containing multitudes since 2004
You know the issues had to be profound if he was unable to perform with Jean Harlow (admittedly a studio-developed fiction, but necessary to my "punchline").I began performing with her in 1972, and continue to do so to this day. . . .
Although Paul Bern has gone down in film history for his untimely death and unfortunate marriage to Jean Harlow, he deserves more. He seems to have been the person who taught her how to become Jean Harlow. Before meeting him, she was one of many smart, attractive young women gracing the screen. After meeting Bern, she displayed the extraordinary combination of sex-appeal and sense of humor that made her, however briefly, a great star and a fine actress. Bern also directed a number of films, one of which, Open All Night (1924), is currently available on dvd. It is a sex comedy in the Lubitsch vein. While not quite on a level with the Master, it is a funny and moving film. It certainly makes me want to see more of his work.
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