MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 5,604 this week

Too Hot to Handle (1938)

Passed  -  Comedy | Adventure | Romance  -  16 September 1938 (USA)
6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 829 users  
Reviews: 14 user | 4 critic

Two rival newsreel photographers join forces to find the an aviatrix's missing brother, who has disappeared in the Amazonian Rain Forest.

Director:

Writers:

(screen play), (screen play), 5 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 151 titles
created 11 Dec 2011
 
a list of 1372 titles
created 22 May 2012
 
a list of 6412 titles
created 01 Apr 2013
 
a list of 28 titles
created 21 Sep 2013
 
a list of 20 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Too Hot to Handle (1938)

Too Hot to Handle (1938) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Too Hot to Handle.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

China Seas (1935)
Certificate: Passed Action | Drama | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

When earthy Dolly Portland is rejected by Captain Gaskell in favor of a socialite, she aids Jamesy McCardle, in league with Malay pirates, in his plot to seize his ship.

Director: Tay Garnett
Stars: Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Wallace Beery
Libeled Lady (1936)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A newspaper man, his jilted fiancée, and his lawyer hatch an elaborate scheme to turn a false news-story into the truth, before a high-society woman can sue for libel.

Director: Jack Conway
Stars: Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy
Adventure | Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Opportunistic con man Dan Kehoe ingratiates himself with the cantankerous mother of four outlaws and their beautiful widows in order to find their hidden gold.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Clark Gable, Eleanor Parker, Jean Willes
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

At a mayors convention in San Francisco, ex-longshoreman Steve Fisk meets Clarissa Standish from New England. Fisk is mayor of "Puget City" and is proud of his rough and tumble background. ... See full summary »

Director: George Sidney
Stars: Clark Gable, Loretta Young, Frank Morgan
Homecoming (1948)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Self-absorbed Dr. Lee Johnson enlists with the Army medical corps during World War II, more out of a feeling that it's "the thing to do" rather than deep-seated patriotism. On his first day... See full summary »

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Clark Gable, Lana Turner, Anne Baxter
Certificate: Passed Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The neglected wife of a high profile attorney dallies with a unscrupulous womanizer and finds herself involved in blackmail and murder.

Director: William K. Howard
Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Una Merkel
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Russ Ward, after 30 years of producing Broadway plays, is ready to quit. His secretary, Ellie Brown, on being given notice, tells him she loves him. Russ proceeds to turn this into a hit ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Lang
Stars: Clark Gable, Carroll Baker, Lilli Palmer
Possessed (1931)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Ambitious factory Girl Marion Martin meets a handsome well-to-do, but he's interested in her as a mistress, not a wife.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Wallace Ford
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Mantha Starr grows up as a privileged southern Belle in the ante-bellum South but after her father dies broke, her world is destroyed when she discovers her mother was black.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Clark Gable, Yvonne De Carlo, Sidney Poitier
Certificate: Passed War | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Army generals struggle with the decision to prioritize bombing the German factories producing new jet fighters over the extremely high casualties the mission will cost.

Director: Sam Wood
Stars: Clark Gable, Walter Pidgeon, Van Johnson
Mogambo (1953)
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Victor Marswell runs a big game trapping company in Kenya. Eloise Kelly is ditched there, and an immediate attraction happens between them. Then Mr. and Mrs. Nordley show up for their ... See full summary »

Director: John Ford
Stars: Clark Gable, Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner
Love Crazy (1941)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A series of misunderstandings on their fourth wedding anniversary lead an architect and his wife to break up, but he pretends to be insane and even poses as his own sister in order to win her back.

Director: Jack Conway
Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Gail Patrick
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Chris Hunter
...
Alma Harding
...
Bill Dennis
...
'Gabby' MacArthur
Leo Carrillo ...
Joselito
Johnny Hines ...
Parsons
...
...
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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Love Scoops the world's hottest news . . . ! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

16 September 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Abenteuer in China  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

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.
See more »

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Another Romance of Celluloid (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Sobre las Olas (Over the Waves)
(1887) (uncredited)
Written by Juventino Rosas
Background music on the test film shown to natives
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Never a dull moment!
23 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The epitome of the madcap comedy/adventure genre! From the Japanese invasion of China to the bustle of midtown Manhatten to the Amazon jungle, never a dull moment. This could have served as the prototype for the "Indiana Jones" films or "Romancing the Stone".

War correspondent Gable is not beyond inventing a scoop if none is readily available. Myrna Loy, playing a sort of Amelia Earhart role, is duped by a rival news organization into a ploy to beat Gable at his own game. How the action moves from China to New York to a burning ship off the east coast to South America is....too complicated to describe in a short review. This may not be the best Gable film or the most convincing role ever played by Myrna Loy (although it's quite similar to her "Thin Man" roles), but it is highly entertaining. Both the filming and the story may be a little simplistic for today's taste and is certainly a far fetched plot but it's a good rip-roaring yarn nevertheless. I'll downgrade it to a 9 out of 10 only because the transfer that I saw wasn't up to the highest standards.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD now available directly from Warner's webpage! simonhowson
not the Amazon but Guiana skiddoo
Card playing scene - inspired Goldfinger? kelkyl
Oscar on Editor's desk jhndltn
Discuss Too Hot to Handle (1938) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?