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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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Buster Keaton worked as an uncredited gag man on the film. 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 »


William O. 'Bill' Dennis: We've got to do something.
Christopher 'Chris' Hunter: Well, if it doesn't hurt too much - start thinking.
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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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23 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The reviews on this board caused me to give this old one a look this time around, having skipped it before. I didn't like the venue - all that native stuff, etc. But were they ever right about this being a great movie, actually one of the best for the interaction of these stars. Clark Gable just had the quality that always provided interest. He seemed to go into overdrive when playing a hustler type. Same for Myrna Loy about being interesting particularly in comedy. I like Walter Pidgeon differently, appreciating him in his active roles like this one and also for his gentlemanly portrayals. Very durable and reliable stars working well together in this. And funny and wild and fast. They really cranked them out back then; and sometimes they really cranked it up!!! Do see.

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