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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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Chris Hunter
... Alma Harding
... Bill Dennis
... 'Gabby' MacArthur
... Joselito
... Parsons
... Hulda
... Mrs. Harding
... 'Pearly' Todd
... Miss Wayne
... 'Popoff'
... Gumpert
... Willie
Lillie Mui ... 'Tootsie'
Patsy O'Connor ... 'Fake' Hulda
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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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16 September 1938 (USA)  »

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Abenteuer in China  »

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$1,564,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Before production began, it was announced in The Hollywood Reporter the film was to star Spencer Tracy and Margaret Sullivan. See more »

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When Chris is screening the raw footage of the plane crash, it is already completely edited with multiple camera angles and shot with various lenses, even though only one camera was supposedly used to film it, and the footage is supposed to be raw. See more »

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Arthur 'Gabby' MacArthur, Union Newsreel chief: Hunter wouldn't leave his camera if his grandmother was on fire.
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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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References The Shopworn Angel (1938) See more »

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Sobre las Olas (Over the Waves)
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great combo of Conway, Gable, M. Loy
13 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

The kings and queens of comedy are here in this 1930s comedy-exotic-travel-adventure. Walter Connelly is the newspaper boss who has sent on-scene action reporter Hunter (Clark Gable) overseas to China to get the latest, hot, south seas action caught on film. Hunter's nemesis is Bill Dennis (Walter Pidgeon), and every scene is a competition to see who can top who, or who can put one over on the other. If Clark Gable is present, then Myrna Loy must be in here too, and she is... as Alma Harding. A fun, fast paced good-natured contest between the two reporters. Alma's brother is missing, and she talks Hunter (Gable) into helping to find him. Did you spot Marjorie Main as the secretary in the newsroom? She was only 48 in this one... she would go on to be nominated for Ma Kettle ten years later! Gable had recently gotten HIS Oscar for It Happened One Night. Myrna Loy received an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement. Even Walter Pidgeon was nominated for TWO Oscars in the 1940s. What a cast of pros! Obviously, they never left the back lot of Hollywood, but for the general public who had never traveled very far, this would have been very exciting and exotic. Of course, Hunter gets caught up in his own web of deception, but he must figure out how to win back the lady, as well as his job. This is a fun, exciting story, and worth every minute. Shown on TCM now & then. Directed by Jack Conway, MGM bigshot who made TONS of stuff with Gable and Loy. Catch this one when you can! You won't be sorry.


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