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White Heat (1934)




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In this melodrama filmed on location in Hawaii, a sugar plantation manager finds himself falling in love with a native girl, but instead of committing to her, he marries a socially prominent young woman from San Francisco. The spoiled girl does not easily adapt to the rigors of plantation life and she gets terribly bored. She is just about to give in to the romantic overtures of a persistent native when her former lover shows up. The husband gets jealous and is about to attack him when the wife sets fire to the cane field. The husband's native lover saves him from death. Afterward, his wife leaves to be with her old flame, and the manager is free to be with the woman he's loved all along.


Mona Maris
as Leilani
David Newell
as William Hawkes
Virginia Cherrill
as Lucille Cheney
Hardie Albright
as Chandler Morris
Naomi Childers
as Mrs. Cheney
Kamaunani Achi
as Mrs. Hale
Nohili Naumu
as Leilani's Father
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Critic Reviews for White Heat

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Filmed against a Hawaiian background, White Heat is a humorless account of the amorous difficulties of a young sugar planter.

September 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Film has all the earmarks of authenticity. The camera, however, lacked the vision of the average travelogue. or newsreel clip for which this locale is old territory.

September 16, 2020 | Full Review…

There are many spots where the film looks like the Infant talkies back in 1929, and the acting is generally amateurish. Despite its crudity, movie fans on Kauai will : undoubtedly want to see it.

September 16, 2020 | Full Review…

It has been written and directed by those who quite obviously are familiar with the unusual background of the drama. Hence it carries a strong atmosphere of realism and sincerity.

September 16, 2020 | Full Review…

A cane fire, started while Newell and Hardie Albright are in terrific fistic combat, livens things at the end.

September 16, 2020 | Full Review…

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