Torrid Zone

  • 1940
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Adventure, Comedy, Romance

In a seamy seaport nightclub in Central America, newly booked singer Sheridan--wearing a shimmering sequined gown--sexily croons a tune to local patrons and then, cheating, relieves them of their pesos at poker. Most of the patrons of the club are employed by the Baldwin Fruit Company, whose boss (O'Brien) has been observing the illicit activity from the...read more

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In a seamy seaport nightclub in Central America, newly booked singer Sheridan--wearing a shimmering sequined gown--sexily croons a tune to local patrons and then, cheating, relieves them of their pesos at poker. Most of the patrons of the club are employed by the Baldwin Fruit Company,

whose boss (O'Brien) has been observing the illicit activity from the bar. To protect his employees, he has Sheridan jailed. In the cell adjacent to Sheridan's, the famed bandido, Tobias, awaits execution by firing squad. Grateful for her company, Tobias presents Sheridan with his ring as a

remembrance. The next day, Tobias escapes; O'Brien escorts the good-bad girl to a departing steamboat, where she meets Cagney, sporting a moustache. Cagney, a plantation foreman for O'Brien's company, has made the mistake of messing with the boss's wife, and as a consequence is heading back to his

native city, Chicago. O'Brien, however, now has other plans; having shucked his faithless wife, he wants Cagney to go back to work, this time managing a troubled plantation in an area threatened by Tobias's revolutionists. Cagney accepts the assignment and finds an additional bonus at the

plantation in the person of Vinson, the attractive wife of the previous plantation foreman. Their romantic idyll is interrupted by incursions of Tobias's revolutionaries, by disaffection among the workers, and--most critically--by the arrival of Sheridan.

This wonderfully witty romp, laced with sexually suggestive dialogue, teams Cagney and O'Brien again in their familiar "friendly enemies" roles. But it's Sheridan, in only her second starring performance, who steals the show, proving herself the wisecracking peer of such great quipsters as Carole

Lombard, Eve Arden, Ginger Rogers, Joan Blondell, and Jean Harlow. Great fun.

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