Karen Morley (born Mildred Linton, December 12, 1909 – March 8, 2003) was an American film actress.
Born in Ottumwa, Iowa, Morley lived there until she was 13 years old. When she moved to Hollywood, she attended Hollywood High School and later graduated from UCLA.After working at the Pasadena Playhouse, she came to the attention of the director Clarence Brown, at a time when he had been looking for an actress to stand-in for Greta Garbo in screen tests. This led to a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and roles in films such as Mata Hari (1931), Scarface (1932), The Phantom of Crestwood (1932), The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932), Arsene Lupin (1933), Gabriel Over the White House (1933), and Dinner at Eight (1933). In 1934, Morley left MGM after arguments about her roles and her private life. Her first film after leaving the studio was Our Daily Bread (1934), directed by King Vidor. She continued to work as a freelance performer and appeared in Michael Curtiz's Black Fury, and The Littlest Rebel with Shirley Temple. Without the support of a studio, her roles became less frequent; however, she did play Mr. Collins' wife Charlotte Lucas in Pride and Prejudice (1940), which was produced by MGM. The film was critically well-received, but it did not advance her career; as a result, Morley turned her attention to stage plays. In the early 1940s, she appeared in several plays on Broadway, including the role of Gerda in the original production of The Walrus and The Carpenter. Her career came to an end in 1947 when she testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee and refused to answer questions about her alleged American Communist Party membership. She maintained her political activism for the rest of her life. In 1954, she ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor of New York on the American Labor Party ticket.After being blacklisted in Hollywood by the studio bosses, she never rebuilt her film acting career. In the early 1970s, Karen Morley briefly resumed her acting career with guest roles in television series such as Kojak, Kung Fu, and Police Woman. In 1993, she appeared in The Great Depression, a documentary TV series produced by Henry Hampton's Blackside Productions in association with BBC2 and WGBH. In the series, she talked about how helpless she felt as a privileged Hollywood actress in the face of all the poverty and suffering that surrounded her. She also spoke of her experience making Our Daily Bread and working for King Vidor, whom she described as a conservative who thought that people should willingly help each other without government interference. In December 1999, at the age of 90, she appeared in Vanity Fair in an article about blacklist survivors, and she was honored at the San Francisco FIlm Festival.
Morley was married to director Charles Vidor from 1932 until 1943. They met on the set of Man About Town, in which Morley played the female lead, and Vidor was co-director. Vidor and Morley had a son, Michael Karoly, who was born in August 1933. Morley and Vidor were divorced in 1943. Later this year, she married the actor Lloyd Gough. They had one child together. They were married until Gough's death in 1984.
Movies & TV shows
A look at actresses who starred in films with thought-provoking subjects made between 1930 and July 1934, before the Hollywood Production Code —the infamous Hays Code— was enforced.
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Sergeant "Pepper" Anderson, an undercover cop for the Criminal Conspiracy Unit of the Los Angeles Police Department, posed for pictures with prostitutes and mob girls.
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The adventures of a Shaolin Monk as he wanders the American West armed only with his skill in Kung Fu.
Remake of the 1931 original. In the city, someone is murdering children. The Police search is so intense, it is disturbing the 'normal' criminals, and the local hoods decide to help find the murderer ...
A mining engineer and a truck driver are looking for a job. When his rig breaks down in a small town, he happens upon Paula Craig, a venomous seductress. When Craig's boyfriend, Steve Price, robs a ba...
The Thirteenth Hour
In this drama, a trucker's business is nearly destroyed after he is wrongfully accused of killing a policeman with whom he recently quarreled.
Pride and Prejudice
The man is named Mr. They were and Mrs. and Mr. There are five unmarried daughters of Bennet and Mrs. Bennet wants to find a suitable husband for them. Mr and the rich single gentlemen were together. ...
A physician in a small town suddenly finds himself the object of vilification and persecution when one of his patients commits suicide.
The Girl from Scotland Yard
A female agent tacks down the cause of mysterious explosions.
The Last Train from Madrid
The story of seven people: their lives and love affairs in Madrid during the Civil War.
In this action film, a courageous test pilot works with experimental aircraft for the US Armed Forces. When an important airplane manufacturer dies, his daughter is left to run the company. The compan...
In 1921, British Lord Athleigh arrives in Dublin with his daughter, Helen, to engage in peace talks. As wanted Irish rebel leader Dennis Riordan is not recognized in public, he is able to move about f...
