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Greer Garson Collection

When it came to advancing her career, Greer Garson's greatest talent may have been being in the right place at the right time.

Greer Garson

24 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 16 hours, 51 min)
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"Bergen and McCarthy with Guest Greer Garson"



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Greer Garson
(1904 – 1996)

Greer Garson

Ambition is one of the most important qualities that a Starlet needs to succeed in Hollywood. Beauty and talent are nice, but without the ambition to get ahead, the Starlet is in danger of blending into the background of a thousand other pretty faces who think they want to become Stars as well. It takes ambition to succeed, but we cannot discount a talent for being in the right place at the right time.

Greer GarsonEileen Evelyn Greer Garson, born in London, 1904, enjoyed a typical, almost nondescript childhood. Her father was a clerk for a commercial concern but passed away in 1906. She attended the University of London with ambitions of becoming a teacher but found work with an advertising agency. She began appearing in local amateur productions and discovered that she had a hidden talent for acting (there is no sign that she had a desire to go into entertainment while growing up).

In 1937, Louis B. Mayer traveled to Great Britain on a talent search and went to see Old Music (1937) on London's West End. He was disappointed to find out that the show was not a musical, but he got over it when he spotted the entrancing young lady starring in the play. Mayer signed her to a $500/week contract and brought her back to Hollywood. As beautiful as she was, the studio had no idea of how to best use Miss Garson. It was the era of studio type-casting, and university educated, broad-faced, thirty-ish British women were not a type they were used to. Finally, she was cast in Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939), and was well enough received to be nominated for best actress (unfortunately, the film came out the same year as Gone with the Wind).

She followed up by appearing with Laurence Olivier in an adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (1940). Miss Garson received the Best Actress statuette for the WWII drama Mrs. Miniver (1942). After her acceptance speech (a record at five and a half minutes), the Academy decided to place a limit on the allowed length of a speech. Greer's co star in Mrs. Miniver was Walter Pidgeon, a combination the studio approved of and they appeared in eight pictures together.

Greer became a naturalized US citizen in 1951 but largely disappeared from the screen after her MGM contract expired in 1954. In 1949, Miss Garson married Texas millionaire Buddy Fogelson. The couple purchased a thoroughbred, "Ack Ack", from the Guggenheim estate and enjoyed considerable success as horse breeders. They also donated several million dollars for the construction of the Greer Garson Performing Arts Centers on the campuses of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design and at Southern Methodist University's Meadows School of the Arts. The money came with a few conditions, which reflected Garson's tastes and experience in theater; 1) the stages were to be round, 2) the premiere production was to be Shakespeare's A Midsummer's Night Dream, and 3) they would have very large ladies' restrooms. In 1968, Greer Garson provided the narrator's voice for the popular animated Christmas special, The Little Drummer Boy.

Greer Garson spent the last years of her life in a penthouse suite at the Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. She died there on April 6, 1996, of heart failure, she was 91. A Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1697 Vine St is placed to honor the Motion Picture contributions of Greer Garson.

