MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 7,724 this week

Heat Lightning (1934)

 -  Drama  -  3 March 1934 (USA)
7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 309 users  
Reviews: 14 user | 10 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(from the original play by), (from the original play by), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 43 titles
created 13 Feb 2011
 
a list of 10 titles
created 28 Aug 2011
 
a list of 31 titles
created 29 Apr 2013
 
a list of 2742 titles
created 05 Jul 2013
 
list image
a list of 155 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Heat Lightning" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Heat Lightning (1934)

Heat Lightning (1934) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Heat Lightning.

Videos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A terminally ill woman and a debonair murderer facing execution meet and fall in love on a trans-Pacific crossing, each without knowing the other's secret.

Director: Tay Garnett
Stars: William Powell, Kay Francis, Frank McHugh
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Events take an unhappy turn for two Bill and Jack, two locomotive engineers, after Bill is attracted to his best friend's wife.

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: Grant Withers, Mary Astor, Regis Toomey
Tugboat Annie (1933)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Waterfront couple raise their son to be a sea captain. He grows up to be rather snotty and rebels against drunken Beery. Valiant Dressler keeps things moving even as hubby ruins their ... See full summary »

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Marie Dressler, Wallace Beery, Robert Young
On Approval (1944)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Two wealthy Victorian widows are courted tentatively by two impoverished British aristocrats. When one of the dowagers suggests that her beau go away with her for a month to see if they are compatible, the fireworks begin.

Director: Clive Brook
Stars: Clive Brook, Beatrice Lillie, Googie Withers
Crime | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Clive Riordan plans a devilish revenge against his wife's lover.

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Robert Newton, Sally Gray, Phil Brown
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In this gritty film noir, cynical ex-RAF flyer Morgan, bored with civilian life, joins a break-in gang led by Narcy. On his first job, the getaway car crashes after killing a policeman. ... See full summary »

Director: Alberto Cavalcanti
Stars: Sally Gray, Trevor Howard, Griffith Jones
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

To prove his thesis that any product--even one that doesn't exist--can be merchandized if it is advertised properly, a young man gets together with his father's savvy secretary to market a ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Tuttle
Stars: Norman Foster, Carole Lombard, Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher
Tish (1942)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Letitia "Tish" Carberry, an eccentric New England spinster, lives with her nephew, Charlie Sands, and her two cronies, Aggie Pilkington and Lizzie Wilkins, live in a near-by boarding house.... See full summary »

Director: S. Sylvan Simon
Stars: Marjorie Main, Zasu Pitts, Aline MacMahon
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

When a hot young prosecutor learns that a man he got convicted and executed was in fact innocent, he quits his DA job and becomes a defense attorney. He grows rich and powerful defending ... See full summary »

Directors: James Flood, Elliott Nugent
Stars: Warren William, Sidney Fox, Aline MacMahon
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Director: Alfred E. Green
Stars: Aline MacMahon, Guy Kibbee, Hugh Herbert
Certificate: Passed Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

On the day that World War II ends in Europe, Mayor George Boswell recalls events of the previous 25 years in his home town of Browdley. As councilman and newspaper editor George has fought ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: John Mills, Martha Scott, Patricia Roc
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

While at a ski lodge, Larry Blake sees instructor Karin Borg and decides to sign up for private lessons. The next thing he knows, she is Mrs. Blake. When he announces that he is going back ... See full summary »

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Constance Bennett
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Aline MacMahon ...
Olga
...
Myra
Preston Foster ...
George
...
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
...
Gladys - the Wife
Edgar Kennedy ...
Herbert - the Husband
Muriel Evans ...
Blonde Cutie
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 March 1934 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Condemned by the Catholic Legion of Decency just before it changed its name to the National Legion of Decency in April, 1934. See more »

Quotes

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?
See more »

Connections

Version of Highway West (1941) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Somebody Turn Up the Heat in Here
14 March 2010 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Grease monkey Aline McMahon (as Olga) runs a "Service Station and Auto Camp" in the California desert, with help from attractive little sister Ann Dvorak (as Myra). Ms. MacMahon takes care of gas and gaskets (outside), while Ms. Dvorak serves cold beer and Coca-Cola (inside). MacMahon has sworn off cabarets, after a bad relationship - but, innocent Dvorak wants to go out and have fun. There are opportunities in the middle of the desert, as frequent travelers abound.

While discouraging Dvorak, MacMahon has second thoughts about the male gender after old flame Preston Foster (as George, but MacMahon still calls him "Jerry") chances by the station, with "peeping Tom" pal Lyle Talbot (as Jeff). The pair are on the lam, after a bank heist and double-murder. MacMahon covers for Mr. Preston, when the sheriff comes looking for the crooks. MacMahon seems ready to re-succumb to Preston's masculine charms, but may want to reconsider… Everyone pretends to be hot, but Mervyn LeRoy's "Heat Lightning" is all subtest, and no steam. The cast is fun, though.

***** Heat Lightning (3/3/34) Mervyn LeRoy ~ Aline MacMahon, Preston Foster, Ann Dvorak, Lyle Talbot


4 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
George or Jerry Alix1929
Location dave387
Discuss Heat Lightning (1934) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?