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Harlow (1965)





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A would-be biographical account of the life of 30s star Jean Harlow, following her progress from her days as an unknown, through to the heady heights of superstardom, complete with the expected personal triumphs and misfortunes.

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Carroll Baker
as Jean Harlow
Angela Lansbury
as Mama Jean Bello
Raf Vallone
as Mario Bello
Red Buttons
as Arthur Landau
Martin Balsam
as Everett Redman
Mike Connors
as Jack Harrison
Peter Lawford
as Paul Bern
Leslie Nielsen
as Richard Manley
Mary Murphy
as Studio Secretary
Hanna Landy
as Mrs. Arthur Landau
Peter Hansen
as Assistant Director
Kipp Hamilton
as Girl at Pool
Peter Leeds
as Director of '30s
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Poor Jean Harlow! To have her memory degraded in this way is sad. Based on a muckraking sensationalized bio of the late actress that has since been discredited this shallow exercise in fiction takes someone whose life was interesting and unfortunately scandal ridden and makes things up out of whole cloth while ignoring or falsifying the actual events. Marilyn Monroe, a great admirer of Harlow, had wanted to to do a film on her but when offered a similar script to this stated "I hope they don't do that to me when I'm dead" which should clarify the value of this picture. As to the performances everybody except Angela Lansbury as Mama Jean is either bland or terrible. Carroll Baker, who can be a fine actress, is all wrong in the lead. She's certainly a beautiful woman but has neither the allure nor the charisma of the original Jean. Skip this shiny junk and seek out some of Harlow's actual films. Red Dust, Bombshell, Libeled Lady or Dinner at Eight are all fine examples of her peerless work.

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