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directed by Mervyn LeRoy
USA 1934

 

The setting: a gas station in the middle of a sweltering, desiccated nowhere. The women: Olga (Aline MacMahon), a wary, weathered loner with a knack for fixing cars, and Myra (Ann Dvorak), her pretty kid sister who dishes up diner chow and dreams of romance. The film: Heat Lightning, an edgy, femme prenoir that turns incendiary when visitors arrive – two bejeweled divorcees and Olga’s old love, a killer on the lam. Guiding a cast that also includes Preston Foster, Lyle Talbot, Glenda Farrell, Ruth Donnelly, Frank McHugh and Jane Darwell, Mervyn LeRoy (I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang) ramps up pre-Code wisecracking and vise-like tension into an emotional wallop of an ending.

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Theatrical Release: 3 March 1934 (USA)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Also available in:
Ripped From the Headlines! Get five remastered Warner Bros. classics that are as pertinent today as they were in the '30s. Featuring some of Warner Bros. biggest studio stars of the day, these coarse, gritty, mostly pre-Code melodramas are ripe for rediscovery.  5 DVDs - limit 1 per customer! This package available HERE includes: Alias the Doctor (1932), Blondie Johnson (1933), From Headquarters (1933), Heat Lightening (1934), and Black Fury (1935) that may be bought individually.

  

Runtime 1:03:16
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.78 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (2:15)

DVD Release Date: December 14, 2010
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Chapters 21

 

Comments

Heat Lighting is, perhaps, the best movie released in the latest Warner Archive bundle set "Warner Bros. '30s Classics Ripped From the Headlines" (more on it below). It stars fan-favorite Ann Dvorak as a younger sister running a middle-of-nowhere diner and gas station. But it's Aline MacMahon, playing her older sister and seen recently in another Warner Archive release of her film debut Five Star Final () who steals the film. Based on a stage play, Heat Lighting has some similarities with another, more famous play-to-the-screen Warner picture The Petrified Forest, released just 2 years later and elevated to A-picture.

Just like other films in this set, Heat Lighting shows its signs of age, but the newly remastered print in a fine shape, with just a few instances of marks and specs. There is a trailer and generous for such a brief film (just 63 minutes), 21 chapter provided.

The film can be purchased separately or, exclusive to Warner Archives web page, as so called "Warner Bros. '30s Classics Ripped From the Headlines" (HERE) with 4 other early 1930's movies we are reviewing at DVD Beaver, which would make it a better value.

  - Gregory Meshman

 



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Distribution

Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Also available in:
Ripped From the Headlines! Get five remastered Warner Bros. classics that are as pertinent today as they were in the '30s. Featuring some of Warner Bros. biggest studio stars of the day, these coarse, gritty, mostly pre-Code melodramas are ripe for rediscovery.  5 DVDs - limit 1 per customer! This package available HERE includes: Alias the Doctor (1932), Blondie Johnson (1933), From Headquarters (1933), Heat Lightening (1934), and Black Fury (1935) that may be bought individually.

  

 

 




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