argaret Lindsay (19 Sept 1910 – 9 May 1981)
Unable to find roles in America, she went to London and gained stage
She studied and mastered
upper-class speech patterns, then returned and tricked ship reporters into
thinking she was a British actress.
She got her big break,
small but showy part
in Fox's 1933
by convincing a casting director that she was
British-when, in reality,
had come to Fox directly
from the set of a Tom Mix Western!
part of the supposedly all-British cast, she played a bride honeymooning on
She was at a dinner given in
honor of, her good friend, actress Thelma Todd,
the night of Todd`s mysterious death from carbon monoxide poisoning.
Totally distraught Margaret had to bow out of a
picture she was filming Murder by an Aristocrat (1936).
In 1937 she playes a devoted nurse Frances Ogilvie
in "The Green Light" again opposite Eroll Flynn
as Newall Paige, a young doctor.
"Ellery Queen, Master Detective"
Margaret 'Nikki' Lindsay met Ellery over the body of John
Braun. The amorous relationship between Ellery and Nikki
dignity as the series progressed.
According to author James Robert Parish "Columbia's one inspired
touch in their Ellery Queen series was the addition of Nikki Porter
as a freelance mystery writer who goes to work for Ellery as his secretary.
She added a bubbling note of pretty distraction, since more often than not
the plots called for her to do some amateur sleuthing to help out boss
The following picture
Queen and the Perfect Crime"(1941). This is probably the
best of the Columbia Queens, since it played fairly straight with the
storyline of the novel, even while totally changing its setting and
characters. Still too much Thin Manning, however, to satisfy mystery fans.
In 1942 she got a part in Republic's
"A Tragedy at Midnight" next to John Howard. In the same
year she made the three next entries in the Ellery Queen serial along
William Gargan who took over from Ralph Bellamy. In "A
Close Call for Ellery Queen" a more sober
approach was adopted, much to the overall benefit
of the film. "A
Desperate Chance for
next entry and
remembered for the dead of the
serial's producer Larry Darmour.
The last entry 'Enemy
Agents Meet Ellery Queen' is easily the best of the
Columbia called it quits for Ellery Queen.
Margaret was being romantically linked William Gargan ...
Another deja-vu for Margaret as she was cast again opposite William Gargan in "No Place for a Lady" (1943). Gargan plays private eye Jess Arno, while Lindsay is Jess' ever-faithful, long-suffering fiancee June Terry.. According to a HR news item, the picture was to be the first entry in a new series that was to replace Columbia's "Ellery Queen" films of which James Hogan directed many. The picture failed to spawn a series.
By 1947, looking tired and
overweight, Lindsay had segued into supporting roles.
Occasionally appearing as a supporting role in MGM films like "Cass
Timberlane" (1947) with Spencer Tracy, her film career was in decline
with roles in films at Poverty Row studios like Monogram Pictures and PRC.
Margaret was relatively open about her
lesbian sexuality within
the Hollywood community. Although being romanticly linked
to several male stars she was also linked to Janet Gaynor. Her close
companion was actress Mary McCarty.
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