chaos of the escape, Nick realizes that he has fallen in love with Lee and decides to remain in the torrid zone with her at his side. +

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