Karen Morley

12 Dec 1909 - 8 Mar 2003


Karen Morley (December 12, 1909 – March 8, 2003) was an American film actress.After working at the Pasadena Playhouse, she came to the attention of the director Clarence Brown when he was looking for an actress to stand-in for Greta Garbo in screen tests. This led to a contract with MGM and roles in such films as Mata Hari (1931), Scarface (1932), The Phantom of Crestwood (1932), The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932), Arsene Lupin (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 MGM 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 played a supporting role in Pride and Prejudice (1940).


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Filmography (13 titles)

(movie, 1947)
···The Thirteenth Hour
Genre: Mystery
Role: Actor (as Eileen Blair)
(movie, 1945)
Genre: Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Dr. Monica Anderson)
(movie, 1937)
···The Last Train from Madrid
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Baroness Helene Rafitte)
(movie, 1935)
···The Littlest Rebel
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, War
Role: Actor (as Mrs. Cary)
(movie, 1934)
···Our Daily Bread
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Mary Sims)
(movie, 1934)
···Wednesday's Child
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Kathryn Phillips)
(movie, 1933)
···Gabriel Over the White House
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Pendola Molloy)
(movie, 1932)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Poppy)
(movie, 1932)
···Are You Listening?
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Alice)
(movie, 1932)
···Arsène Lupin
Genre: Mystery, Romance
Role: Actor (as Sonia)
(movie, 1932)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Laura)
(movie, 1932)
···The Phantom of Crestwood
Genre: Crime, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Jenny Wren)
(movie, 1932)
···The Washington Masquerade
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Consuela Fairbanks)