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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 IN ACTION on Land, Sea and Air! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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Christopher 'Chris' Hunter: [after putting on the headdress/mask of a native] Phew! The last guy that had this on was no easter lily!
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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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Soundtracks

Sobre las Olas (Over the Waves)
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Too funny not to enjoy
15 December 2000 | by spirit11See all my reviews

WARNING: These comments may reveal portions of the film plot.

This is what I enjoy about classic films -- good writing, good directing, and a tongue-in-cheek attitude. It's a good laugh watching Clark Gable and Walter Pidgeon both try to woo Myrna Loy. Don't take the film too seriously, and you'll enjoy it too!

Acting: Gable, Pidgeon, and Loy all are great, although Loy doesn't quite carry off the "missing brother" pathos as well as she does the brave pilot parts.

Writing: Also good, with lots of silliness to go around, while creating a solid romantic comedy.

Direction: Jack Conway let the actors do their best, and they did it well.

Effects/Cinematography: Why did they always speed up the fight sequences in those old films? Anytime there is action, the film picks up speed. The good news is, that the actual flying sequences look pretty realistic, considering that at one point Gable climbs onto the wing of a plane to get a good shot of a ship at sea that is on fire!

Other: Makeup, music, soundtrack, etc. all are solid, but these were not a big focus for films in the 30's, so there is nothing that stands out.

OVERALL: Check it out. I'm finding myself more and more of a Gable fan all the time, and this is the kind of movie that helps that image.


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