For those of you who don't know, TCM's Summer Under the Stars features a different star every day. For 24 hours, the star's greatest hit movies are shown which brings up another problem - film overplay. This usually means seeing an oft played movie for what seems like the hundredth time. While I adore Casablanca and The Wizard of Oz, they seem to be on an awful lot. This problem was very evident on Jean Harlow's day. The schedule was too predictable, basically her last 10+ films. She was fantastic in them, but I'm always looking for something unusual or not seem recently. These films are either played frequently or I must watch them every time they are on because I almost have them memorized. I mean, how many times is Dinner at Eight on? A great film, but in heavy rotation.
While I enjoyed watching Jean Harlow day, I just wish there had been more surprise or some obscure work of hers. Her films are wonderful, but I wanted to more. However I am grateful she was included in the list of Summer Under the Stars. She was - and still is - one of the best. I'm looking forward to Esther Williams today (in all her swimming glory), Ruby Keeler and some great musicals the 19th, Constance Cummings the 24th to feed my love of 1930's films, and some anticipated scares with Boris Karloff the 26th. I can't wait!