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Marjorie Main

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Referenced in:

  • The Versatiles: A Study of Supporting Character Actors and Actresses in the American Motion Picture, 1930-1955 by Alfred E. Twomey and Arthur F. McClure (A.S. Barnes & Co., 1969).
  • The MGM Stock Company: The Golden Era by James Robert Parish and Ronald L. Bauers (London: Ian Allan, Ltd., 1973).
  • Slapstick Queens by James Robert Parish (A.S. Barnes, 1973).
  • Universal Pictures: A Panoramic History in Words, Pictures and Filmographies by Michael G. Fitzgerald (New Rochelle, NY: Arlington House Publishers, 1977).
  • Hollywood Character Actors by James Robert Parish (Westport, CT: Arlington House, 1978).
  • The Funsters by James Robert Parish and William T. Leonard (New Rochelle, NY: Arlington House, 1979).
  • Hollywood lesbians by Boze Hadleigh (New York: Barricade Books, c1994).
  • "A" Western Filmmakers: A Biographical Dictionary of Writers, Directors, Cinematographers, Composers, Actors and Actresses by Henryk Hoffmann (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., Inc., 2000).

The Books/ Plays of her Films:

  • Hot Saturday by Harvey Fergusson (New York: A. A. Knopf, 1926).
  • "Take a chance" by Vincent Youmans.
  • "Naughty Marietta; a musical comedy in two acts" by Victor Herbert; lyrics by Rida Johnson Young (1910).
  • Stella Dallas, a novel by Olive Higgins Prouty (Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1923).
  • "Dead end; a play in three acts" by Sidney Kingsley (New York: Random House, 1936).
  • Three Comrades by Erich Maria Remarque (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1937).
  • A girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter (New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1909).
         (Inspiration for ROMANCE OF THE LIMBERLOST).
  • "The Women" by Clare Boothe Luce (New York: Random House, 1937).
  • The dark command, a Kansas Iliad by William Riley Burnett (New York, London: A. A. Knopf, 1938).
         (Inspiration for DARK COMMAND).
  • Turnabout by Thorne Smith (Garden City, NJ: Doubleday, Doran & Co., Inc., 1934).
  • "Susan and God" by Rachel Crothers (New York: Random House, c1938).
  • Old Lady 31 by Louise Forsslund (New York: 1909).
    "Old Lady 31" by Rachel Crothers.
         (Inspiration for THE CAPTAIN IS A LADY).
  • "The Wild Man of Borneo" by Marc Connelly and Herman J. Mankiewicz
  • "Il etait une fois" by Francis de Croisset.
         (Inspiration for A WOMAN'S FACE).
  • The shepherd of the hills by Harold Bell Wright (New York: A.L. Burt Company, 1907).
  • "The trial of Mary Dugan; a melodrama of New York life, in three acts" by Bayard Veiller (New York, London: S. French, ltd., 1928).
  • "Tonight at 8:30" by Noel Coward (Sun Dial Pr., c1935).
         (Inspiration for WE WERE DANCING).
  • "Birthday" by László Bús-Fekete.
         (Inspiration for HEAVEN CAN WAIT).
  • McLeod's Folly by Louis Bromfield.
         (Inspiration for JOHNNY COME LATELY).
  • Meet Me in St. Louis by Sally Benson (New York City: Random House, 1942).
  • Gentle Annie, a western novel by MacKinlay Kantor (New York: Coward-McCann, inc., 1942).
  • The Harvey Girls by Samuel Hopkins Adams (New York City: Random House, 1942).
  • "The show-off : a transcript of life in three acts"  by George Kelly (Boston: Little, Brown, and Co., 1927).
  • The egg and I by Betty MacDonald (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1945).
  • "Mr. Imperium" by Edwin H. Knopf.
  • "The Last of Mrs. Cheyney" by Frederick Lonsdale.
         (Inspiration for THE LAW AND THE LADY).
  • The Long, Long Trailer by Clinton Twiss.
  • The friendly persuasion by Jessamyn West (New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1945).
For more information about locating any of the above books, visit this page: Classic Movie Merchandise: Books.



  • "Marjorie Main."  Current Biography (1951).
  • "Spotlight on Ma and Pa Kettle." The Advertiser (8 April 1999).


  • Moshier, W. Franklyn.  "Marjorie Main was much more of a conscious craftsman than her critics realized."  Films in Review 17.2 (February 1966): 96+.
  • "She's the good old lady."  Lion's Roar 3.3 (April 1944).
  • "If you call on Marjorie."  Lion's Roar 4.1 (February 1944).
  • "The other Main."  Lion's Roar 2.4 (April 1943).
  • "Marjorie Main plus Mary Roberts Rinehart."  Lion's Roar 2.4 (April 1943).
  • "Glamour isn't everything."  Lion's Roar 1.11/12 (July/August 1942).
  • "She collects characters."  Lion's Roar 1.11/12 (July/August 1942).
  • "Glamour ain't everything."  Lion's Roar 1.5 (January 1942).
  • "The voice."  Lion's Roar 1.2 (October 1941).


  • "What a Character: Marjorie Main." (Turner Classic Movies, 2000).

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