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Too Hot to Handle (1938)





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Alternating between comedy and suspense and back again, this film stars Myrna Loy as a famous aviatrix and Clark Gable as a newsreel photographer. Gable and rival shutterbug Walter Pidgeon agree to accompany Loy on her search for her missing brother, sensing a good story and an excellent photo op.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Laurence Stallings, John Lee Mahin, Len Hammond
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 28, 1990


Clark Gable
as Christopher 'Chris' ...
Myrna Loy
as Alma Harding
Walter Pidgeon
as William O. 'Bill' De...
Walter Connolly
as Arthur 'Gabby' MacAr...
Leo Carrillo
as Joselito
Virginia Weidler
as Hulda Harding
Henry Kolker
as Pearly Todd
Marjorie Main
as Miss Wayne
Robert Emmett Keane
as Foreign Editor
Johnny Hines
as Parsons
Betty Ross Clarke
as Mrs. Harding
Aileen Pringle
as Mrs. MacArthur
Richard Loo
as Charlie
Josephine Whittell
as `Fake' Mrs. Harding
Patsy O'Connor
as `Fake' Hulda Harding
Al Shean
as Gumpel
James Flavin
as Young Reporter
Lane Chandler
as Cameraman
Eddie Parker
as Coast Guard Attendan...
Frank Faylen
as Assistant Dubber
Nell Craig
as Todd's Secretary
Cyril Ring
as Cameraman
Ralph Bushman
as Newsreel Man
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Critic Reviews for Too Hot to Handle

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

This preposterously-plotted adventure reteam Gable and Myrna Loy, but it is not as good or entertaining as their previous feature, Test Pilot.

Full Review… | April 18, 2011

glittering star entertainment filmed like a serial with continuous cliffhanger scenes.

Full Review… | March 15, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Too Hot to Handle

Too Hot to Handle (1938)

Back in the days before television, people got their news from the newspaper or from newsreels that were shown inside the movie theaters. Studios were very competitive with each other over the scoops and images that they could get.

Chris Hunter (Clark Gable) wasn't above staging a shot, if the actual news wasn't exciting enough. Chris and his rival, Bill Dennis (Walter Pidgeon) are covering the Japanese invasion of China when he meets an aviatrix, Alma Harding (Myrna Loy). Chris tries to make Alma the exciting story. Naturally, this all blows up in his face.

Part of it is getting a swell story, but the other part of it was that Chris was falling for Alma. He follows her in a search for her missing brother in the Amazon jungles. Chris's partner and soundman is Josť Estanza (Leo Carrillo) who played Pancho in the TV series, The Cisco Kid.

I know, it's standard romantic comedy fare, but not a total waste of your time.

Rick Rudge

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