5.6/10
667
32 user 11 critic

Harlow (1965)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Romance | 23 June 1965 (USA)
A screen adaption of the blistering best-seller which examines the story of platinum blonde bombshell Jean Harlow (Carroll Baker) who rose to fame in the reckless Hollywood of the 1930s.

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Writers:

John Michael Hayes (screenplay), Arthur Landau (based on the book by) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Harlow II (1965)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Loosely based biography of 1930s star Jean Harlow as she begins her climb to stardom.

Director: Alex Segal
Stars: Carol Lynley, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Ginger Rogers
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A shepherd falls in love with an English tourist in Greece.

Director: Vasilis Georgiadis
Stars: Giannis Voglis, Anne Lonnberg, Kostas Bakas
Rails & Ties (2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A deadly collision between a train and car lead to an unlikely bond between the train engineer and a young boy who escapes the carnage.

Director: Alison Eastwood
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Marcia Gay Harden, Miles Heizer
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Bulldog Drummond is injured when his sabotaged car crashes and Jack Pennington agrees to masquerade as the sleuth. He is enlisted to help Ann Manders find her jeweler grandfather who has ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Forde
Stars: Jack Hulbert, Fay Wray, Ralph Richardson
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Elderly Will Lane arranges marriage of wild son of dead friend to tame him.

Director: Burt Kennedy
Stars: Buddy Ebsen, Keir Dullea, Lois Nettleton
Whirlpool (1935)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The happiness of a newly-married couple, Henry and Jeannie Saint Clair, is shattered when the husband is made a paralytic in an automobile accident. The wife still loves him, although he is... See full summary »

Director: Edmond T. Gréville
Stars: Jeanne Boitel, Jean Galland, Maurice Maillot
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An airline executive refuses to believe that pilot error by his friend caused a fatal crash, and persists in looking for another reason.

Director: Ralph Nelson
Stars: Glenn Ford, Nancy Kwan, Rod Taylor
The Zone (2007)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Residents of an enclosed neighborhood in the middle of Mexico DF are shocked by a violent crime, and for one resident in particular, young Alejandro, the drama is ratcheted up when he encounters the lone kid who escaped the event and is hiding out within the neighborhood's borders.

Director: Rodrigo Plá
Stars: Daniel Giménez Cacho, Daniel Tovar, Alan Chávez
Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A woman finds herself all alone in a remote harbor with the man responsible for the murder of her father. With seemingly nobody around to protect her, she has to be resourceful.

Director: David Hartford
Stars: Nell Shipman, Charles Arling, Wheeler Oakman
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A young American has her ship torpedoed by a German U-boat but makes it back to ancestral home in France, where she witnesses German brutality firsthand.

Directors: Cecil B. DeMille, Joseph Levering
Stars: Mary Pickford, Jack Holt, Raymond Hatton
Besat (1999)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A man is found in an airport, dead of a mysterious disease. A race begins to save humanity from what could be a global plague.

Director: Anders Rønnow Klarlund
Stars: Ole Lemmeke, Kirsti Eline Torhaug, Ole Ernst
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Three independent stories that reflect some of the many faces of love. Elvira and Alfonso have been engaged for ten years in courtship, during which they have kept their chastity zealously,... See full summary »

Director: Julio Diamante
Stars: Julia Gutiérrez Caba, Agustín González, Lina Canalejas
Edit

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)
Edit

Storyline

In this story, Jean Harlow (Carroll Baker) starts in the movies as set dressing, the pretty girl who is used for the glamor 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 Landau (Red Buttons) 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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

What was Harlow really like? She was the star who didn't know when to stop! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 June 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Harlow See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Dame Angela Lansbury, who played the mother, and Caroll Baker, who played the daughter, have only a six-year age gap. See more »

Goofs

Although all of Jean's earlier movie roles depicted here were in silent films, primitive microphones are always seen on sets and in one scene a musical number is even being rehearsed. See more »

Quotes

Arthur Landau: [to Jean] You have the body of a woman and the emotions of a child!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Bob Hope Vietnam Christmas Show (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Lonely Girl
(theme from Harlow)
Words by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Music by Neal Hefti
Sung by Bobby Vinton
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

What a stinker!
11 November 1998 | by Susie-4See all my reviews

Angela Lansbury made a sympathetic Mama Jean, and Red Buttons was fairly tolerable, but otherwise, this movie stank. I usually take these "true Hollywood" stories with a grain of salt, and just enjoy the spectacle, but this film truly offended me. Carroll Baker, fleetingly believable as some sort of actress, primarily posed and looked lovely, but evoked nothing of Harlow. The screenpplay reeked of cliche and carelessness with historical fact. Harlean deserved far better.


5 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 32 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed