Review: ‘Hot Spot’

Hot Spot may suggest a nightclub background, but such scenes are only incidental. The director, H. Bruce Humberstone, has been equipped with a good script and from his cast has obtained results that are all that may be asked in a murder meller with a romantic strain of more than the ordinary strength.

Hot Spot may suggest a nightclub background, but such scenes are only incidental. The director, H. Bruce Humberstone, has been equipped with a good script and from his cast has obtained results that are all that may be asked in a murder meller with a romantic strain of more than the ordinary strength.

Betty Grable is enormously appealing here as the sister of the slain girl, played by Carole Landis, who disappears at an early stage of the game. Victor Mature plays in a tougher groove than usual and this seems a desirable switch. This time he’s a sports promoter with a bit of a snarl in his voice.

In the story Mature is dogged by a detective who loses his girl when Mature takes her from obscurity and glamourizes her to the point where she wins a film contract. The murder of this girl then provides the premise for the remainder of the yarn.

The book on which this picture is based is called I Wake Up Screaming. It sounds like a better title than Hot Spot, but the film need not beg forgiveness.

Hot Spot

Production

20th Century-Fox. Dir H. Bruce Humberstone; Producer Milton Sperling; Screenplay Dwight Taylor; Camera Edward Cronjager; Editor Robert Simpson

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1941. Running time: 81 MIN.

With

Betty Grable Victor Mature Carole Landis Laird Cregar Elisha Cook Jr
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