The Heat's On (1943) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Heat's On (1943)





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After an absence of three years, Mae West returned to the screen in the musical comedy The Heat's On. La West is cast as Fay Lawrence, a famous Broadway actress who is loved intensely by her producer Tony Ferris (William Gaxton). Rival producer Forrest Stanton (Alan Dinehart) steals Fay away from Ferris by convincing her that she's been blacklisted from Broadway by blue-nosed moralist Hannah Bainbridge (Almira Sessions). Meanwhile, Hannah's puckish brother Hubert (Victor Moore) syphons money from his sister's "clean up show business" committee to produce a musical show for his actress niece Janey (Mary Roche). Somehow, all these characters converge for a spectacular closing production number spotlighting the formidable Fay. Part of the reason for the failure of The Heat's On is the fact that Mae West didn't write her own dialogue, as was usually her custom. The film performed so poorly that it would be 27 years before West would again appear on the Big Screen.

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Mae West
as Fay Lawrence
Victor Moore
as Hubert Bainbridge
William Gaxton
as Tony Ferris
Allan Dinehart
as Forrest Stanton
Lester Allen
as Mouse Beller
Mary Roche
as Janey Bainbridge
Almira Sessions
as Hannah Bainbridge
Alan Dinehart
as Forrest Stanton
Hazel Scott
as Herself
Lloyd Bridges
as Andy Walker
Sam Ash
as Frank
Xavier Cugat
as Xavier Cugat
Leonard Sues
as Trumpet Player
Jack Owen
as Himself
Roy Engel
as (uncredited)
Harry Tyler
as Stagehand (uncredited)
Harry Shannon
as Police Captain (uncredited)
Leon Belasco
as Shore - the Agent (uncredited)
Edward Earle
as One of Fay's Writers (uncredited)
Harry Harvey
as Harry - Tony's Accountant (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for The Heat's On

All Critics (2)

A great musical comedy show. [Full review in Spanish]

September 13, 2019 | Full Review…

It would be difficult to make a worse musical/comedy.

April 26, 2005 | Rating: D | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Heat's On


Nowhere near Mae's best but not as bad as its reputation has it. Mae looks great though, perhaps the best she ever did on screen, the 40's styles were very complimentary to her.

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