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Laurence Stallings (screen play) and
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Release Date:
16 September 1938 (USA) See more »
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Two rival newsreel photographers join forces to find the an aviatrix's missing brother, who has disappeared in the Amazon rainforest. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clark Gable ... Chris Hunter

Myrna Loy ... Alma Harding

Walter Pidgeon ... Bill Dennis

Walter Connolly ... 'Gabby' MacArthur

Leo Carrillo ... Joselito

Johnny Hines ... Parsons

Virginia Weidler ... Hulda

Betty Ross Clarke ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Alexander ... Projectionist (uncredited)
Eddie Arden ... Cycle Messenger (uncredited)

King Baggot ... Reporter (uncredited)

Max Barwyn ... Waiter (uncredited)

Barbara Bedford ... MacArthur's Secretary (uncredited)
Margaret Bert ... Office Worker (uncredited)
William Broadus ... Medicine Man (uncredited)

Francis X. Bushman Jr. ... Newsreel Man (uncredited)
Bill Carey ... Elevator Boy (uncredited)
Thomas Carr ... Man (uncredited)

Steve Carruthers ... Coast Guard Radio Operator (uncredited)
Luke Chan ... Wong (uncredited)

Lane Chandler ... Cameraman (uncredited)

Naomi Childers ... Office Worker (uncredited)
Ray Cooke ... Cycle Messenger (uncredited)
Nick Copeland ... Still Cameraman (uncredited)
DeForest Covan ... South American Fire Dancer (uncredited)

Nell Craig ... Todd's Secretary (uncredited)

Joseph Crehan ... First Advertising Man (uncredited)
Hal K. Dawson ... Film Cutter (uncredited)
Drew Demorest ... Still Cameraman (uncredited)

John Dilson ... Film Developing Laboratory Foreman (uncredited)
Mimi Doyle ... Sob Sister (uncredited)
Charles Dunbar ... Expressman (uncredited)
Eddie Dunn ... Newsreel Man (uncredited)

William R. Dunn ... Native Chief (uncredited)

Frank Faylen ... Assistant Dubber (uncredited)

James Flavin ... Young Reporter (uncredited)
Harry Fleischmann ... Newsreel Man (uncredited)
Jessie Fung ... Chinese Specialty Dancer (uncredited)

Chester Gan ... Chinese Sergeant (uncredited)
Natalie Garson ... Stewardess (uncredited)

John Hamilton ... Mr. Fairfield (uncredited)

Mahlon Hamilton ... Reporter (uncredited)

Selmer Jackson ... Coast Guard Captain (uncredited)

Robert Emmett Keane ... Foreign Editor (uncredited)
David Kerman ... Still Cameraman (uncredited)
Paul King ... Bellhop (uncredited)

Paul Kruger ... Policeman (uncredited)
Eddie Lee ... Chinese Officer (uncredited)

Richard Loo ... Charlie (uncredited)

George Lynn ... Harry Harding (uncredited)
Wilbur Mar ... Chinese Specialty Dancer (uncredited)

Chris-Pin Martin ... Pedro (uncredited)

Philo McCullough ... Cameraman (uncredited)
Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart ... Cycle Messenger (uncredited)
Buddy Messinger ... Cycle Messenger (uncredited)

Walter Miller ... First Flyer (uncredited)
Roger Moore ... Still Cameraman (uncredited)

Alberto Morin ... Newsreel Man (uncredited)
Ken Nolan ... Reporter (uncredited)
Ted Oliver ... Newsreel Man (uncredited)

Eddie Parker ... Coast Guard Attendant (uncredited)
Franklin Parker ... Attendant (uncredited)

Edward Peil Sr. ... Newsreel Man (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Policeman (uncredited)

Aileen Pringle ... Mrs. Arthur MacArthur (uncredited)

Jack Richardson ... Reporter (uncredited)

Cyril Ring ... Cameraman (uncredited)
Don Roberts ... Reporter (uncredited)
Morgan Roberts ... Medicine Man (uncredited)

William Royle ... Second Flyer (uncredited)

Charles Sherlock ... Cameraman (uncredited)

Buster Slaven ... Second Newsboy (uncredited)
Edwin Stanley ... Second Advertising Man (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Gunman (uncredited)
Stanley Taylor ... Newsreel Man (uncredited)

Phillip Terry ... San Francisco Airport Official (uncredited)
Frank Tomick ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Harry Tyler ... Newsreel Man (uncredited)
Monte Vandergrift ... Policeman (uncredited)

Ray Walker ... Wally--Sound Mixer (uncredited)
Blue Washington ... Native (uncredited)

George Webb ... Mr. Rodney--Lawyer (uncredited)

Robert Whitney ... Newsreel Man (uncredited)
Josephine Whittell ... 'Fake' Mrs. Harding (uncredited)
Martin Wilkins ... Native Guide (uncredited)
Ernest Wilson ... Medicine Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Jack Conway 
Writing credits
Laurence Stallings (screen play) and
John Lee Mahin (screen play)

Len Hammond (based on a story by)

Leon Gordon  uncredited
Buster Keaton  uncredited
Howard Emmett Rogers  uncredited
Maurine Dallas Watkins  uncredited

Produced by
Lawrence Weingarten .... producer
Original Music by
Franz Waxman 
Cinematography by
Harold Rosson (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Frank Sullivan (film editor)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph M. Newman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Richard Rosson .... second unit director (uncredited)
Harrold Weinberger .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Daniel B. Cathcart .... associate art director
Edwin B. Willis .... associate art director
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects (as Arnold Gillespie)
Paul Mantz .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Clyde De Vinna .... photographer: Dutch Guiana (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dolly Tree .... wardrobe
Music Department
George Bassman .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Murray Cutter .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
John Hoffman .... montage effects
Fernando Castillo Díaz .... spanish subtitles (uncredited)
Ray June .... fill-in photographer (uncredited)
Buster Keaton .... gag man (uncredited)
Wallace Worsley Jr. .... script clerk (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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107 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Australia:G | Finland:K-16 | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (video) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #4453) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Clark Gable spent two days working with a newsreel crew to get a feeling for his part.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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:I'm not distorting the truth. I'm heightening the composition.See more »
Sobre las Olas (Over the Waves)See more »


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15 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
very funny Gable and Loy outing, 15 September 2006
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Clark Gable is a newsreel photographer doing stories on the China-Japan war in Shanghai, Walter Pidgeon is his rival, and Myrna Loy an aviatrix in "Too Hot to Handle," a 1938 film from MGM. Gable and Pidgeon know each other well and besides stealing each other's film, they fake stories so they can scoop one another and satisfy their bosses. They were way ahead of their time there. The funniest scene is Gable staging an airplane dropping a bomb over the house of a family. It's a toy airplane. Hilarious! Loy plays Alma Harding, trying to break air travel records so she can get money for an expedition to the Amazon to find her brother, who is presumed dead. When Pidgeon fakes a delivery of serum by Alma, a childhood friend, it goes wrong when the plane catches on fire after crashing. Gable saves her life and gains her trust. Whether or not it's justified is another matter.

Everyone is great in this movie, including Walter Connolly, who plays Gable's frustrated boss, Pidgeon, Loy and Gable. Gable is irresistible with that smile of his, and Loy is excellent as a determined woman who nevertheless succumbs to Gable's charms. Pidgeon plays a more boisterous part rather than his usual gentlemanly ones, and he comes off very well.

This is a fast-talking film where the action moves along at a rapid pace. A great example of a '30s comedy, tinged with romance, that you won't want to miss.

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