Clipped From Corsicana Daily Sun
IORMER CORSICANAN ACTIVE IN NEW YORK CITY RADIO CIRCLES MARION A LTEN TOOTLE SAYS BROADCASTING IS •-". SERIOUS BUSINESS According to a signed article appearing in the state papers Sunday, Marion Allen Tootle, a former Corsicanan, but at present a resident of New York, is now "Bundy" of the popular Buck Rogers radio series. According to Marion Allen as her Corsicana friends knew her during the John B. Allen family's residence here, broad- easting Is a serious business. She says that is such serious business that you cannot forget for one second those millions of persons "listening in." The article continues: "Radio is perhaps the hardest game of all to break into in this city of hard games. First, you have to have more than talent. You have to be better than good. Then you must be persistent. You must sit in advertising- officers hours on end, and smile for the ghost of a chance for an audition. And given the audition, so much then depends on luck. Just common, seven-come-eleven luck! If they need your type, or can spot you right then, you're hired. If they don't need you, they'll take' your name and number—and telephone if "anything turns up." "Maybe!" The writer of the article states that she does not think it has been difficult at all for Marion Allen Tootle to find her place in radio, and adds that "tiny, blond, Corsicana-born Marion Allen who came up from the Fort Worth Little theater to a Theater Guild Dramatic School scholarship, to play in the state version of "An American Tragedy," to be. In "Solid South" with that proverbial grouch, Richard Bennett, who grouched at her nary a grumble. And later on to marry Harry King Tootle of the St. Jo, Missouri Tootles and the promotion staff of the New York Times." Father Was Jno. B. Allen "Her father was John B. Allen, a Corsicana cattle buyer. He is dead now and her mother lives in Chicago with one of her three sisters. Another sister is Mrs. .E. F. O'Byrne of Tyler, and her cousin is Mrs. C. Q. Barton of Dallas. Mrs. Tootle can't remember the time she .wasn't In dramatics. In school in Corsicana she was always in plays and saying pieces. She studied a year at the Horner Institute of Fine Arts in Chicago, and she was graduated in dramatics from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. After that she adopted Fort Worth as her home and became well known there to Little Theater audiences. She ha-' her own studio then— the Marion Allen School.' ' "Eight years ago she packed up and went' to New York. At the 'Theater Guild School, that smooth arch-angel of the dramatic art " ,e was an honor student, and won _ scholarship. After her experience in several Broadway productions she went into radio. First she was in the Silver Flute programs, anc then she played a long time in the ginger ale programs sponsoring stories of the Northwest Mounted Police. She played practically every woman In the series: Eskimos, heroines, squaws, etc." Drifts Away From Acting "For a year then, she drifted away from acting side again to be casting director for radio plays put on by Ayer & Co., and tha 1 was fun but not as much fun as playing in radio plays herself ~ Since then she has been on the air in many programs, usually in genue roles. Foremost among her engagements at present is the NBC series known as "Hear Throbs from the Hills" (Sundaj at 6, New York time), the scrip for which Is written by that swel old hillbilly-ess with the. twang o a mountain guitar in her "Howdy do," Ethel Park Richardson. And of course, she is Bundy in th Buck Rogers pieces." "Yes, she has a love for radio She met her husband at a broad cast. A friend invited her to at tend a Mrs. Penny-feather broad cast. Harry King Tootle, wh. knows newspapers inside out, hai been doing some of the scripts and he was there. There was a part afterward, and they got ac quainted. In the weeks that fol lowed they went places and go better acquainted. After six month they were pretty well acquainted That was when, as Mr. Winchel would put it, they ankled up th aisle to the altar. Two and one- half years ago, Mrs. Tootle smile happily, counting the half-year."