Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Eye Candy of the Day: Summer Under the Stars

When TCM touts their "Summer Under the Stars," why do I always imagine it to be something like the first image? Oh well, I can always dream that they will show this movie.

Perfect Understanding (1933) with Gloria Swanson and Laurence Olivier is another pre-code movie I've been dying to see. These pictures make it all the more interesting, don't they?

When most Americans think of "Young Olivier" they think of Wuthering Heights (1939) and Rebecca (1940). But Olivier had already been in movies for a decade before he became a hit in America. He worked in movies from 1930 onward, while he continued to act on the London stage. In 1935 his performance of Mercutio in "Romeo and Juliet" gained him some notice. After that his film career picked up as well. He was offered better movie roles such as Orlando in the film version of As You Like It. He made his first film with his wife to be, Vivian Leigh, Fire Over England in 1937 and a rather fun comedy with Merle Oberon, The Divorce of Lady X in 1938.

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