Marceline Day

Marceline Day (born Marceline Newlin; 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]

Marceline Day
Day in 1926
Marceline Newlin

(1908-04-24)April 24, 1908
DiedFebruary 16, 2000(2000-02-16) (aged 91)
Years active1924–1933
Spouse(s)Arthur J. Klein (1930–19??; divorced)
John Arthur (1959–?)
Parent(s)Frank and Irene Newlin

Early life

Marceline Newlin was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, the daughter of Frank and Irene Newlin and the younger sister of film actress Alice Day. She attended Venice High School.[2]


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 with 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 13 WAMPAS Baby Stars, a promotional campaign sponsored by the Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers in the United States, which honored 13 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 with Lon Chaney and Conrad Nagel, her role as Sally Richards in the 1928 comedy The Cameraman with Buster Keaton, and the 1929 drama The Jazz Age with Douglas Fairbanks Jr.. By the late 1920s, Day's career had eclipsed the career of her sister Alice, who also was a popular actress. The two would appear together onscreen again in the 1929 musical The Show of Shows.

She married furrier Arthur J. Klein in 1930.[3][4] She married, secondly, to John Arthur in 1959. She had no children with either husband.

Although Day transitioned into sound films 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.


She died of natural causes in Cathedral City, California at the age of 91 and was cremated.


Year Title Role Note
1924Feet of MudShort
The Hansom CabmanHis FianceeShort
The Luck o' the FoolishHis WifeShort
Black OxfordsThe GirlShort
Picking PeachesBathing BeautyUncredited
1925The Splendid RoadLilian GreyLost film
The Wall Street WhizPeggy McCooey
The White OutlawMary Gary
The PartyShort
His New SuitMildredShort
Short PantsShort
Discord in 'A' FlatShort
Heart TroubleMarcelineShort
Renegade Holmes, M.D.Marie Darnton
The Taming of the WestBerylLost film
1926College DaysMary Ward
That Model from ParisJane Miller
Fools of FashionMary Young
The Gay DeceiverLouise de Tillois
The Boy FriendIda May Harper
Looking for TroubleTulip Hellier
The BarrierNeciaLost film
Hell's Four HundredBarbara Langham
Western PluckClare Dyer
1927London After MidnightLucille BalfourLost film
The Road to RomanceSerafinaLost film
Captain SalvationMary Phillips
RookiesBetty Wayne
Red ClayAgnes Burr
The Beloved RogueCharlotte de Vauxcelles
1928Stolen LoveJoan Hastings
Restless YouthDixie
Freedom of the PressJune Westcott
DriftwoodDaisy Smith
The CameramanSally
A Certain Young ManPhyllisLost film
The Big CitySunshineLost film
Under the Black EagleMargarta
1929The Show of ShowsPerformer in 'Meet My Sister' number
The One Woman IdeaLady Alicia Douglas/Alizar, halfcaste dancer
The Wild PartyFaith Morgan
Trent's Last CaseEvelyn MandersonIncomplete
A Single ManMaggieLost film
The Jazz AgeSue Randall
1930Hot CurvesGirl
Sunny SkiesMary Norris
Temple TowerPatricia Verney
Paradise IslandEllen Bradford
1931The Pocatello KidMary Larkin
The Mad ParadeDorothy Quinlan
The Mystery TrainJoan Lane
Sky RaidersGrace Devine
1932The CrusaderMarcia Brandon
The King MurderPearl Hope
Broadway to CheyenneRuth Carter
Arm of the LawSandy
The Fighting FoolJudith
1933The Fighting ParsonSuzan Larkin
By Appointment OnlyMiss Brown aka Brownie
The Flaming SignalMolly James
Damaged LivesLaura Hall
The Telegraph TrailAlice Keller
Via Pony ExpressBetty 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
  2. Walker, Brent E. (2013). Mack Sennett's Fun Factory: A History and Filmography of His Studio and His Keystone and Mack Sennett Comedies, with Biographies of Players and Personnel. McFarland. p. 498. ISBN 9780786477111. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  3. "Marceline Day to Wed Furrier". New York Times. December 27, 1930.
  4. "Marceline Day Re-Wed. Film Actress and A.J. Klein Have Second Ceremony in New York". New York Times. June 26, 1931.
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