The Heat's On

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]

The Heat's On
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGregory Ratoff
Screenplay byFitzroy Davis, George S. George
StarringMae West
Victor Moore
William Gaxton
Music byYasha Bunchuk, John Leipold
CinematographyFranz Planer
Edited byOtto Meyer
Gregory Ratoff Productions
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • November 25, 1943 (1943-11-25)
Running time
79 min
CountryUnited States


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

Mae West was 49 at the time of the movie's production, her first film in three years, after an interlude starring on Broadway. Unlike her previous films, for which West wrote the screenplays and/or story material, West played no part in creating the story or dialogue of The Heat's On. Perhaps as a result, 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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