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Too Hot to Handle (1938)

Two rival newsreel photographers join forces to find the an aviatrix's missing brother, who has disappeared in the Amazon rainforest.

Director:

Jack Conway

Writers:

Laurence Stallings (screen play), John Lee Mahin (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Lillie Mui ... 'Tootsie'
Patsy O'Connor Patsy O'Connor ... 'Fake' Hulda
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Storyline

Chris Hunter is a sly newsreel reporter. While in Shanghai doing reports on the Chinese-Japanese war, he meets pilot Alma Harding. At first she doesn't trust him, but by a trick he manages to get her hired as his assistant. During an adventurous expedition through the jungles of South America he manages to change her view of him. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Love Scoops the world's hottest news . . . ! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

16 September 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Let 'Em All Talk See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,564,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Clark Gable spent two days working with a newsreel crew to get a feeling for his part. See more »

Goofs

There would not be any electricity in the jungle to run the bright, powerful projector used by Chris to intimidate the natives. See more »

Quotes

William O. 'Bill' Dennis: We've got to do something.
Christopher 'Chris' Hunter: Well, if it doesn't hurt too much - start thinking.
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Crazy Credits

We wish to thank Her Majesty's Governor of Netherlands Guiana for permitting our expedition to enter the jungles of the Tottiekampu country. Our thanks also to Chief Moi of the Matawais tribe for allowing us to record for the first time the sights and sounds of the Djuka Fire Dance Ritual. See more »

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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

References The Toy Wife (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Sobre las Olas (Over the Waves)
(1887) (uncredited)
Written by Juventino Rosas
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Never a dull moment!
23 August 2006 | by chaos111See all my reviews

The epitome of the madcap comedy/adventure genre! From the Japanese invasion of China to the bustle of midtown Manhatten to the Amazon jungle, never a dull moment. This could have served as the prototype for the "Indiana Jones" films or "Romancing the Stone".

War correspondent Gable is not beyond inventing a scoop if none is readily available. Myrna Loy, playing a sort of Amelia Earhart role, is duped by a rival news organization into a ploy to beat Gable at his own game. How the action moves from China to New York to a burning ship off the east coast to South America is....too complicated to describe in a short review. This may not be the best Gable film or the most convincing role ever played by Myrna Loy (although it's quite similar to her "Thin Man" roles), but it is highly entertaining. Both the filming and the story may be a little simplistic for today's taste and is certainly a far fetched plot but it's a good rip-roaring yarn nevertheless. I'll downgrade it to a 9 out of 10 only because the transfer that I saw wasn't up to the highest standards.


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