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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Lola
... Space
... Pops
... Gifford
... Brogan
... Mac
... Junior
... Marquis
... A Girl Friend (as Isobel Jewell)
... Loretta
... Winters
Mary Forbes ... Mrs. Middleton
... Mr. Middleton
... Alice Cole
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Undetermined 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 »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

13 October 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Akta er för gnistor!  »

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Budget:

$344,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although based on the life of Clara Bow, many elements of the story also matched Jean Harlow's own life. Harlow grew up in a Georgian home with white interiors, had nine large dogs, and some members of her family exploited her celebrity. 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

Lola Burns: You hardly know me?
Gifford Middleton: I've known you in every ripple of moonlight I've ever seen. In every symphony I've ever heard. In every perfume I've ever smelt.
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Jean Harlow (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Dancin' on a Rainbow
(uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
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Just superb
13 August 2004 | by See 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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