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    Marian Marsh's "Black Room" Stills. Boris Karloff was at the pinnacle of his Horror King stardom when he played in Columbia's The Black Room (1935), masterfully portraying the de Berghman brothers. Marian Marsh was his leading lady in this classic melodrama, stunningly lovely in her medieval costumes. Marian became good friends with her "fiendish" co-star, visiting his farm high in Coldwater Canyon and watching "Dear Boris" play with his pet pig named Violet. ("My real name is Violet," laughed Marian many years later, "but I never told Boris because I was afraid it might upset him!") This lot includes three breathtaking original 8" x 10" portraits of Marian from The Black Room, two with the orignal snipe (referring to the film by its original title, The Black Room Mystery) on the reverse, with keybook holes and the stamp "Please Credit Ray Jones Columbia Portrait Artist." There is also information on the reverse of those two shots regarding Hays Office approval of the still and the date of the picture's negative being sent to New York. There are also three 8" x 10" "Columbia Reprint" re-release photos (two the same) of Karloff leering at Marian (two of them with a small piece cut from the lower margin), and a portrait of Marian in braids that might have been taken a few years earlier (the reverse is stamped "WIll Walling, Jr.- Photo Credit Appreciated"). The last picture has some staining; overall quality of the stills ranges from Fine to Excellent. It appears most of these shots were sent to Marian by fans in later years. Wonderful photos from one of the Golden Age's finest horror thrillers, from the collection of the actress whose beauty added so charmingly to its distinction. From the Marian Marsh Archive.

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2007
    6th-7th Saturday-Sunday
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