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Heat Lightning (1934)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 3 March 1934 (USA)
In the Mohave Desert, Olga runs a gas station, lunch counter, and auto camp with her younger sister Myra. In a 24-hour period, Olga must deal with Myra's desire to go to a town dance with a... See full summary »

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

Leon Abrams (from the original play by), George Abbott (from the original play by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Aline MacMahon ... Olga
Ann Dvorak ... Myra
Preston Foster ... George
Lyle Talbot ... Jeff
Glenda Farrell ... Mrs. Tifton
Frank McHugh ... Frank
Ruth Donnelly ... Mrs. Ashton-Ashley
Theodore Newton ... Steve Laird
Willard Robertson ... Everett Marshall
Harry C. Bradley ... 'Popsy' - a Businessman
James Durkin ... The Sheriff
Jane Darwell ... Gladys - the Wife
Edgar Kennedy ... Herbert - the Husband
Muriel Evans ... Blonde Cutie
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In the Mohave Desert, Olga runs a gas station, lunch counter, and auto camp with her younger sister Myra. In a 24-hour period, Olga must deal with Myra's desire to go to a town dance with a cad, the appearance by happenstance of George, an old boyfriend whose conduct is never above suspicion, and the overnight presence of two women recently divorced in Reno, who, with a chauffeur, are carrying valuable jewels. George gets wind of the jewels and plays with Olga's heartstrings to set up a robbery. Myra arranges to sneak off with her beau. It's hot, and the heat lightening is crackling on the horizon. Is Olga's life of peace and hard work in the desert about to change for the worse? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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"I JUST KILLED A RAT!" (original poster-all caps)

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1934 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Condemned by the Catholic Legion of Decency just before it changed its name to the National Legion of Decency in April, 1934. See more »

Quotes

George: Want another barbequed sandwich?
Jeff: I can hear the warden ask if I have any last words before they turn on the heat and you ask if I want another barbequed sandwich?
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Somebody Turn Up the Heat in Here
14 March 2010 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Grease monkey Aline McMahon (as Olga) runs a "Service Station and Auto Camp" in the California desert, with help from attractive little sister Ann Dvorak (as Myra). Ms. MacMahon takes care of gas and gaskets (outside), while Ms. Dvorak serves cold beer and Coca-Cola (inside). MacMahon has sworn off cabarets, after a bad relationship - but, innocent Dvorak wants to go out and have fun. There are opportunities in the middle of the desert, as frequent travelers abound.

While discouraging Dvorak, MacMahon has second thoughts about the male gender after old flame Preston Foster (as George, but MacMahon still calls him "Jerry") chances by the station, with "peeping Tom" pal Lyle Talbot (as Jeff). The pair are on the lam, after a bank heist and double-murder. MacMahon covers for Mr. Preston, when the sheriff comes looking for the crooks. MacMahon seems ready to re-succumb to Preston's masculine charms, but may want to reconsider… Everyone pretends to be hot, but Mervyn LeRoy's "Heat Lightning" is all subtest, and no steam. The cast is fun, though.

***** Heat Lightning (3/3/34) Mervyn LeRoy ~ Aline MacMahon, Preston Foster, Ann Dvorak, Lyle Talbot


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