Sunday, March 6, 2011

Jean Harlow Blogathon

We interrupt this continuous flow of pictures-liked-by-rob to pay attention to the Jean Harlow Blogathon.

Did we mention it was her birthday March 3rd. Yes. But we forgot to mention that it was her 100th birthday (my math skills are apparently overrated). Of course (as usual) I noticed it too late, but better too late than never.

This blogathon is featured on the Kitty Packard Pictorial. If you are interested in the 1920s and 1930s, or like classic movies, than take a look at her site!

The poster shown above is in my living room (in between a Garbo poster and a Gloria Swanson poster). Riff Raff is a 1935 movie by J. Walter Ruben starring Jean Harlow and Spencer Tracy. It's certainly not her best effort, although I haven't watched it yet (I had a hard time tracking it down since Dutch TV or the local cinema never show classic movies except the inevitable Casablanca). This is the storyline according to the IMDb:

Fisherman Dutch marries cannery worker Hattie. After he is kicked out of his union and fired from his job he leaves Hattie who steals money for him and goes to jail. He gets a new job, foils a plot to dynamite the ship, and promises to wait for Hattie.

I also wrote a song about her last month. I won't torture you with the music, but this is too good an opportunity not to show some lyrics. They by far not my best, but in honour of Jean:

You’re so pretty in your white dress, 
an example of youthfulness.
You are certainly not a dumb blond,
 if you were here you could respond.

Today is tonight
Platinum blonde
You play so well
You are a bombshell

Your such a swell actress, 
your talent is limitless.

Today is tonight
Platinum blonde
You play so well
I’m under your spell

Today is tonight is the title of a novel she wrote, which was not published until 1965.


  1. Great post. I didn't know she wrote a novel.

  2. Thanks Tom. I just found out myself recently. I'm not sure if she wrote it herself, or that she used a ghost writer. I'm gonna try to read it some time in the future, if I can lay my hands on a copy...


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