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
Junior Burns
Marquis Hugo
Nellie - Junior's Girl Friend (as Isobel Jewell)
Mary Forbes ...
Mrs. Middleton
Mr. Middleton
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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A romance of the cinema star whose headaches make headlines. (Newspaper ad). See more »


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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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was unofficially based on the life of Clara Bow, Holllywood's original "It Girl." Director Victor Fleming was once engaged to Clara Bow. 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 »


Space Hanlon: You aren't the only one that knows about Desert Springs, you know. Besides, the desert is just about the best place that I know of to get dramatically drunk. I've got two suitcases there full of high-tone tonics that's gonna make me forget I ever saw the inside of a studio. The me for Tahiti and the blue lagoon and chasing those brown-skinned babies through the bamboo bushes.
Lola Burns: You know as much as I'd like to, I wouldn't even believe it if I'd heard you'd been eaten by a shark!
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Jean Harlow (1962) See more »


Hold Your Man
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
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Harlow's greatest performance
19 December 1999 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

More than any other film in the Harlow canon, this one is a testament to her impressive comedic talent, and her knack for rapid-fire delivery and dialogue. Gifts which made her literally unmatched in the 1930's among comedic actresses ("Dinner at Eight" director George Cukor considered her without equal). Like her final film "Saratoga," this is another film which is hard to view with detachment, as it bares many similarities with her real life right down to parasitic parents and an exploitive studio. The way Harlow gestures, her body movements, and pitch control, is something that most actors are not able to acquire until many years of stage and screen performance, and even then, it might still elude them. Harlow did this at age 22 with no stage experience. The script by John Lee Mahin is classic, and is hands down, one of the most devastating satires ever produced on the studio system. Victor Fleming's direction (who also directed Harlow in "Red Dust" and "Reckless"), though not exactly of "Gone with the Wind" caliber, is adequate. The real show, however, entirely belongs to Harlow. Period.

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