Hoop-La

Dir. Frank Lloyd (1933). Directed from a script co-written by pulp poet Joseph Moncure March, this carnie film is loaded with hokum and casual outrage (the fat lady hoisted onto the circus train as midgets are jammed into the overhead luggage racks), but its main attraction is 28-year-old Clara Bow, the “It Girl” personification of the ‘20s in her farewell screen appearance doing a near-naked hoochie-coochie dance. A spunkier Harlow, a svelter Mae West, she takes her place among the comic sex goddesses of the early talkies.
Sun., Oct. 16, 1 p.m., 2011

 
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