Bombshell (1933)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  13 October 1933 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Pops Burns
Gifford Middleton
Jim Brogan
Una Merkel ...
Ted Healy ...
Junior Burns
Marquis Hugo
A Girl Friend (as Isobel Jewell)
Louise Beavers ...
Leonard Carey ...
Mary Forbes ...
Mrs. Middleton
Mr. Middleton
June Brewster ...
Alice Cole
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Undetermined Role (scenes deleted)


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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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

13 October 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Akta er för gnistor!  »

Box Office


$344,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Caroline Francke's and Mack Crane's play was unproduced. See more »


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 »


Lola Burns: Get away from me, all of you! you're nothing but a pack of leeches!
Pops: Leeches?
Lola Burns: Yes, leeches! At least he
[motions to Space]
Lola Burns: was right; I don't know how I expected to bring a baby in here with an old fool for his grandfather who's half-drunk all the time!
Mac: Lola, you're exciting yourself...
Lola Burns: And what about you? Don't think I don't know about your stealing and all the cuts you get from the stores! And you
[to Bro]
Lola Burns: who hasn't had a job to your name in three years and bringing her in here like it was a ...
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Referenced in Sex at 24 Frames Per Second (2003) See more »


(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Hoagy Carmichael
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Played by Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra at the Coconut Grove nightclub
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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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