Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Actress Carol Lynley PLAYS Jean Harlow in HARLOW (1965)
Harlow is a fictionalized drama based on the life of film star Jean Harlow, released in 1965, with Carol Lynley in the title role. It was released shortly before Paramount Pictures' film on the same subject. This was Ginger Rogers' last film appearance. The film was directed by Alex Segal.
Comparison to Paramount's version
Filmed in black-and-white electronovision – a photographic technique relegated to television by 1965 – this Magna version was shot in just eight days, and put out five weeks before Paramount's, with a more limited release. Directed by television veteran Alex Segal, the film was made on a very low budget, and served as a second feature at most theaters. While Lynley was closer to Jean Harlow's actual age than Baker, the film's contrived plot and visibly low budget prevented it from gaining as much attention as Paramount's big-budget version.
Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.'s, character, William Mansfield, is based on William Powell. That part of Harlow's life was entirely ignored by the Paramount feature.