For the third time this week, "Carole & Co." is pleased to offer an entry on Carole Lombard's good friend and fellow legend Jean Harlow, whose centenary was Thursday. It's been a great week for "the Baby," as she's received all sorts of salutes in newspapers (for example, Susan King's fine tribute in Friday's Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-jean-harlow-20110304,0,6813494.story) and, of course, the blogosphere, most notably the Kitty Packard Pictorial (http://kittypackard.wordpress.com/), where at last count 34 different blogs have done Harlow-related entries.
This entry will look ahead and show how you can brush up on your Jean screen expertise. First, this Sunday, the Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Boulevard -- where I'm certain several of Harlow's movies played during her lifetime -- will honor the centennial of her birth. At 2 p.m., Harlow historian Darrell Rooney will present a slide show that will, I'm sure, have many rare images of the beloved star. At 3, Rooney and co-author Mark A. Vieira will sign copies of their new book, "Harlow in Hollywood: The Blonde Bombshell in the Glamour Capital, 1928-1937."
Once that's done, it's back inside the theater for a movie, one of Jean's best -- the delightful 1933 satire "Bombshell":
For more on the event, visit http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/jean-harlow-centenary.
Can't make it out to Hollywood for Sunday's fun? Never fear -- if you're in the U.S., you can still see plenty of Harlow this month thanks to the good folks at Turner Classic Movies. Jean is the channel's star of the month for March, and most of her notable films are being shown ("Hell's Angels" being the principal exception) over four consecutive Tuesday nights. Here's the schedule (all times Eastern):
8 p.m. -- "Red-Headed Woman" (1932)
9:30 p.m. -- "Three Wise Girls" (1932)
10:45 p.m. -- "Riffraff" (1936)
12:30 a.m. -- "Suzy" (1936)
2:15 a.m. -- "City Lights" (1931)*
*What's this Charlie Chaplin classic doing here? Harlow appears in this film as an extra, in a scene filmed before she reached stardom.
8 p.m. -- "The Public Enemy" (1931)
9:30 p.m. -- "Bombshell" (1933)
11:15 p.m. -- "Libeled Lady" (1936)
1 a.m. -- "Reckless" (1935)
2:45 a.m. -- "Personal Property" (1937)
"Bombshell" will also run at 6:15 a.m. March 20.
8 p.m. -- "Wife vs. Secretary" (1936)
9:45 p.m. -- "Red Dust" (1932)
11:15 p.m. -- "Hold Your Man" (1933)
1 a.m. -- "China Seas" (1935)
2:30 a.m. -- "The Secret Six" (1931)
4 a.m. -- "Saratoga" (1937)
Harlow's half-dozen (or should that be 5 1/2?) films with Clark Gable
8 p.m. -- "Dinner at Eight" (1933)
10 p.m. -- "The Girl From Missouri" (1934)
11:30 p.m. -- "Platinum Blonde" (1931)
1:15 a.m. -- "The Beast Of The City" (1932)
It's unfortunate some of her rarely seen pre-MGM films weren't available -- heck, "The Saturday Night Kid" would have made more sense than showing "City Lights" -- but otherwise, it's a good schedule. (Attention to TCM: If you can, show the separate footage of "Hold Your Man" that features both a black and a white minister; the latter was used in a version for southern U.S. markets. During the 2006 SUTS Lombard salute, you showed the ending of "Vigil In The Night" made expressly for European markets, and there's no reason you can't do likewise here.)
Finally, some rare Harlow pics, from the superb Jean Harlow Yahoo! site (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeanharlow/), which is now 13 years old and full of avid fans and information on the first of the blonde bombshells. We'll start out with a promotional still for "Bombshell"; double-clicked, this has been enlarged to such a gigantic size that if you were sitting face-to-face with a Jean who was this scale, when she stood up, she'd likely bump her head against the ceiling:
We've been "reflecting" on Harlow this week; now it's her turn to do so:
This charming photo shows Jean, whose legs were as splendid as the rest of her figure, filling a pair of silk stockings nicely:
Finally, a pair of MGM legends, both of whom left us far too soon -- Jean Harlow and Irving Thalberg: