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Audrey Totter Collection

Although she specialized in playing a tough-talking dame in MGM noir classics, Audrey Totter was an incredibly nice lady in real life as well as on Radio Row.

Audrey Totter

17 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 9 hours, 3 min)
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"Lady In Lake R.Montgomery Audrey Totter G.Mohr"



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Audrey Totter
(1915 – 1967)

Audrey Totter

When we look at Hollywood it is natural to focus on the Stars, after all, they are the brightest and easiest to see. Hundreds of actors and actresses move through Movieland and make a comfortable, even happy career without becoming full-fledged Stars.

Early in her stay at MGM, Audrey Totter was taken aside by no less than the great Lionel Barrymore, who gave her this advice: "You're one of the best actresses I've ever seen, but you're never going to be a star. You're too versatile. If you want to be a star, start projecting your own personality". Whether or not Audrey took the advice to heart is debatable, but she did become somewhat of a specialist on film. Audrey was a professional "bad girl".

Born and raised in Joliet, Illinois, 1917, Audrey's father was an Austro-Slovenian immigrant and her mother was Swedish American. Audrey attended Joliet High School where she appeared in many student productions. After graduating she worked with summer stock companies in Wisconsin and Michigan and toured nationally with a Chicago-based troupe in 1940 with a production of My Sister Eileen. After the tour ended in 1940, she found work in a number of radio soap operas and dramas like Painted Dreams, Ma Perkins, Road of Life, and Bright Horizon in Chicago and New York. In 1944, she decided to try her luck in Hollywood and was signed by MGM for $300/week.

The studio was prepared to put the pretty blue-eyed redhead (usually dyed blond) on track to become a leading lady, but it soon became apparent that Audrey was too good at being bad. Her first role was in Main Street After Dark (1945), playing an ex-con's bride who specializes in picking up servicemen in bars and stealing their money. She followed up by playing in noir classics like The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) and Lady of the Lake (1947). One of her few "pure-heart" movie roles was in The Cockeyed Miracle (1946), but afterwards, she began to establish herself as "a tough-talking dame", mostly in B-grade noir films.

Audry TotterWith the dawn of the 1950's, MGM began making an effort to establish itself as a purveyor of family themed pictures, and the tough-talking dames that Audrey enjoyed playing fell out of favor. Audrey was actually quite pure-hearted as a "radio row" player as well as in real life. She starred in Meet Millie with Bea Benaderet on the radio, but MGM would not allow her to take the role to TV. She was also a frequent player and hostess on Family Theatre.

The gossip columnists linked Miss Totter with a number of Hollywood's eligible bachelors (including Clark Gable, John Payne, Ross Hunter, David Niven, and Cary Grant), but she was apparently more of a homebody than a party-girl. Her younger sister lived with her in Hollywood while attending school, and she made a point of returning to Joliet at least once a year to visit her parents and brother. In 1952, she married outside of Hollywood to Dr. Leo Payne, assistant Dean of Medicine at UCLA. They had one daughter and remained together until his death in 1995.

In 1997, director James Cameron offered the role of 100-year old Rose Dawson to Audrey Totter, but she turned it down, preferring to remain in retirement. She passed away on December 12, 2013, in West Hills, California, eight days before her 96th birthday. Her body was donated to the UCLA Medical School.

