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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Complete credited cast:
Chris Hunter
Bill Dennis
'Gabby' MacArthur
Leo Carrillo ...
Johnny Hines ...
Mrs. Harding
Henry Kolker ...
'Pearly' Todd
Miss Wayne
Gregory Gaye ...
Al Shean ...
Willie Fung ...
Lillie Mui ...
Patsy O'Connor ...
'Fake' Hulda


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 <>

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Release Date:

16 September 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Abenteuer in China  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Ray June took over as photographer for the last few days of shooting when Harold Rosson left to go on vacation. Also, Harrold Weinberger took over as assistant director when Joseph M. Newman became ill. See more »


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 »


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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Written by Juventino Rosas
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What They Mean By Madcap Comedy
19 April 2004 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I happen to be a big fan of old newsreels. From the dawn of sound films until around the mid-60s the newsreel was the source for visual news coverage. After that television and then cable television took over. I look at the educational channels when they have old 30s and 40s newsreels running.

The cameramen played by Clark Gable and Walter Pidgeon are not too different from the print reporter characters that are a staple character in Hollywood films. These two have a friendly rivalry trying to scoop each other for news. The rivalry gets a little intense when aviatrix Alma Harding (Amelia Earhart) played by Myrna Loy gets ensnared in the rivalry and becomes the focus of their hormones.

The writing is sparkling with zingers and the direction is crisp. The plot moves from one madcap situation to the next. Among the supporting cast I should single out Walter Connolly and Henry Kolker as the rival bosses of Gable and Pidgeon who are driven to their respective wits end by the antics of their cameramen.

I defy anyone to watch this film and not split a gut laughing.

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