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The Heat's On (1943)

Approved  |   |  Musical, Comedy  |  2 December 1943 (USA)
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When his biggest star joins a rival's show, a Broadway producer bluffs and schemes to get her back.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Fay Lawrence
Victor Moore ...
Hubert Bainbridge
William Gaxton ...
Tony Ferris
Lester Allen ...
Mouse Beller
Alan Dinehart ...
Forrest Stanton
Mary Roche ...
Janey Adair
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Andy Walker
Almira Sessions ...
Hannah Bainbridge
Sam Ash ...
Frank
David Lichine ...
Specialty Dancer
Leonard Sues ...
Trumpet Player
Jack Owens ...
Jack
Joan Thorsen ...
Singer
Hazel Scott ...
Hazel Scott - Organ Player
Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra ...
Cugat Orchestra
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When his biggest star joins a rival's show, a Broadway producer bluffs and schemes to get her back.

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Turn on the Fun! A Heat Wave of Beautiful GIRLS! GAGS! RHYTHM! and ROMANCE!

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Musical | Comedy

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Release Date:

2 December 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Empresário em Apuros  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Roy Engel. See more »

Goofs

The pillow on the chaise lounge that Victor Moore hides the box for the roses he brings to Mae West changes positions. See more »

Quotes

Lina: Doesn't your conscience ever bother you?
Fay Lawrence: No, it amuses me.
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Soundtracks

There Goes That Guitar
(1943)
Music by Jay Gorney
Lyrics by Henry Myers and Edward Eliscu
Copyright 1944 by Mills Music Inc.
Performed by Joan Thorsen (uncredited) and David Lichine (uncredited)
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No, it isn't
27 May 2014 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

A real dog, independently made by Gregory Ratoff but released by Columbia, from a script that could have been written on the back of an envelope, about Broadway producer William Gaxton trying to keep Mae West in his show, which is actually a Latin American revue featuring lots of Xavier Cugat. Mae is, as many have noted, allotted insufficient screen time, and when she's on, her lines mostly thud; plus, she looks at the zaftig side, and understandably bored. William Gaxton was a huge star on the stage, originating roles in such notable musicals as "A Connecticut Yankee," "Anything Goes," and "Of Thee I Sing," but he's a blank on film; he's somewhat better, in a similar role, in "Best Foot Forward" the same year at MGM. Victor Moore, a frequent stage partner of Gaxton's, does his usual bumbling- inarticulate-hick thing that some people find charming, and sings an absolutely dreadful song about victory gardens that can't even have had much impact in 1943. The songs are by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn and other hands, but they're dull, and the supporting cast is no- name, though Lloyd Bridges turns up as the ingenue's GI sweetheart, and Hazel Scott has a couple of specialty numbers that show her off to decent advantage. There were lots of barely- plotted B wartime musicals such as this, but most don't get shown, either through rights tangles or sheer disinterest. This one shows what a haphazard genre it was at the time.


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