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Harlow (1965)

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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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 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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What was Harlow really like? She was the star who didn't know when to stop! 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Mamie Van Doren was considered for the lead role. 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

Marino Bello: Perhaps your agent could find a good part for me.
Jean Harlow: [Sarcastically] He only handles people.
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Soundtracks

La Traviata
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by Giuseppe Verdi
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Jean Harlow invents The Twist!!
29 March 2005 | by efitnessSee all my reviews

I haven't seen this film for some time, but I used to have a TV transfer copy of it I would watch with friends on "Bad Movie" nights.

Aside from the bad dialog and the overly sincere performance of Red Buttons as the benevolent Hollywood agent from mars, the most hilarious thing about the movie is that it seems like a time warp feature. The 30's and 60's keep clashing in the oddest moments.

Women sport bullet bras and big 60's lacquered hairdos yet drive around in old 30's jalopies. The clothes are period only when it suits the purpose of the plot, otherwise you have men with 60's Jerry Lewis haircuts (10 lbs of Vaseline) and golf sweaters. The women's makeup is all 60's liquid eyeliner and false eyelashes.

Things are so topsy turvey that when Harlow is seduced by the sleazoid Leslie Neilsen, we see that he has an electronic 60's bachelor pad straight out of an issue of Playboy.

However, my favorite idiotic anachronism is when Harlow is onstage at a personal appearance for one of her films, and to the accompaniment of the strains of 60's twist music, actually engages in an energetic twist while reading questions from the audience! What were they thinking? This movie blows, but in a lot of fun ways. There's that cheesy theme song by whiny Bobby Vinton, then there is stolid and expressionless Carroll Baker playing not jean Harlow but the Cheryl Barker role from "The Oscar." The males assembled (Leslie Neilsen, Peter Lawford and Mike Connors) are an oddly bland, sexless bunch; and throughout nothing rings even remotely true to life.

Forget about seeing a film about Jean Harlow. Watch this mess like you would "Valley of the Dolls," strictly for laughs


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