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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 Landy ... Beatrice Landau
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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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film neglects to mention any of Jean Harlow's actual films, or even that she was under contract to MGM (she worked at fictitious Majestic studios, in this production). None of her real-life co-stars are named or depicted, nor are her 1st and 3rd marriages mentioned. She's said to have died from pneumonia, but in actuality, it was uremic poisoning which killed her. The only characters given their real names are Harlow herself, her husband Paul Bern, her agent (as well as the source of this film), Arthur Landau, and her mother and stepfather. The film's claim Paul Bern committed suicide due to impotency has been widely questioned - some, such as his close friend, director, Henry Hathaway have suggested he was murdered by gangsters, and the studio covered this up to avoid bad publicity. See more »

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Jean complains about having to report to the studio at 5 a.m. each morning but the shadows as she leaves home are clearly midday. See more »

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Everett Redman: The time has come for us to start making sex films for the family.
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Soundtracks

La Donna e Mobile
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I like Harlow
8 March 2011 | by arnolddenitaSee all my reviews

This is one of my favorite old movies. It may not be a realistic biography of Jean Harlow, but it's entertaining. I remember watching it on TV during a period of depression, and, oddly enough, it helped to cheer me up! I'll always like it for that reason, plus it's a bit of escapism from reality.

I thought Carrol Baker was great as Harlow, I also liked Angela Lansbury as Mama Jean. Like I said, even though it's not accurate, the movie does a good job at portraying the rise and fall of an actress. It might have done better as a fictional story about a fictional actress, rather than using the name of a real life one.

This movie has some memorable scenes for me, especially the ones where Harlow is at the top of her career, then suddenly spirals downward, because she feels she's missing something no one can give her.

Others may disagree, but for me, Harlow is a great escapist movie.


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