The Girl From Missouri, 1934 – ★★★½

Enjoyable Jean Harlow film in which she’s plays a gold-digger with a veneer of innocence, backed up by sparky comedienne Patsy Kelly.

Points to note: this is after the Hollywood Code was enforced to make films ‘decent’, although a joke or two still creeps in, and Harlow spends a fair amount of time in not that many clothes; older men like Lewis Stone and Lionel Barrymore always have a weakness for blondes; and there is always an exit from a window in the cover of darkness.

Franchot Tone is the love interest, and he and Harlow would team again to good effect in ‘Bombshell’. But this is very much her show and although it isn’t her best film, she is always worth watching and if you take a look, you might see why she was one of MGM’s hot properties of the 1930s.

Vía Letterboxd – loureviews

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