Wednesday, April 27, 2016

All the Brothers Were Valiant - Coming Up on TCM


This is to remind you that All the Brothers Were Valiant (1953) with Ann Blyth, Robert Taylor, and Stewart Granger is being shown on TCM on this coming Monday, May 2nd, at 10:45 a.m. ET.

We discussed the movie here at Another Old Movie Blog, and in Chapter 29 of Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star.

Ann is torn between two men, the dashing bad boy Stewart Granger, and his brother, Robert Taylor--who happens to be her new husband.  Confines aboard their 19th century whaling ship are pretty tight, and there's not much room to escape each other, or escape the consequences of their desires.

Lewis Stone appears in the above publicity photo in the church scene as Taylor's mentor, a retiring whaling ship captain.  It was Mr. Stone's last movie and was released after his death.

The movie features a thrilling "Nantucket sleigh ride."  If you have no idea what that is, tune in and find out.  Let me know if you guessed right.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

THE HELEN MORGAN STORY on TCM


Just a reminder that The Helen Morgan Story (1957), Ann Blyth's last movie, will be aired tomorrow, Thursday, April 21st at 10:45 a.m. Eastern Time on Turner Classic Movies.  Ann starred as the 1920s torch singer Helen Morgan.  More on the movie here at this post on my Another Old Movie Blog, and in Chapter 37 of my book, Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star.

The lobby card above, picturing Ann and co-star Paul Newman, has been colorized, as was sometimes done for publicity purposes; the movie is in black and white.  The movie carries the dubious distinction as the only musical she did in which she was dubbed by another singer.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Upcoming Talk - Ludlow, Massachusetts

This is to announce that I’ll be speaking on my book on the career of actress Ann Blyth—Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star. at the General Federation of Women’s Clubs Western District President's Club meeting on Monday, April 18th.  The location is the Ludlow (Massachusetts) Country Club, 1 Tony Lema Drive, at 1: 30 p.m.



My thanks to Valerie Clapp, District Director of the Western District, and the Chicopee Falls Woman’s Club, for the kind invitation to speak at this spring meeting.



"Lynch’s book is organized and well-written – and has plenty of amusing observations – but when it comes to describing Blyth’s movies, Lynch’s writing sparkles." - Ruth Kerr, Silver Screenings

"Jacqueline T. Lynch creates a poignant and thoroughly-researched mosaic of memories of a fine, upstanding human being who also happens to be a legendary entertainer." - Deborah Thomas, Java's Journey

"One of the great strengths of Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star. is that Lynch not only gives an excellent overview of Blyth's career -- she offers detailed analyses of each of Blyth's roles -- but she puts them in the context of the larger issues of the day."- Amanda Garrett, Old Hollywood Films

"Jacqueline's book will hopefully cause many more people to take a look at this multitalented woman whose career encompassed just about every possible aspect of 20th Century entertainment." - Laura Grieve, Laura's Miscellaneous Musings

"Jacqueline T. Lynch’s Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star. is an extremely well researched undertaking that is a must for all Blyth fans." - Annette Bochenek, Hometowns to Hollywood





Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star.

by Jacqueline T. Lynch


The first book on the career of actress Ann Blyth. Multitalented and remarkably versatile, Blyth began on radio as a child, appeared on Broadway at the age of twelve in Lillian Hellman's Watch on the Rhine, and enjoyed a long and diverse career in films, theatre, television, and concerts. A sensitive dramatic actress, the youngest at the time to be nominated for her role in Mildred Pierce (1945), she also displayed a gift for comedy, and was especially endeared to fans for her expressive and exquisite lyric soprano, which was showcased in many film and stage musicals. Still a popular guest at film festivals, lovely Ms. Blyth remains a treasure of the Hollywood's golden age.



The eBook and paperback are available from
Amazon and CreateSpace, which is the printer. You can also order it from my Etsy shop. It is also available at the Broadside Bookshop, 247 Main Street, Northampton, Massachusetts.

If you wish a signed copy, then email me at JacquelineTLynch@gmail.com and I'll get back to you with the details.


Soon to be an audio book!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Coming soon....A New Audio Book!

This is to announce an exciting new project…my book on the career of actress Ann Blyth—Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star.—is now going to be released as an AUDIO BOOK.

It should be available in late spring from Audible, Amazon, and iTunes, both in CD form and as a download to your computer.

The book is narrated by actress and eBook narrator, Toni Lewis.  The quality of her voice is truly beautiful, her articulation is elegant and precise, and she brings a wonderful depth and warmth to the narrative.  I’m so pleased and honored to be working with her on this audio book. 

Ms. Lewis is a SAG/Aftra actress and singer whose credits include As the World Turns, Homicide: The Movie and Homicide: Life on the Street, for which she was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.  Other television credits include The Wire; Third Watch; Oz; 10-8: Officers on Duty, House, M.D.; and Heroes.

There are three ways you can obtain a FREE copy of the coming audio book:

1)  I plan to raffle off FREE copies of the audio book to five winners who subscribe to my email newsletter. 

   2)  I will also raffle off one FREE copy of the audio book to a reader of this blog based on the book – Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star., and also one FREE copy to a reader of my Another Old Movie Blog.  

3)  I will give a FREE copy of the audio book to the first five people who agree to review the book on its Amazon page here.  Just email me with your name.  I will email you when the audio book is ready for release and at that time I will ask if you prefer a CD or a download.  If you prefer a CD, I will need the address where I may send it.

More details on the release of the audio book and on these giveaways in weeks to come.  In the meantime, here’s what the cover of the CD will look like: