Richard Arlen

Richard Arlen

“Being a star is no snap. It’s real work. And that, coupled with the speed with which movies are made these days, has taken all the fun away.”Richard Arlen

Source: 1930

Photo: Otto Dyar


Richard Arlen Jobyna Ralston Mission Inn

Richard Arlen and Jobyna Ralston On 2-Day Honeymoon

RIVERSIDE, January 29, 1927 – (UP) – Jobyna Ralston and Richard Arlen, film stars, began a two-day honeymoon here today, that will be temporarily interrupted Monday when both must go back to Hollywood to complete work on their current production.

They were married here last night having slipped away from the screen colony without making known their intention except to a few intimate friends.

The marriage was performed by Justice of the Peace Leonard J. Difani in the Mission Inn and culminated a romance that began as screen sweethearts in their latest picture, “Wings.”


For twelve years, the marriage of Arlen and Ralston was considered one of the stronger ones in Hollywood. Arlen continued working with the coming of “talkies;” however, Ralston had a noticeable lisp which hastened the end of her screen career, her last screen appearance being in 1931.

A child, Richard Arlen, Jr., was born May 17, 1933. By this time, Arlen’s career was beginning to wane and by 1935, he was working as a freelancer for a number of “B” movie studios.

On July 21, 1938, the couple’s joint business manager notified Arlen that Ralston wanted to separate and that the couple would occupy different residences. Arlen was on his yacht about to sail to Catalina Island at the time of the notification. The manager suggested that he should move to his ranch in Northridge while Ralston kept the home in Toluca Lake.

Ralston immediately booked travel to Honolulu with their son, “Ricky.”

On August 15, 1938, Arlen packed his bags and left the Toluca residence, “fed up with marriage life” and wanting to pursue “other interests.”

After taking no action for a number of years, Ralston finally filed and received her divorce on September 5, 1945, on the grounds of “desertion.” Arlen retained his Toluca Lake house and immediately remarried. He continued acting until his death in 1976. Ralston remained single, passing away at the Motion Picture Country Home in Woodland Hills in 1967.


The Lawyer's Secret 1931

The Lawyer’s Secret (1931). Starring Clive Brook, Charles Rogers, Fay Wray and Jean Arthur.



Island of Lost Souls Richard Arlen Leila Hyams

Island of Lost Souls (1932). With Leila Hyams.


Wall Art


Island of Lost Souls (1932)

In 1932, Gary Cooper through a private party at his home for John Hay Whitney and his wife. In attendance were Helen Hayes, Mary Pickford, Richard Arlen and Marion Davies. Here they are, posing in Coop‘s den.

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Richard Arlen Toluca Lake Home

Richard Arlen Toluca Lake Home

Arlen‘s home at 10025 Toluca Lake Avenue, Toluca Lake, CA.


Missing Daughters 1939

Missing Daughters (1939), co-starring Rochelle Hudson.

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  1. According to Wikipedia, Joblyn Ralston was Arlen’s second wife. His first marriage was to Ruth Austin, and the marriage lasted only 3 years. from 1920-1923. But he did not remain single after divorcing Ralston. He married Margaret Kinsella in 1946.

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