Too Hot to Handle
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When I finally found it last year,i was pleasantly surprised.
Jayne offers a serious performance that i found very credible.Even her voice is lower in it's tone,and the numbers when she sings give us an idea of what her Las Vegas shows must have been like(she was the highest paid performer,at 35,000 $ a week !).God knows that Jayne was not offered many serious roles in her film career,but i would say that this one qualifies as a serious one.
The film is directed by Terence Young,and even if the production values are done with a small budget,it is well-paced,with a real story giving us a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes of a stripper in the late 50's.
The serious side of Jayne's performance made me think about her last movie,'Single Room Furnished',which made me sad.
Conclusion:Don't dismiss this film as a 'Bomb' or El-cheapo trashy film,it is not.
Trivia (found of Jayne's site):One of the reason why the film was shot in black and white,had to do with how revealing one of Jayne's costume was(the one you see on the cover)
TOO HOT TO HANDLE is the story of a London nightclub owner who fights back when a local mobster leans on him for protection money. Here, Jayne Mansfield skillfully manages a deadly serious role (perhaps her very best work) and proves there was more to her than that "dumb blonde" image. For anyone interested in scenes of burlesque-type stripping, "Too Hot" is certain to please. (This film was originally in Eastmancolor but as of 9/09 was only available in b&w on DVD.)
Johnny Solo (Genn) won't be intimidated by Diamonds Dielli (Lawrence), nor will he listen to the advice of his exotic dancer girlfriend, headliner Midnight Franklin (Mansfield), who wants Johnny to quit the strip club business entirely in order to protect his own life.
NOTE: Watch for a pawnbroker cameo by Ian Fleming (not the author), who in SILVER BLAZE (1937) portrayed Dr. Watson opposite Arthur Wontner's Sherlock Holmes.
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THE FAT SPY (1966) is a beach party comedy with Jayne, Phyllis Diller, 'Fat Jack' Leonard, Brian Donlevy and pop singer Johnny Tillotson.
Psarenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 imdb viewer poll rating.
(6.7) Too Hot to Handle (UK-1960) - Jayne Mansfield/Leo Gen/Christopher Lee/Patrick Holt/Sheldon Lawrence/Ian Fleming
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent film, I loved it. It's a shame Jayne Mansfield wasn't given serious roles like this more often, she was fantastic.Published 24 days ago by Jani
I liked the singing aspect of the movie, but the story is dumb. I bought out of the curiosity what all the fuss about the Jayne Mansfield is about.Published 5 months ago by Stacy
Too Hot To Handle shows Jayne Mansfield acting. Her fans love her in anything, but this British film gave her the chance to become a real character. Read morePublished on October 14, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Jayne was so beautiful in every way she Loved her pets, Her Children. People of the Press was Cruel to herPublished on August 26, 2013 by Patricia
Blonde Bombshell Jayne Mansfield never fails to disappoint the Old Hollywood lover in you! This is a must have for any Old Hollywood Blonde Bombshell fan!Published on August 7, 2013 by Johnsbaby269