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Friday, April 30, 2010

Too Hot To Handle (1938)

Energetic fast paced adventure features Clark Gable as a newsreel reporter who’d do anything to get a story including fabricating incidents. Walter Pidgeon is his nemesis on a rival paper and Myrna Loy is the aviatrix (hoping to find her brother who’s lost in the Amazon jungle) who becomes the focal point of a hoax concocted by the two newsmen. Jack Conway directs with vitality and some disturbing racist attitudes aside (Gable refers to the Amazon natives, who are black rather than Indian, as monkeys and jitterbugs), it’s an agreeably amusing romp.

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