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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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Alex Segal

Writer:

Karl Tunberg
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carol Lynley ... Jean Harlow
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... William Mansfield
Ginger Rogers ... Mama Jean Bello
Barry Sullivan ... Marino Bello
Hurd Hatfield ... Paul Bern
Lloyd Bochner ... Marc Peters
Hermione Baddeley ... Marie Dressler
Audrey Totter ... Marilyn
John Williams ... Jonathan Martin
Audrey Christie ... Thelma
Michael Dante ... Ed
Jack Kruschen ... Louis B. Mayer
Celia Lovsky ... Marie Ouspenskaya
Robert Strauss ... Hank
Sonny Liston ... First Fighter
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blonda bombnedslaget See more »

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Theatrofilm See more »
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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Second time in her career in which Ginger Rogers stepped into a role originally set for Judy Garland; she had previously subbed for Garland in The Barkleys of Broadway. See more »

Goofs

Towards end of film a Variety headline announces HARLOW LEAVES HOLLYWOOD but as camera scans down page, opening paragraph is clearly dummy type having nothing to do with Harlow's departure. See more »

Connections

References Hell's Angels (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

With Open Arms
Written by Al Ham, Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Vocal solos and obligatos by Mary Mayo
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What a dog
14 May 2013 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

As if insulting the memory of Jean Harlow with one bad fictitious screen biography wasn't bad enough they had to go and make two! At least the Carroll Baker one was in color with a decent budget but this cheap quickie was shot in only eight days and looks it.

Filled with terrible performances from everyone but Ginger Rogers as Mama Jean this has at its center an actress, Carol Lynley, of limited skill none of which is on display here and absolutely zero approximation of the real Jean Harlow's screen charisma or magic.

The incredible thing about both of these bad bios is that the real Jean Harlow had an event filled life, packing an awful lot into 26 short years, yet both movies fabricate stupid untruths which they present as fact. Why bother to make the film, and shed a negative light on the subject, if you can't be bothered to tell the truth. Oh well maybe someday she will receive her due, in the meantime skip both of these pieces of trash and watch Jean's classic films. A much better use of your time.


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