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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.

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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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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

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

Goofs

Saguaro cactus do not grow in California but from central Arizona to northern Mexico. See more »

Quotes

Space Hanlon: Oh, Lola, honey, baby girl, you don't have to keep a stiff upper lip with me. You know - hey, listen - what's his name? That's all I wanna know! Don't tell me it's that - it's that...
Lola Burns: Don't be silly! I don't even know his name yet.
Space Hanlon: You don't know his name? You mean you - you know - well, holy smoke, when are you gonna find out?
Lola Burns: If its any of your business, as soon as I adopt the baby and get a good name to suit him.
Space Hanlon: Ohhhhh, so you're gonna adopt a baby.
Lola Burns: So, I'm not gonna kidnap one!
Space Hanlon: For minute ...
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Connections

Featured in Harlow: The Blonde Bombshell (1993) See more »

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Hold Your Man
(uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
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Super entertainment
30 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

Count me in. This slam-bang, snap-crackle-pop picture is a doozy, never pausing for breath as it zips along its nifty, irreverent way, superbly cast so as to let everyone do what he/she does best.

As if its entertainment value were not enough, it has something to say, so cleverly that it mocks itself along with a half-dozen other victims. Where the movie business is concerned, nothing is what it seems to be - except when it is. At the center of it all are a press agent to whom lies come so naturally that he would require a moment of intense concentration before he could utter a word of truth - if he wanted to; and a colossal star, neither educated nor bright, a small-town girl who, without half-trying, becomes what every woman yearns to become - except that she yearns to be something else.

Jean Harlow was considerably more than a glamor girl. Limited (as many studio players were) to one type of screen persona, she brought it off with success in both comedy and drama, perfecting the mannerisms, gestures and nuances. Lee Tracy, born to play the kind of role he was given here (and elsewhere), is without peer as the fast-talking, shifty-eyed conniver, a rascal beholden to no ethical sense but his own. Their supporting cast - with a special nod to Frank Morgan's tipsy, dithering poseur - is uniformly excellent. Don't miss this one.


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