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Harlow
     

Harlow

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Director: Gordon M. Douglas

Cast: Carroll Baker, Martin Balsam, Red Buttons

 

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Of the two competing Jean Harlow biopics released in 1965, producer Joseph E. Levine's Harlow is the more slickly professional, though neither film is exactly a cinematic landmark. Carroll Baker plays 1930s "platinum blonde" Jean Harlow, who, in keeping with the portrait painted by biographer Irving Schulman and Arthur Landau (upon whose book this film is based

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Of the two competing Jean Harlow biopics released in 1965, producer Joseph E. Levine's Harlow is the more slickly professional, though neither film is exactly a cinematic landmark. Carroll Baker plays 1930s "platinum blonde" Jean Harlow, who, in keeping with the portrait painted by biographer Irving Schulman and Arthur Landau (upon whose book this film is based) was a forlorn waif tossed around like a football by the predatory males of wicked old Hollywood. Prodded by a hellish stage mother (Angela Lansbury) and an implicitly incestuous stepfather (Raf Vallone), Harlow rises to the pinnacle of movie stardom but never finds true happiness. The wedding-night revelation that her new husband, producer Paul Bern (Peter Lawford), is impotent is just another devastating blow for the poor girl. After all she goes through in the film, Harlow's premature death at age 26 is almost a relief. The only person who truly, deeply, sincerely cares about her is her lovable agent Arthur Landau (played by lovable Red Buttons) who, it will be remembered, co-authored the original Harlow book. Movie buffs will derive some perverse pleasure by the script's many distortions of the facts. Whatever its shortcomings, Harlow posted a huge profit for Joe Levine and Paramount Pictures.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2010
UPC:
0887090024709
Original Release:
1965
Rating:
NR
Source:
Olive Films
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
2:05:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Carroll Baker Jean Harlow
Martin Balsam Everett Redman
Red Buttons Arthur Landau
Michael Connors Jack Harrison
Angela Lansbury Mama Jean Bello
Peter Lawford Paul Bern
Raf Vallone Mario Bello
Leslie Nielsen Richard Manley
Mary Murphy Studio Secretary
Hanna Landy Mrs. Arthur Landau
Peter Hansen Assistant Director
Kipp Hamilton Girl at Pool
Peter Leeds Director of '30s

Technical Credits
Gordon M. Douglas Director
Roland Anderson Art Director
Frank Bracht Editor
Ray Evans Songwriter
John Michael Hayes Screenwriter
Neal Hefti Score Composer
Joseph E. Levine Producer
Jay Livingston Songwriter
Robert Magahay Costumes/Costume Designer
Archie Marshek Editor
James W. Payne Set Decoration/Design
Hal Pereira Art Director
William H. Reynolds Makeup
Joseph Ruttenberg Cinematographer
Ruth Stella Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Harlow
1. Opening [:16]
2. Discovered [17:43]
3. Acting is Hard [20:02]
4. A Star is Born [15:54]
5. Your Car is Waiting [22:29]
6. Lonely Girl [10:57]
7. For Better or Worse [:03]
8. Downfall [11:31]

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Harlow 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
fhj-1234 More than 1 year ago
let me start by saying first off that if you are viewing this film for the first time then you must know that this is pure fiction. this is why probably most people don't favor this film but it is still enjoyable. i remember the first time i saw this film years ago on amc and the various copies i had on tape cause i would watch the film almost every week. so glad that its now on dvd. carroll baker shines as jean harlow in the fictional tale of her brief and sad life. just go into the film with an open mind that its fiction and enjoy this slice of 1960's pop dressed in 1930's style