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Hoopla (1933)

A hula dancer at a carnival sets out to seduce the son of the show's manager.


Frank Lloyd


Kenyon Nicholson (play), Bradley King (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Clara Bow ... Lou
Preston Foster ... Nifty Miller
Richard Cromwell ... Chris Miller
Herbert Mundin ... Hap Spissel
James Gleason ... Jerry
Minna Gombell ... Carrie
Roger Imhof Roger Imhof ... Colonel Gowdy
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Damorès Damorès ... Colonel Gowdy aka Colonel Cody (French Version) (voice)


A hula dancer at a carnival sets out to seduce the son of the show's manager.

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She Shakes Everything But Her Boy Friend. SHE'S MILD AS A TORNADO! She Has What "IT" Takes to Get What She Wants (Print Ad-Lewiston Morning Tribune,((Lewiston, Idaho)) 1 January 1934)









Release Date:

30 November 1933 (USA) See more »

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Hoopla See more »

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Fox Film Corporation See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Final film of Clara Bow. See more »

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Clara Bow Calls It Quits
5 August 2008 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Fresh-faced student Richard Cromwell (as Chris Miller) jumps off a train, to join father Preston Foster (as Nifty Miller)'s traveling carnival. Mr. Foster wants his son to stay away from the sleazy side-show folk, and pursue his interest in becoming a lawyer; but, Mr. Cromwell wants to spend some quality time with his dad. With the kid around, Foster must move bed-partner Minna Gombell (as Carrie) to other quarters; so, she slips under the covers with Clara Bow (as Lou). Ms. Gombell doesn't appreciate losing her bed-space to Cromwell; so, she asks Ms. Bow to seduce him. Bow says she doesn't want to be a "cradle robber", but changes her mind for $100.00.

Bow and Cromwell try to make it believable, after her swimming scene (to their credit); but, watching them is like watching Mae West seduce Charles Ray. A re-make of "The Barker" doesn't seem like an inappropriate vehicle; however, "Hoop-la" exploits the plumper Bow's past and (at the time) notoriety. This is precisely the kind of exploitation Bow should have been moving away from, at this point in her career. Not an awful film, all things considered. But not enough for Bow to carry on after all the "Hoop-la". So Bow, born within only two years of Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, and Katharine Hepburn… sadly, retired.

***** Hoop-la (11/30/33) Frank Lloyd ~ Clara Bow, Richard Cromwell, Preston Foster

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