Bombshell (Blonde Bombshell) (1933)
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as Lola Burns
as E.J."Space" Hanlon
as Pops Burns
as Gifford Middleton
as Mrs. Middleton
as Mr. Middleton
as Junior'S Girl
as Alice Cole
Critic Reviews for Bombshell (Blonde Bombshell)
Surprising for something so mean-spirited to have come so early in the Dream Factory's saga of self-loathing, and even more surprising because it seems so heartfelt.
Harlow gives a star quality comedy turn that's spoiled only by too much speechifying on her part.
Dated, but Harlow is in her prime.
A wonderful reminder of how great both Tracy and Harlow really were
Audience Reviews for Bombshell (Blonde Bombshell)
It's nice to see Jean Harlow in a major role after her breakout performances in 1932, but this film is saddled with a weak script, and filled with noisy and annoying performances. Harlow plays a Hollywood starlet and is awfully shrill in the first half of the film, but the biggest problem is Lee Tracy, who plays a slick studio publicity agent. His actions in keeping Harlow in line, his voice, and his smugness all made me want to reach back in time 83 years and punch him in the face, and yet he is positioned as the 'good guy'. Ugh! The attempts at comedy are dated, but Tracy manipulating it so Harlow can't adopt a child because he believes she couldn't do that and have a career is just sickening, not clever. There are some in-jokes in the film, the best of which is 'Harlow playing Harlow' and the barrel scene from 'Red Dust'. It's nice to see Frank Morgan, better known as being the Wizard of Oz, and it's always nice to see Harlow, and here she tells off the leeches in her life in a nice scene, coos over a baby, and later rides a horse. However, it's pretty bad when your favorite part of the movie is the three sheepdogs! This one is overrated and disappointing.
A comedic look that was supposedly inspired by the true life of not only Clara Bow, but Jean Harlow herself. Whether the joke was on her, or she knew it; she seemed to have a lot of fun doing it. In fact, all the actors seemed to have a lot of fun doing this film. This was the best that I've ever seen Harlow. She played a movie star with family who she supported, while they drank and had fun; along with others that used her for their own gains. This poor woman couldn't catch a break. Crazy fun.
it's a very pointed satire of the offscreen life of a sex symbol, ostensibly based on the 'it' girl, clara bow, but having much in common with harlow's own life. great dialogue and one of her best films
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