Review: ‘The Heat’s On’

Picture opens on Indiscretions, a Broadway musical that's having trouble getting along, with Mae West singing 'I'm Just a Stranger in Town', done in the typical Westian manner, while for the close she is surrounded by a male chorus in 'Hello, Mi Amigo', which rates okay. 'There Goes That Guitar', used by the Xavier Cugat band as background for a Latinesque dance double, is also a part of the structure of this musical.

Picture opens on Indiscretions, a Broadway musical that’s having trouble getting along, with Mae West singing ‘I’m Just a Stranger in Town’, done in the typical Westian manner, while for the close she is surrounded by a male chorus in ‘Hello, Mi Amigo’, which rates okay. ‘There Goes That Guitar’, used by the Xavier Cugat band as background for a Latinesque dance double, is also a part of the structure of this musical.

Story of Heat’s On, with West as the actress-siren, her hips a-swinging in a familiar manner and arms akimbo for added familiar effect, plus the affected hard-boiled Westian diction, concerns the efforts of a legit producer, in love with his star, to wrest her from a rival producer after latter has been hoodwinked into believing she’s been blacklisted by a reform society.

West looks well but her technique somehow seems dated. William Gaxton does well as the legit producer who’s soft for his glamorous star, while Alan Dinehart does okay as a rival prod.

The Heat's On

Production

Columbia. Dir Gregory Ratoff; Producer Milton Carter; Screenplay Fitzroy Davis, George S. George, Fred Schiller; Camera Franz E. Planer; Editor Otto Meyer

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1943. Running time: 79 MIN.

With

Mae West Victor Moore Lloyd Bridges Mary Roche Hazel Scott Lester Allen
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