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Too Hot to Handle (1938)

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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.

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Cast

Clark Gable
as Christopher 'Chris' Hunter
Myrna Loy
as Alma Harding
Walter Pidgeon
as William O. 'Bill' Dennis
Walter Connolly
as Arthur 'Gabby' MacArthur, Union Newsreel chief
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 Attendant
Frank Faylen
as Assistant Dubber
Nell Craig
as Todd's Secretary
Cyril Ring
as Cameraman
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Critic Reviews for Too Hot to Handle

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

April 18, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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

March 15, 2006 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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