Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Noir Publicity Shot for Swell Guy


Ann Blyth in a 1946 publicity still, around the time she filmed Swell Guy with Sonny Tufts and Ruth Warrick.  This was the period of her career, following in the wake of her Best Supporting Oscar nomination for Mildred Pierce, when she played a string of devious or troubled women with chips on their shoulders and axes to grind, when she was compared to a young Bette Davis.


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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Signing Autographs


For the celebrity, autograph hounds are a part of life, even if they are not part of the job.  Here's Ann Blyth signing for three teenaged boys in a photo taken from Hollywood Life Stories of 1954, one of the many fan magazines of the day.  She would have been about 25 years old in this photo.

She was reportedly a patient and agreeable signer of autographs throughout her career.


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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Chip Off the Old Block Poster


Here's a "full sheet" poster for Chip Off the Old Block (1944), which was Ann Blyth's first film.

We discussed the movie in this post at my Another Old Movie Blog.  Ann's first four movies were a string of musicals for Universal, which signed her to a seven-year contract when she was 14 years old.  She had been on tour with the play Watch on the Rhine, when she was spotted by Universal execs when the drama played in Los Angeles.

Donald O'Connor and Peggy Ryan were a most dynamic duo, when Ann's arrival turned them into a trio.  Universal showcased the talent of many teens in that period during the late 1930s and early 1940s, even more than the other studios, Deanna Durbin undoubtedly foremost among them.

The "full sheet" posters are huge, of course, about 41 inches tall by 27 inches wide, spectacular for display if you have the room.  It's not always easy to come by them in pristine condition these days, but now and again you hear of someone discovering a stash of classic film posters discovered in some theater storage space, or possibly in the home of a collector who had a connection with one of the great old downtown movie houses. 

Most of the posters were an attempt to summarize the story and yet not give anything away, but in their way, I think they were more creative and entertaining, and storytelling, than today's slicker posters, which are less about plot tags and more about "branding" an image for merchandising.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Mowing the Lawn...


Because summer is not only about going to the beach...

Hollywood studios back in the day published innumerable "candid" photographs of stars at work, at play, at doing nothing in particular.  They were often portrayed as glamorous people in glamorous settings, but occasionally they were supposed to be more just like us. 

When Ann Blyth, in company with her aunt and uncle, moved into their new home in the Toluca Lake area of North Hollywood in 1947, the publicity men showed up, of course, to snap a few staged shots.

Here's Ann doing everyone's favorite chore: mowing the lawn.  She was nineteen in this photo. 

Escaping the studio publicity staff was probably more difficult than escaping yardwork.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Lustre-Creme Shampoo Advertisement


Hollywood stars back in the day probably appeared in as much advertising as they did movies.  Certainly glamour was a huge selling point, especially for a personal care product like shampoo, as pictured above in this Lustre-Creme Shampoo magazine ad.

The movie studios often teamed with advertisers to mutually push each other's products.  Here we see Ann Blyth in her costume from The Buster Keaton Story (1957), posed by a 1920s roadster on the set, with the tag line, "You'll love Ann Blyth in The Buster Keaton Story, A Paramount Picture in VistaVision."

Lustre-Creme Shampoo advertised heavily on radio as well, and many Old Time Radio, or "OTR" fans will recall the commercial jingle that sponsored Our Miss Brooks.  I'm not sure when Lustre-Creme was discontinued, but it's obviously no longer marketed. 


It's a lovely photo, though, the very image of casual elegance, whether for selling shampoo or movie.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Happy Birthday to Ann Blyth


I join a million or so of her other fans this day wishing a very happy 88th birthday to Ann Blyth.

I would guess this above studio publicity portrait to be from about 1948-49, roughly about the time she made her western, Red Canyon (1949).

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Merry Monahans - Lobby Card with Cast


A charming "parade of years" musical, The Merry Monahans (1944) was Ann Blyth's second film.

Pictured in this lobby card are costars Rosemary DeCamp, Jack Oakie, Peggy Ryan, and Donald O'Connor.

They lead us into the world of vaudeville, with its highs and lows, and hijinks and shenanigans. We discussed it a bit in this post on my Another Old Movie Blog.

It is one of Ann's Universal pictures that has not been released in DVD or, I believe, VHS, and is not shown on Turner Classic Movies, so it's a bit tough to find. 

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