Harlow


1h 48m 1965

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1965
Premiere Information
New York opening: 14 May 1965
Production Company
Electronovision Productions; Magna Pictures
Distribution Company
Magna Pictures Distribution Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 48m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Synopsis

Jean Harlow, a bit player in a Laurel and Hardy film, is spotted by actor Marc Peters, who arranges a screen test for her with director Jonathan Martin. Her first picture for Martin makes her a star, despite criticism of her acting ability from popular actor William Mansfield. Harlow's mother and stepfather take advantage of their daughter's sudden fame and wealth to improve their own standard of living. Wearied by demands from her parents and the studio, Harlow seeks comfort in a marriage to producer Paul Bern, but Bern proves to be sexually impotent and Harlow's well-publicized affairs drive him to suicide. Another marriage fails to assuage Harlow's guilt over Bern's death, and, on the advice of her friend Marie Dressler, she goes East to study acting. News of her mother's illness brings her back to Hollywood, where she is welcomed by producer Louis B. Mayer, who promises to revitalize her career, and Mansfield, who is now in love with her. As her new romance blossoms, Harlow contracts a serious illness and finally dies in Mansfield's arms.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1965
Premiere Information
New York opening: 14 May 1965
Production Company
Electronovision Productions; Magna Pictures
Distribution Company
Magna Pictures Distribution Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 48m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Quotes

Trivia

The role of Mama Jean Bello was given to 'Garland, Judy' , Rita Hayworth, and Eleanor Parker before being finally played by Ginger Rogers.

Production began with 'Garland, Judy' as Mama Jean Bello, but she quit after four days.

Ginger Rogers' final film.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Spring May 1965

One of only a handful of feature films made in a short-lived process called Electronovision, in which footage was shot on video and transferred to film stock.

Ginger Rogers's last acting role in feature films. (She did subsequently appear as herself in the feature documentary "George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey" 1985).

Released in United States Spring May 1965