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Too Hot to Handle (1938)

Passed  -  Comedy | Adventure | Romance  -  16 September 1938 (USA)
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Two rival newsreel photographers join forces to find the an aviatrix's missing brother, who has disappeared in the Amazonian Rain Forest.

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Chris Hunter
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Alma Harding
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Bill Dennis
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'Gabby' MacArthur
Leo Carrillo ...
Joselito
Johnny Hines ...
Parsons
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Hulda
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Mrs. Harding
Henry Kolker ...
'Pearly' Todd
Marjorie Main ...
Miss Wayne
Gregory Gaye ...
'Popoff'
Al Shean ...
Gumpert
Willie Fung ...
Willie
Lillie Mui ...
'Tootsie'
Patsy O'Connor ...
'Fake' Hulda
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Storyline

Chris Hunter is a sly newsreel reporter. While in Shanghai doing reports on the Chinese-Japanese war, he meets pilot Alma Harding. At first she doesn't trust him, but by a trick he manages to get her hired as his assistant. During an adventurous expedition through the jungles of South America he manages to change her view of him. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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16 September 1938 (USA)  »

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Abenteuer in China  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Clark Gable spent two days working with a newsreel crew to get a feeling for his part. See more »

Goofs

When Chris is screening the raw footage of the plane crash, it is already completely edited with multiple camera angles and shot with various lenses, even though only one camera was supposedly used to film it, and the footage is supposed to be raw. See more »

Quotes

Christopher 'Chris' Hunter: I'm not distorting the truth. I'm heightening the composition.
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Crazy Credits

We wish to thank Her Majesty's Governor of Netherlands Guiana for permitting our expedition to enter the jungles of the Tottiekampu country. Our thanks also to Chief Moi of the Matawais tribe for allowing us to record for the first time the sights and sounds of the Djuka Fire Dance Ritual. See more »

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Sobre las Olas (Over the Waves)
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very funny Gable and Loy outing
15 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Clark Gable is a newsreel photographer doing stories on the China-Japan war in Shanghai, Walter Pidgeon is his rival, and Myrna Loy an aviatrix in "Too Hot to Handle," a 1938 film from MGM. Gable and Pidgeon know each other well and besides stealing each other's film, they fake stories so they can scoop one another and satisfy their bosses. They were way ahead of their time there. The funniest scene is Gable staging an airplane dropping a bomb over the house of a family. It's a toy airplane. Hilarious! Loy plays Alma Harding, trying to break air travel records so she can get money for an expedition to the Amazon to find her brother, who is presumed dead. When Pidgeon fakes a delivery of serum by Alma, a childhood friend, it goes wrong when the plane catches on fire after crashing. Gable saves her life and gains her trust. Whether or not it's justified is another matter.

Everyone is great in this movie, including Walter Connolly, who plays Gable's frustrated boss, Pidgeon, Loy and Gable. Gable is irresistible with that smile of his, and Loy is excellent as a determined woman who nevertheless succumbs to Gable's charms. Pidgeon plays a more boisterous part rather than his usual gentlemanly ones, and he comes off very well.

This is a fast-talking film where the action moves along at a rapid pace. A great example of a '30s comedy, tinged with romance, that you won't want to miss.


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