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The Heat's On (1943)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 2 December 1943 (USA)
When his biggest star joins a rival's show, a Broadway producer bluffs and schemes to get her back.


Gregory Ratoff


Fitzroy Davis (original screenplay), George S. George (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mae West ... Fay Lawrence
Victor Moore ... Hubert Bainbridge
William Gaxton ... Tony Ferris
Lester Allen ... Mouse Beller
Alan Dinehart ... Forrest Stanton
Mary Roche Mary Roche ... Janey Adair
Lloyd Bridges ... Andy Walker
Almira Sessions ... Hannah Bainbridge
Sam Ash ... Frank
David Lichine David Lichine ... Specialty Dancer
Leonard Sues Leonard Sues ... Trumpet Player
Jack Owens Jack Owens ... Jack
Joan Thorsen ... Singer
Hazel Scott 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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Start sizzling now. The Heat Is On! See more »


Comedy | Musical


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English | Spanish

Release Date:

2 December 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tropicana See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Film debut of Roy Engel. 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 »


Fay Lawrence: [In the finale, Hello, Mi Amigo:] If you want things put in order, come and see me, south of the border.
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The White Keys and the Black Keys
Music by Jay Gorney
Lyrics by Henry Myers and Edward Eliscu
Copyright 1944 by Mills Music Inc.
Performed by Hazel Scott (uncredited)
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The Heat was Turned Way Down
26 April 2005 | by dglinkSee all my reviews

Although Mae West receives first billing, she is not on screen long enough to make this misfire worth seeing. Even when she is on display and looking svelte and glamorous at 50, her lines lack the double-entendres and sly delivery of her best work. The silly goings on in this back-stage "comedy" revolve around financing a theatrical production with money from a blue-nose group whose goal is to suppress such shows. The plot is muddled at best, ridiculous at worst, and the cast lacks either a romantic lead such as Cary Grant or a comic like W.C. Fields for Miss West to play off. The production numbers for the most part are forgettable, even when Mae West delivers the songs. The one exception is the dazzling piano playing by Hazel Scott. Her number with two pianos is nothing short of astonishing and almost makes the dreck one has to endure before her appearance almost bearable. Unfortunately, Scott has only two numbers, but mercifully the film ends rather abruptly not long after she exits the screen. "The Heat's On" is certainly an ironically mis-titled film considering the heat that West generated in her early work, and the movie is only for die-hard West fans who are interested in seeing everything that she appeared in. Entertainment seekers and non-West fans beware.

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