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A Rare Jean Harlow Treasure Unearthed at Long Last!!
THREE WISE GIRLS has long been, with GOLDIE (1931), the rarest Jean Harlow starring film. For decades the few Harlow fans that had seen it basically only had access to a washed out, rather unwatchable print which made the whole cast look like ghosts. When Turner Classic Movies starred airing rare Columbia Pictures talkies in 2008, Harlowheads had their fingers crossed that one day they just might get around to this elusive film and that day finally aired on July 10, 2009 with a near-excellent print revealing this modest little programmer is one of Jean Harlow's best pre-MGM performances and one of her all-time most appealing characters.
Jean stars as Cassie, a virtuous small town girl who supports her mother on her salary as a soda jerk. Mom is proud of her daughter but can't help but be a little envious of her friend whose daughter Mae Clarke sends home big bucks from New York. When the whole town notices the automobile Mae's mom gets, Jean decides check out the big city herself. Reunited with her friend Mae, Jean is still very much a small town innocent ("I think she still believes in Santa Claus", a warm, amused Mae quips to her beau) but soon learns about the perils of metropolitan life for a sexy young woman as she is pursued by wealthy Walter Byron who isn't quite divorced from his chic socialite wife Natalie Moorhead , and well as having to fend off advances from the married man Mae is supported by. A regretful Mae advises Jean not to take "the easiest way" to financial comfort but Jean's plump, work weary roommate Marie Prevost tells her to go for it.
As you might presume by my IMDb moniker, I can hardly be unbiased about Jean Harlow but I am rather level-headed and I think she was a sensational screen personality and an quite an excellent movie actress and this little picture shows she could deliver the goods even before the big MGM buildup later that year. For a young woman who was hotly publicized as the most erotic sex siren on the screen, she is totally credible and believable as this good girl who does not want to give in to immorality. Jean is outstanding. Mae Clarke has a unusually glamorous role for her as the chic model who couldn't quite be so pure and is is equally excellent in a sympathetic part as an intelligent young woman who made bad decisions. Marie Prevost, once a silent movie glamour girl, plays the character part of the wisecracking man-hungry plump and plain girl of the type that would later be a Patsy Kelly specialty. The two male leads are acceptable albeit totally locked into the era with their oiled-up hair and pencil mustaches although Walter Byron is rather appealing as Jean's married man, a good guy who lives to regret his abandoned marriage to Natalie Moorhead. Moorhead is always a treat to see in early talkies where she was typecast as a wealthy, often amoral, clotheshorse, her part in this movie is quite small but she's still good.
The title THREE WISE GIRLS is perhaps deliberately ironic as only one of our heroines truly has her head on straight but all three actresses shine in this film, most especially the beautiful and bewitching iconic film legend Jean Harlow.
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