Torrid Zone

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Torrid Zone
Poster - Torrid Zone 01.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by William Keighley
Produced by William Cagney (uncredited)
Written by Richard Macauley
Jerry Wald
Starring James Cagney
Ann Sheridan
Pat O'Brien
Release dates
  • May 25, 1940 (1940-05-25)
Running time
88 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Torrid Zone is a 1940 adventure film starring James Cagney, Ann Sheridan and Pat O'Brien.[1][2]

Plot summary[edit]

Steve Case (Pat O'Brien) has to deal with trouble at his tropical fruit company's Central American banana plantation. A revolutionary, Rosario La Mata (George Tobias), is stirring up unrest among the workers, and the only man who can handle the situation, foreman Nick Butler (James Cagney), has just quit. Steve manages to persuade Nick to stick around (for a big bonus). Adding to the complications is Lee Donley (Ann Sheridan), a woman whom Steve has ordered out of the region for causing a different kind of trouble among the men.

The film borrowed plot elements from 'The Front Page' and 'Red Dust' and ended with Cagney saying to Sheridan "You and that 14-carat oomph", a studio 'in-joke' in reference to Sheridan's title as the 'Oomph Girl'.



  1. ^ Variety film review; May 8, 1940, page 12.
  2. ^ Harrison's Reports film review; May 18, 1940, page 78.

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