Starring Jean Harlow

Starring Jean Harlow

15 Episodes

Hollywood’s original blonde bombshell, Jean Harlow rose to become one of the most popular stars of the thirties thanks to her irresistible combination of smoldering sensuality and tart, wisecracking brassiness. Embodying both the escapist glamor and streetwise grit of Depression-era American cinema, Harlow had a particularly potent chemistry with MGM’s top leading man, Clark Gable, with whom she was paired in smash hits like RED DUST, HOLD YOUR MAN, and the unsung gem WIFE VS. SECRETARY. Also featuring George Cukor’s star-studded drawing-room tragicomedy DINNER AT EIGHT and the delightful newsroom screwball LIBELED LADY (costarring Harlow’s real-life flame William Powell), this tribute to one of the screen’s first truly modern movie stars showcases the marvelous comic timing and saucy allure that have made her—more than eighty years after her tragic death at age twenty six—an enduring legend.

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Starring Jean Harlow
  • Starring Jean Harlow Teaser

    Episode 1

  • Red Dust

    Episode 2

    Directed by Victor Fleming • 1932 • United States
    Starring Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Gene Raymond

    Jean Harlow and Clark Gable sizzle in the second of their six screen pairings, a torrid, illicit romance as steamy as its jungle setting. From the first moment that wisecracking sex worker Vantine (...

  • Red-Headed Woman

    Episode 3

    Directed by Jack Conway • 1932 • United States
    Starring Jean Harlow, Chester Morris, Lewis Stone

    The legendary Jean Harlow delivers a star-making performance in this racy pre-Code boundary pusher. She stars as Lil Andrews, a gold-digging secretary who will do whatever it takes to get ahead in so...

  • Bombshell

    Episode 4

    Directed by Victor Fleming • 1933 • United States
    Starring Jean Harlow, Lee Tracy, Frank Morgan

    Jean Harlow is at her vivacious best in this Hollywood-on-Hollywood satire inspired by the career of original “it girl,” Clara Bow. Larger-than-life movie diva Lola Burns (Harlow) has all the fame and...

  • Dinner at Eight

    Episode 5

    Directed by George Cukor • 1933 • United States
    Starring Marie Dressler, Lionel Barrymore, Wallace Beery, John Barrymore

    A sparkling ensemble cast—led by Jean Harlow, Lionel and John Barrymore, Marie Dressler, and Wallace Beery—lights up this quippy pre-Code tale of drawing room intrigue based o...

  • Hold Your Man

    Episode 6

    Directed by Sam Wood • 1933 • United States
    Starring Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Stuart Erwin

    Jean Harlow and Clark Gable cemented their status as MGM’s most bankable star pairing with this sizzling pre-Code tale of love outside the law. A cynical blonde who is not above swindling her dates, Ruby ...

  • The Girl from Missouri

    Episode 7

    Directed by Jack Conway • 1934 • United States
    Starring Jean Harlow, Lionel Barrymore, Franchot Tone

    The first film Jean Harlow made under the newly enforced Production Code finds the star managing to retain her brassy charm while subtly softening her bombshell-vamp image. Running away from her ...

  • China Seas

    Episode 8

    Directed by Tay Garnett • 1935 • United States
    Starring Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Wallace Beery

    Rugged captain Alan Gaskell (Clark Gable) sails the perilous waters between Hong Kong and Singapore with a secret cargo: a fortune in British gold. That’s not the only risky cargo he carries. Both his...

  • Reckless

    Episode 9

    Directed by Victor Fleming • 1935 • United States
    Starring Jean Harlow, William Powell, Franchot Tone

    Scripted by a pseudonymous David O. Selznick and featuring a title song by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, RECKLESS marked Jean Harlow’s only foray into the musical genre. She sings (dubbe...

  • Riffraff

    Episode 10

    Directed by J. Walter Ruben • 1936 • United States
    Starring Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy, Una Merkel

    Jean Harlow and Spencer Tracy make sparks in this vivid slice of life with a socially conscious undercurrent. They play a pair of tough-talking tuna-cannery workers running afoul of both the higher...

  • Libeled Lady

    Episode 11

    Directed by Jack Conway • 1936 • United States
    Starring Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy

    Four of the brightest stars of the thirties—Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy, and Spencer Tracy—shine in this madcap screwball romance. It all starts when society diva Connie Allenbury (Loy) slap...

  • Suzy
    Episode 12


    Episode 12

    Directed by George Fitzmaurice • 1936 • United States
    Starring Jean Harlow, Franchot Tone, Cary Grant

    Dorothy Parker coscripted this winning blend of romantic comedy and World War I espionage thriller, which marked Jean Harlow’s only film with fellow screen legend Cary Grant. She stars as Suzy T...

  • Wife vs. Secretary

    Episode 13

    Directed by Clarence Brown • 1936 • United States
    Starring Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy

    Of course Linda Stanhope (Myrna Loy) trusts her husband, Van (Clark Gable). Their marriage is based on love and respect. Who cares if Van’s secretary (Jean Harlow) has the face of an angel and the sedu...

  • Personal Property

    Episode 14

    Directed by W. S. Van Dyke • 1937 • United States
    Starring Jean Harlow, Robert Taylor, Reginald Owen

    Jean Harlow and Robert Taylor trade bon mots as a pair of gold diggers—one recently paroled, the other recently widowed, and both one step ahead of the law—who fall in love with each other even t...

  • Saratoga

    Episode 15

    Directed by Jack Conway • 1937 • United States
    Starring Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Lionel Barrymore

    Jean Harlow’s final film—completed using stand-ins when she died just before shooting finished—casts her opposite Clark Gable in a snappy tale of gambling, horse racing, and romance lent a special ...