Photographic portrait of Australian actress Mary Maguire in Mysterious Mr. Moto, 1938.
Original promotional photograph for Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation (U.S.A.). Gelatin silver print on glossy paper, 200 x 250 mm, printed caption beneath: Peter Lorre [i.e. Henry Wilcoxon] in “Mysterious Mr. Moto” with Mary Maguire, Henry Wilcoxon, Erik Rhodes, Harold Huber. Contemporary inscription in pencil verso: Mary Maguire, Australian star, pictured with Peter Lorre [Henry Wilcoxon] in “Mysterious Mr. Moto” – double-billed with “Dark Rapture” opening Friday at the Garrick. 12-38. unmounted; fine.
Mary Maguire (1919-1974) was a Melbourne and Brisbane-raised film actress who achieved success in Hollywood and Britain in the late 1930s. While still a Brisbane convent schoolgirl she was discovered by talent agents, and as a beautiful and photogenic sixteen-year old she starred in two films made in Australia in 1935, Charles Chauvel’s Heritage (1935) and Miles Mander’s Flying Doctor, using the name Peggy Maguire in the former. After moving with her family to Hollywood in 1936, she immediately won a coveted contract with Warner Bros., and starred in several films (including two alongside Ronald Reagan) before moving to Britain in 1938. There her film career went into sharp decline after her marriage to Robert Gordon-Canning, a British fascist who was interned for the duration of World War II. Her last film was made in 1942.