Film #34 of Classic Film Challenge 2020
Task 14: Watch a Jean Harlow film
Jean Harlow is certainly gorgeous, and the way she shows Lil to be the conniving, scheming, manipulative bitch that she is really speaks to Harlow's acting talent. Especially since she doesn't make Lil completely despicable. I mean, you never like Lil, but you know she's just using what she's got to get ahead in a world set against her. Harlow commands attention whenever she's on screen, and nobody stands a chance against her.
Hands down though, what I loved most about the film is that, despite the fortunate escapes for the two men we watch her ensnare (Legendre and Gerstie), and the cringe-inducing part where Irene blames herself for Legendre's philandering, is that we get the realistic ending for Lil. She isn't punished, as she would have been if this was made only a couple of years later. She just moves on to the next mark.