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Hoopla (1933)

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

Director:

Frank Lloyd

Writers:

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

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
Florence Roberts ... Ma Benson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Damorès Damorès ... Colonel Gowdy aka Colonel Cody (French Version) (voice)
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A hula dancer at a carnival sets out to seduce the son of the show's manager.

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Taglines:

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)

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hoopla See more »

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Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

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

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Featured in Clara Bow: Hollywood's Lost Screen Goddess (2012) See more »

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A whore with a heart of gold....
15 February 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The biggest reason to watch "Hoop-La" is to see Clara Bow in her final film...which is amazing as she was only 28 when she made this picture. Is it a great film? Certainly not...but it's also not bad at all and is entertaining despite the clichés.

When the film begins, Nifty (Preston Foster) is upset to see his son has left his studies to come hang out at his father's carnival. The carnival life in this film is quite seedy and Nifty doesn't want his grown son to become a low-life like his friends and coworkers. Unfortunately, he lets the kid stay for a bit...and Lou (Bow) is paid by Nifty's 'girlfriend' to vamp the kid. Amazingly, though, the hard as nails Lou soon finds herself in love with the naive young man. Now what's she to do?!

This film is clearly a Pre-Code picture due to its sensibilities. Stuff is often never said but it's clear Nifty's girl is cohabitating with him and that Lou is a thief and probably a prostitute. Racy like many Pre-Coders...but also vague like many of them as well.

So is it any good? Well, it's fair. The film promotes the old 'Hooker with a heart of gold' myth and is predictable...but it's also entertaining. For fans of Bow, it's worth your time. For others...it's a coin toss.


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