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Release Date:
13 October 1933 (USA) See more »
An explosion of laughter...with beautiful Jean Harlow as the female fire-cracker of filmdom! (Newspaper ad). See more »
Sexpot film star Lola Burns seeks a new image and tries marrying a marquis, adopting a baby -- all sorts of schemes which go awry. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jean Harlow ... Lola Burns

Lee Tracy ... Space Hanlon

Frank Morgan ... Pops Burns

Franchot Tone ... Gifford Middleton

Pat O'Brien ... Jim Brogan

Una Merkel ... Mac

Ted Healy ... Junior Burns

Ivan Lebedeff ... Marquis Hugo

Isabel Jewell ... Nellie - Junior's Girl Friend (as Isobel Jewell)

Louise Beavers ... Loretta

Leonard Carey ... Winters
Mary Forbes ... Mrs. Middleton

C. Aubrey Smith ... Mr. Middleton

June Brewster ... Alice Cole
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Nils Asther ... Undetermined Role (scenes deleted)

Tom Kennedy ... Minor Role (scenes deleted)

Willard Mack ... Hugo's Lawyer (scenes deleted)
Etta Moten ... Singer (scenes deleted)
Gus Arnheim ... Gus Arnheim - Coconut Grove Bandleader (uncredited)

Ed Brady ... Photographer (uncredited)

James Burke ... First Immigration Officer (uncredited)
Primo Carnera ... Primo Carnera - in the Opening Montage (uncredited)

Mary Carr ... Miss Talley - Orphanage Representative (uncredited)

Dorothy DeBorba ... Girl Getting Lola's Autograph at Table (uncredited)

Billy Dooley ... Man Claiming to Be Lola's Husband (uncredited)

Ben Erway ... Reporter (uncredited)
Edward Gargan ... Second Immigration Officer (uncredited)
Harrison Greene ... Reporter (uncredited)

Ethel Griffies ... Mrs. Ward - Orphanage Representative (uncredited)
Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra ... Cocoanut Grove Orchestra (uncredited)

Grace Hayle ... Mrs. Titcomb (uncredited)

Tenen Holtz ... White - Lola's Agent (uncredited)

Marcia Mae Jones ... Flower Girl at Wedding (uncredited)

Kenner G. Kemp ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Monte - Lola's Makeup Man (uncredited)
Greta Meyer ... Lola's Masseuse (uncredited)
Miki Morita ... Yokahama (uncredited)
Philip Morris ... Studio Workman (uncredited)
Louis Natheaux ... Car Salesman (uncredited)
William Newell ... Lola's Chauffeur (uncredited)

Dennis O'Keefe ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

Shirley Ross ... Singer (uncredited)
Leonard Sillman ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)

Martha Sleeper ... Lola's Hair Stylist (uncredited)

Minerva Urecal ... Autograph Seeker (uncredited)

Morgan Wallace ... H.E. Gillette (uncredited)
Kathrin Clare Ward ... Older Orphanage Nurse (uncredited)
Ruth Warren ... Miss Carroll from Photoplay Magazine (uncredited)
Allen Wood ... Frankie (uncredited)

Directed by
Victor Fleming (uncredited)
Writing credits
John Lee Mahin (screenplay) and
Jules Furthman (screenplay)

Caroline Francke (from the play by) and
Mack Crane (from the play by)

C. Graham Baker  uncredited
Norman Krasna  additional writer (uncredited)
Gene Towne  uncredited

Produced by
Hunt Stromberg .... associate producer
Original Music by
William Axt (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Harold Rosson (photographed by)
Chester A. Lyons (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Margaret Booth (film editor)
Art Direction by
Merrill Pye 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Lee .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Edwin B. Willis .... interior decorator
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
William Steinkamp .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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96 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Australia:G | UK:A | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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 »
Revealing mistakes: 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:Now, don't worry H.E. Where I kick her, the camera will never pick up the scar.See more »
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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
beautiful Lola, 18 June 2004
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

Probably Jean Harlow's cutest appearance as the film star Lola who only wants to be a real person. How she manages in la-la land with lines being said to her in all seriousness like 'I'd like to run barefoot through your hair' (Franchot Tone does manage to say this with some panache ...) with people like Lee Tracy as her acerbic agent, Frank Morgan as his usual stock character 'Pops', and oddball Ted Healy as 'Junior' - well, that's where the fun comes in.

Jean was never a great actress but she was a luminous personality and a fine comedienne. Her tarty characters bounce off the screen and she is really fabulous in this.

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