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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 overview, first billed only:
Fay Lawrence
Hubert Bainbridge
Tony Ferris
Mouse Beller
Forrest Stanton
Mary Roche ...
Janey Adair
Andy Walker
Almira Sessions ...
Hannah Bainbridge
David Lichine ...
Specialty Dancer
Leonard Sues ...
Trumpet Player
Jack Owens ...
Joan Thorsen ...
Hazel Scott ...
Hazel Scott - Organ Player
Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra ...
Cugat Orchestra


When his biggest star joins a rival's show, a Broadway producer bluffs and schemes to get her back.

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Musical | Comedy


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Release Date:

2 December 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tropicana  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was Mae West's final film until Myra Breckinridge (1970) 27 years later. See more »


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


Hannah Bainbridge: My family came over on the Mayflower!
Fay Lawrence: Oh, you're lucky. We have immigration laws now.
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Unidentified Song
Composers unknown
Performed by Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra and Lina Romay in Spanish
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Not one good laugh in the whole misbegotten enterprise...
15 March 2010 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

It took three credited screenwriters to come up with this flaccid comedy-musical from Columbia--and not one of them apparently had a sense of humor. Perhaps taking a page from Mae West's real-life tangles with the censors, the bawdy, naughty comedienne is toned way down here in a plot about a musical stage performer who finds herself stuck in a bomb and blames her manager; he gets a bright idea and has the show raided for indecency to drum up business, but the gag goes too far and the show is closed for good. At this point, the foolish scenarists practically lose track of Mae, which is the most indecent thing about the picture! She pops up intermittently, talking on the phone or sitting idly in the theater, but all her charm and smarm has been extinguished (she retired from films for twenty-seven years after this). The manager weasels show money out of a good-natured schnook and puts on a new revue (a nice wholesome one)--and even gets West back in the spotlight--but it's too late. The movie has collapsed around everyone like an exhausted house of cards. *1/2 from ****

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