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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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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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16 September 1938 (USA)  »

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Abenteuer in China  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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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

Arthur 'Gabby' MacArthur, Union Newsreel chief: [to Chris] Oh, so it's you, is it? Well, my eyesight is getting worse, but my nose might have told me it was you.
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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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Referenced in The Timid Toreador (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Sobre las Olas (Over the Waves)
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Written by Juventino Rosas
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If you can throw believability out the window and just enjoy, it's a heck of a good film
19 September 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Okay, this isn't Shakespeare. Clark Gable and Myrna Loy were the number one box office draws of 1938 and it seems that what made them famous was not believability but that their films were so much fun. Gable's films were always high on the action, romance and fun while Ms. Loy became famous for her wonderful banter in the THIN MAN movies. So, in this case, you merge the two into a very light adventure film filled with laughs and some marvelous dialog--and a romance that doesn't always work. It's certainly NOT the best film they did together, nor is it the worst and fans of both are sure to enjoy the film because it is pure "1930s MGM formula". Now modern viewers might not find the film so magical--after all, the plot is pretty tough to believe and the characters seem pretty cartoonish. But, given my love for this genre and these actors, I don't mind terribly. Sure, it's not super-memorable, but it was more than worth the energy I spent watching the film.

Clark is a "get it at ANY cost" cameraman for a company specializing in newsreels. He meets Loy my accidentally causing her plane to crash. Instead of being mad, she unbelievably praised Clark for saving her life (hey lady, it was HIS obnoxious actions that CAUSED the plane crash in the first place!). The rest of the film is on again/off again romance between them with Walter Pigeon trying to horn in between them. It's not at all believable and awfully silly, but the action and comedy bits are pretty cool, so they make up for the deficiencies and result in a decent and watchable flick. But, for persnickety people like me who delight at spotting problems with movies, take a look at the Amazonian villagers. They are all Black Americans who look and dress EXACTLY like extras from a TARZAN movie--and look not one bit like South American Indians!


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