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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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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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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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Details

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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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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 »

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: [after Paul's death] Don't say things about the dead
Jean Harlow: There's nobody deader than I am right now. Oh, I guarantee all of you I won't be by tomorrow.
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Connections

References Love Me Forever (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Lonely Girl
(theme from Harlow)
Words by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Music by Neal Hefti
Sung by Bobby Vinton
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A story worth watching.
8 December 1998 | by sboxSee all my reviews

Harlow is an interesting film following the "Blonde Bombshell's" rise and fall in Hollywood. Weighed down by a despicable yet charming family, Harlow hits it big in Tinseltown.

Despite playing fast and loose with the facts, this film brings the glamour of Harlow to audiences. Carroll Baker delivers well as Harlow. This may be heresy, but in my opinion, Baker is even more beautiful than Harlow herself.

The film doesn't do so well in ignoring important facts. First, Jean Harlow wasn't the innocent girl next door. In fact, she had wed at age 16. Second, Leslie Nielson's character, which was actually supposed to portray Howard Hughes was damn near libelous. Third, the interpretations on Harlow's marriage to Paul Bern paint him as a homosexual. His own biography tends to point to impotence.

Despite these diversions from "truth" if there is any in Hollywood, do not take away from the power of this film. If you don't know anything about Jean Harlow, the end may shock you.


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