The Littlest Rebel
Virgie Cary's father, a rebel officer, sneaks back to his rundown plantation to see his dying wife and is arrested. A Yankee officer takes pity and sets up an escape. Everyone is captured and the offi...
A simple Pennsylvania coal miner is drawn into the violent conflict between union workers and management.
Thunder in the Night
A whodunit set in Budapest, starring Edmund Lowe as a detective investigating the murder of an unemployed vaudeville actor.
A young doctor running a health farm for people who have been affected by the disease is blinded by a pretty and wealthy society girl, who is ruining his relationship with his patients and the woman w...
A 10-year-old's happy life is shattered when his parents are divorced.
Our Daily Bread
John and Mary sims are city-dwellers hit hard by the financial fist of The Depression. Driven by bravery (and sheer desperation) they flee to the country and, with the help of other workers, set up a ...
The Crime Doctor
When he finds out that his wife is having an affair, a criminologist commits the perfect murder--and pins the crime on his wife's boyfriend so well that the man is convicted of the murder.
Straight Is the Way
Just out of prison, Benny Horowitz tries to go straight. Things are complicated by his former girlfriend and his former gangster buddies.
Gabriel Over the White House
A political hack becomes President during the height of the Depression and undergoes a metamorphosis into an incorruptible statesman after a near-fatal accident.
Dinner at Eight
An ambitious New York socialite plans an extravagant dinner party as her businessman husband, Oliver, contends with financial troubles, causing a lot of tension between the couple. Meanwhile, their hi...
Man About Town
In a plan to trap potential enemy spies in Washington, an American secret agent sets up a gambling house. He soon finds himself in a rivalry with his old friend the British ambassador over a beautiful...
Gifted German wrestler Polokai falls in love with ex-con Laura, who persuades him to emigrate to America and gets him involved with crooked promoters.
The Washington Masquerade
An honest, talented and well respected attorney defeats a corrupt incumbent U.S. Senator. After a very good start he has to face the subtle temptations and innocent looking traps of Washington.
A charming and very daring thief known as Arsene Lupin is terrorizing the wealthy of Paris, he even goes so far as to threaten the Mona Lisa. But the police, led by the great Guerchard, think they kno...
Are You Listening?
WBLA is on the air, presenting the live music, the sudsy dramas and the sell-sell-sell of commercial interludes that keep consumers buying and sponsors smiling. But one sponsor, a producer of plumbing...
The Phantom of Crestwood
Five men have to prove their innocence when a blackmailer is murdered.
The Mask of Fu Manchu
The doctor that was villainous. Fu Manchu wants to cause an uprising in the East to wipe out the white race by finding the tomb of Ghengis Khan, so he is racing against a team of Englishmen.
A murderous thug shoots his way to the top of the mobs while trying to protect his sister from the criminal life.
In the Austrian manor of Baron and Baroness von Burgen, the relationship between the upstairs aristocracy and the downstairs staff is quite positive. The servants seem to enjoy their time together, an...
The Cuban Love Song
A guilt-ridden U.S. Marine returns to Cuba to try to find the woman he promised to marry.
The Sin of Madelon Claudet
After being out of jail for a crime she did not commit, Madelon turns to prostitution and thievery to send her illegitimate son to medical school.
Never the Twain Shall Meet
Dan works for Pritchard and Pritchard out of San Francisco and is in love with Maisie, referred to as "the icebox" by his news reporter friend. As one of his ships returns to San Francisco, Dan learns...
An Austrian soldier must choose between a wealthy fiancee and a new girl who takes his fancy.
A widow's decision to run for mayor kicks off a battle of the sexes in a small town.
Ivy Stevens is a cafe entertainer who is in love with a shifty salesman who deserts her. Carl, a Salvation Army officer, saved her in her attempt to commit suicide. Ivy joined the Salvation Army becau...
The leading actress is playing Yvonne, an artist's model in the film. Robert Montgomery, Lewis Stone, Marjorie Rambeau, and Judith Vosselli are some of the stars. It's a romantic melodrama about a Par...
An account of the life of Mata Hari, an exotic dancer who was accused of espionage for Germany during World War I, is a semi-fictionalized account.
Strangers May Kiss
After years of fighting off the advances of her old flame Steve, Lisbeth settles into a steamy, casual romance with journalist Alan. Against the advice of her happily married aunt Celia -- who encoura...
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