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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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Storyline

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

Completed in just eight days, this black-and-white production was shot in Electronvision, a television process which looked dark and grainy when projected on a movie screen. 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

With Open Arms
Written by Al Ham, Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Vocal solos and obligatos by Mary Mayo
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Carol Lynley as Jean Harlow in Black & White
7 June 2009 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

After appearing in the Laurel and Hardy silent "Double Whoopee", curvy Carol Lynley (as Jean Harlow) is discovered by actor Lloyd Bochner (as Marc Peters), and invited to appear in a screen test for the sound re-make of Howard Hughes' unreleased "Hell's Angels". Although she is nervous about having to wear a bra, Ms. Lynley tests positive, and becomes an overnight sensation. Lynley is also nervous around smarmy star Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (as William Mansfield), who observes her screen test - but, later, they will fall in love.

With pushy "Mama" Ginger Rogers (as Jean Bello) and stepfather Barry Sullivan (as Marino Bello) soaking up her coattails, Lynley becomes one of Hollywood's biggest stars. But, Lynley is unhappy. She resents "bathtub scenes", and wants to be an Actress, like "Dinner at Eight" co-star Hermione Baddeley (as Marie Dressler). In her personal life, Lynley is devastated when she learns groom Hurd Hatfield (as Paul Bern) is impotent; she calls him a "pathetic cripple," drinks gin, and hires studly Michael Dante (as Ed) to satisfy her sexually.

This "Harlow" is the one with quick, low budget production values; the other one, released simultaneously, has Carroll Baker, Technicolor, and better production values. Both movies found greater success when resurrected for trashy television airings. As you might suspect, neither film is accurate or respectful as a biography of Jean Harlow. This film's strengths are its soundtrack (by Nelson Riddle & Al Ham), occasionally effective supporting cast, and teleplay "look" - as directed by Alex Segal in "electronovision".

***** Harlow (5/14/65) Alex Segal ~ Carol Lynley, Ginger Rogers, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.


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