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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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The Picture The World Has Been Waiting To See!

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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

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 »

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References Hell's Angels (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

I Believed It All
Written by Al Ham, Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Performed by the Nelson Riddle Chorus
Vocal by Mary Mayo
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"Harlow": Rare and enjoyable!
2 October 2007 | by hollywwoodSee all my reviews

This version of "Harlow" used to be a staple on local television until the mid-1970's. Then it suddenly vanished. It was nice to finally catch up with this film again. It has generally been acknowledged as a slipshod filmization of the life of Hollywood's Blonde Bombshell, Jean Harlow. Apart from the film mixing fact with fiction, it's really not a bad movie. It was shot in just eight days, and it looks like a live TV show. But that's fine! The inexpensive process used for filming the movie ultimately creates an appropriate atmosphere for the film. Carol Lynley is good as Jean Harlow. Had she been given more than three weeks rehearsal, she might have given a stronger performance. Ginger Rogers (who had only a couple of days rehearsal after being chosen as a fast replacement when Judy Garland quit the production) simultaneously gives a bravado performance and shows her unmistakable star quality as Mama Jean. Hurd Hatfield, ever a fine actor, is very moody as producer Paul Bern. Lloyd Bochner has an ongoing role throughout the film as a Hollywood big shot. Undeniably low-budget, this production of "Harlow" is much more enjoyable than the alternate version made the same year. I'd seek this one out. It works better as entertainment on all levels.


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