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Herbert Marshall

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“There is nothing an economist should fear so much as applause.”

 

Biography

Herbert Marshall had trained to become a certified accountant, but his interest turned to the stage. He lost a leg while serving in World War I, he was rehabilitated with a wooden leg. This did not stop him from making good his decision to make the stage as his vocation. He used a very deliberate square-shouldered and guided walk – largely unnoticeable – to cover up his disability. He spent 20 years in distinguished stage work in London before films. He almost made the transition from stage directly to sound movies except for one silent film, Mumsie (1927), produced in Great Britain. His wonderful mellow, baritone British accent rolled out with a minimum of mouth movement and a nonchalant ease that stood out as unique. His rather blasé demeanor could take on various nuances – without overt emotion – to fit any role he played, whether sophisticated comedy or drama – and the accent fit just as well. He filled the range from romantic lead, with several sympathetic strangers thrown in… read more

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