Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Star of the Month: Jean Harlow.

Dinner at Eight (1933). Cast: Marie Dressler, John Barrymore, Jean Harlow. Dir: George Cukor. A romantic comedy, about a study of people during the Great Depression. The movie focuses on how wealthy people deal with the loss of money and prestige and relationships between men and women involving power, blind love, selfishness, and unselfishness.

The Girl From Missouri (1934). Cast: Jean Harlow, Franchot Tone, Lionel Barrymore. Dir: Jack Conway. Eadie runs away from her home in Missouri, where her stepfather had her working as a dance partner. On the train, she tells her man-hungry friend Kitty, that she has ideals and plans to marry a somebody so she can accomplish something worthwhile.

Platinum Blonde (1931). Cast: Robert Williams, Loretta Young, Jean Harlow. Dir: Frank Capra. A young woman from a very rich family impulsively marries a reporter, but each assumes the other is the one whose lifestyle must change.

The Beast of the City (1932). Cast: Walter Huston, Jean Harlow, Wallace Ford. Dir: Charles Brabin. Police Chief Jim Fitzpatrick ruthlessly goes after organized crime and is prepared to use brutal and violent methods to fight it.


  1. I LOVE that picture at the bottom of your article, the silent-film vamp look for Jean! I have always thought Jean was at her best in Dinner at Eight -- comedy was her forte. Beautiful, sarcastic, just hilarious!

  2. becky, Thank you. I hope to see Dinner at Eight, for the first time tonight.

  3. I've been enjoying seeing many Harlow films for the first time this month (though Dinner at Eight is probably the one I've seen the most along with Wife vs. Secretary). I've become a lot more familiar with her and grown fonder of her thanks to TCM making her "Star of the Month."

    What did you think of Dinner at Eight, by the way?

  4. I just love it! Loved the all-star cast. Loved Jean Harlow's, clothes and her wonderful performance as the wife of Wallace Beery. John Barrymore, is also wonderful performing as the once famous actor from the silent era, who cannot accept the fact that his career is over.

    To me the film is just a perfect time capsule back in time: the depression, the transition from silents to talkies. And... I just loved gorgeous sets. I plan on writing a review in the next couple of days.

    Thank you TCM, for celebrating Jean Harlow, this month!


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