Hoop-La. 1933. USA. Directed by Frank Lloyd. With Clara Bow, Preston Foster, Richard Cromwell. 35mm. 85 min.
In Clara Bow’s final film, she’s a carnival dancer who accepts $100 from a colleague to seduce their boss’s innocent son (Richard Cromwell), a mission accomplished when she takes the boy for a pre-Code nude swim. Tawdry canival scenes—featuring Fox’s favorite fallen woman, the irresistible Minna Gombell—build to a climax at the rarely filmed Chicago World’s Fair of 1933. Preservation funded by the Celeste Bartos Fund For Film Preservation.