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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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Bill Dennis
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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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LOVE IN ACTION on Land, Sea and Air! See more »


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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

The opening sequence of a fake bombing raid was allegedly conceived by Buster Keaton, then a freelance MGM gagman. 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

Alma Harding: [Referring to macArthur's change of mood] Well, I never saw weather clear up quicker. This business must be alittle like an insane asylum.
Miss Kitty Wayne: It's nice though. You don't realize you're in the violent ward until you're stuck to the bed.
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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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Featured in The Big Parade of Comedy (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Sobre las Olas (Over the Waves)
(1887) (uncredited)
Written by Juventino Rosas
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Serious adventure with shades of wackiness
24 September 2001 | by (california) – See all my reviews

A sometimes thrilling adventure that is first and foremost a Clark Gable vehicle. He's as cocky and quick-witted as ever. There are some good lines and a few good laughs, but his performance completely dominates and overshadows this movie, even when he's in a chicken suit. You would think that a movie with Myrna Loy would have some great zingers back and forth with the male lead. This happens too few times, however, and Loy looks like she doesn't want to be in this movie. This is some of the least amounts of chemistry from either of these two actors that I've ever seen.

I liked the story a lot, with its focus on the "backstage" of early newsreels. Much of the satire is still true today, and this movie doesn't look dated because of it. There are some holes and only Gable is truly worth watching. There are also a few too many racist references that might make a modern viewer uncomfortable.

It's still worth watching though, even if just for the antics of Gable and the jokes about the news business.


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