Katie Did It (1951) is a charming movie in which Ann Blyth, who was known for not doing cheesecake photos, plays a prim New England librarian who poses in a swimsuit for a New York commercial artist because she needs to pay her uncle’s gambling debts to keep gangsters from visiting him.
Cecil Kellaway plays her roguish uncle, and we don’t want him to get his legs broken, either.
Mark Stevens plays her prince charming, here with Ann and Cecil Kellaway in the above lobby card for the movie.
This film was the last movie I was able to obtain when researching my book on Ann Blyth’s career, and for a long, nail-biting, while, I thought I’d never find it. As with many of Ann Blyth’s films, this one is not on DVD, or VHS, and is not shown on Turner Classic Movies. Press time was fast approaching, and my year-and-a-half-long hunt came up empty.
Then, with dumb luck, a friend saw a copy for sale on eBay—someone’s home-recorded version—and nabbed it for me. It’s not a great print, but at last I could fill in the blank in my book.
Wouldn’t you know it? NOW it’s on YouTube.
Someone recently posted this sweet movie, here at this link. Now you can enjoy Katie Did It, but things have a way of disappearing off YouTube, so catch it while you can. Below, a still shot that was published in Movie Life magazine of the model and the artist getting to know each other.