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Ann Blyth Collection

Her career began with the role as the girl who got to slap Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce and a nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

42 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 23 hours, 49 min)
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"Ann Blyth and Bing Crosby in Lux Radio Theater Top o Morning"



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Ann BlytheSo often a whole career seems to be defined by a single event. It is only when we look more closely that we can appreciate the variety and depth of a Hollywood career.

Ann Blyth RadioIn the minds of many classic movie fans, Ann Blyth will always be remembered the girl who got to slap Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce (1945). Granted, as far as on screen slaps go, it was a doozy! The picture won Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Writing and Best Cinematography. Ann and Eve Arden were both up for Best Supporting Actress and Joan was awarded the Oscar for Best Actress.

Mildred Pierce helped to establish Ann as a serious film actress, but even though she was still in her teens while the picture was being made, she was already an established star on the rise. Ann Marie Blyth was born on August 16, 1928, in Mount Kisco, New York. Harry and Nan Blyth split soon after Ann was born, and Nan took her to live in New York City.

Nan encouraged Ann’s love of singing, and when she was just six a friend suggested that she should be taken to a local radio station for an audition. Radio was beginning to boom in the New York market, and Ann had a local show for six years (future opera star Beverly Sills was singing on another station in “Rainbow House” on a competing station in the same timeslot).

Exposure on the radio helped Ann to win a spot in the New York Children’s Opera, and soon a part in the award-winning Broadway Production of The Watch on the Rhine. Ann toured with the show, and while playing the Biltmore Theatre in Los Angeles, Universal director Henry Koster saw the show one night and offered Ann a screen test. After the test, Universal offered her a seven-year contract.

At the time, Universal was “the smallest of the big studios”, and the close-knit community was just what the pretty young woman needed. Her film debut was in Chip Off the Old Block (1944) with Donald O’Connor, Universal transparently trying to create their own version of the Mickey Rooney-Judy Garland pairing.

Ann BlythEven though the studio was banking on Ann’s reputation as a demure teen, she was loaned to Warner Brother’s for Mildred Pierce. Her portrayal of Veda Pierce, the spoiled, ambitious and conniving daughter of the title character was totally against type, but Ann’s agent was sure she could handle the role and managed to get her a screen test. Ann would later relate that although several actresses sought the part, she was fortunate enough to do her test with Ms. Crawford herself, and the two hit it off immediately.

After Mildred Pierce opened, Ann took a winter vacation to Lake Arrowhead with her mother and friends. While playing in the snow, she was thrown from a speeding toboggan and broke her back. At first, doctors fears she would never walk again, but through determination and support for Mama Nan, Ann made a full recovery in 14 months. However, the time in recovery kept her from capitalizing on the popularity gained from the Academy Award nomination.

She would go on to appear in a number of romantic comedies with stars like William Powell, Mario Lanza, Robert Mitchum and Gregory Peck. Her last picture would be The Story of Helen Morgan (1957) with up-and-coming heartthrob Paul Newman.

Like many other starlets, Ann made her rounds on radio, mostly in support of her films on adaptation programs like Lux Radio TheaterLady Esther Screen Guild Theatre and Skippy Hollywood Theatre. She was also popular on several dramatic anthology programs like The Cavalcade of America and The Hallmark Playhouse.

On March 17, 1952, as a St Patrick’s Day treat, Lux reprised the Bing Crosby picture Top o’ the Morning (1949). Ann and Barry Fitzgerald were able to appear in their roles from the film, and the singing insurance investigator who recovers the Blarney Stone was played by the popular tenor from The Jack Benny Program, Dennis Day. Although it is not documented, we can infer that Dennis brought his brother, North Hollywood obstetrician Dr. James McNulty, to rehearsals and the broadcast. We make this inference because on June 27, 1953, Ann Blyth became Mrs. Dr. James McNulty. He was 35 and Ann just 24, but the couple remained together for the rest of McNulty’s life.

A Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6733 Hollywood Blvd honors Ann Blyth’s contributions to Motion Pictures.

