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

Torrid Zone
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Directed byWilliam Keighley
Produced byWilliam Cagney (uncredited)
Written byRichard Macauley
Jerry Wald
StarringJames Cagney
Ann Sheridan
Pat O'Brien
Music byAdolph Deutsch
CinematographyJames Wong Howe
Edited byJack Killifer
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • May 25, 1940 (1940-05-25)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States


Plot summaryEdit

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.



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

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