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Heat Lightning (1934)

Unrated  |   |  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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Aline MacMahon ...
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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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Decent...but it ends very well.
9 September 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In many ways, this film reminds me of another Warner Brothers film made just a few years later, "The Petrified Forest". Both are set at isolated gas stations in the desert and both involve gangsters who come there to seek shelter. However, the films are certainly different enough to make it worth seeing them both.

Olga (Aline MacMahon) is a world-weary soul who has chosen to move into the middle of nowhere because she's tired of people. Her sister, Myrna (Ann Dvorak), however, isn't tired of people and yearns for excitement and men-- and the pair couldn't be more different. Into their very dull and predictable lives come an assortment of folks to stay at their gas station/motor court. One pair are a couple of divorcées on their way from Reno after their latest conquest. Another are a pair of crooks on the run from the law. In a coincidence you'll only see in a play or movie, it turns out the boss (Preston Foster) was once Olga's lover! What's next? See the film.

There are two main things going for this film--Foster and MacMahon. Their characters are interesting and the final scene between them is something to see! Unfortunately, Dvorak's role is very whiny and annoying--and the character significantly impairs the film with her overwrought performance. Overall, it is worth seeing but is far from brilliant work from the studio.


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