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The Heat's On (1943)

Approved | | Musical, Comedy | 2 December 1943 (USA)
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
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Hubert Bainbridge
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Tony Ferris
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Mouse Beller
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Forrest Stanton
Mary Roche ...
Janey Adair
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Andy Walker
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Hannah Bainbridge
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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! See more »

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Musical | Comedy

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2 December 1943 (USA)  »

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Tropicana  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Roy Engel. See more »

Goofs

On wall of producer's office is a presumably old publicity shot of Fay wearing an elaborate headdress that she doesn't actually wear until she performs a musical number later in film for an entirely new production staged by rival producer. See more »

Quotes

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

They Looked So Pretty on the Envelope
(1943)
Music by Jay Gorney
Lyrics by Henry Myers and Edward Eliscu
Copyright 1944 by Mills Music Inc.
Performed by Victor Moore (uncredited)
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The Heat was Turned Way Down
26 April 2005 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

Although Mae West receives first billing, she is not on screen long enough to make this misfire worth seeing. Even when she is on display and looking svelte and glamorous at 50, her lines lack the double-entendres and sly delivery of her best work. The silly goings on in this back-stage "comedy" revolve around financing a theatrical production with money from a blue-nose group whose goal is to suppress such shows. The plot is muddled at best, ridiculous at worst, and the cast lacks either a romantic lead such as Cary Grant or a comic like W.C. Fields for Miss West to play off. The production numbers for the most part are forgettable, even when Mae West delivers the songs. The one exception is the dazzling piano playing by Hazel Scott. Her number with two pianos is nothing short of astonishing and almost makes the dreck one has to endure before her appearance almost bearable. Unfortunately, Scott has only two numbers, but mercifully the film ends rather abruptly not long after she exits the screen. "The Heat's On" is certainly an ironically mis-titled film considering the heat that West generated in her early work, and the movie is only for die-hard West fans who are interested in seeing everything that she appeared in. Entertainment seekers and non-West fans beware.


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