The Heat's On

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The Heat's On
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Gregory Ratoff
Screenplay by Fitzroy Davis, George S. George
Starring Mae West
Victor Moore
William Gaxton
Music by Yasha Bunchuk, John Leipold
Cinematography Franz Planer
Edited by Otto Meyer
Gregory Ratoff Productions
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • November 25, 1943 (1943-11-25)
Running time
79 min
Country United States
Language English

The Heat's On (1943) is a musical movie starring Mae West, William Gaxton, and Victor Moore, and released by Columbia Pictures.[1][2][3]


Broadway star Fay Lawrence (West) is a temperamental diva who is reluctantly persuaded by a Broadway producer (Gaxton) to star in his latest production.


Production background[edit]

Mae West was 49 at the time of the movie's production, her first film in three years, after an interlude starring on Broadway. Due to Mae West's risqué and ribald dialogue being severely censored by the conservative Hays office, the movie was not a box office success. West did not return to the screen until 27 years later in Myra Breckenridge (1970), and chose to pursue a successful career in theater instead.


  1. ^ The Heat's On on IMDb
  2. ^ "The Heat's On". FilmAffinity. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  3. ^ "The Heat's On (1943)". AFI. Retrieved 21 December 2015.

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