Tuesday, March 08, 2011

TCM Star of the Month: Jean Harlow

The Turner Classic Movies Star of the Month for March is Jean Harlow.

TCM will be showing 20 Harlow films on Tuesday evenings this month, beginning tonight, March 8th.

Tonight's five films are RED-HEADED WOMAN (1932), THREE WISE GIRLS (1932), RIFFRAFF (1936), SUZY (1936), and CITY LIGHTS (1931).

I've never seen any of these films so my DVR will be humming! RIFFRAFF costars Spencer Tracy and SUZY also stars Cary Grant.

On March 15th the films are the classic James Cagney film THE PUBLIC ENEMY (1931), along with BOMBSHELL (1933), LIBELED LADY (1936), RECKLESS (1935), and PERSONAL PROPERTY (1937).

LIBELED LADY is one of my favorite screwball comedies. It has a dream cast -- William Powell, Myrna Loy, and Spencer Tracy star along with Harlow, who's hilarious as Gladys, Tracy's much put-upon fiancee.

PERSONAL PROPERTY, costarring Robert Taylor, is a remake of Robert Montgomery's THE MAN IN POSSESSION (1931).

On March 22nd the lineup is comprised of six films Harlow made with Clark Gable: WIFE VS. SECRETARY (1936), RED DUST (1932), HOLD YOUR MAN (1933), CHINA SEAS (1935), THE SECRET SIX (1931), and her last film, SARATOGA (1937).

I especially enjoy WIFE VS. SECRETARY, also starring Myrna Loy; Loy is the wife and Harlow the secretary.

RED DUST is an entertaining pre-Code which, incidentally, Gable remade two decades later as MOGAMBO (1953); Ava Gardner was Oscar nominated for playing the "Harlow role."

The final evening of the Harlow festival, March 29th, features DINNER AT EIGHT (1933), THE GIRL FROM MISSOURI (1934), PLATINUM BLONDE (1931), and THE BEAST OF THE CITY (1932).

THE GIRL FROM MISSOURI is a very enjoyable comedy costarring Franchot Tone and Lionel Barrymore. Tone also appeared in BOMBSHELL, RECKLESS, and SUZY.

For more information on TCM in March, please visit the complete schedule or my post TCM in March: Highlights.

Happy viewing!


Blogger Kevin Deany said...

I recorded "Three Wise Girls." I love watching those obscure Columbias, which TCM has been treating us to the last couple of years.

The one Harlow title that never seems to show up anywhere is a boxing film called "Iron Man." I always hope TCM will show it one day.

1:15 PM  
Blogger Tom said...

Did you record Three Wise Girls? THat's a good one.

7:16 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Yes, I did record it. No time to watch it yet, but I'll see it eventually! :) Glad to have your recommendation.

Best wishes,

7:17 PM  

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