b. 30 August 1899, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, d. 25 February 1968, New York City, New York, USA. The son of actor-director George F. Marion, he was educated in Switzerland and at Harvard. In the 20s he wrote silent film titles, receiving a 1929 Oscar nomination. For early talkies he wrote song lyrics, several with music by Richard Whiting: ‘My Sweeter Than Sweet’, Sweetie (1929), ‘My Future Just Passed’, ‘You Appeal To Me’ and others, Safety In Numbers, ‘A Peach Of A Pair’, Follow Thru, ‘It Seems To Be Spring’, ‘My Mad Moment’, ‘Don’t I Do?’ and others, Let’s Go Native (all 1930), co-writing the screenplay for the latter with Percy Heath, and ‘My First Love To Last’ and ‘My Heart’s Desire’, Adorable (1933). He also wrote ‘This Must Be Illegal (It’s So Nice)’, lyrics by Ralph Rainger and W. Franke Harling, Sea Legs (1930). He wrote screenplays for The Big Broadcast and Love Me Tonight (both 1932), the latter in collaboration with Samuel Hoffenstein and Waldemar Young, We’re Not Dressing, with Horace Jackson and Francis Martin, and The Gay Divorcee, with Dorothy Yost and Edward Kaufman, (both 1934), while his book for the Richard Rodgers - Lorenz Hart stage musical, Too Many Girls (1939), provided the basis for the 1940 film.
Marion’s other stage shows included Beat The Band (1942, filmed 1947), writing book and lyrics, with music by Johnny Green. The songs included ‘Break It Up’, ‘Every Other Heartbeat’, ‘I’m Physical, You’re Cultured’, ‘Keep It Casual’ and ‘Song Of The Islands’. In 1943 he collaborated with Fats Waller on Early To Bed, writing book and lyrics to songs including ‘A Girl Who Doesn’t Ripple When She Bends’, ‘There’s A Man In My Life’, ‘Me And My Old World Charm’, ‘Supple Couple’, ‘The Ladies Who Sing With The Band’, ‘Long Time No Song’ and ‘When The Nylons Bloom Again’. With Karl Farkas he wrote the book for Marinka (1945), and also lyrics to Emmerich Kálmán’s music, including ‘Turn On The Charm’, ‘Treat A Woman Like A Drum’, ‘One Touch Of Vienna’ and ‘If I Never Waltz Again’. Also in 1945 came Toplitzky Of Notre Dame, writing book and lyrics to Sammy Fain’s music, including ‘Love Is A Random Thing’ and ‘You Are My Down Fall’. Marion wrote the book for Arabian Nights (1954), which starred Lauritz Melchior, Helena Scott and Ralph Herbert, music and lyrics by Carmen Lombardo and John Jacob Loeb.