Biography and best films of the great actress..Jean Harlow


Jean Harlow (March 3, 1911 – June 7, 1937) was an American actress who made her uncredited debut in two 1928 films, Honor Bound for Fox Film, and Moran of the Marines for Paramount Pictures. While waiting for a friend at the studio in 1928, she was discovered by studio executives who gave her letters of introduction to casting agencies, where she was offered the two small roles that subsequently launched her film career. During the initial two years of her career, Harlow appeared uncredited in 16 films, including several Hal Roach productions developed for Laurel and Hardy. Her first speaking role was a bit part in the 1929 American pre-Code romantic comedy The Saturday Night Kid, starring Clara Bow and Jean Arthur. The film has since been preserved by the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

Harlow’s career breakthrough came In 1930, when she was chosen to star in Hell’s Angels, as a last-minute replacement for Norwegian actress Greta Nissen. Harlow was introduced to producer Howard Hughes by her former boyfriend James Hall, one of the film’s actors, resulting in Hughes putting her under contract. The film’s lead actor Ben Lyon is sometimes given credit for her introduction to Hughes. The movie made her an overnight star with the audiences. Hughes, however, was less than enthusiastic about her, in spite of keeping her under contract. Her feeling towards Hughes were mutual, and her family tried to get her out of her contract. The strained relations were exacerbated by false rumors of a love affair between them. Her performances in movies like The Secret Six (1931), her first film pairing opposite Clark Gable, and The Public Enemy (1931) opposite James Cagney, were not well received.

15.This Thing Called Love

Jean Harlow, Constance Bennett

Released: 1929

Directed by: Paul L. Stein

This Thing Called Love is a 1929 American romantic comedy film starring Edmund Lowe, Constance Bennett, Ruth Taylor, Roscoe Karns, Zazu Pitts, and Jean Harlow. Harlow appears in..


Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy

Released: 1931

Directed by: Benjamin Stoloff

Goldie is a 1931 black-and-white romantic comedy film. The script was written by Paul Perez and Gene Towne, and directed by Benjamin Stoloff. It was made before the Hays Code was..


Jean Harlow, Frank Morgan

Released: 1933

Directed by: Victor Fleming

Bombshell is a 1933 American Pre-Code romantic comedy-drama film directed by Victor Fleming and starring Jean Harlow, Lee Tracy, Frank Morgan, C. Aubrey Smith, Mary Forbes and..

12.Dinner at Eight

Jean Harlow, John Barrymore

Released: 1933

Directed by: George Cukor

Dinner at Eight is a Pre-Code 1933 comedy of manners / drama starring Marie Dressler, John Barrymore, Wallace Beery, Jean Harlow, Lionel Barrymore, Lee Tracy, Edmund Lowe, and Billie..

11.Hold Your Man

Clark Gable, Jean Harlow

Released: 1933

Directed by: Sam Wood

Hold Your Man is a 1933 American romantic drama film directed by an uncredited Sam Wood and starring Jean Harlow and Clark Gable, the third of their six films together. The screenplay by..

10.Red Dust

Clark Gable, Jean Harlow

Released: 1932

Directed by: Victor Fleming

Red Dust is a 1932 American romantic drama film directed by Victor Fleming and starring Clark Gable, Jean Harlow and Mary Astor. The film is based on the 1928 play of the same name by..

9.Wife vs. Secretary

James Stewart, Clark Gable

Released: 1936

Directed by: Clarence Brown

Wife vs. Secretary is a 1936 comedy film directed and co-produced by Clarence Brown, and starring Clark Gable as a successful businessman, Jean Harlow as his secretary, and Myrna Loy..


Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy

Released: 1936

Directed by: J. Walter Ruben

Riffraff is a 1936 film starring Jean Harlow and Spencer Tracy. The movie was written by Frances Marion, Anita Loos, and H. W. Hannaford, and directed by J. Walter Ruben..

7.China Seas

Clark Gable, Jean Harlow

Released: 1935

Directed by: Tay Garnett

China Seas is a 1935 adventure film starring Clark Gable as a brave sea captain, Jean Harlow as his brassy paramour, and Wallace Beery as an extremely suspicious-looking character. The…

6.Libeled Lady

Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy

Released: 1936

Directed by: Jack Conway

Libeled Lady is a 1936 screwball comedy film starring Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy, and Spencer Tracy, written by George Oppenheimer, Howard Emmett Rogers, Wallace Sullivan..

5.Red-Headed Woman

Jean Harlow, Charles Boyer

Released: 1932

Directed by: Jack Conway

Red-Headed Woman is a 1932 American romantic comedy film, produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, based on a novel of the same name by Katherine Brush, and with a screenplay by Anita..


Cary Grant, Jean Harlow

Released: 1936

Directed by: George Fitzmaurice

Suzy is a 1936 drama film starring Jean Harlow, Franchot Tone, and Cary Grant. The film was partially written by Dorothy Parker and directed by George Fitzmaurice, based on a novel by..

3.The Secret Six

Clark Gable, Jean Harlow

Released: 1931

Directed by: George King, George W. Hill

The Secret Six is a fast-paced 1931 American Pre-Code crime film starring Wallace Beery as “Slaughterhouse Scorpio”, a character very loosely based on Al Capone, and featuring Lewis..

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The Public Enemy

Jean Harlow, James Cagney

Released: 1931

Directed by: William A. Wellman

The Public Enemy is a 1931 American all-talking pre-code crime film produced and distributed by Warner Brothers. The film was directed by William A. Wellman and stars James Cagney, Jean…
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