Reviews and Profiles
Whether embracing the silky essence of Kay Francis in Trouble in Paradise (1932), or enduring the machinations of Bette Davis in The Little Foxes (1941), Herbert Marshall was the essence of smooth, masculine sensitivity. Dietrich, Garbo, Shearer, Stanwyck, and Hepburn eagerly awaited to be, as Shearer put it, “so thoroughly and convincingly loved” on screen.
While many knew that Marshall had lost a leg in WWI, he preferred audiences to concentrate on his acting. Even so, he volunteered hundreds of hours to hospitals encouraging amputees during WWII.
His legacy as a versatile actor, and morale booster is as compelling, as it is complicated. “Marshall’s personal story,” noted the late Robert Osborne, “is a fascinating one.”
Herbert Marshall is Scott O'Brien's seventh biography of classic cinema legends. His books received positive reviews in such publications as Sight & Sound, SF Gate, and Classic Images. Three of O’Brien’s books have made the Huffington Post’s “Best Cinema Books of the Year.”
The Good Fairy (1935) Margaret Sullavan
The Flame Within (1935) Henry Stephenson, Ann Harding
The Letter (1929)
The Letter (1940) Bette Davis
The Painted Veil (1934) Garbo
CBS radio - scene from Riptide (1934) Norma Shearer
The Little Foxes (1941) Teresa Wright, Bette Davis
London 1933: Marshall and Jeanette MacDonald await director Ernst Lubitsch to film The Queen's Affair. Sadly, Lubitsch was too ill and dropped out. Bart and Jeanette followed suit.
Trouble in Paradise (1932) Kay Francis