Red-Headed Woman (1932)

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Released June 25, 1932. 79 minutes. Based on the book by Katharine Brush. Screenplay by Anita Loos. Directed by Jack Conway. Starring Jean Harlow, Chester Morris, Lewis Stone, Leila Hyams, Una Merkel, Henry Stephenson, May Robson, Charles Boyer, and Harvey Clark.

It was a bestseller, but so trashy that MGM couldn’t find a name actress willing to play the leading role ... The actress who eventually fought for and won the role, Jean Harlow, was most famous for her platinum blonde hair. She was notorious to movie fans for the wanton women she played on screen and notorious to critics and peers for her terrible acting. While established stars kept their distance from Red-Headed Woman ... Harlow rode it to reward and redemption, elevating herself and the film to legendary status.

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