Marlyn Mason played the part of Sally Weldon in the "Ben Casey" TV series during the mid-sixties, before making her film debut, as Charlene (the role was originally intended for singer Bobbie "Ode to Billy Joe" Gentry), in The Trouble With Girls (And How To Get Into It). With a title like that, one would expect this to be a typical Elvis film, but typical it ain't!! Many die-hard fans don't like it, siting, among other things, that "Elvis hardly appears for the first forty minutes of the film" (Paul Lichter, Elvis in Hollywood), but who cares!! With an ensemble cast that includes Vincent Price and John Carradine, set in the "Roaring 20's", this is a character-actor's field day. The setting is a traveling Chautauqua tent show. Elvis plays the boss, and Marlyn is sort of the self-appointed union. Along the way, they do a duet on "Signs of the Zodiac", a predictably silly novelty song.
In the 70's, Marlyn made mainly TV-movies and guest appearances. She had a regular part as girlfriend/sidekick Nikki Bell on the much too short-lived TV series, Longstreet, with James Franciscus. More recently she appeared in the 1995 mini-series, Dead By Sunset, as well as the TV-movie, Fifteen And Pregnant (1998). Also, Marlyn appeared on a Candid Camera episode (2000), when the crew came to her hometown of Medford Oregon! The gag was to convince people that they were getting new street address numbers that were nine digits long! She was suitably outraged, of course!
Marlyn has recently appeared in small independent films mostly, but is still keeping involved in the business! Here's hoping she keeps at it for years to come!