The whirlwind romance between 1930s Hollywood icons Jean Harlow and William Powell has long captivated classic film fans. Known for their on-screen chemistry in six films together, including the hilarious “Thin Man” series, Powell and Harlow were also deeply in love off-screen. Their passionate yet tumultuous relationship is explored in the documentary “Harlow & Powell: Love in Hollywood”.
Despite a 13-year age difference and objections from MGM studio head Louis B. Mayer, Harlow and Powell’s romance blossomed on the set of their first film together, “Libeled Lady”. Harlow was known as the “Blonde Bombshell” and one of the biggest sex symbols of the time, while Powell was a suave and debonair leading man. Together they made an irresistible pair, both on and off the screen. However, their love was cut tragically short when Harlow died suddenly of kidney failure at age 26, leaving Powell heartbroken.
Featuring interviews with friends and historians as well as rare archival footage, “Harlow & Powell: Love in Hollywood” provides an intimate look at the bittersweet romance between two of classic Hollywood’s most iconic stars. The documentary is a must-see for any fan of 1930s cinema or real-life tales of old Hollywood glamour and heartbreak. Their love story epitomizes the extravagance and tragedy of the era, leaving us to wonder what might have been had Harlow lived longer. Ultimately, it’s a poignant reminder that behind the glitz and glamour of the silver screen were real people and real emotions.