Our mystery movie is indeed “City Streets,” directed by Rouben Mamoulian, with cinematography by Lee Garmes, which is quite a remarkable film. As far as I can tell, it’s not in commercial release (except in a Region 2 version in Spanish), which is most unfortunate. If you only think of Guy Kibbee as the foxy grandpa in “42nd Street” and “Gold Diggers of 1933,” you will find that he’s very different here.
This is apparently part of the Paramount library controlled by Universal, and perhaps that has some reason as to why it hasn’t been released. If anyone knows more, drop me a line.
And for Monday, a mystery woman. (Yes, this is Sylvia Sidney, who was a newcomer at the time “City Streets” was made.)
Here’s how we meet Gary Cooper, who is operating a shooting gallery. In an extreme close-up, after first seeing the back of his head.
He shows off for Nan Cooley (Sylvia Sydney)
When she gets home, Pop Cooley (Guy Kibbee) wants to know where she’s been. Even in 1931, “City Streets” ran into trouble.
April 26, 1931: “An uneven picture acted unevenly.” It has “strained camera angles and symbolic close-ups of statuary, stuffed eagles and surf beating against rocks,” says Norbert Lusk in a story from New York.
April 25, 1931: Edwin Schallert of The Times, however, calls it “splendidly done.”
And for Tuesday, a couple of tough mystery gents. (Robert Homans, Willard Robertson )
And here’s what makes the mystery photos so rewarding. Not only did many people recognize Monday’s mystery woman. Not only did two people (Mike Hawks and Bob Hansen) identify the movie on the basis of one picture. But Eve Golden says: “Oh, I interviewed her and have a funny story.” (Which it is, but you’ll have to check back Saturday to read it).
All of this even though our mystery movie is (apparently) only commercially available in Spanish on a Region 2 DVD. It may have been out on VHS, but if so, even that is hard to find.
Please congratulate Eve Golden (mystery woman), Chrisbo (mystery woman), Tim Doherty (mystery woman), Dewey Webb (mystery woman), Cat M (mystery woman), Christina Rice (mystery woman), Julie Merholz (mystery woman, Patrick (mystery woman), Jenny M (mystery woman), Bob Levinson (mystery woman), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and cast), June (mystery woman), Don Danard (mystery woman), Roget-L.A. (mystery woman), Jo Anne (mystery woman), LC (mystery woman), Mandymarie (mystery woman), Gary Martin (mystery woman), Megan (mystery woman), Bob Hansen (mystery movie and cast), Gretchen Young (mystery woman) and La Peregrina (mystery woman). And Mary Mallory (mystery woman) via email. Congrats all!
And for Christmas Day, a mystery woman. (Wynne Gibson)
Smoking a cigar.
Please congratulate Roget-L.A. (mystery movie and cast), Mike Hawks (Tuesday’s mystery gents), Don Danard (mystery gents) and Julie Merholz (mystery movie and cast). And Mary Mallory (mystery movie and cast) via email.
And here we have two gents who certainly qualify for “Throwback Thursday.” (Stanley Fields with Paul Lukas).
Please congratulate Dewey Webb and Mary Mallory for identifying our Christmas Day mystery gal.
And for Friday, our mystery woman has a companion.
Please congratulate Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery fellows), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery fellows) and Dewey Webb (mystery film).