Too Hot to Handle

Too Hot to Handle

Director: Jack Conway

Cast: Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Walter Pidgeon

     
 

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Alternating effortlessly between comedy and suspense and back again, Too Hot to Handle stars Myrna Loy as a famous aviatrix and Clark Gable as an opportunistic newsreel photographer. Gable and rival shutterbug Walter Pidgeon agree to accompany Loy on her search for her missing brother, sensing a good story and excellent photo op. Their odyssey takes them into

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Alternating effortlessly between comedy and suspense and back again, Too Hot to Handle stars Myrna Loy as a famous aviatrix and Clark Gable as an opportunistic newsreel photographer. Gable and rival shutterbug Walter Pidgeon agree to accompany Loy on her search for her missing brother, sensing a good story and excellent photo op. Their odyssey takes them into the deepest jungles of the Amazon, where Gable's photographic prowess saves everyone's lives when hostile natives attack. Along the way, both Gable and Pidgeon fall in love with Loy. The classic opening sequence in Too Hot to Handle, in which the resourceful Gable fakes a bombing raid for the benefit of his cameras, was allegedly conceived by Buster Keaton, then a free-lance MGM gag man.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
One of the most entertaining films of Clark Gable's career, and in its patchwork of styles and genres, it's also one of his strangest. Based on the careers of writers Len Hammond and Laurence Stallings with Movietone news, it begins as a witty satire of the newsreel business before turning into an adventure-romance-comedy that includes the memorable sight of Gable escaping from a village in the jungles of Brazil wearing the head of a large ceremonial chicken. A creative newsman covering the Sino-Japanese War, Chris Hunter (Gable) is known for his skill at manufacturing bogus news during unproductive lulls in the fighting. After he and his main rival in the newsreel business, Bill Dennis (Walter Pidgeon), altruistically decide to help beautiful aviatrix Alma Harding (Myrna Loy) find her lost brother, the film takes on a slightly surreal tone as her personal soap opera clashes with the cynical comedy of the newshounds' competition. By the time they all end up in South America, the film has shifted into slapstick mode, with the shamanistic Gable leading what are clearly backlot "natives" in some esoteric rituals. While the stolid Pidgeon is somewhat miscast, Gable is perfect here, with the comic timing and knack for throwing away lines that he rarely had a chance to use. Loy seems to be acting in a different movie altogether, which just adds to the overall sense of amiable delirium.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/2009
UPC:
0883316127254
Original Release:
1938
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:46:00
Sales rank:
18,434

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clark Gable Chris Hunter
Myrna Loy Alma Harding
Walter Pidgeon Bill Dennis
Walter Connolly Gabby MacArthur
Leo Carrillo Hunter's assistant,Joselito
Johnny Hines Parson
Marjorie Main Miss Wayne
Betty Ross Clarke Mrs. Harding
Henry Kolker Pearly Todd
Gregory Gaye Popoff
Al Shean Gumpert
Willie Fung Willie
Patsy O'Connor "Fake" Hulda Harding
Lane Chandler Cameraman
Nell Craig Todd's Secretary
Frank Faylen Assistant Dubber
James Flavin Young Reporter
Robert Emmett Keane Foreign Editor
Richard Loo Charlie
Walter Miller Flyer
Eddie Parker Coast Guard Attendant
Aileen Pringle Mrs. MacArthur
Cyril Ring Cameraman
Josephine Whittell "Fake" Mrs. Harding
Virginia Weidler Hulda Harding
Ralph Bushman Newsreel Man

Technical Credits
Jack Conway Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Len Hammond Screenwriter
John Lee Mahin Screenwriter
Harold Hal Rosson Cinematographer
Laurence Stallings Screenwriter
Frank Sullivan Editor
Dolly Tree Costumes/Costume Designer
Franz Waxman Score Composer
Lawrence Weingarten Producer

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