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Marsha Hunt

  1. Olivia De Havilland, Gone With The Wind, 1938.
  2. Jean Parker, Power Dive, 1940.       Hunt was booked for Carol Blake, but the B-hero Richard Arlen preferred Parker here… and in two of his 1941 Paramount programmers and two more in ’43. Surprised she had the time. She had four husbands including another B-movie stiff, Robert Lowery.
  3. Betty Field, Kings Row, 1941.      Ida Lupino (and Olivia de Havilland rejected the neurotic Cassandra that Bette Davis craved. (She suggested Field for the part).  Hunt, Laraine Day, Katharine Hepburn, Priscilla Lane, Joan Leslie, Adele Longmire, Susan Peters, Gene Tierney were also seen for “the town they talk of in whispers,”  full of murder, sadism, depravity. And worse that had to be axed from Henry Bellamann’s 1940 novel: sex (premarital), sex (gay), incest, suicide...  Peyton Place 16 years before Peyton Place!
  4. Jean Rogers, A Stranger in Town, 1942.   The original titles - Supreme Court Justice and Mr Justice Goes Hunting- gave the game away.  Visiting duck-hunter Joe Grant, helping corruption fighting Richard Carlson’s bid for mayor, is really a Supreme Court Judge. Rogers succeeded Hunt was his secretary falling for… oh, you guessed?
  5. Marilyn Maxwell, Swing Fever, 1943.      Change of beauty for the Kay Kyster  frolic - nearly called Thinkin' of You, after Kyser’s   radio sign-off. Hunt’s was another career throttled by the shameful Black List…  orchestrated by bullying oafs like Senator Joe McCarthy and Ward Bond.
  6. Joan Leslie,  Born To Be Bad, 1950.     RKO tried to make Anne Parrish’s  novel  twice before. With Henry Fonda and Joan Fontaine in 1946 and  again with Barbara Bel Geddes two years later (as Bed of Roses) when the RKO boss Howard Hughes was not sufficiently aroused by Bel Geddes.  “Too plain.”
  7. Ann Doran, Rebel Without A Cause, 1955.   Director Nicholas Ray saw a bunch of actresses for the mothers of his teenage angst trio, Jim, Judy and Plato.  Hunt won James Dean’s Ma - and was substituted by the six years older Doran. The official version was that Hunt quit due to a stage date she had forgotten (actors forget gigs?) and nothing, of course, to do with  her being named  in the Red Channels pamphlet as a member of the Committee for the First Amendment. Between 1936-1949, Marsha made more than 50 movies. From 1950-1958… eight. “I didn’t know anybody would remember that I was originally a part of that or even know about it,” the Hollywood Blacklist victim told Movie-Maker Magazine’s Jeremy Kinser in May 2018, just before her 100th birthday. “It broke my heart to leave Rebel, but I was that committed…” to the first play staged at the historic Carthay Circle Theatre. “I didn’t get to work with [James Dean]. We met when we did our photo shoot. Instead of admitting he was thrilled getting a big break he was more casual… underplaying his private pride.”
  8. Ellen Drew, Outlaw’s Son, 1956.       A staged booking meant that Hunt had to pass Ruth to Drew, the former Paramount star, who had become The Girl To Got To If You Want A Western Gal. This was her final film. She retired in 1960 after a decade in TV.


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