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January 14, 2024

40 Beautiful Photos of Marian Marsh in the 1930s

Born 1913 as Violet Ethelred Krauth in Trinidad, British West Indies (now Trinidad and Tobago), Trinidad-American actress Marian Marsh was awarded the title of WAMPAS Baby Stars in August 1931.

With her ability to project warmth, sincerity and inner strength on the screen along with critical praise and the audience’s approval of Svengali, she continued to star in a string of successful films for Warner Bros., including Five Star Final (1931) with Edward G. Robinson, The Mad Genius (1931) with John Barrymore, The Road to Singapore (1931) with William Powell, Under 18 (1932) with Warren William, Alias the Doctor (1932) with Richard Barthelmess, and Beauty and the Boss (1932) with Warren William.

In 1935, Marsh signed a two-year pact with Columbia Pictures. During this time, she starred in such films as The Black Room (1935) regarded as one of Boris Karloff’s best horror films of the decade, Josef von Sternberg’s classic Crime and Punishment (1935) with Peter Lorre, Lady of Secrets (1936) with Ruth Chatterton, Counterfeit (1936) with Chester Morris, The Man Who Lived Twice (1936) with Ralph Bellamy, and Come Closer, Folks (1936) with James Dunn.

In the 1940s, Marsh played Wallace Ford’s secretary in Murder by Invitation (1941) and the self-willed wife in Gentleman from Dixie (1941). In her last screen appearance, she portrayed the daughter of an inventor in the comedy/mystery House of Errors (1942), which starred Harry Langdon.

In the late 1950s, Marsh appeared with John Forsythe in an episode of his TV series Bachelor Father and in an episode of the TV series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars before retiring in 1959. She died in of respiratory arrest while sleeping at her home in Palm Desert in 2006, aged 93.

Take a look at these beautiful photos to see portraits of young Marian Marsh in the 1930s.


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