Peverell Marley

John Peverell Marley (August 14, 1899 – February 2, 1964) was an American cinematographer. He is one of only six cinematographers to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Marley is credited under several different names including Pev Marley, Peverell Marley, Peverly Marley, and Peveerell Marley.

Peverell Marley
Margo, J. Peverell Marley and Burgess Meredith at the set of Winterset (1936)
John Peverell Marley

(1899-08-14)August 14, 1899
DiedFebruary 2, 1964(1964-02-02) (aged 64)
Other namesPev Marley
Peverell Marley
Peverly Marley
Peveerell Marley
Years active1923–1961
Lina Basquette
(m. 1929; div. 1930)

Virginia Ruth McAdoo
(m. 1934; div. 1940)

Linda Darnell
(m. 1943; div. 1951)

Life and career

Born in San Jose, California, Marley began his career soon after graduating high school during the silent film era. His first film was the 1923 Cecil B. DeMille biblical epic The Ten Commandments. He later became DeMille's chief cameraman and would continue to work with DeMille throughout his career.[1] He went on to work on 1929's The Godless Girl, starring his then-fiancée Lina Basquette.[2] The couple divorced after just one year and Marley went on to marry dancer Virginia McAdoo and actress Linda Darnell.[3]

In the 1930s, Marley received an Academy Award nomination for Best Cinematography on the 1938 historical drama Suez. In 1948, he was nominated again for his work on the film Life with Father, starring Elizabeth Taylor and William Powell. After his divorce from Darnell in 1952, Marley continued to work on films including 1952's The Greatest Show on Earth for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Cinematography – Color. The following year, he filmed House of Wax, followed by King Richard and the Crusaders in 1954, Serenade in 1956, and The Spirit of St. Louis in 1957. In the late 1950s, he branched out to television working on the series Telephone Time and Bronco. Marley last worked on a 1961 episode of the series Bus Stop.

He died on February 2, 1964 in Santa Barbara, and is interred at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles. His ex-wife Linda Darnell died a little over a year later in a house fire.

Selected filmography

Year Film Notes
1924 Feet of Clay
1925 The Golden Bed
1926 The Volga Boatman Credited as Peverell Marley
1927 Chicago
1928 Celebrity
1928 A Lady of Chance Credited as Peverly Marley
1929 Dynamite Credited as Peverell Marley
1930 This Mad World Credited as Peveerell Marley
1932 Fantômas
1933 Fast Workers Credited as Peveral Marley
1933 India Speaks Credited as Peverall Marley
1934 The House of Rothschild Credited as Peverell Marley
1935 Thanks a Million Credited as Peverell Marley
1936 Private Number
1936 Winterset
1937 The Toast of New York Credited as Peverell Marley
1938 Sally, Irene and Mary
1939 The Hound of Baskervilles Credited as Peverell Marley
1940 The Man I Married Alternative title: I Married a Nazi
1941 Moon Over Miami Credited as Peverell Marley
1945 Pride of the Marines Credited as Peverell Marley
Alternative title: Forever in Love
1946 Of Human Bondage Credited as Peverell Marley
1947 The Two Mrs. Carrolls Credited as Peverell Marley
1948 Whiplash Credited as Peverell Marley
1949 Night Unto Night Credited as Peverell Marley
1950 Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye Credited as Peverell Marley
1953 The Charge at Feather River
1958 The Left Handed Gun
1961 The Sins of Rachel Cade
Year Title Notes
1958 The Rifleman Credited as Pev Marley
1 episode
1959 Lawman 1 episode
1960 77 Sunset Strip 1 episode

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Film
1939 Academy Award Nominated Best Cinematography Suez
1948 Best Cinematography, Color Life with Father
1953 Golden Globe Award Won Best Cinematography – Color The Greatest Show on Earth (Shared with George Barnes)
1937 Venice Film Festival Won Best Cinematography Winterset


  1. Brennan, Sandra. "J. Peverell Marley: Biography". Retrieved March 10, 2009.
  2. Eyman, Scott (1997). The Speed of Sound: Hollywood and the Talkie Revolution, 1926–1930. Simon and Schuster. p. 361. ISBN 0-684-81162-6.
  3. Davis, Ronald L. (2001). Hollywood Beauty: Linda Darnell and the American Dream. University of Oklahoma Press. p. 75. ISBN 0-8061-3330-9.

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