Monday, March 1, 2010

Hoop-La!


I'm seriously thinking I may have to change the name of this blog to:

"Art, Movies, Wood, What not and Clara Bow"

I just finished watching "Hoop-La" which Clara made for Fox in 1933. It had been a year since her last film "Call Her Savage" and though she didnt really think "Hoop-La" would be any good, she agreed to do it so she could wind up her 2 picture commitment to them. The pic above is from one of her dancing scenes as "Snake Hips"! Clara spends a good deal of the film barely dressed which could be one of the reasons why it did very good business in its original release. "Hoop-la" is a fast paced, kinda seedy little film about carnvial people. Preston Foster and James Gleason head a solid supporting cast but as is usually the case, it's Clara's film all the way.

She looked different in the 2 films she did at Fox. A bit harder edged maybe, more mature but still undeniably "Clara Bow". She was paid the then staggering sum of $250,000 for the 2 pictures she made there. Clara had finally become one of the highest paid stars in Hollywood!

Sadly, "Hoop-la" was also the last film she ever made. She was 26 years old.

"There should have been more" - film critic and self professed "Hoop-la" fan, Leonard Maltin

5 comments:

brightestblue.wordpress.com said...

That is quite the outfit! Very risqué for the time! :)

I should really go to my local (well not that local but I live in the suburbs) indepedent video store and try and find some of Clara's movies!:)

Lemmy Caution said...

You really can't post enough Clara. New blog title or not....keep it up!

Artman2112 said...

Blue - I'd say its pretty risque' now too!
I'd be surprised if they had much beyond It, Wings and The Plastic Age. all the other dvd's i have of her films were snagged off ebay and most are less than stellar quality, but it's that or nothing at all right now. hopefully they will restore some of these films at some point.

Lemmy - i was just joking, the title stays....and so does Clara!

thanks for taking the time to comment!

Francy said...

Oh, keep on posting Clara. I haven't seen this one yet, but I need to.

Avalon76 said...

Definitely, there should've been more. "Call Her Savage" is a fantastic film and I still have to catch "Hoop-La", which is a remake of the earlier silent film "The Barker". ^_^ If she had been given good material, and not pushed to her breaking point...what treasures we could've had from her!