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Harlow (1965)

Loosely based biography of 1930s star Jean Harlow as she begins her climb to stardom.

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One of two "Harlow" film biographies that appeared in 1965, this one stars Carol Lynley in the title role that begins as Jean Harlow, a bit player in Laurel and Hardy comedies, is invited to test for director Jonathan Martin for the lead in Howard Hughes's "Hell's Angels." She is an instantaneous sensation, and in a series of films devoted more to her body than her talent, she becomes Hollywood's "Platanum Blonde." Written by alfiehitchie

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The Picture The World Has Been Waiting To See!

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14 May 1965 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Ginger Rogers' last film in her 40 years if film making. At the time, she didn't realize it would be her last film. See more »

Goofs

When Harlow falls ill in middle of shooting scene on a movie set there are (probably for budgetary reasons) less than a handful of studio employees in attendance; in reality, a set of a major picture is teeming with dozens of creative and technical staffers. See more »

Connections

References Hell's Angels (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

I Believed It All
Written by Al Ham, Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Performed by the Nelson Riddle Chorus
Vocal by Mary Mayo
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Talky and Trite Disappointing Soap Opera
18 October 2015 | by (Orlando, United States) – See all my reviews

Saying that this is the better of the two movies about Jean Harlow in 1965 isn't saying much. The other Carol Baker one ranks as one of the worst movies ever made by a major studio. When the only good performance in a movie comes from Red Buttons, you know there's a problem. As opposed to the Baker-Harlow disaster, this one is merely bad, occasionally it rises to the level of being mediocre, mostly when Ginger Rogers is on-screen. How sad that this last performance of this legendary actress should be in this pale and dull quickie. Carol Lynley looks like Tuesday Weld. Both were beautiful and talented and had a few good roles, but neither really got the breaks to get to the stardom they deserved. "Bunny Lake Is Missing," "The Night Stalker" and "Poseidon Adventure" are probably her best works. Its funny that she is so sexy when she's not trying to be, and here, when she's trying to be, not sexy at all. She gives it the old college try, but whenever she starts channeling Jean Harlow, the poor script and poor production values undercuts her.

This is a must see for all Jean Harlow film fans, but lower your expectations so you won't be too disappointed.


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