Harlow (Magna film)
|Directed by||Alex Segal|
|Produced by||William "Bill" Sargent Jr.
|Written by||Karl Tunberg|
Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
|Music by||Al Ham
|May 14, 1965 (NYC)|
- Carol Lynley as Jean Harlow
- Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. as William Mansfield
- Ginger Rogers as Mama Jean Bello*
- Barry Sullivan as Marino Bello
- Hurd Hatfield as Paul Bern
- Lloyd Bochner as Marc Peters
- Hermione Baddeley as Marie Dressler
- Audrey Totter as Marilyn
- John Williams as Jonathan Martin
- Audrey Christie as Thelma
- Michael Dante as Ed
- Jack Kruschen as Louis B. Mayer
- Celia Lovsky as Maria Ouspenskaya
- Robert Strauss as Hank
- Sonny Liston as First Fighter
*Judy Garland was originally cast in Ginger Rogers' role.
Comparison to Paramount's version
Filmed in black-and-white electronovision – a photographic technique relegated to television by 1965 – the 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.
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