I'm interested in Ann's early work. e.g. I watched Stage Door when it was on TCM last week. While I have seen the film many times I kind of forgot the character Ann played in the film; a kind of dorky, not that attractive gal (as compared to the Ginger Rogers character).
Later on in the 40s she played a gal that men were interested in.
Interesting comments, James. She matured/blossomed (whatever word you want to use) quickly.
Of the Columbia titles, probably EVE KNEW HER APPLES plays on TCM most often.
About two years ago, someone gave me a copy of THE THRILL OF BRAZIL. It had been recorded off TCM, and considering the older looking TCM logo (which has evolved) and Bob's set (which has also evolved) my guess is that it was a copy recorded in the late 90s/early 2000s.
In the intro, Osborne said it was a premiere and that they had been trying for quite awhile to show it on TCM. And honestly, it's hardly aired since then. So seeing it broadcast again in April is a treat. It wasn't often that Harry Cohn made musicals in Technicolor during the 1940s. And from what I've read, it's because of Ann Miller's performance in THE THRILL OF BRAZIL that MGM decided to sign her for their Technicolor musicals-- which of course led her to being cast in EASTER PARADE.