Tropical Heat Wave (1952)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Run Time - 74 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Estelita Rodriguez, Republic Pictures' own Latin Bombshell, is back in Tropical Heat Wave. Once again, Rodriguez, playing herself, is a new arrival from Cuba who sets the U.S. on its ear with her unbounded enthusiasm. Taking a singing job at her uncle's Manhattan nightclub, Rodriguez is threatened with abduction or worse by mobster Norman James (Grant Withers) unless he is allowed to gain control of the nitery. Professorial criminologist Stratford Carver (Robert Hutton) comes to the heroine's rescue by posing as a hard-bitten hoodlum (though in fact he seems a lot less frightening than Rodriguez!) Like the concurrently produced Judy Canova musicals, Tropical Heat Wave consists of several rambunctious musical numbers, a kidding-on-the-square romance, and a slapstick finale.

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bad-guy, chase, club [organization], criminal, establishment [business], gangster, good-guy, niece, nightclub, owner, problems, professor, songwriter, uncle