Known as “the Blonde Bombshell” and “the Laughing Vamp,” Jean Harlow became an international screen sensation in Howard Hughes’ 1930 aviation adventure Hell’s Angels.
Although untrained and only 19, Harlow continued her winning streak throughout the 1930s, playing sassy, vampy dames alongside the likes of James Cagney, Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy.
In 1933, Harlow achieved her highest peak, starring in a string of MGM comedies that included Bombshell, directed by Victor Fleming and loosely based on the stardom of silent “It girl” Clara Bow.
Catch this kooky classic on the big(ger) screen down in Laguna, and delight as Harlow chews her way through the scenery of this Pre-Code screwball (with Una Merkel and Louise Beavers in tow)—a mad-cap Hollywood takedown you’ll not soon forget!
Film Night: Bombshell at Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Dr., Laguna Beach, (949) 494-8971; www.lagunaartmuseum.org. Thurs., Sept. 20, 7 p.m. $5/$7, reservations recommended.