Marion Orth

Marion Orth (December 5, 1900 – December 1, 1984) was an American screenwriter of the silent and sound eras of Hollywood. She was a frequent collaborator of director Lois Weber.

Marion Orth
Marion F. Smidl

December 5, 1900
Illinois, USA
DiedDecember 1, 1984(1984-12-01) (aged 83)
California, USA
Years active1918–1944
Spouse(s)Edward Orth


Orth began her career as a playwright and magazine writer, publishing in Breezy Stories as early as 1917.[1][2] In 1920, she moved from Chicago to Los Angeles at the invitation of Lois Weber, who had purchased the film rights to two of Orth's stories, "The Price of a Good Time" (filmed in 1917) and "Borrowed Clothes" (filmed in 1918).[3] Orth went on to write several films with and for Weber, including A Midnight Romance, To Please One Woman, Too Wise Wives, and The Blot.[4]

In 1923, she signed a seven-picture contract at Universal as a scenarist; her efforts at the studio included work on The Price of Pleasure and Dorothy Arzner's The Wild Party.[3][5] She also wrote a string of films for Fox. In 1934, she began writing for Monogram Pictures.

In 1938, she settled a lawsuit with Republic for releasing a 1937 film called Circus Girl based on her novel. Orth was awarded $10,000.[6][7]

Orth's apparently final film was released in 1944.[8]

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ "19 Jan 1930, 22 - The Morning Call at". Retrieved 2018-12-30.
  2. ^ "Stories, Listed by Author | Marion Orth". Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  3. ^ a b Scenario Bulletin Digest. June 1923. p. 14.
  4. ^ Stamp, Shelley (2015-05-02). Lois Weber in Early Hollywood. Univ of California Press. ISBN 9780520960084.
  5. ^ "7 Mar 1925, 20 - The Ottawa Citizen at". Retrieved 2018-12-30.
  6. ^ "26 May 1938, 1 - The Coos Bay Times at". Retrieved 2018-12-30.
  7. ^ "26 May 1938, 2 - The Coos Bay Times at". Retrieved 2018-12-30.
  8. ^ "AFI|Catalog: Marion Orth". Retrieved 2019-05-16.