January 29th, 2008

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Maintain your "hi, Jean": Six Harlow films today

Since Jean Harlow was both a good friend of Carole Lombard's and an actress whom she respected, we'd like to note that today, Turner Classic Movies in the U.S. is showing a six-pack of Harlow films. If you've never seen Jean work her cinematic magic, try these out (all times Eastern):

* 6 a.m. -- Red-Headed Woman (1932). An ambitious secretary tries to sleep her way into high society. Perhaps the definitive Harlow pre-Code. With Chester Morris and Una Merkel, and directed by Jack Conway, who later directed the Harlow classic "Libeled Lady" as well as Lombard's lone film at MGM, "The Gay Bride."
* 7:30 a.m. -- Hold Your Man (1933). A hard-boiled babe and a con man wear down each other's rough edges. A good example of the sexual fireworks Harlow had with Clark Gable.

* 9 a.m. -- The Girl From Missouri (1934). A gold-digging chorus girl tries to keep her virtue while searching for a rich husband. Jean's first film after the Production Code was enforced; it's an uneasy marriage. With Franchot Tone and Lionel Barrymore.
* 10:15 a.m. -- Reckless (1935). A theatrical star gets in over her head when she marries a drunken millionaire. Harlow and William Powell had genuine off-screen chemistry, and here's how they fared on-screen. With Franchot Tone; directed by Victor Fleming.

* noon -- Personal Property (1937). The bailiff charged with disposing of a financially strapped widow's estate pretends to be her butler. Jean's next-to-last film. The fame of Robert Taylor (shown above with Jean) has faded a lot over the years, but in 1937 he was hugely popular.

* 1:30 p.m. -- Saratoga (1937). A horse breeder's daughter falls for a bookie. Harlow died during production, and MGM did what it could to salvage the picture, using a double where needed, With Clark Gable and Lionel Barrymore; directed by Jack Conway.

Like Lombard, watching Harlow always brings the thought of what might have been. But as with Carole, these images of Jean ensure that in some way, she's an immortal.
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Rare Gable-Lombard footage on new YouTube video

Seeing a still of Clark Gable and Carole Lombard together, in color, is splendid. But how about some color "home movies" of the famed couple?

Now you have your chance, thanks to The Lombard Archive. Carole Sampeck has assembled some footage of Clark and Carole away from the screen -- some of it filmed at their Encino ranch, some shot during their pheasant hunting trip in South Dakota -- and put it on a YouTube video, with background provided by Matt Munro's version of "My Kind Of Girl." (The footage was shot without sound, as a segment in which they imitate exaggerated silent-movie acting makes evident.)

Want to see it? Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELYK-QQcAVI