Marian Marsh's "Revised Final" and "2nd Rev. Final" Script for "The Mad Genius," the Latter Signed by Her with Annotation. Warner Bros. had such high hopes for Svengali, starring John Barrymore and Marian Marsh, that it followed up with The Mad Genius before Svengali was even released. The Genius (as it was originally titled) was a madly baroque melodrama with Barrymore as a puppeteer with wild eyes and a club foot, bringing up a waif to become a great dancer. Marian played a ballerina, Michael Curtiz directed, the plot dealt with mad jealousy and drug addiction, and a pre-Frankenstein Boris Karloff lurched through briefly as the waif's brutal father. Come the climax, and Barrymore - murdered with an axe - came tumbling through the mouth of a giant monster head on stage, causing a riot in the theatre! Here are two scripts for this wicked opus - the "revised Final" (dated 2/5/31) and the "2nd Revised FInal" (dated 3/10/31). Marian Marsh had written her name on the cover of the latter, and added some annotation regarding her dialogue. Very Fine + condition. Wonderful vintage horror mementoes! From the Marian Marsh Archive. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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