A screen adaption of the blistering best-seller which examines the story of the platinum blonde bombshell (Baker) who rose to fame in the reckless Hollywood of the 1930's.

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In this story, Harlow starts in the movies as set dressing, the pretty girl who is used for the glamour shots. Refusing to descend to the casting couch for work, she finds that she is soon blacklisted from the industry. But an agent named Arthur sees something in Jean and begins representing her. For a long time, the jobs are scarce and consist mostly of receiving the pie in the face in low budget comedies. But Arthur's belief in Jean never wavers and when she finally graduates to featured roles, the critics say that she cannot act, but she is unforgettable. Polishing the image as the girl next door, but with some fire, she begins her climb to the top and becomes the girl every woman wants to look like and every man wants to have. But her own life is a disaster - unlike her screen life. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Harlow stood for only one thing - as no woman ever has - before or since! See more »


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23 June 1965 (USA)  »

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Die Welt der Jean Harlow  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Gilbert Roland was announced for a part in early 1965. See more »

Goofs

While on personal appearance tour, Harlow performs 1960s-style twist dance steps in scene supposedly set in the 1930s. See more »

Quotes

Doctor: [Last lines] She's beyond help, Mrs. Bello.
Arthur Landau: She was only 26.
Doctor: Pneumonia is somethig we haven't conquered.
Arthur Landau: She dudn't die of pneumonia. She died of life. She gave it all to everyone else, and there wasn't enough left for her.
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Referenced in The Bob Hope Vietnam Christmas Show (1966) See more »

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La Travuta
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by Giuseppe Verdi
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Carroll Baker takes on the heady task of portraying the screen siren...
1 October 2005 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

From a bit actress in the late 1920s to stardom in the '30s as a Hollywood bombshell, actress Jean Harlow's triumphs and pitfalls are cartoonishly documented; it's as if the filmmakers were quite satisfied dishing out movie-magazine nonsense instead of headier truths, with most of the names changed to protect the embarrassed. Harlow manages to hold onto her virginity even through a short-lived marriage, but fate dealt her a bad hand and she died at the age of 26--yet the movie sees all this through a rose-colored lens. Carroll Baker is a sweet, sometimes dazed Harlow; Red Buttons acquits himself affably as her agent and Angela Lansbury is nicely low-keyed as Jean's mother. Viewers hoping for some Hollywood dirt won't be satisfied with the scrubbed-clean goods showcased here, although the pacing is fast and portions of the presentation are very colorful. A rival production, also entitled "Harlow", was released the same year and starred Carol Lynley and Ginger Rogers. **1/2 from ****


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