Jean Harlow was born March 3, 1911 which means we're just a couple of days from kicking off a centenary celebration. Turner Classic Movies gets it absolutely right when it puts a lid on Oscar month to put Star of the Month focus on Harlow. I can only imagine an issue with rights keeps them from airing Hell's Angels (1930), but TCM otherwise hits all the Harlow high spots plus tosses in a couple of lesser seen treats in The Secret Six (1931) and Three Wise Girls (1932).
The complete TCM schedule follows with a lot more to report and show off following that:
Star of the Month Jean Harlow March 2011 TCM Schedule
Note: All times EST
Tuesday, March 8
8:00 pm Red-Headed Woman (1932) starring Jean Harlow, Chester Morris, Una Merkel
9:30 pm Three Wise Girls (1932) starring Jean Harlow, Mae Clarke, Marie Prevost
10:45 pm Riffraff (1936) starring Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy, Joseph Calleia
12:30 am Suzy (1936) starring Jean Harlow, Cary Grant, Franchot Tone
2:15 am City Lights (1931) starring Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Harry Myers
Tuesday, March 15
8:00 pm The Public Enemy (1931) starring James Cagney, Edward Woods, Jean Harlow
9:30 pm Bombshell (1933) starring Jean Harlow, Lee Tracy, Frank Morgan
11:15 pm Libeled Lady (1936) starring Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy
1:00 am Reckless (1935) starring Jean Harlow, William Powell, Franchot Tone
2:45 am Personal Property (1937) starring Jean Harlow, Robert Taylor, Reginald Owen
Tuesday, March 22
8:00 pm Wife Vs. Secretary (1936) starring Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Jean Harlow
9:45 pm Red Dust (1932) starring Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Mary Astor
11:15 pm Hold Your Man (1933) starring Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Stuart Erwin
1:00 am China Seas (1935) starring Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Wallace Beery
2:30 am The Secret Six (1931) starring Wallace Beery, Clark Gable, Jean Harlow
4:00 am Saratoga (1937) starring Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Lionel Barrymore
Tuesday, March 29
8:00 pm Dinner at Eight (1933) starring Marie Dressler, John Barrymore, Jean Harlow
10:00 pm The Girl from Missouri (1934) starring Jean Harlow, Franchot Tone, Lionel Barrymore
11:30 pm Platinum Blonde (1931) starring Robert Williams, Loretta Young, Jean Harlow
1:15 am The Beast of the City (1932) starring Walter Huston, Jean Harlow, Wallace Ford
Beyond the TV there will be plenty of of Harlow to be consumed online as well thanks to The Jean Harlow Blogathon being hosted by The Kitty Packard Pictorial website. The Blogathon began February 28 with five entries posted on Day 1 including work from Claroscureaux, Lisa Burks' The Platinum Page, Vincent from Carole & Co., my new Twitter friend The Lady Eve's Reel Life, and one of my favorites, The Hollywood Revue. That's a heap of Harlow! And we've got another 6 days to go!
And if perhaps you prefer to hold Harlow in your own hands there's the imminent release of Harlow in Hollywood: The Blonde Bombshell in the Glamour Capital, 1928-1937 by Darrell Rooney and Mark A. Viera, who were interviewed on The Kitty Packard Pictorial last month. I can't wait to get my hands on this one and it's only $31.50 on Amazon.com as I write this!
Then there are the collectibles, and hopefully that's where I come in! Below I've gathered over 60 images of the Jean Harlow vintage movie cards and collectibles I've seen come through here over the years. Enjoy the gallery, I'll try to add to it as more items make their way through. It looks like I currently have a dozen of these beauties left, at least in my eBay Store. I wonder if they'll last the month?
I'm also going to be taking a look at one of Harlow's movies sometime this week--I actually haven't decided which one yet, but I do have it narrowed down! In the meantime I have written about a couple of Harlow films in the past, The Beast of the City (1932) and more recently China Seas (1935), feel free to check those out.
Also, time permitting, I'm going to put my NewspaperArchive.com subscription to work with hopes of turning up some interesting Harlow items from her own time. Certainly there will be nothing new with a star so huge, but maybe I'll come across something interesting and at least a little out of the ordinary. We'll see!
Jean Harlow Movie Card and Collectibles Gallery
Just click on any image to open to full size and from there you can scroll through 25 images at a time. See the page numbering just below the gallery to move to the second page of 25 images, etc.