Marceline Day

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Marceline Day
Day in 1926
Born Marceline Newlin
(1908-04-24)April 24, 1908
Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.
Died February 16, 2000(2000-02-16) (aged 91)
Cathedral City, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1924–1933
Spouse(s) Arthur J. Klein
John Arthur (1959–?)

Marceline Day (April 24, 1908 – February 16, 2000) was an American motion picture actress whose career began as a child in the 1910s and ended in the 1930s.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born Marceline Newlin in Colorado Springs, Colorado and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, she was the younger sister of film actress Alice Day.


Day began her film career after her sister, Alice Day, became a featured actress as one of the Sennett Bathing Beauties in one and two-reel comedies for Keystone Studios. Day made her first film appearance alongside her sister in the 1924 Mack Sennett comedy Picking Peaches before being cast in a string of comedy shorts opposite actor Harry Langdon and a stint in early Hollywood Westerns opposite such silent film cowboy stars as Hoot Gibson, Art Acord and Jack Hoxie. Gradually, Day began appearing in more dramatic roles opposite such esteemed actors of the era as Lionel Barrymore, John Barrymore, Norman Kerry, Ramón Novarro, Buster Keaton, and Lon Chaney.

In 1926, Day was named one of the thirteen WAMPAS Baby Stars, a promotional campaign sponsored by the Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers in the United States, which honored thirteen young women each year who they believed to be on the threshold of movie stardom. Other notable recipients that year were Joan Crawford, Mary Astor, Janet Gaynor and Dolores del Río. The publicity from the campaign added to Day's popularity and in 1927 she appeared opposite John Barrymore in the romantic adventure The Beloved Rogue.

Day is probably best recalled for her appearances in the now lost 1927 Tod Browning directed horror classic London After Midnight opposite Lon Chaney and Conrad Nagel, her role as Sally Richards in the 1928 comedy The Cameraman opposite Buster Keaton, and the 1929 drama The Jazz Age opposite Douglas Fairbanks Jr.. By the late 1920s, Day's career had eclipsed her sister Alice's, who herself was quite a publicly popular actress. The two would appear together onscreen again in the 1929 musical The Show of Shows.

Although Day transitioned into talkies with little problem, her film roles gradually became lesser in quality and she began working primarily for lower-rung film studios. By 1933, Day made the transition back to the Western genre, appearing in "B" Westerns starring Tim McCoy, Hoot Gibson, Ken Maynard, Jack Hoxie, and John Wayne. Her last film was The Fighting Parson, with Gibson. After her retirement, Day rarely spoke of her years as an actress and never spoke to reporters or granted interviews.

Personal life[edit]

Day first married silent film producer Arthur J. Klein, then, after divorcing, married John Arthur. She had no children with either husband. She died of natural causes in Cathedral City, California, at the age of 91 and was cremated. Her ashes were given to family.


  • Feet of Mud (short)
  • The Hansom Cabman (short) (1924) as His Fiancee
  • The Luck o' the Foolish (short) (1924) as His Wife
  • Black Oxfords (short) (1924) as The Girl
  • Picking Peaches (short) (1924) as Bathing Beauty (uncredited)
  • The Splendid Road (1925) as Lilian Grey
  • The Wall Street Whiz (1925) as Peggy McCooey
  • The White Outlaw (1925) as Mary Gary
  • The Party (short)
  • His New Suit (short)
  • Short Pants (short)
  • Discord in 'A' Flat (short)
  • Heart Trouble (short)
  • Renegade Holmes, M.D. (1925) as Marie Darnton
  • The Taming of the West (1925) as Beryl
  • College Days (1926) as Mary Ward
  • That Model from Paris(1926) as Jane Miller
  • Fools of Fashion (1926) as Mary Young
  • The Gay Deceiver (1926) as Louise de Tillois
  • The Boy Friend (1926) as Ida May Harper
  • Looking for Trouble (1926) as Tulip Hellier
  • The Barrier (1926) as Necia
  • Hell's Four Hundred (1926) as Barbara Langham
  • Western Pluck (1926) as Clare Dyer
  • London After Midnight (1927) as Lucille Balfour
  • The Road to Romance (1927) as Serafina
  • Captain Salvation (1927) as Mary Phillips
  • Rookies (1927) as Betty Wayne
  • Red Clay (1927) as Agnes Burr
  • The Beloved Rogue (1927) as Charlotte de Vauxcelles
  • Stolen Love (1928) as Joan Hastings
  • Restless Youth (1928) as Dixie
  • Freedom of the Press (1928) as June Westcott
  • Driftwood (1928) as Daisy Smith
  • The Cameraman (1928) as Sally
  • Detectives (1928) as Lois
  • A Certain Young Man (1928) as Phyllis
  • The Big City (1928) as Sunshine
  • Under the Black Eagle (1928) as Margarta
  • The Show of Shows (1929) as 'Meet My Sister' number
  • The One Woman Idea (1929) as Lady Alicia Douglas/Alizar, halfcaste dancerQ
  • The Wild Party (1929) as Faith Morgan
  • Trent's Last Case (1929) as Evelyn Manderson
  • A Single Man (1929) as Maggie
  • The Jazz Age (1929) as Sue Randall
  • Hot Curves (1930) as Girl
  • Sunny Skies (1930) as Mary Norris
  • Temple Tower (1930) as Patricia Verney
  • The Pocatello Kid (1931) as Mary Larkin
  • The Mad Parade (1931) as Dorothy Quinlan
  • The Mystery Train (1931) as Joan Lane
  • The Sky Raiders (1931) as Grace Devine
  • Paradise Island (1931) as Ellen Bradford
  • The Crusader (1932) as Marcia Brandon
  • The King Murder (1932) as Pearl Hope
  • Broadway to Cheyenne (1932) as Ruth Carter
  • Arm of the Law (1932) as Sandy
  • The Fighting Fool (1932) as Judith
  • The Fighting Parson (1933) as Suzan Larkin
  • By Appointment Only (1933) as Miss Brown aka Brownie
  • The Flaming Signal (1933) as Molly James
  • Damaged Lives (1933) as Laura Hall
  • The Telegraph Trail (1933) as Alice Keller
  • Via Pony Express (1933) as Betty Castelar


  1. ^ "Day, Marceline (1907–2000)." Dictionary of Women Worldwide: 25,000 Women Through the Ages. Gale. 2007. Retrieved January 9, 2013 from HighBeam Research

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