Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated ++]

Mystery Photo

And this movie would be?

Movieland Mystery Photo

[Update: Please congratulate Amy, Richard Heft, Michael Ryerson, Sarah, Greg Clancey, LC, Lee Rivas and Benito for identifying our mystery film. ]

Here’s another clue… I’m guessing this location is…

Movieland Mystery Photo

Our movie also has this mystery (not) location…..

Mystery Photo

And look who I found! Please congratulate William Stansel, Herb Nicholas and David Andrews for identifying our mystery film.

Movieland Mystery Photo

And here’s another interesting location….

Please congratulate Dewey Webb and Lee Rivas for identifying our mystery chanteuse.

One reason our mystery movie is a well-known example of 1950s film noir is because it uses actual locations, like Angels Flight. I have been searching various archives for historic photos showing the Los Angeles County coroner’s office in the Hall of Justice, but I didn’t see anything that looked like this.

Mystery Photo

Then I watched a bit more of the film. Look at the camera position.  This must be a set.

Mystery Photo

Because in another (totally not) mystery movie, the morgue looks like this.

Please congratulate Lee Rivas and Barbara Klein for identifying our mystery chanteuse, and Bob Levinson, Dewey Webb, Mary Mallory, Don Danard, Arye Michael Bender and Greg Clancey for identifying our friendly morgue attendant.

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49 Responses to Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated ++]

  1. Amy says:

    “Kiss Me Deadly”

  2. The Picture of Dorian Gray?

  3. Mary Mallory says:


  4. Richard Heft says:


  5. Kiss Me Deadly. I ‘remember’.

  6. Sarah says:

    Kiss Me Deadly?

  7. Wm. Stansel says:

    The Heart of Me

  8. Greg Clancey says:

    Ralph Meeker is holding that book in “Kiss Me Deadly”.

  9. dewey webb says:

    The Lost Moment

  10. A frame from Walter Brennan’s second TV series…

  11. LC says:

    Kiss Me Deadly 1955

  12. Lee Rivas says:

    Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

  13. Benito says:

    Kiss Me Deadly

  14. Gary Martin says:

    Although I’ve never seen it this is obviously a frame from Dead Poets Society.

  15. Mary Mallory says:

    THE SETUP with Robert Ryan.

  16. dewey webb says:

    Requiem for a Heavyweight

  17. Lee Rivas says:

    The “Main Street Gym”….on 3rd and Main Streets.

  18. Mary Mallory says:

    Okay, that’s Angel’s Flight. Still haven’t figured out the movie.

  19. dewey webb says:

    The Exiles or Criss Cross

  20. Wm. Stansel says:

    Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

  21. David Andrews says:

    Kiss Me Deadly, right?

  22. dewey webb says:

    Mady Comfort/Kiss Me Deadly

  23. The film ANGEL’S FLIGHT?

  24. Lee Rivas says:

    The woman with the microphone is “jazz” singer Mady Comfort.

  25. Bob Levinson says:

    That’s Percy Helton playing the morgue guy…

  26. dewey webb says:

    Coals to Newcastle at this point but the wonderful Percy Helton. . .

  27. mary mallory says:


  28. Barbara Klein says:

    The movie is “Kiss Me Deadly,” the singer is Madi Comfort, and the man in the morgue is Percy Helton.

  29. Don Danard says:

    Well, I don’t know where the mystery location is, but the little guy looking in on the corpse is Percy Helton. That should be worth at least one point, right?

  30. Lee Rivas says:

    The picture after the “chanteuse” looks like a baker at the Helms bakery in Culver City.

  31. And the coroner is Percy Helton. With his funny, quirky self and high voice, he played in many a Noir. And lots of other genres too.

  32. Greg Clancey says:

    Percy Helton had a great voice.

  33. the nightclub singer is madi comfort and the morgue attendant is percy helton

  34. Nathan says:

    There’s a lot to love in this picture but I always thought the real star was the Donegan “Castle” at 325 S Bunker Hill Ave.

  35. Pamela Porter says:

    Kitty White is the chantoozie – Percy Helton is the “Doc” and that’s Ralph Meeker as Mike Hammer – all in “Kiss Me Deadly” (I hope)

  36. Pat in Michigan says:

    Is it “Kiss Me Deadly”?

  37. And of course the film is the forever intriguing, “Kiss Me Deadly”. Saw it as a kid at the Terminal Theater in Chicago. Also immediately recognized the unintended irony of that all. It was my closest neighborhood theater in 1955.

  38. Karen says:

    Finally. “Kiss Me Deadly.”

  39. Mike Hawks says:

    Well, finally. KISS ME DEADLY 1955 with Percy Helton and Ralph Meeker.

  40. Greg Clancey says:

    Whew! That took a long time!

  41. Mike Botula says:

    This has solved a musical mystery for me. After following all of the comments about the “Mystery Chanteuse” and finding out that the singer was Mady Comfort. I followed up and researched her. Turns out she was a well known singer during the 30’s and 40’s and one source revealed that she was a girl friend of Duke Ellington, and supposedly the inspiration for “The Duke”s” classic “Satin Doll.” I would never have known that but for your “Mystery.” To a jazz buff this alone is worth the price of admission to your blog.

  42. Greg Clancey says:

    Watching “Baby Jane” on TCM and noticed the beach scene was shot on the same stretch of sand as the “Kiss Me Deadly” finale. You can see the house in the background. I guess Bob likes his locations.

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