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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Cast

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Pops Burns
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Gifford Middleton
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Jim Brogan
Una Merkel ...
Mac
Ted Healy ...
Junior Burns
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Marquis Hugo
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A Girl Friend (as Isobel Jewell)
Louise Beavers ...
Loretta
Leonard Carey ...
Winters
Mary Forbes ...
Mrs. Middleton
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Mr. Middleton
June Brewster ...
Alice Cole
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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 »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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13 October 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Akta er för gnistor!  »

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$344,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Shirley Ross. 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

Mrs. Titcomb: Tell me, dear. You're a woman. You're the sweet, unspoiled child I knew you were. But don't you ever... in the midst of the grueling pace of your career... doesn't there ever come a longing for... the right of all womanhood?
Lola Burns: Uh... let' see, uh... you mean that, uh...
Mrs. Titcomb: I mean, don't you ever find yourself listening for the patter of little feet?
Lola Burns: Why... oh, yes, Mrs. Titcomb. Yes.
Mrs. Titcomb: The call of motherhood is so strong in some women. The call of fatherhood in men, too. Sometimes I think that's what ...
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Jean Harlow (1962) See more »

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I'm Dancin' on a Rainbow
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Music by Nacio Herb Brown
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Sharp Hollywood Satire from the Golden Age
22 January 2006 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

"Bombshell" does for the Hollywood of the 1930s what "The Player" does for the Hollywood of the 1990s. It's quite interesting to see how well established the Hollywood System was already in the early 1930s when this film was made. Already at that time the film world was centered on stars, studios, and a sycophantic support network that was focused on a false facades and phoniness. There are plenty of hilarious scenes in "Bombshell" sending up the studio system in a way that I found quite surprising given the year (1933) that this film was produced. It seems to present a sensibility - sarcastic, witty, honest - that I don't usually associate with the Golden Age of Hollywood. So many jokes about alcohol and drunkenness! "Bombshell" makes "The Thin Man" seem like an advertisement for AA by comparison.

Good supporting cast - nice to see Frank Morgan (aka the Wizard of Oz) as the inebriated father of star Jean Harlow. Lee Tracy is completely convincing as the smooth-talking oily agent who harbors a secret passion for his client. But what really makes "Bombshell" work - and which explains why I rate it at 8 out is 10 - is the tremendously self-effacing performance of Jean Harlow. She's just terrific!


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