Question: Please tell me something about June Marlowe, who played Miss Crabtree in the Our Gang films. ? Gary
Flickchick: June Marlowe was born Gisela Goetten in St. Cloud, Minn., on November 6, 1903, and was the oldest of five children. Her father was a shop owner, and her mother was a housewife. Young Gisela was a big movie buff, and loved silent vamp Theda Bara. The family moved to the West Coast in the early '20s, and the teenaged Goetten enrolled at Hollywood High School. She began pursuing her dream of acting and appeared in several plays; director Malcolm St. Clair spotted her in one and helped her get an extra part in Fighting Blood (1923) in lieu of a screen test. Goetten photographed well, and was given a real role in When a Man's a Man (1924). She was also renamed June Marlowe. Marlowe worked steadily throughout the '20s, and in 1925 was named a Wampas Baby Star, a title given to promising starlets (including Clara Bowe, Mary Astor, Loretta Young, Joan Crawford and Ginger Rogers) by the Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers in the years 1922-1934. She got the role of Miss Crabtree by accident, after running into Our Gang director Robert McGowan in a department store. Marlowe made a total of six Our Gang movies: Teacher's Pet (1930), School's Out (1930), Love Business (1931), Little Daddy (1931), Shiver Me Timbers (1931) and Readin' and Writin' (1932). Shortly after Readin' and Writin', Marlowe met businessman Rodney S. Sprigg, and retired from the screen after their 1932 marriage. Although they had no children together, he had twin boys from a previous marriage. In the 1960s, Marlowe developed Parkinson's disease, and she died in 1984 at the age of 80. You might want to visit this June Marlowe fansite it features some stunning, very un-Miss Crabtree-ish photos.