“I’m not so quick on the uptake when it comes to learning lines. I’ve got to go over and over them. And so, even today, when I run up against some of those directors who like to ‘shoot scenes with spontaneity,’ I’m thrown for a loss. Some players like it though.” – Fredric March
Source: Robert McIlwaine (1938)
The Wild Party (1929). With Clara Bow.
My Sin (1931). Co-stars Tallulah Bankhead.
“I have no soul. I’m beyond the pale. I’m one of the living dead!” — spoken by Fredric March in Paramount’s 1931 classic, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1931). With Rose Hobart.
“Application of the Hyde makeup required three and a half hours. March, during the seven weeks filing of the picture, came to work at 6 a.m. when he was to be Hyde; the days he was to be Jeckyll he slept two more hours.” — Hubbard Keavy, “Gossip of Filmland,” 1932.
Photo: With director Rouben Mamoulian and co-star Miriam Hopkins on the set of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde.
“Stardom is just an uneasy seat on top of a tricky toboggan. Being a star is merely perching at the head of the downgrade. A competent featured player can last a lifetime. A star, a year or two. There’s all that agony of finding suitable stories, keeping in character, maintaining illusion. Then the undignified position of hanging on while your popularity is declining.” — Fredric March
We Live Again (1934). With Anna Sten.
“Keep interested in others; keep interested in the wide and wonderful world. Then in a spiritual sense you will always be young.” — Fredric March
Photo: Otto Dyar
A 1938 ad depicting Fredric March as a cartoon car salesman for the Chrysler De Soto, a car manufactured between 1928 and 1961 ( though it officially was no longer built after November 1960).
“He was able to do a very emotional scene with tears in his eyes, and pinch my fanny at the same time.” – Shelley Winters