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Heat Lightning (1934)

 -  Drama  -  3 March 1934 (USA)
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In the Mohave Desert, Olga runs a gas station, lunch counter, and auto camp with her younger sister Myra. In a 24-hour period, Olga must deal with Myra's desire to go to a town dance with a... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Aline MacMahon ...
Olga
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Myra
Preston Foster ...
George
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Jeff
Glenda Farrell ...
Mrs. Tifton
Frank McHugh ...
Frank
Ruth Donnelly ...
Mrs. Ashton-Ashley
Theodore Newton ...
Steve Laird
Willard Robertson ...
Everett Marshall
Harry C. Bradley ...
'Popsy' - a Businessman
James Durkin ...
The Sheriff
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Gladys - the Wife
Edgar Kennedy ...
Herbert - the Husband
Muriel Evans ...
Blonde Cutie
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In the Mohave Desert, Olga runs a gas station, lunch counter, and auto camp with her younger sister Myra. In a 24-hour period, Olga must deal with Myra's desire to go to a town dance with a cad, the appearance by happenstance of George, an old boyfriend whose conduct is never above suspicion, and the overnight presence of two women recently divorced in Reno, who, with a chauffeur, are carrying valuable jewels. George gets wind of the jewels and plays with Olga's heartstrings to set up a robbery. Myra arranges to sneak off with her beau. It's hot, and the heat lightening is crackling on the horizon. Is Olga's life of peace and hard work in the desert about to change for the worse? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The play opened in New York City, New York, USA on 15 September 1933 and ran for 44 performances. In the cast were Eddie Acuff, Jean Dixon, Joe Downing and Robert Gleckler. See more »

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George: Want another barbequed sandwich?
Jeff: I can hear the warden ask if I have any last words before they turn on the heat and you ask if I want another barbequed sandwich?
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Desert heat, strangers meet, violence flares -- granddaddy of the genre
16 October 1999 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

This predecessor of The Petrified Forest (criminals on the lam change the lives of assorted characters at an isolated lunchroom) shows its origin as a Broadway play, but it's faster moving, less pretentious, and a lot less talky than the better known movie. The large cast is wonderful, especially the great Aline MacMahon; their characters well defined; and the direction and cinematography are crisp and professional. It's well worth the hour it takes to watch it.


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