Lively, entertaining reviews of, and essays on, old and newer films and everything relating to them, written by professional author William Schoell.

Thursday, July 14, 2016


Jean Harlow smokes a stogie in Saratoga
JEAN HARLOW(1911 - 1937).

In her short, ultimately tragic life, Jean Harlow achieved more than most people do in a full lifetime. Initially dismissed as a glamour girl whose success was due entirely to sex appeal, she later emerged as an accomplished actress and comedienne, getting better with each picture and encouraged by her more skillful directors. Jean was the subject of two mediocre film biographies, neither of which fully captured her special quality, and the actresses who played her had little of the Harlow mystique. Harlow was featured to full advantage in such films as Reckless and Dinner at Eight, and while she could be as soft and feminine as any actress, she was always especially delightful when she was telling people off with amusing and righteous indignation. In other words there was no one quite like Harlow.

This week we look at a round up of good and bad Harlow movies, as well as a couple of books that focus on the star.


angelman66 said...

Hi Bill, big fan of Jean Harlow too here. Great theme!
You are so right, no actor has ever captured her essence on screen, though the real story of her life would make a great movie. (A few very bad ones have been made already!)

William said...

Harlow certainly deserved better than she got with Carroll Baker and Carol Lynley in the two
"Harlow" movies (although those two ladies were good in other roles).