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Too Hot to Handle (1938)

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
Mrs. Harding
'Pearly' Todd
Miss Wayne
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 <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Release Date:

16 September 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Abenteuer in China  »

Box Office


$1,564,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Production was delayed in August, 1938, when three hundred African American extras working on the film went on strike. 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: You know, I almost wish you were coming with me - not only because I'm grateful for being around you but because I'd get to show Gabby over just what made me go haywire.
Alma Harding: I am coming with you.
Christopher 'Chris' Hunter: What!
Alma Harding: Yes, you and I are going into your Mr. Gabby MacArthur, and he's going to hear a few things from me.
Christopher 'Chris' Hunter: Well, now, let's
Christopher 'Chris' Hunter: Well, listen now, I'm not going to hide behind a woman's skirt.
Alma Harding: Yes, you are. Ever since you dragged me from that crack up, I've been on borrowed time. You're not going to lose your ...
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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)
(1887) (uncredited)
Written by Juventino Rosas
Background music on the test film shown to natives
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good time movie!
18 February 2007 | by (Illinois) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie when I was in my 20's, and thought it was incredibly funny, exciting, and totally out of the realm of believability. But in addition to all that, it was the magic between the characters that made it so much fun. Gable and Loy, A list stars who could carry any picture on their own, seemed to let their status go by the wayside as they just jelled on screen. Walter Pigeon was great as always, and every great character actor in the world was on board somewhere, it seemed, during it's 86 minutes or so... I loved it then, still do, and watch it once a year just because it makes me feel so good.

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