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Lola Burns (Jean Harlow) is a famous movie superstar who has grown tired of the life of glamour and wants something more fulfilling. However, her publicity agent Space Hanlon (Lee Tracy) is always dreaming up scandalous tales to keep her name in the headlines. Lola tries to bring a sense of home-life to her harried existence by adding a family. She plans to adopt a baby and settle down with her director (Pat O'Brien), but each of her plans are dashed by Hanlon's sneaky duplicity. Meanwhile, her freeloading father (Frank Morgan) and drunkard brother Junior (Ted Healy) keep mucking up her chances at a normal life. Hanlon hatches a plan to end her desires for home and family, but eventually realizes that the reason he is spending so much time on Lola's publicity is that he's falling for her.

So as not to mislead audiences into thinking this was a war picture, MGM re-titled the film BLONDE BOMBSHELL for its initial run in the United Kingdom.

Frank Morgan is best remembered for his 1939 role of the Wizard in THE WIZARD OF OZ.

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Ted Healy (Solo)
Release Date
October 13, 1933
Production Type
Feature Film
95.5 min.
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Shooting Days:   35 days   From: 1933-08-07   To: 1933-09-15

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Posted 2001-03-04 19:13:00 by sickdrjoe
Edited 2007-08-25 18:03:41 by Dunrobin
This is one of my favorite comedies, a cynical, lightning-quick spoof of Hollywood. Jean Harlow is terrific in this and it's one of the few features Lee Tracy got to make before he was blacklisted (not by McCarthy, but just as bad: by Louis B Mayer, whom he'd offended). Anybody who's unaware of who Lee Tracy is should seek out this movie, along with BLESSED EVENT, THE HALF-NAKED TRUTH, THE NUISANCE and any of his other pre-1934 films. He was the original fast-talking, unscrupulous, anything-for-a-buck reporter/shyster/press agent type; the man was an inspired comedic dynamo and very, very funny (though not in a slapstick setting). It's amazing how many low-budget comedies prior to 1934 (and the heavy hand of the Code) are classics of non stop frenzied activity. (Likewise, Jimmy Cagney comedies from the same era!) Do yourself a favor and hunt a few down (Turner Classic Movies runs this one & BLESSED EVENT now and then): they put today's slow, expensive, politically-correct snoozefests to shame. Viva Lee Tracy!
Posted 2002-04-29 03:57:00 by Giff me dat fill-em!
Not a bad flick ...it contains many good comedic items, such as the twist at the end where Franchot Tone turns out to be a Space Hanlon "plant". It also has Frank Morgan, the Daddy of Jean Harlow ... soon-to-be (1939) "Wizard Of Oz" ... !!Judge: We're you ever indicted? Moe: No ... not since I was a baby.

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