Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated]

Aug. 30, 2011, Mystery Photo

[Update: This is Carrie Finnell. Please congratulate Dewey Webb for identifying her. Finnell (d. 1963) was a famous stripteuse of the 1920s and ‘30s who invented the art of tassel twirling with her “educated muscles,” shown here in repose. ]

Here’s our mystery lady du jour.

July 30, 1938, Carrie Finnell
July 30, 1938: Carrie Finnell and her “educated muscles” at the Follies! 

July 30, 1936, Hollywood Goes Minsky
July 30, 1936: “Hollywood Goes Minsky” with Carrie Finnell opens in Los Angeles.

Aug. 12, 1936, Minsky's Goes Hollywood

Aug. 12, 1936: Police shut down “Hollywood Goes Minsky” featuring Carrie Finnell.

July 30, 1938, Carrie Finnell

July 30, 1938: Finnell appears at the Follies.

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12 Responses to Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated]

  1. zabadu says:

    Sophie Tucker?
    Blossom Fields?

  2. Zabadu beat me to the punch. Certainly a Red Hot Mama.

  3. Cold in Phoenix says:

    Sophie Tucker would be my guess.

  4. Mary Mallory says:

    Texas Guinan?

  5. dewey webb says:

    Helen Traubel

  6. Gary Martin says:

    Belle Barth.

  7. ed says:

    Spohie Tucker

  8. Mary Mallory says:

    Emma Carus.

  9. Mary Mallory says:

    Irene Franklin?

  10. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Muriel Landers?
    Eddra Gale?

  11. HA! Carrie Finnell was my great-aunt!

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