Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This is “Mr. Wu,” directed by William Nigh, starring Lon Chaney, with Louise Dresser, Renee Adoree, Ralph Forbes and …

“Mr. Wu” was based on a play by Henry Maurice Vernon and Harold Owen, adapted by Lorna Moon with titles by Lotta Woods. Designed by Cedric Gibbons and Richard Day, with costumes by Lucia Coulter and edited by Ben Lewis and photographed by John Arnold.

This isn’t the first time I have criticized a score added to a silent movie (I did hear from a Robert Israel fan who took me to task about my comments), but the score by Maria Newman is just awful.

To add authenticity, some of the titles are apparently in Chinese. These go by pretty fast, so I’m not even sure I have them in the correct order.





"Mr. Wu"

March 24, 2014, Mystery Photo

And for Monday, we have a mysterious young lad.


March 25, 2014, Mystery Photo

And for Tuesday, we have this mystery gent.


March 26, 2014, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have a mystery lady.

If you need a hint, email me.



This week has been something of a poser for the brain trust — so far only two people have identified our mystery film, Jenny M and Barbara Klein. So I thought I would have two mystery guests for Thursday. Our mystery chap is first….



And this mystery (not) woman is second.

March 28, 2014, Mystery Photo

And for Friday, our mystery man of a thousand faces, just as some of you predicted…

Please congratulate Mary Mallory (mystery movie and cast), Don Danard (Thursday’s mystery folks), Chrisbo (Thursday’s mystery woman), Patrick (mystery movie and cast), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and cast), Barbara Klein (Thursday’s mystery folks), William (Thursday’s mystery woman), Rick (mystery movie and cast), Floyd Thursby (Thursday’s mystery gent), Julie Merholz (Thursday’s mystery woman), Sarah (mystery movie and cast), ValleyDave (mystery movie and cast) and Rick Scott (mystery movie and cast).

And by the way, it’s Mary Mallory’s birthday, so be sure to wish her a Happy Birthday!

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38 Responses to Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

  1. Don Danard says:

    Anna and the King of Siam? It’s the only one I can think of! Don’t know his name however.

  2. aryedirect says:

    Pure deductive guess: Tito Renaldo from ‘Anna and the King of Thailand’.

  3. Don Danard says:

    Today it “looks” like Paul Cavanagh but I’m not 100% sure.

  4. Jenny M says:

    John Halliday?

  5. Don Danard says:

    Well I’d say it’s Anna May Wong today.

  6. Don Danard says:

    So, if it is Anna May Wong, was that Lawrence Grant the other day?

  7. Jenny M says:

    Sonny Loy, Holmes Herbert, and Renée Adorée in the movie Mr. Wu.

  8. Wednesday-Anna May Wong and Tuesday-perhaps Lawrence Grant. Movie could be “Daughter of the Dragon” or “Shanghai Express”

  9. Mike Hawks says:

    George irving is having a fine meal on tuesday.

  10. DeweyWebb says:

    The Bitter Tea Of General Yen?

    • william says:

      Thursday….Anna May Wong

      • william says:

        Now that we see Lon Chaney, it has to be “Bits of Life”, 1921 & here I am on a Friday again. This film being an anthology of 4 different stories, I wont try to sort it out but will submit my idea that at least the photos of Wong & Chaney are from the segment titled “”Chinese Story”

  11. Barbara Klein says:

    Here’s my guess:
    Movie – Mr. Wu
    Monday – Sonny Loy
    Tuesday – Claude King
    Wednesday – Renee Adoree

  12. Mary Mallory says:

    Today is Ralph Forbes and Anna May Wong.

  13. Mary Mallory says:

    I thought yesterday was a silent actress, but was thinking Mae Murray or Pola Negri! It’s MR. WU. Sonny Loy Monday, Claude King Tuesday, and Renee Adoree yesterday.

  14. Don Danard says:

    Ralph Forbes today and Anna May Wong.

  15. Chrisbo says:

    Is that Bramwell Fletcher and Anna May Wong on Thursday? Which might make this “Daughter of the Dragon”?

  16. Patrick says:

    Monday = Sonny Loy, Tuesday = Claude King, Wednesday = Renée Adorée, Thursday = Ralph Forbes and Anna May Wong in “Mr. Wu” from 1927.

  17. Mike Hawks says:

    My apologies to Claude King on tuesday. Sonny Loy is our monday man and Renee Adoree, Ralph Forbes and finally Anna May Wong make this MR. WU 1927.

  18. Barbara Klein says:

    Thursday – Ralph Forbes and Anna May Wong

  19. Rick says:

    Ralph Forbes, Anna May Wong Mr. Wu

  20. Floyd Thursby says:

    Mr. Thursday sure looks like Ralph Forbes.

  21. juliemerholz says:

    Anna May Wong today?

  22. Sarah says:

    I’ll guess the movie is Mr. Wu (1927). I knew Anna Mary Wong had to be in the movie, but Renee Adoree gave it away!

  23. ValleyDave says:

    Based on the hint, Friday is going to be Lon Chaney, Sr. Monday: Sonny Loy, Tuesday: Claude King, Wednesday: Renee Adoree, Thursday: Ralph Forbes and Anna May Wong. I think Larry is trying to pull a fast one, because it’s hard to distinguish Renee and Anna May….because of the makeup and costumes. The film is “Mr. Wu.” This is the best I can do.

  24. Rick Scott says:

    Thursday…Anna May Wong and Ralph Forbes. Guessing Mr. Wu, and if so can Lon Chaney be far behind?

  25. Mary Mallory says:

    Today is Mr. Man of a Thousand Faces, Lon Chaney.

  26. juliemerholz says:

    Today is Lon Chaney as Mr. Wu/grandfather… ergo Mr. WU

  27. I don’t usually enter after the Friday Gimme, but since I was so wrong on Wednesday, I will now go with 1927’s Mr. Wu, with Ralph Forbes, and finally, Anna May Wong, for Thursday and Lon Chaney on Friday.

  28. LC says:

    Mr. Wu 1927 w/Lon Chaney & Anna May Wong, & Ralph Forbes.

  29. Don Danard says:

    Oh well, I’ll go along with the crowd and say “Mr. Wu”.

  30. Mike Hawks says:

    MR. WU a.k.a. Lon Chaney lookin’ good.

  31. Barbara Klein says:

    Friday – Creighton Chaney’s father

    Happy Birthday Mary!

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