The Heat's On

Overview

After an absence of three years, Mae West returned to the screen in the musical comedy The Heat's On. La West is cast as Fay Lawrence, a famous Broadway actress who is loved intensely by her producer Tony Ferris (William Gaxton). Rival producer Forrest Stanton (Alan Dinehart) steals Fay away from Ferris by convincing her that she's been blacklisted from Broadway by blue-nosed moralist Hannah Bainbridge (Almira Sessions). Meanwhile, Hannah's puckish brother Hubert (Victor Moore) syphons money from his sister's ...
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Overview

After an absence of three years, Mae West returned to the screen in the musical comedy The Heat's On. La West is cast as Fay Lawrence, a famous Broadway actress who is loved intensely by her producer Tony Ferris (William Gaxton). Rival producer Forrest Stanton (Alan Dinehart) steals Fay away from Ferris by convincing her that she's been blacklisted from Broadway by blue-nosed moralist Hannah Bainbridge (Almira Sessions). Meanwhile, Hannah's puckish brother Hubert (Victor Moore) syphons money from his sister's "clean up show business" committee to produce a musical show for his actress niece Janey (Mary Roche). Somehow, all these characters converge for a spectacular closing production number spotlighting the formidable Fay. Part of the reason for the failure of The Heat's On is the fact that Mae West didn't write her own dialogue, as was usually her custom. The film performed so poorly that it would be 27 years before West would again appear on the Big Screen.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Mae West slimmed down a bit for The Heat's On and looks great; unfortunately, the script she has to work with is slimmed down in the wit and amusement department, and not even the bravura efforts of West can make Heat a winner. Devoted fans of the Queen of the double (and single) entendre will of course want to catch Heat, if only because that same feline (never kittenish) purr is still on hand to take standard issue insults and retorts and make them somehow sound somehow obscene. But it's an uphill battle, because the slapdash script by a platoon of writers is tired, clich├ęd and uninspired. West can carry a vehicle, but that vehicle has to have at least a decent frame, and this one is simply skeletal. Aside from West, there are game contributions from Victor Moore, William Gaxton and others, and some of the musical numbers (such as "I'm a Stranger in Town" come off fine. But when you have a diamond of a star like West, you can't set her off in a story that's only tin-plated.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/7/2012
  • UPC: 043396408623
  • Original Release: 1943
  • Source: Sony Pictures Home
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Time: 1:19:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 43,543

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mae West Fay Lawrence
Victor Moore Hubert Bainbridge
Lloyd Bridges Andy Walker
William Gaxton Tony Ferris
Mary Roche Janey Bainbridge
Hazel Scott Herself
Lester Allen Mouse Beller
Almira Sessions Hannah Bainbridge
Alan Dinehart Forrest Stanton
Sam Ash Frank
Xavier Cugat Xavier Cugat
Lina Romay Lina
Leon Belasco
Edward Earle
Roy Engel
Harry Harvey
David Lichine
Jack Owens
Harry Shannon
Leonard Sues
Joan Thorsen
Harry Tyler
Technical Credits
Gregory Ratoff Director, Producer
Yasha Banchuk Musical Direction/Supervision
Lionel Banks Art Director
Lou Breslow Original Story
Fitzroy Davis Screenwriter
Walter Holscher Art Director
Boris Ingster Original Story
Joseph Kish Art Director, Set Decoration/Design
John Leipold Score Composer
David Lichine Choreography
Otto Meyer Editor
Franz Planer Cinematographer
Walter Plunkett Costumes/Costume Designer
Nicolai Remisoff Production Designer
George Saint George Screenwriter
Fred Schiller Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Heat's On
1. Chapter 1 [10:05]
2. Chapter 2 [10:43]
3. Chapter 3 [10:40]
4. Chapter 4 [7:51]
5. Chapter 5 [11:09]
6. Chapter 6 [10:08]
7. Chapter 7 [12:08]
8. Chapter 8 [6:07]
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Disc #1 -- The Heat's On
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