Hot Stuff (1929)

73 mins | Comedy | 24 March 1929

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Producer:

Wid Gunning

Cinematographer:

Sid Hickox

Editor:

Terry Morse

Production Designer:

John Hughes

Production Company:

First National Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

Referring to the film as Bluffers, the 30 Apr 1928 FD announced the Alice White starrer as a forthcoming feature from First National Pictures, Inc. According to the 5 Jul 1928 Exhibitors Daily Review, the story, by Robert S. Carr, originally appeared in an unnamed magazine as The Bluffers. Mervyn LeRoy was named as the director.
       The 12 May 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World reported the title change to Hot Stuff. Despite this announcement, several publications still referred to the title as Bluffers through late Oct 1928.
       According to the 10 Oct 1928 Var, Adelaide Heilbron was hired to write the adaptation, but the 12 Jan 1929 Motion Picture News credited Louis Stevens for adapting the story.
       Although the 26 Nov 1928 Exhibitors Daily Review stated that production was currently underway with a co-lead yet to be signed, principal photography began on 19 Dec 1928, according to the 12 Jan 1929 Exhibitors Herald-World production chart. The 29 Dec 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World confirmed the late Dec 1928 start date, and announced William Bakewell as White's co-star.
       On 30 Jan 1929, FD reported that the film was "in the cutting room."
       The 22 Dec 1928 Motion Picture News release chart listed a 31 Mar 1929 release date, but the 26 Jan 1929 Exhibitors Herald-World indicated that the release had been moved up a week to 24 Mar 1929.
       Hot Stuff opened in New York at the Cameo Theatre on 11 May 1929, according ... More Less

Referring to the film as Bluffers, the 30 Apr 1928 FD announced the Alice White starrer as a forthcoming feature from First National Pictures, Inc. According to the 5 Jul 1928 Exhibitors Daily Review, the story, by Robert S. Carr, originally appeared in an unnamed magazine as The Bluffers. Mervyn LeRoy was named as the director.
       The 12 May 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World reported the title change to Hot Stuff. Despite this announcement, several publications still referred to the title as Bluffers through late Oct 1928.
       According to the 10 Oct 1928 Var, Adelaide Heilbron was hired to write the adaptation, but the 12 Jan 1929 Motion Picture News credited Louis Stevens for adapting the story.
       Although the 26 Nov 1928 Exhibitors Daily Review stated that production was currently underway with a co-lead yet to be signed, principal photography began on 19 Dec 1928, according to the 12 Jan 1929 Exhibitors Herald-World production chart. The 29 Dec 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World confirmed the late Dec 1928 start date, and announced William Bakewell as White's co-star.
       On 30 Jan 1929, FD reported that the film was "in the cutting room."
       The 22 Dec 1928 Motion Picture News release chart listed a 31 Mar 1929 release date, but the 26 Jan 1929 Exhibitors Herald-World indicated that the release had been moved up a week to 24 Mar 1929.
       Hot Stuff opened in New York at the Cameo Theatre on 11 May 1929, according to the 15 May 1929 Var review, which noted that the picture contained only thirty percent dialogue.
       Reviews were mixed. Var complained that the film lacked "snap and sparkle," but praised the comedic skating sequences featuring Louise Fazenda. The 21 Apr 1929 FD deemed the picture a "frothy inconsequential college life yarn." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Daily Review
5 Jul 1928
p. 4.
Exhibitors Daily Review
26 Nov 1928
p. 7.
Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World
12 May 1928
p. 89.
Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World
29 Dec 1928
p. 47.
Exhibitors Herald-World
12 Jan 1929
p. 48.
Exhibitors Herald-World
26 Jan 1929
p. 19.
Film Daily
30 Apr 1928
p. 3.
Film Daily
30 Jan 1929
p. 8.
Film Daily
21 Apr 1929
p. 9.
Motion Picture News
22 Dec 1928
p.1889.
Motion Picture News
12 Jan 1929
p. 138.
New York Times
13 May 1929
p. 27.
Variety
10 Oct 1928
p. 61.
Variety
15 May 1929
p. 49.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Bluffers
Release Date:
24 March 1929
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 11 May 1929
Production Date:
began 19 December 1928
Copyright Claimant:
First National Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
12 May 1930
Copyright Number:
LP401
Physical Properties:
Silent with sound sequences
Talking seq by Vitaphone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si; 7,466 ft.
Duration(in mins):
73
Length(in feet):
6,774
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Barbara Allen, who has been a gas station attendant in her hometown, is sent to college when her Aunt Kate receives a settlement in a lawsuit. Aunt Kate, who was so restrained by her parents that she never married, is determined to see that her niece does not suffer a like fate. Babs steps out and makes the flaming youth at the freshwater school think that she is really "hot stuff" by smoking and drinking, as well as by suggesting unlimited necking possibilities. But she is discovered to be a fraud by Mack Moran, who ultimately gives her his fraternity pin, informing her that it is still the nice girls who get the wedding ... +


Barbara Allen, who has been a gas station attendant in her hometown, is sent to college when her Aunt Kate receives a settlement in a lawsuit. Aunt Kate, who was so restrained by her parents that she never married, is determined to see that her niece does not suffer a like fate. Babs steps out and makes the flaming youth at the freshwater school think that she is really "hot stuff" by smoking and drinking, as well as by suggesting unlimited necking possibilities. But she is discovered to be a fraud by Mack Moran, who ultimately gives her his fraternity pin, informing her that it is still the nice girls who get the wedding rings. +

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