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Directed by Frank Lloyd
Screenplay by Bradley King
J.M. March
Based on The Barker
by Kenyon Nicholson
Starring Clara Bow
Preston Foster
Richard Cromwell
Minna Gombell
Music by Louis De Francesco (uncredited)
Cinematography Ernest Palmer
Distributed by Fox Film Corporation
Release date
  • November 30, 1933 (1933-11-30)
Running time
85 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Hoop-La is a 1933 American Pre-Code drama film starring Clara Bow in what was her final film role. It was directed by Frank Lloyd and released by Fox Film Corporation, with 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 same story was remade in 1945 as Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe starring Betty Grable.


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