Stone Age CSI's. The chemistry between
them is palpable. The best scenes take place
in the lab as the two work together to solve
a murder case. They flirt a lot, smoke a lot
and exchange clever jargon that includes
"cigarette me," "light me" and "match me."
They even use the lab's Bunsen burner
to fire up their cigs! Start playing the
trailer at the 2 minute mark.
fame in another 1942 picture, the spy
drama Joe Smith, American.
if she had not been blacklisted in Hollywood,
Marsha's reversal of fortune took place in the
McCarthy Era, the period known as the second
Red Scare. Marsha was denied work after she
joined other actors, directors, writers, and film-
makers in a protest against the actions of the
House Un-American Activities Committee,
a task force created to investigate alleged
disloyalty and subversive activities on the
part of private citizens, public employees and
organizations suspected of having Communist
ties. Marsha's name along with the names of
many other actors, writers, musicians and
broadcast journalists appeared in a publication
listing Americans in the entertainment field
suspected of having Communist ties,
"leanings" or sympathies.
Branded by the tract as a potential
Communist or Communist sympathizer,
Marsha was effectively added to the industry
blacklist. Throughout the early 1950s she was
regarded as box office poison. Marsha found
a way around the problem by turning to the
theater which was not affected nearly as much
by the stigma of the Communist witch hunt.
kept her busy well into the
Marsha published a book on fashion in
1993 titled The Way We Wore: Styles
of the 1930s and '40s and Our
World Since Then.
guest speaker on the college lecture circuit
and continued her lifelong commitment to
activism and support of progressive causes.
Marsha is a humanitarian, a leader in the
fight against global pollution and climate
change, worldwide poverty and hunger.
She is an advocate for the homeless
and the mentally ill.
a song she had written decades earlier titled
"Here's to All Who Love." The song about
love and same-sex marriage was sung
by Bill Jones, cast member of the hit
TV series Glee. The video went viral.
she stands for. She is an inspiration, a resilient
survivor who overcame adversity. The record
shows she took the blows...and did it her way.
She is part of the solution. Now
more than ever, America needs
people like Marsha. Hers was
and still is...a life well lived.