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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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Cast

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 Dennett
as Black Bangs
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Critic Reviews for Heat Lightning

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

The proletarian era at Warner Bros. was still in full swing when Mervyn LeRoy directed this crackling 1934 adaptation of a play by Leon Abrams and George Abbott.

June 20, 2013 | Full Review…

The ambitious plot line is as satisfying as drinking Coca-Cola in the desert to quench one's thirst.

September 30, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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