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    42 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 23 hours, 49 min
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      42 shows - total playtime 23 hours 49 minutes
      1. Academy Award Theater 461009 It Happened Tomorrow.mp3
      2. Cavalcade Of America 521028 That Moore Girl.mp3
      3. Ford Theater 490218 59 Shadow Of Doubt.mp3
      4. Ft 470828 029 World Of David Lee.mp3
      5. Ft 480805 078 Mr Birthday.mp3
      6. Ft 490302 107 All Brides Are Beautiful.mp3
      7. Ft 491026 141 In Each Others Shoes.mp3
      8. Ft 501101 194 Stolen Symphony.mp3
      9. Ft 510718 229 House Where Time Stopped.mp3
      10. Ft 520109 252 Flight From Home.mp3
      11. Ft 520521 271 World Without End.mp3
      12. Ft 521001 287 Days Of Grace.mp3
      13. Ft 521224 298 Nativity.mp3
      14. Ft 521231 299 Presentation.mp3
      15. Ft 530107 300 Finding Of Temple.mp3
      16. Ft 530325 311 Round Trip.mp3
      17. Ft 530506 317 Mother Of All.mp3
      18. Ft 531216 349 Chickie.mp3
      19. Ft 540324 363 Night Caller.mp3
      20. Ft 541006 390 Down Payment.mp3
      21. General Electric Theater 530910 10 State Fair.mp3
      22. Guest Star 490206 0098 Beauty And Butler.mp3
      23. Guest Star 500226 0153 Fox And Crow.mp3
      24. Hallmark Playhouse 491020 059 Let Hurricane Roar.mp3
      25. Hallmark Playhouse 500406 083 Arbutus Bonnet.mp3
      26. Hallmark Playhouse 511011 149 Wild Orchard.mp3
      27. Hallmark Playhouse 521214 191 Home For Christmas.mp3
      28. Hollywood Star Time 461214 28 Mad About Music.mp3
      29. Lux Radio Theater 471013 585 Great Expectations.mp3
      30. Lux Radio Theater 480913 624 Another Part Of Forest.mp3
      31. Lux Radio Theater 490926 669 Emperor Waltz.mp3
      32. Lux Radio Theater 500123 686 Ill Be Yours.mp3
      33. Lux Radio Theater 510108 728 Once More My Darling.mp3
      34. Lux Radio Theater 510924 757 Movietime, Usa.mp3
      35. Lux Radio Theater 511001 758 All About Eve.mp3
      36. Lux Radio Theater 520317 782 Top O Morning.mp3
      37. Lux Radio Theater 541026 894 Song Of Bernadette.mp3
      38. New National Guard Show 000000 08 Banner Line In Variety.mp3
      39. Radio Readers Digest 480429 112 We Shook Family Tree.mp3
      40. Skippy Hollywood Theatre 490609 00x Double Trouble And Love.mp3
      41. Studio One 480525 Angelic Avengers.mp3
      42. Suspense 481111 Muddy Track.mp3
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    42 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 23 hours, 49 min
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      42 shows - total playtime 23 hours 49 minutes
      1. Academy Award Theater 461009 It Happened Tomorrow.mp3
      2. Cavalcade Of America 521028 That Moore Girl.mp3
      3. Ford Theater 490218 59 Shadow Of Doubt.mp3
      4. Ft 470828 029 World Of David Lee.mp3
      5. Ft 480805 078 Mr Birthday.mp3
      6. Ft 490302 107 All Brides Are Beautiful.mp3
      7. Ft 491026 141 In Each Others Shoes.mp3
      8. Ft 501101 194 Stolen Symphony.mp3
      9. Ft 510718 229 House Where Time Stopped.mp3
      10. Ft 520109 252 Flight From Home.mp3
      11. Ft 520521 271 World Without End.mp3
      12. Ft 521001 287 Days Of Grace.mp3
      13. Ft 521224 298 Nativity.mp3
      14. Ft 521231 299 Presentation.mp3
      15. Ft 530107 300 Finding Of Temple.mp3
      16. Ft 530325 311 Round Trip.mp3
      17. Ft 530506 317 Mother Of All.mp3
      18. Ft 531216 349 Chickie.mp3
      19. Ft 540324 363 Night Caller.mp3
      20. Ft 541006 390 Down Payment.mp3
      21. General Electric Theater 530910 10 State Fair.mp3
      22. Guest Star 490206 0098 Beauty And Butler.mp3
      23. Guest Star 500226 0153 Fox And Crow.mp3
      24. Hallmark Playhouse 491020 059 Let Hurricane Roar.mp3
      25. Hallmark Playhouse 500406 083 Arbutus Bonnet.mp3
      26. Hallmark Playhouse 511011 149 Wild Orchard.mp3
      27. Hallmark Playhouse 521214 191 Home For Christmas.mp3
      28. Hollywood Star Time 461214 28 Mad About Music.mp3
      29. Lux Radio Theater 471013 585 Great Expectations.mp3
      30. Lux Radio Theater 480913 624 Another Part Of Forest.mp3
      31. Lux Radio Theater 490926 669 Emperor Waltz.mp3
      32. Lux Radio Theater 500123 686 Ill Be Yours.mp3
      33. Lux Radio Theater 510108 728 Once More My Darling.mp3
      34. Lux Radio Theater 510924 757 Movietime, Usa.mp3
      35. Lux Radio Theater 511001 758 All About Eve.mp3
      36. Lux Radio Theater 520317 782 Top O Morning.mp3
      37. Lux Radio Theater 541026 894 Song Of Bernadette.mp3
      38. New National Guard Show 000000 08 Banner Line In Variety.mp3
      39. Radio Readers Digest 480429 112 We Shook Family Tree.mp3
      40. Skippy Hollywood Theatre 490609 00x Double Trouble And Love.mp3
      41. Studio One 480525 Angelic Avengers.mp3
      42. Suspense 481111 Muddy Track.mp3
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    42 recordings on 27 Audio CDs
    total playtime 23 hours, 49 min

