Harlow (Magna film)

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Harlow FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Alex Segal
Produced by William "Bill" Sargent Jr.
Lee Savin
Written by Karl Tunberg
Starring Carol Lynley
Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
Ginger Rogers
Barry Sullivan
Music by Al Ham
Nelson Riddle
Cinematography Jim Kilgore
Distributed by Magna
Release dates
May 14, 1965 (NYC)
Running time
109 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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' own film on the same subject. This was Ginger Rogers' last film appearance.


*Judy Garland was originally cast in Ginger Rogers' role.

Comparison to Paramount's version[edit]

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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