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Heat Lightning (1934)

In the Mohave Desert, Olga runs a gas station, lunch counter, and auto camp with her younger sister Myra. In a 24-hour period, Olga must deal with Myra's desire to go to a town dance with a... See full summary »

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

Leon Abrams (from the original play by), George Abbott (from the original play by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Aline MacMahon ... Olga
Ann Dvorak ... Myra
Preston Foster ... George
Lyle Talbot ... Jeff
Glenda Farrell ... Mrs. Tifton
Frank McHugh ... Frank - the chauffeur
Ruth Donnelly ... Mrs. Ashton-Ashley
Theodore Newton ... Steve Laird
Willard Robertson ... Everett Marshall
Harry C. Bradley ... 'Popsy' - a Businessman
James Durkin ... The Sheriff
Jane Darwell ... Gladys - the Wife
Edgar Kennedy ... Herbert - the Husband
Muriel Evans ... Blonde Cutie
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Storyline

In the Mohave Desert, Olga runs a gas station, lunch counter, and auto camp with her younger sister Myra. In a 24-hour period, Olga must deal with Myra's desire to go to a town dance with a cad, the appearance by happenstance of George, an old boyfriend whose conduct is never above suspicion, and the overnight presence of two women recently divorced in Reno, who, with a chauffeur, are carrying valuable jewels. George gets wind of the jewels and plays with Olga's heartstrings to set up a robbery. Myra arranges to sneak off with her beau. It's hot, and the heat lightening is crackling on the horizon. Is Olga's life of peace and hard work in the desert about to change for the worse? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

"I JUST KILLED A RAT!" (original poster-all caps)

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1934 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Heat lightning is a term referring to lightning seen from a thunderstorm that is too far away for the accompanying thunder to be heard. See more »

Goofs

Frank, the chauffeur, carries a tub of water for one of the rich lady's bath as if it weren't heavy. See more »

Quotes

George: Want another barbequed sandwich?
Jeff: I can hear the warden ask if I have any last words before they turn on the heat and you ask if I want another barbequed sandwich?
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high desert caper... in the joshua trees
16 March 2010 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

... must have been filmed around Joshua Tree or Lone Pine.. unfortunately, no locations listed as of March 2010. Warner Brothers shortie... but TCM host Robert Osborne mentioned that the Catholic League wanted changes made, so I wonder if the original play was longer or even naughtier. Also loved seeing Frank McHugh & Aline MacMahon... McHugh was toned way down for this part...he's funnier and louder in some of his other roles; MacMahon was the big star of this one.... as one of the female mechanics (sisters) that run the gas station ( one comes REAL close to being lesbian, whether or not that was the intention)... Jerry, her ex says: "you're right... you changed plenty!" and when Myra goes out with a guy, her sister Olga gives her hell when she gets back. When the folks in the car insist it'll take a "darn good man" to get the radiator cap off, Olga opens it, no problem. Fun, quick story, even if i'm not really sure what we learned.. I thought it had a lot in common with Key Largo, but lesser known actors in this one. and years earlier. Very Good!


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