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    Marian Marsh "Crime and Punishment" Scripts. "I am Sonya!... A woman like me might still save a man's soul!" So went the tag line for Columbia's 1935 version of Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment, directed by the stylish and demanding Josef von Sternberg. The film starred Peter Lorre as Raskolnikov, Edward Arnold as Inspector Porfiry and Marian Marsh as Sonya, a Bible-reading prostitute. This lot includes two of Marian's scripts for the film (which many believe features her finest performance). The first, marked "Final" and dated Aug. 1, 1935, runs 131 pages, has Marian's annotations and contains several sketches in her own hand, including a profile on page 17 that strongly resembles von Sternberg's, and a gnome on page 31 that possibly could be her impression of Peter Lorre (it's drawn next to one of his lines of dialogue). The second script is marked "Revised Final," dated Aug. 9, 1935, runs 131 pages and contains the 29-day shooting schedule. On the reverse of page 34, the actress has written in pencil, "Sketched from Life - Marian Marsh," and on the reverse of page 58, made a list of " Books to read and get." The scripts are in Very Good condition. Von Sternberg photographed Marian to resemble Marlene Dietrich (whom he had directed in The Blue Angel and other films of the early 1930s), later dismissing this movie as having as little to do with Dostoyevsky as "the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Gower is related to the Russian environment." Nevertheless, Marian Marsh proudly regarded this film and her touching performance in it, and these saved scripts testify to that well-justified pride. From the Marian Marsh Archive.

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    October, 2007
    6th-7th Saturday-Sunday
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