Adventures of a newsreel cameraman are the basis for this Clark Gable-Myrna Loy co-starrer. It's a blazing action thriller aimed as a follow-up to same pair's click in Test Pilot (1938). It has driving excitement, crackling dialog, glittering performances and inescapable romantic pull.

Adventures of a newsreel cameraman are the basis for this Clark Gable-Myrna Loy co-starrer. It’s a blazing action thriller aimed as a follow-up to same pair’s click in Test Pilot (1938). It has driving excitement, crackling dialog, glittering performances and inescapable romantic pull.

The story is one of those familiar Hollywood triangle affairs, with Gable and Walter Pidgeon as the sizzling rival newsreelers and Loy the he-man’s ideal who entangles their already frenzied competition. When Gable hijacks Pidgeon’s girl and they both land in the doghouse through Pidgeon’s efforts to get even, the girl goes to South America to search for her long-lost aviator brother.

Strange angle of the picture’s implausibilities is that the story was written by Len Hammond, an executive of Fox Movietone newsreel, while Laurence Stallings co-author of the screenplay, is a former employee of the same outfit.

Best parts are the early sequences, all the way up to the sequence of a shipload of dynamite exploding directly underneath a tiny plane. Metro gives the picture one of its typically slick productions. Gable and Loy zoom through the leading parts with glittering persuasion.

Too Hot to Handle

Production

M-G-M. Director Jack Conway; Producer Lawrence Weingarten; Screenplay Laurence Stallings, John Lee Mahin; Camera Harold Rosson; Editor Frank Sullivan; Music Franz Waxman; Art Director Cedric Gibbons, Daniel B. Cathcart, Edwin B. Willis

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1938. Running time: 106 MIN.

With

Clark Gable Myrna Loy Walter Pidgeon Walter Connolly Leo Carrillo Marjorie Main
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