    Ann Blyth Disc A001

    1. New National Guard Show 000000 08 Banner Line In Variety
    2. Academy Award Theater 461009 It Happened Tomorrow

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    Ann Blyth Disc A002

    1. Hollywood Star Time 461214 28 Mad About Music
    2. Ft 470828 029 World Of David Lee

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    Ann Blyth Disc A003

    1. Lux Radio Theater 471013 585 Great Expectations
    2. Radio Readers Digest 480429 112 We Shook Family Tree

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    Ann Blyth Disc A004

    1. Studio One 480525 Angelic Avengers

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    Ann Blyth Disc A005

    1. Ft 480805 078 Mr Birthday

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    Ann Blyth Disc A006

    1. Lux Radio Theater 480913 624 Another Part Of Forest

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    Ann Blyth Disc A007

    1. Suspense 481111 Muddy Track
    2. Guest Star 490206 0098 Beauty And Butler

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    Ann Blyth Disc A008

    1. Ford Theater 490218 59 Shadow Of Doubt

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    Ann Blyth Disc A009

    1. Ft 490302 107 All Brides Are Beautiful
    2. Skippy Hollywood Theatre 490609 00x Double Trouble And Love

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    Ann Blyth Disc A010

    1. Lux Radio Theater 490926 669 Emperor Waltz

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    Ann Blyth Disc A011

    1. Hallmark Playhouse 491020 059 Let Hurricane Roar
    2. Ft 491026 141 In Each Others Shoes

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    Ann Blyth Disc A012

    1. Lux Radio Theater 500123 686 Ill Be Yours
    2. Guest Star 500226 0153 Fox And Crow

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    Ann Blyth Disc A013

    1. Hallmark Playhouse 500406 083 Arbutus Bonnet
    2. Ft 501101 194 Stolen Symphony

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    Ann Blyth Disc A014

    1. Lux Radio Theater 510108 728 Once More My Darling

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    Ann Blyth Disc A015

    1. Ft 510718 229 House Where Time Stopped

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    Ann Blyth Disc A016

    1. Lux Radio Theater 510924 757 Movietime, Usa

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    Ann Blyth Disc A017

    1. Lux Radio Theater 511001 758 All About Eve

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    Ann Blyth Disc A018

    1. Hallmark Playhouse 511011 149 Wild Orchard
    2. Ft 520109 252 Flight From Home

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    Ann Blyth Disc A019

    1. Lux Radio Theater 520317 782 Top O Morning

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    Ann Blyth Disc A020

    1. Ft 520521 271 World Without End
    2. Ft 521001 287 Days Of Grace

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    Ann Blyth Disc A021

    1. Cavalcade Of America 521028 That Moore Girl
    2. Hallmark Playhouse 521214 191 Home For Christmas

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    Ann Blyth Disc A022

    1. Ft 521224 298 Nativity
    2. Ft 521231 299 Presentation

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    Ann Blyth Disc A023

    1. Ft 530107 300 Finding Of Temple
    2. Ft 530325 311 Round Trip

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    Ann Blyth Disc A024

    1. Ft 530506 317 Mother Of All
    2. General Electric Theater 530910 10 State Fair

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    Ann Blyth Disc A025

    1. Ft 531216 349 Chickie
    2. Ft 540324 363 Night Caller

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    Ann Blyth Disc A026

    1. Ft 541006 390 Down Payment

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    Ann Blyth Disc A027

    1. Lux Radio Theater 541026 894 Song Of Bernadette

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