Marian Marsh's Signed Script for "Five Star Final". Warner Bros.' Five Star Final was the studio's biggest hit of 1931, winning an Academy Award nomination as Best Picture. Marian Marsh, fresh from Svengali, had one of her best roles as Jenny, whose parents are driven to suicide by a muckraking newspaper that exposes her mother's past -- and Jenny's illegitimacy. "Why did you kill my mother?" demands Marian's Jenny as she confronts editor Edward G. Robinson and fake preacher Boris Karloff in the newspaper office, building to a hysterical, "Raise my mother and father from the dead!" This is Marian's script from the film, dated April 10, 1931, titled "Part of JENNY" and and printed as a 19-page theatrical "side" -- e.g., with just her dialogue and cue lines. Marian had written her name in pencil on the script's cover. Five Star Final was one of Warner Bros.' all-time powerhouse classics and certainly one of Marian Marsh's finest performances, climactically played at such a pitch that co-star Aline MacMahon worried that Marian would lose her voice. From the Marian Marsh Archive. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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