Marian Marsh

  1. Jean Harlow, Hell’s Angels, 1930.    “We have have to convert it into a talkie,” stipulated Howard Hughes.  Therefore, Greta Nissen’s heavy Norwegian accent  had to be replaced by… well, Hughes saw (and heard) every starlet in the world’s most envied little black book:  Thelma Todd, Carole Lombard… and the delicate  Marian, who was compensated with a smaller role in the flying epic. 
  2. Joan Blondell,  Blonde Craz(UK: Larceny Lane), 1930. When Paramount refused to loan Carole  Lombard to Warner Bros, Marian Marsh was announced  as con man James Cagney’s  partner in crime. Yet, finally, Blondell made her feature debut in the Roy Del Ruth film.  Marsh, aka “the second Lombard,”  was always on the verge of stardom. Then, she quit Warners at age 19 for Columbia, foreign or B movies. She acted simply for the money, until marrying a businessman and retiring at 30. James Cagney knew Blondell  better: they arrived in Hollywood  for Sinner’s Holiday in 1930, first of seven films together.
  3. Rochelle Hudson, She Done Him Wrong, 1932. “The Gay Nineties… When they did such things and they said such things on the Bowery. A lusty, brawling, florid decade when there were handlebars on lip and wheel – and legs were confidential.” Paramount’s dilute version  of Mae West’s  bawdy Broadway scandal,   switched Sally and West chose Cary Grant and the rest is… I‘m No Angel followed with Grant again – saved  Paramount from bankruptcy.


 Birth year: 1913Death year: 2006Other name: Casting Calls:  3