Harlow acts opposite Chester Morris in "Red-Headed Woman," her first film after signing with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Harlow's beau and future husband, MGM producer Paul Bern, orchestrated the studio's purchase of her contract from Howard Hughes. Bern gave Harlow the news on March 3, 1932, her 21st birthday. Harlow was said to have felt much more at home with MGM than with Hughes, and the transition catapulted her career. Though "Red-Headed Woman" highlighted Harlow's skills as a comedian, it didn't help her shed her seductress persona; her brassy, gold-digging character in the movie breaks up a marriage, has multiple affairs and uses sex to help her climb the social ladder.
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