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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 and adopting a baby - all sorts of schemes which go awry.

Director:

Victor Fleming (uncredited)

Writers:

John Lee Mahin (screenplay), Jules Furthman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Harlow ... Lola Burns
Lee Tracy ... E.J. '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 di Binelli di Pisa
Isabel Jewell ... A 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:
Tom Kennedy ... Minor 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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An explosion of laughter...with beautiful Jean Harlow as the female fire-cracker of filmdom! (Newspaper ad). See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bombshell See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$344,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Lee Tracy asked to be released from the movie because he felt his role was too small in comparison with Jean Harlow's, Norman Krasna was hired to beef up his part. See more »

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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: Now, don't worry H.E. Where I kick her, the camera will never pick up the scar.
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Featured in Sex, Censorship and the Silver Screen: Censored (1996) See more »

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Let's Make Up
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Written by Jack Little, Dave Oppenheim and Ira Schuster
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Just superb
13 August 2004 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Hysterical comedy with Jean Harlow playing Lola Burns--an actress being driven crazy by her dysfunctional family and her overzealous publicity man (Lee Tracy).

VERY quick, very risque (this was pre-Code) and very funny spoof/satire on Hollywood, the studios and the stars. One liners fly fast and furious and the film almost never stops for breath.

Harlow is just incredible--she's sexy, funny and one hell of an actress! She carries the whole picture on her shoulders. She's matched by Tracy who plays the role of a slimy publicity man to perfection. Frank Morgan and Franchot Tone offer great comedic support also (especially Tone with his "romantic" lines).

Basically this is a true classic comedy. It deserves a lot more recognition than it gets. It's also a chance to see Harlow in her prime--she was an incredible actress who died tragically at a very young age.

This is an absolute must-see. Don't miss it!


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