There a few films that come to mind. She is most remembered for her portrayal as Kitty in Dinner At Eight and Red Headed Woman but I think Bombshell came closest to Jean's life. From her good natured ways, her hectic Hollywood life, people taking advantage of her, to the normality and private life she tried to have. This classic film comes the closest to her and its a great film in which fans can truly see her comedic charms, which is what she did best on film.
Well my two favourite Harlow films are "Red Headed Woman" and "Bombshell".
To me that was what Jean represented - a funny witty, scintillating pre-code
siren, who (in "Red Headed Woman") made sex and being a bad girl fun.
"Bombshell" proved she had a lot of insight into her own situation - although
I think that movie was really a satire on Clara Bow's life than Jean's. I know
I'm going to tread on a few toes here but films like "Wife Vs Secretary",
"Personal Property" etc to me that wasn't the movie Jean I want to
remember - the movie Jean for me was a sassy wise-cracking babe, who
gave as good as she got and came out of that rain barrell and ordered
Clark Gable to scrub her back!!!
Diane & Ricky make excellent points. Harlow made quite a few great films (and like all stars a few clunkers--but that wasn't her fault!) For me, it is Dinner At Eight and Bombshell. Dinner because she surpassed all the talented stars in the film & made the role of Kitty a likable & amusing one and Bombshell because it was one of the earliest screwball comedies and she did a flawless job with her role of Lola Burns, not unlike her real home life. While these were some of her great films they also (for me) depict her talent, as well as her beauty, as an actress/comedienne which I like to think is her legacy to cinema.
Funny, no one mentions "China Seas", which I think is one of her finest! But Whitey in Wife Vs. Secretary" is supposed to be the most like her real personality. I believe ALL her movies are her legacy. Her life's work.
Anyone else out there with some insights??? They don't make 'em like that anymore...