Film Homage Mae Marsh Miner's Coal Company Homes Ghost Town Madrid New Mexico Color 1968-2008
David Lee Guss
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Mae Marsh (1894-1968) was born in Madrid when New Mexico was still a territory. Her film career spanned 1910 to 1964, from D.W. Griffith to John Ford. Marsh had parts in two of Griffith's most important films, "The Birth of a Nation" (1915) and "Intolerance" (1916).
But her career eventually sputtered out and she began to get unbilled bits in the late 1930's. She became part of Jack Ford's company of players in 1939's "Drums Along the Mohawk," continuing in "The Grapes of Wrath," "How Green Was My Valley," "My Darling Clementine," "Fort Apache," "3 Godfather's," "The Quiet Man," "The Sun Shines Bright," "The Searchers," "The Last Hurrah," "Sgt. Rutledge," "Two Rode Together," "Donovan's Reef," and "Cheyenne Autumn"; all, but "Donovan's," classics of the cinema.
YouTube has generous portions of both "Birth" and "Intolerance," as well as complete versions of other Marsh films made for Griffith.
Here is a tinted print featuring Marsh as "The Little Dear One." This excerpt is a heavily edited fragment from that classic; a staggering achievement even today.
The legendary Lillian Gish (1893-1993) is the cradle rocker. She began making movies in 1912 at Biograph Studios for Griffith. She has an ethereal beauty.
Marsh died in 1968, four years after the release of "Cheyenne Autumn," Ford's final Western. Six of these films starred John Wayne. Duke was three when Mae acted in her first film with Griffith.
March 28th, 2014
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