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Directed byFrank Lloyd
Screenplay byBradley King
J.M. March
Based onThe Barker
by Kenyon Nicholson
StarringClara Bow
Preston Foster
Richard Cromwell
Minna Gombell
Music byLouis De Francesco (uncredited)
CinematographyErnest Palmer
Distributed byFox Film Corporation
Release date
  • November 30, 1933 (1933-11-30)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States

Hoop-La is a 1933 American pre-Code drama film directed by Frank Lloyd, and starring Clara Bow (in her final film role), Preston Foster, Richard Cromwell and Minna Gombell also in the cast. The film is based on the play The Barker by Kenyon Nicholson, which was also filmed in 1928 under the same title as the play.

A version restored by the Museum of Modern Art was shown at the 2011 Classic Film Festival in Hollywood during the spring.[1]


Clara Bow plays a Hoochie coochie dancer for a travelling fair, who seduces Richard Cromwell, the son of a sideshow barker (Preston Foster), in order to win a bet, but ends up falling in love with him.



  • Damores - Colonel Gowdy (French version)
  • Erville Alderson - The Sheriff
  • Bob Burns - Barker
  • Dick Dickinson - Carnival Spectator
  • Ethel Loreen Greer - Fat Lady
  • Chuck Hamilton - Side-Show Troublemaker
  • Otis Harlan - Town Councilman, Side Show Customer
  • John Irwin - Roustabout
  • William Le Maire - Tall Gum-chewing spectator
  • Frank Mills - Barker
  • Frank Moran - Side Show Craps Player
  • George Offerman Jr. - Billy
  • Harvey Parry - Roustabout
  • Charles Sellon - The Colonel, Billy's Father
  • Harry Wilson - Roustabout
  • Harry Woods - Side Show Troublemaker


The film was a box office disappointment for Fox.[2]


The same story was remade in 1945 as Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe starring Betty Grable.


  1. ^ Turner Website TCM 2011 Classic Film Festival
  2. ^ By, D. W. (1934, Nov 25). TAKING A LOOK AT THE RECORD. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/101193306

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