Heat Lightning (1934)





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An interesting precursor to such films as The Petrified Forest and Bus Stop, Heat Lightning takes place in a remote California-desert gas station-café. Several strange characters pass through the establishment's portals during one fateful 24-hour period, including cad-and-bounder George (Preston S. Foster). Resourceful proprietress Olga (Aline MacMahon) tries to remain detached throughout but is forced to take drastic action when George threatens to seduce and abandon her own sister Myra (Ann Dvorak). Glenda Farrell, one of Warners' most reliable players, is surprisingly wasted in a glorified bit role; even further down the cast list as "Husband and Wife" are 2-reel comedy star Edgar Kennedy and future Oscar winner Jane Darwell (talk about an odd couple!) Heat Lightning was based on a stage play co-scripted by George Abbott.
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Ann Dvorak
as Myra
Glenda Farrell
as Mrs. Tifton
Frank McHugh
as Frank the Chauffeur
Ruth Donnelly
as Mrs. Ashton-Ashley
James Durkin
as The Sheriff
Jane Darwell
as The Wife
Edgar Kennedy
as The Husband
Muriel Evans
as The Blonde
Jill Bennett II
as Black Bangs
Jill Dennett
as Black Bangs
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This is a really interesting movie. It's very low-key, and has a good cast of under-appreciated actors (that seems to be the theme running in today's reviews). It does have the feeling of being just a filmed play, but the acting is really excellent, especially from Aline MacMahon, who I'm more used to seeing in comedy.

Katie Richardson
Katie Richardson

It's a good movie and I like it how Jerry is amazed after Olga transforms her-self into a pretty woman

Ellie Bocanegra
Ellie Bocanegra

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