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  • Actors: Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Walter Pidgeon, Walter Connolly, Leo Carrillo
  • Directors: Jack Conway
  • Writers: Buster Keaton, Howard Emmett Rogers, John Lee Mahin, Laurence Stallings, Len Hammond
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • VHS Release Date: September 1, 1998
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301978218
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,831 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Ace newsreel cameramen Chris Hunter (Clark Gable) and Bill Dennis (Walter Pidgeon) cover the globe, cracking wise and trying to scoop each other on the biggest stories in the hottest hot spots. But they're rivals in more than work. They both love a fearless aviatrix (Myrna Loy) who may be Too Hot to Handle. Five months after ticket sales for their Test Pilot zoomed into the wild blue yonder, Hollywood King and Queen (chosen in a nationwide poll) Gable and Loy reigned in this half-screwball, half-adventure classic. The charisma is irresistible. The story races from China to New York to South American jungles. And the only thing faster than the action is the breathless, snappy, smart '30s dialogue.

Customer Reviews

The real fun is in watching those great supporting actors.
charles pope
Another great Gable flick, this one with Myrna Loy (the Queen of Hollywood, to Gable's King).
Waverley36
They really cranked them out back then; and sometimes they really cranked them up!!!
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Simon Davis on January 9, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
"Too fast to flop!!!" is how the advertising for this film ran prior to the 1938 release of this classic teaming of the then newly elected "King", and "Queen", of Hollywood, Clark Gable and Myrna Loy. Proudly "crowned" as Hollywood's reigning monarchs on Ed Sullivan's radio program the two were at the peak of their popularity when this film was released in guaranteeing huge profits at the Box office.
"Too Hot To Handle" directed by MGM's brilliant Jack Conway who was responsible for guiding so many classics around this time, certainly provided Clark Gable with one of his most enjoyable roles during his peak years as an MGM star. Often accused of being simply Clark Gable playing Clark Gable, here he has a rich role laced with the usual masculine qualities but also combining a creative comic tone which suits him perfectly. Gable plays Chris Hunter a "creative" newsreel photographer who will do just about anything to get a great scope for the leading article of his boss's (Walter Connolly as "Gabby' MacArthur is a highly energetic and hilarious perfromance)newspaper. The scenes of him reporting on a fake invasion of China are hilarious complete with paid Chinese children, fake miniature planes representing bombers and supposed devastation caused in the war. He is a rival of old friend and nemesis Bill Dennis played by Walter Pidgeon in a dramatic variation to his usual gentlemenly portrayals. Gable and Pidgeon make a surprisingly compatiable screen team and when dare devil aviatrix Alma harding (Myrna Loy) comes into the picture the two men find themselves not only squaring off against each other for the best photos but also for the same girl. Myrna Loy had worked with Gable to fine effect in "Manhatten Melodrama", "Wife Vs.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By charles pope on July 31, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Screwball Comedy of rival newsreel men fighting for a story any whay they can get it.
Chris Hunter is played by Clark Gable and in a pinch he makes up the news if there isnt any. Walter Pidgeon is his main competition. Mryna Loy shows again why she was just a sublime comedic actress. The real fun is in watching those great supporting actors. Walter Connoly( It Happened One Night) is Gable,s boss. Henry Kolker is Pidgeons boss. Both of them are frenetic. Marjorie Main, as Connoly,s secretary is hilarious . Leo Carillo, Gable,s camera man could have inspired Norm Crosby.s routines.
Its all absurd and its all fun. This is a rare turn for Gable during his MGM years. After 62 years this comedy has legs.Directed by Jack Conway.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James L. on November 29, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Clark Gable and Walter Pidgeon are newsreel photographers working for different companies on the search for the same stories. There isn't much they won't do for a story, especially Gable, and one of the film's highlights comes at the beginning of the story as Gable creates a battle scene in China just to satisfier his boss' demands. When famous aviatrix Myrna Loy enters the scene, the boys' competition only intensifies. The story is entertaining, although the scenes in the Amazon were hard to believe. Gable carries the film, with his charm and energy, while a number of supporting actors really add to the fun as well. It's a timely film to watch these days, as people are questioning how much of the news is made more newsworthy by tabloids and over-zealous reporters looking for a good story. This film takes a comic slant to that question, but makes its point nonetheless.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By FONTAINE on July 3, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
Too Hot To Handle got the wonderfull thing to be a mix of comedy,romance,and adventure.The director Jack Conway who had great sucess such has "libeled lady"and later "love crazy"made a good darn picture.

Clark Gable,Mirna Loy and Walter Conely are at the top.

A satiric film sometimes againts the newspaper.

The best scene I think is the fake shoting of the chinese army with a toy of a plane and starring a girl paid ,and her dumb familly who make gable shot a pain.

Great story,wonderfull cast,and exelent directo rmake the film:

a must see film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Waverley36 on February 7, 2007
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Another great Gable flick, this one with Myrna Loy (the Queen of Hollywood, to Gable's King). Clark plays a ruthless newsreel photographer trying to stick it to rival Walter Pidgeon and woo Amelia Earhart-style aviatrix Myrna. Fast, funny, and politically incorrect. Did I mention fast?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Glasser VINE VOICE on September 13, 2006
Format: VHS Tape
Too Hot to Handle is like a two part story. The first part involves a group of newsreel cameramen. Chris (Clark Gable) is the best in the business although he sometimes resorts to deceitful methods. Just to spite him, a group of cameramen from another company fake a major event and don't tell him about it. He finds out and gets some of the best shots of a beautiful woman Alma (Myrna Loy) crashing a plane. However, the sound picks up and carries some information that could destroy her career.

After a fiasco with that, Chris and Alma team up to make a trip to South America to find Alma's lost brother, a pilot whose plane crashed in the jungle quite some time ago. Always looking for some great footage, Chris does all he can to manipulate the scenes with savage tribes for his benefit. Tension, hilarity, and great entertainment ensue.

This is a wonderfully fun movie starring two major movie stars in their prime. They're both in top form here and play beautifully off of each other.
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