DUELING HARLOWS COMING SOON
In 1965, in a rare occurrence not seen before or since, two motion pictures with the same title about the same subject opened within weeks of each other. The film biographies were both called Harlow—one starring Carroll Baker as Jean Harlow for the big budget color production for Paramount, the other Carol Lynley for the quickie black-and-white production shot in Electronovision. They endeavored to tell the story of legendary Thirties blonde bombshell Jean Harlow’s passionate love life and her meteoric rise from bit player to superstar before her death at the young age of twenty-six.
Dueling Harlows: Race to the Silver Screen reveals the backstory about the making of these two movies that quickly turned into one of the nastiest, dirtiest feuds that Hollywood ever witnessed. It recounts the struggle it took to get these rival movie biographies into theaters considering the almost daily war-of-words between the movies’ showman producers, Joseph E. Levine and Bill Sargent, which almost escalated into fisticuffs at the 1965 Academy Awards ceremony; the casting problems each faced; the poor screenplays, which hampered the productions; the hurried pace to complete filming causing on-set frustration; and the law suits that followed in the aftermath. Both movies were failures at the time but have cult and camp appeal today. This well-researched book includes both vintage interviews and new interviews from actors and crew, including Carol Lynley, Michael Dante, Aron Kincaid, and TCM film historian Robert Osborne.