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Harlow (1965)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Romance | 23 June 1965 (USA)
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.

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Writers:

John Michael Hayes (screenplay), Arthur Landau (based on the book by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Carroll Baker ... Jean Harlow
Red Buttons ... Arthur Landau
Raf Vallone ... Marino Bello
Angela Lansbury ... Mama Jean Bello
Peter Lawford ... Paul Bern
Mike Connors ... Jack Harrison (as Michael Connors)
Martin Balsam ... Everett Redman
Leslie Nielsen ... Richard Manley
Mary Murphy ... Sally Doane
Hanna Hertelendy ... Beatrice Landau (as Hanna Landy)
Peter Hansen ... Hansen - Assistant Director
Kipp Hamilton ... Marie Tanner
Peter Leeds Peter Leeds ... Parker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bobby Vinton ... Theme Song Singer (voice)
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Storyline

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 »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 June 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Welt der Jean Harlow See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Burt Bacharach and Hal David wrote two songs for the picture, "Harlow" and "Say Goodbye," but they weren't used. See more »

Goofs

In a scene set in late 1920s, Jean pays her agent with 1960s-era currency which looks quite different. 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 didn'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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Soundtracks

Girl Talk
Music by Neal Hefti and Bobby Troup
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What a stinker!
11 November 1998 | by Susie-4See all my reviews

Angela Lansbury made a sympathetic Mama Jean, and Red Buttons was fairly tolerable, but otherwise, this movie stank. I usually take these "true Hollywood" stories with a grain of salt, and just enjoy the spectacle, but this film truly offended me. Carroll Baker, fleetingly believable as some sort of actress, primarily posed and looked lovely, but evoked nothing of Harlow. The screenpplay reeked of cliche and carelessness with historical fact. Harlean deserved far better.


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