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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 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 »
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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, 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>

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


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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Gilbert Roland was announced for a part in early 1965. See more »

Goofs

Jean complains about having to report to the studio at 5 a.m. each morning but the shadows as she leaves home are clearly midday. See more »

Quotes

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

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

Soundtracks

La Donna e Mobile
(uncredited)
from "Rigoletto"
by Giuseppe Verdi
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Carroll Baker takes on the heady task of portraying the screen siren...
1 October 2005 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

From a bit actress in the late 1920s to stardom in the '30s as a Hollywood bombshell, actress Jean Harlow's triumphs and pitfalls are cartoonishly documented; it's as if the filmmakers were quite satisfied dishing out movie-magazine nonsense instead of headier truths, with most of the names changed to protect the embarrassed. Harlow manages to hold onto her virginity even through a short-lived marriage, but fate dealt her a bad hand and she died at the age of 26--yet the movie sees all this through a rose-colored lens. Carroll Baker is a sweet, sometimes dazed Harlow; Red Buttons acquits himself affably as her agent and Angela Lansbury is nicely low-keyed as Jean's mother. Viewers hoping for some Hollywood dirt won't be satisfied with the scrubbed-clean goods showcased here, although the pacing is fast and portions of the presentation are very colorful. A rival production, also entitled "Harlow", was released the same year and starred Carol Lynley and Ginger Rogers. **1/2 from ****


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 June 1965 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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