DUELING HARLOWS

Have decided to self-publish my next book Dueling Harlows: Race to the Silver Screen through Amazon’s Create Space publishing arm.Coming in early Spring 2011.

In 1965, in a rare occurrence before or since, two motion pictures titled Harlow opened within weeks of each other. Carroll Baker was Jean Harlow in Paramount’s big budget color production from Joseph E. Levine. Carol Lynley was Jean Harlow in Electronovision’s quickie b&w production from Bill Sargent. Both endeavored to tell the story of legendary thirties blonde bombshell Jean Harlow’s passionate love life and her meteoric rise from bit player to super star before her death at the young age of twenty-six.

Dueling Harlows: Race to the Silver Screen recounts the back story of the struggle it took to get these competing movie biographies into theaters considering the fighting between the movies’ two larger-than-life showman producers, the casting problems each faced, the poor screenplays, the hurried pace to complete filming, and the law suits that followed in the aftermath. Both were failures at the time but have cult and camp appeal today. The illustrated book includes interviews from actors and crew including Carol Lynley, Michael Dante, Aron Kincaid, casting director Marvin Paige, and producer David Permut a protégé of Bill Sargent.

 

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