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Shilling in 1931
Marion Helen Schilling
December 3, 1910
|Died||November 6, 2004 (aged 93)|
|Other names||Marian Shilling|
|Education||Central High School|
(m. 1937; his death 1998)
Her family moved to St. Louis when she was young. She graduated from Central High School there in 1928. She started her acting career as a stage actress, starring in stage plays such as Miss Lulu Betts and Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch. While playing in Dracula on stage with Bela Lugosi, she developed a blood-curdling scream so effective, when she was working in Hollywood, she was asked to dub screams for Constance Bennett and Shilling's idol Pola Negri. In 1929 she received her first screen role in Wise Girls. Shilling had good memories of her director E. Mason Hopper when interviewed in the 90's. "I can still remember some of his early suggestions. 'Keep your head above the tide.' 'Be on your toes.' 'Hold your head high.' 'Act like the queen of the studio.' Those were wonderful words to a new, green girl numbed by all that was suddenly happening to her." After a couple of roles in other films, she starred opposite William Powell in the 1930 crime drama Shadow of the Law. That movie springboarded her into roles as a B-movie heroine.
In 1931 she was one of thirteen girls selected as "WAMPAS Baby Stars", a list that included future Hollywood star Marian Marsh. From 1930 to 1936 she starred in forty two films, mostly westerns or mysteries. She often starred opposite Tom Keene and Guinn "Big Boy" Williams. In the 1934 film serial, The Red Rider, she starred opposite early western film legend Buck Jones, with a supporting cast that included William Desmond and football legend Jim Thorpe.
Shilling retired in 1936, to marry and have a family. She was married to Edward Cook from 1937 until his death in 1998. They had two children, Edward and Frances.
|1929||Wise Girls||Ruth Bence|
|1930||Lord Byron of Broadway||Nancy|
|1930||The Swellhead||Mamie Judd|
|1930||Free and Easy||Singer and dancer||Uncredited|
|1930||Shadow of the Law||Edith Wentworth|
|1930||On Your Back||Jeanne Burke|
|1931||Young Donovan's Kid||Kitty Costello|
|1931||The Common Law||Stephanie Brown|
|1931||June First||Marion||21 min|
|1931||Sundown Trail||Dorothy ′Dottie′ Beals|
|1931||Take 'em and Shake 'em||18 min|
|1931||Forgotten Women||Patricia Young|
|1931||Easy to Get||Marion||18 min|
|1932||Only Men Wanted||20 min|
|1932||Shop Angel||Dorothy Hayes|
|1932||The County Fair||Alice Ainsworth|
|1932||Rule 'Em and Weep||Ramona||19 min|
|1932||A Man's Land||Peggy Turner|
|1932||Niagara Falls||19 min|
|1932||A Parisian Romance||Claudette|
|1932||The Heart Punch||Kitty Doyle|
|1933||Curtain at Eight||Anice Cresmer|
|1934||Fighting to Live||Mary Carson|
|1934||The Red Rider||Marie Maxwel|
|1934||Inside Information||Anne Seton|
|1934||Thunder Over Texas||Helen Mason|
|1934||Elinor Norton||Publisher's Staff||Uncredited|
|1934||The Westerner||Juanita Barnes|
|1935||Blazing Guns||Betty Lou Rickard (as Marian Shilling)|
|1935||A Shot in the Dark||Jean Coates|
|1935||Stone of Silver Creek||Martha Mason|
|1935||The Keeper of the Bees||Louise|
|1935||Society Fever||Victoria Vandergriff|
|1935||Captured in Chinatown||Ann Parker|
|1935||Rio Rattler||Mary Adams|
|1935||Gun Play||Madge Holt|
|1936||Gun Smoke||Jean Culverson (as Marian Shilling)|
|1936||I'll Name the Murderer||Smitty|
|1936||The Clutching Hand||Verna Gironda|
|1936||The Idaho Kid||Ruth Endicott|
|1936||Romance Rides the Range||Carol Marland|
|1936||Cavalcade of the West||Mary Christman|
- "Marion Shilling, 93; Leading Lady in 1930s B-Western Films". Los Angeles Times. December 3, 2004. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
- Magers, Boyd; Fitzgerald, Michael G. Westerns Women: Interviews with 50 Leading Ladies of Movie and Television Westerns from the 1930s to the 1960s. McFarland. pp. 196–202. ISBN 9780786420285. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
- "At the Movies". The Central News. Pennsylvania, Perkasie. May 25, 1932. p. 3. Retrieved April 26, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
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- Ankerich, Michael G. The Sound of Silence: Conversations with 16 Film and Stage Personalities. McFarland & Company, Inc., Jefferson, NC: 1998. p. 205.
- "The Golden Boot Awards". B-Westerns.com. Archived from the original on February 28, 2017. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
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