Movieland Mystery Photo — Guest Edition

Jan. 8, 2014, Mystery Photo

Christina Rice, photo archivist at the Los Angeles Public Library, is looking for help with this undated, unidentified photograph, so I said I would ask the brain trust.

Although the image is part of the library’s collection, it is for sale elsewhere on the Internet (hm) and dated 1914.

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6 Responses to Movieland Mystery Photo — Guest Edition

  1. Mary Mallory says:

    Hollywood Photographs is a legitimate photograph archive, owned by Bruce Torrence, grandson of C. E. Toberman. He, Bison Archives, and the library all have some of the same photographs, because one has the original and the others have copies that have been circulating for years, and they all have copies they are selling of the original C. C. Pierce Photographs that are at the Huntington.

  2. Earl Boebert says:

    It would be a help on these if you could link to a high resolution version, a la Shorpy.

  3. Mike Hawks says:

    Christina: The man may be Charles Ogle. If so, that would make the studio Edison for which he worked for a few years during which time he made FRANKENSTEIN in 1910. Check his file if you have one at the library. Hawkman

    • aryedirect says:

      Mike, he very much resembles Charles Ogle. Since the actor made two films in 1914, and one was for Paramount (with higher production values than Edison), I am guessing this is from the other, ‘The Man Who Disappeared’. As its title implies, the film too seems to have vanished.

  4. I posted this on the Facebook page of the SF Silent Film Fest, thinking one of their fans might recognize it, but they cruelly took it down. I agree it looks like Charles Ogle, not that I ever heard of him before today. I thought it might help to compare the woman in the photo with pictures of actresses in Ogle’s films. “Cora Williams” from cast list of “The Man Who Disappeared” was born in 1870–does it look like the actress here could be the right age? I can’t find any pictures of her online, although her imdb profile lists quite a few films, including a 1927 feature, “Sensation Seekers,” directed by Lois Weber, which survives.

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