Marguerite tends to ill Bakhtiari, amputating a finger, expelling a leech

The Bakhtiari men ruled harshly over the women, who did most of the work around the camp. While the men gossiped with their neighbors, the women milked the sheep and goats and prepared the meals. Cooper and Schoedsack joined the men, lounging around the tents. Marguerite didn’t work with the women, but she soon found herself busy …

The Americans try to reach the Bakhtiari

British intelligence officers in Bagdad, including Gertrude Bell and Sir Arnold Wilson, advised Marguerite Harrison, Merian Cooper and Ernest Schoedsack to try filming the Bakhtiari, the same tribe Harry Dwight had suggested a year earlier. The Bakhtiari, who lived west of the Zagros Mountains, each spring undertook an arduous journey in search of grass for …

Struggling to stay alive

Having apparently appeased Cheka, Marguerite Harrison was released from solitary confinement and placed in a cell with a dozen other women who faced political charges. These inmates included a young peasant girl who was overheard speaking about a new revolution, wives and girlfriends of White Russian Army officers, and aristocrats who had supported the czar. …

Photo Gallery

Marguerite Harrison's childhood home, Ingleside, in Catonsville, Md. Photo courtesy of Catonsville Public Library.Marguerite Harrison with husband, Tom, and son, Tommy. Photo courtesy of Nancy Harrison.Tommy Harrison at Gilman. Photo courtesy of Gilman School.Maryand Gov. Albert Ritchie, Marguerite Harrison's brother-in-law.Marguerite Harrison on the Polish border preparing to enter Russia. Photo courtesy of Baltimore Sun.Solomon Mogilievsky, …