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Bombshell (1933)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 13 October 1933 (USA)
Sexpot film star Lola Burns seeks a new image and tries marrying a marquis, adopting a baby -- all sorts of schemes which go awry.

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(uncredited)

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(screenplay), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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Pops Burns
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Gifford Middleton
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Jim Brogan
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Mac
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Junior Burns
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Marquis Hugo
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Nellie - Junior's Girl Friend (as Isobel Jewell)
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Loretta
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Winters
Mary Forbes ...
Mrs. Middleton
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Mr. Middleton
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Alice Cole
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Undetermined Role (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Lola Burns is at the top of the pile in Hollywood. But life ain't easy, what with her father and brother always hanging around for handouts, and devious studio publicity honcho Space Hanlon cooking up endless lurid newspaper stories. Makes a girl want to give up pictures. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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A romance of the cinema star whose headaches make headlines. (Newspaper ad). See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

13 October 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Akta er för gnistor!  »

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Budget:

$344,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lee Tracy and Jean Harlowe also made Dinner at Eight together although there were no shared scenes in that film. See more »

Goofs

A piece of debris can be seen at the top of the camera lens in several of the shots of Lola riding a horse in the desert. The debris appears and disappears from shot to shot. See more »

Quotes

Space Hanlon: Oh, Lola, honey, baby girl, you don't have to keep a stiff upper lip with me. You know - hey, listen - what's his name? That's all I wanna know! Don't tell me it's that - it's that...
Lola Burns: Don't be silly! I don't even know his name yet.
Space Hanlon: You don't know his name? You mean you - you know - well, holy smoke, when are you gonna find out?
Lola Burns: If its any of your business, as soon as I adopt the baby and get a good name to suit him.
Space Hanlon: Ohhhhh, so you're gonna adopt a baby.
Lola Burns: So, I'm not gonna kidnap one!
Space Hanlon: For minute ...
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Connections

Featured in Harlow: The Blonde Bombshell (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Let's Make Up
(uncredited)
Written by Jack Little, Dave Oppenheim and Ira Schuster
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Shining jazz comedy from one of America's best directors
4 October 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Jean Harlow shines as a movie sex starlet who's tired of all the negative publicity drummed up by her studio's publicist (Tracy) to promote her career. she wants to adopt a baby and play "respectable" roles, but society's mavens continually reject her (this "picture girl") and everything she tries to do for herself is thwarted by Tracy, who (more or less) secretly loves her. Very funny and well directed by Fleming, not slapstick as some claim, but more like Hawks/Sturges/Wilder style "screwball."


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