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    24 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00. Total playtime 16 hours, 51 min
    24 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 16 hours, 51 min
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    1. 24 shows - total playtime 16 hours 51 minutes
    2. Academy Award Theater 461120 Brief Encounter.mp3
    3. Bergen McCarthy 440123 Greer Garson.mp3
    4. CP 430807 078 Greer Garson Nelson Eddy Cass Daley.mp3
    5. CP 450814 Victory Extra.mp3
    6. CP 470529 Special Lionel Barrymore Brazil 5th Anniv Pt 1, 3.mp3
    7. Durante 471001 w Greer Garson.mp3
    8. Eftb 440208 04 Berkeley Square.mp3
    9. Guest Star 471221 0039 Is There Santa Claus.mp3
    10. Lux 420216 Blossoms in the Dust (G.Garson, Walter Pidgeon).mp3
    11. Lux 431206 Mrs. Miniver (Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon) (R).mp3
    12. Lux 440131 424 Random Harvest.mp3
    13. Lux 450226 Bedtime Story (Cary Grant, Greer Garson).mp3
    14. Lux 460114 Valley of Decision (Greer Garson, Gregory Peck).mp3
    15. Lux 460915 Madam Curie (Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon) HRT.mp3
    16. Lux 461125 Mrs. Parkington (G.Garson, W.Pidgeon) HRT.mp3
    17. Lux 480419 Random Harvest (Ronald Colman, Greer Garson).mp3
    18. Lux 481129 Brief Encounter (G.Garson, Van Heflin) No OpCl.mp3
    19. Lux 521215 African Queen (Humphrey Bogart, Greer Garson).mp3
    20. Savings Bond Xmas Special 471221 (039) Greer Garson.mp3
    21. Screen Guild Theater 401110 History Is Made At Night.mp3
    22. Screen Guild Theater 411026 088 Goodbye Mister Chips.mp3
    23. Screen Guild Theater 440110 178 Watch On Rhine.mp3
    24. Screen Guild Theater 451112 271 My Favorite Wife.mp3
    25. Suspense 531221 Night Before Christmas.mp3
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    24 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00. Total playtime 16 hours, 51 min
    24 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 16 hours, 51 min
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    1. 24 shows - total playtime 16 hours 51 minutes
    2. Academy Award Theater 461120 Brief Encounter.mp3
    3. Bergen McCarthy 440123 Greer Garson.mp3
    4. CP 430807 078 Greer Garson Nelson Eddy Cass Daley.mp3
    5. CP 450814 Victory Extra.mp3
    6. CP 470529 Special Lionel Barrymore Brazil 5th Anniv Pt 1, 3.mp3
    7. Durante 471001 w Greer Garson.mp3
    8. Eftb 440208 04 Berkeley Square.mp3
    9. Guest Star 471221 0039 Is There Santa Claus.mp3
    10. Lux 420216 Blossoms in the Dust (G.Garson, Walter Pidgeon).mp3
    11. Lux 431206 Mrs. Miniver (Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon) (R).mp3
    12. Lux 440131 424 Random Harvest.mp3
    13. Lux 450226 Bedtime Story (Cary Grant, Greer Garson).mp3
    14. Lux 460114 Valley of Decision (Greer Garson, Gregory Peck).mp3
    15. Lux 460915 Madam Curie (Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon) HRT.mp3
    16. Lux 461125 Mrs. Parkington (G.Garson, W.Pidgeon) HRT.mp3
    17. Lux 480419 Random Harvest (Ronald Colman, Greer Garson).mp3
    18. Lux 481129 Brief Encounter (G.Garson, Van Heflin) No OpCl.mp3
    19. Lux 521215 African Queen (Humphrey Bogart, Greer Garson).mp3
    20. Savings Bond Xmas Special 471221 (039) Greer Garson.mp3
    21. Screen Guild Theater 401110 History Is Made At Night.mp3
    22. Screen Guild Theater 411026 088 Goodbye Mister Chips.mp3
    23. Screen Guild Theater 440110 178 Watch On Rhine.mp3
    24. Screen Guild Theater 451112 271 My Favorite Wife.mp3
    25. Suspense 531221 Night Before Christmas.mp3
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    24 recordings on 19 Audio CDs. Total playtime 15 hours, 13 min
    24 recordings on 19 Audio CDs
    total playtime 15 hours, 13 min

    Greer Garson Disc A001

    1. Screen Guild Theater 401110 History Is Made At Night
    2. Screen Guild Theater 411026 088 Goodbye Mister Chips

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    Greer Garson Disc A002

    1. Lux 420216 Blossoms in the Dust (G.Garson, Walter Pidgeon)

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    Greer Garson Disc A003

    1. CP 430807 078 Greer Garson Nelson Eddy Cass Daley

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    Greer Garson Disc A004

    1. Lux 431206 Mrs. Miniver (Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon) (R)

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    Greer Garson Disc A005

    1. Screen Guild Theater 440110 178 Watch On Rhine
    2. Bergen McCarthy 440123 Greer Garson

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    Greer Garson Disc A006

    1. Lux 440131 424 Random Harvest

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    Greer Garson Disc A007

    1. Eftb 440208 04 Berkeley Square

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    Greer Garson Disc A008

    1. Lux 450226 Bedtime Story (Cary Grant, Greer Garson)

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    Greer Garson Disc A009

    1. Screen Guild Theater 451112 271 My Favorite Wife

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    Greer Garson Disc A010

    1. Lux 460114 Valley of Decision (Greer Garson, Gregory Peck)

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    Greer Garson Disc A011

    1. Lux 460915 Madam Curie (Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon) HRT

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    Greer Garson Disc A012

    1. Academy Award Theater 461120 Brief Encounter

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    Greer Garson Disc A013

    1. Lux 461125 Mrs. Parkington (G.Garson, W.Pidgeon) HRT

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    Greer Garson Disc A014

    1. CP 470529 Special Lionel Barrymore Brazil 5th Anniv Pt 1, 3
    2. Durante 471001 w Greer Garson
    3. Guest Star 471221 0039 Is There Santa Claus

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    Greer Garson Disc A015

    1. Savings Bond Xmas Special 471221 (039) Greer Garson

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    Greer Garson Disc A016

    1. Lux 480419 Random Harvest (Ronald Colman, Greer Garson)

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    Greer Garson Disc A017

    1. Lux 481129 Brief Encounter (G.Garson, Van Heflin) No OpCl

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    Greer Garson Disc A018

    1. Lux 521215 African Queen (Humphrey Bogart, Greer Garson)

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    Greer Garson Disc A019

    1. Suspense 531221 Night Before Christmas

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