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    17 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00. Total playtime 9 hours, 3 min
    17 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 9 hours, 3 min
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    1. 17 shows - total playtime 9 hours 3 minutes
    2. Adventures Of Maisie 500504 Hazel.mp3
    3. CP 470729 282 Audrey Totter Johnny Desmond Arthur Treacher.mp3
    4. Ft 490817 131 Story Of Joyce Kilmer.mp3
    5. Ft 500719 179 Kiss Of Salomy Jane.mp3
    6. Ft 510418 216 Promise.mp3
    7. Ft 511031 243 Wherever You Go.mp3
    8. Ft 520625 276 Problem Child Problem.mp3
    9. Ft 530729 329 Hop Skip And Jump.mp3
    10. Guest Star 500813 0177 House Of Thousand Faces.mp3
    11. Lux 480209 Lady In Lake R.Montgomery Audrey Totter G.Mohr.mp3
    12. Meet Millie 510904 Morton Claims Hes Being Drafted.mp3
    13. Meet Millie 510911 Party Invitation.mp3
    14. Meet Millie 520323 Aunt Ethel Kooky Vegetarian.mp3
    15. Rudy Vallee Show 460509 Still Seeking Date For May Dance.mp3
    16. Screen Guild Theater 440403 190 Hello Frisco Hello.mp3
    17. Screen Guild Theater 501005 476 Champagne For Caesar.mp3
    18. Words With Music 470501 0735 Audrey Totter.mp3
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    17 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00. Total playtime 9 hours, 3 min
    17 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 9 hours, 3 min
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    1. 17 shows - total playtime 9 hours 3 minutes
    2. Adventures Of Maisie 500504 Hazel.mp3
    3. CP 470729 282 Audrey Totter Johnny Desmond Arthur Treacher.mp3
    4. Ft 490817 131 Story Of Joyce Kilmer.mp3
    5. Ft 500719 179 Kiss Of Salomy Jane.mp3
    6. Ft 510418 216 Promise.mp3
    7. Ft 511031 243 Wherever You Go.mp3
    8. Ft 520625 276 Problem Child Problem.mp3
    9. Ft 530729 329 Hop Skip And Jump.mp3
    10. Guest Star 500813 0177 House Of Thousand Faces.mp3
    11. Lux 480209 Lady In Lake R.Montgomery Audrey Totter G.Mohr.mp3
    12. Meet Millie 510904 Morton Claims Hes Being Drafted.mp3
    13. Meet Millie 510911 Party Invitation.mp3
    14. Meet Millie 520323 Aunt Ethel Kooky Vegetarian.mp3
    15. Rudy Vallee Show 460509 Still Seeking Date For May Dance.mp3
    16. Screen Guild Theater 440403 190 Hello Frisco Hello.mp3
    17. Screen Guild Theater 501005 476 Champagne For Caesar.mp3
    18. Words With Music 470501 0735 Audrey Totter.mp3
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    17 recordings on 10 Audio CDs. Total playtime 9 hours, 3 min
    17 recordings on 10 Audio CDs
    total playtime 9 hours, 3 min

    Audrey Totter Disc A001

    1. Screen Guild Theater 440403 190 Hello Frisco Hello
    2. Rudy Vallee Show 460509 Still Seeking Date For May Dance

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    Audrey Totter Disc A002

    1. Words With Music 470501 0735 Audrey Totter
    2. CP 470729 282 Audrey Totter Johnny Desmond Arthur Treacher

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    Audrey Totter Disc A003

    1. Lux 480209 Lady In Lake R.Montgomery Audrey Totter G.Mohr

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    Audrey Totter Disc A004

    1. Ft 490817 131 Story Of Joyce Kilmer
    2. Adventures Of Maisie 500504 Hazel

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    Audrey Totter Disc A005

    1. Ft 500719 179 Kiss Of Salomy Jane
    2. Guest Star 500813 0177 House Of Thousand Faces

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    Audrey Totter Disc A006

    1. Screen Guild Theater 501005 476 Champagne For Caesar

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    Audrey Totter Disc A007

    1. Ft 510418 216 Promise
    2. Meet Millie 510904 Morton Claims Hes Being Drafted

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    Audrey Totter Disc A008

    1. Meet Millie 510911 Party Invitation
    2. Ft 511031 243 Wherever You Go

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    Audrey Totter Disc A009

    1. Meet Millie 520323 Aunt Ethel Kooky Vegetarian
    2. Ft 520625 276 Problem Child Problem

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    Audrey Totter Disc A010

    1. Ft 530729 329 Hop Skip And Jump

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