Movieland Mystery Photo ( Updated + + + + )

The world turns while the RKO Pathe rooster stands still. Go figure.

This is “Panama Flo,” with Helen Twelvetrees, Robert Armstrong and Charles Bickford.

The movie opened Jan. 19, 1932, in New York. The New York Times said: “The story offers all the coherence, credibility and realism of a hasheesh dream, and it managed to confound a startled audience last night right down to the fade-out.” The movie opened March 26, 1932, in Los Angeles at the Hillstreet Theater. In an unsigned review, The Times generally praised the movie but considered Twelvetrees miscast.

Apparently this film has never been commercially released on DVD or even on VHS. It aired on TCM last year.

July 7, 2014, Mystery Photo

This week’s mystery movie opens with … stock footage of New York. In fact, so many movies open with this sort of shot that I’ve decided to start keeping track of them.

July 7, 2014, Mystery Photo

And Monday, we have a mystery woman and a mystery piano player.

July 8, 2014, Mystery Photo

Here’s a better look at our mystery piano player. Hoagy Carmichael he is not.

July 8, 2014, Mystery Photo

And for Tuesday, we have a mystery woman.

Please congratulate June (mystery movie and mystery woman), Lee Ann and Megan — what, where’s Thom? — (mystery woman), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and cast) and Dewey Webb (mystery movie and cast).

July 9, 2014, Mystery Photo

And for Wednesday, our mystery woman has a chat with a mystery chauffeur. (So mysterious that he isn’t identified in imdb).

Please congratulate David Inman (Monday’s mystery woman), Patrick (mystery movie and cast) and Bob Hansen (Tuesday’s mystery woman).

And for today, we have…

July 10, 2014, Mystery Photo

No, that’s the wrong movie. (This is “The Penguin Pool Murder” and Armstrong is questioning witness Edna May Oliver).

July 10, 2014, Mystery Photo
Oh ha, ha, ha. I suppose you think you’re being very funny.

July 10, 2014, Mystery Photo
That’s better.

Please congratulate Mike Hawks on identifying Wednesday’s mystery woman. Mike says our piano player is moonlighting as a chauffeur. Update: Mike says he has no idea who our chauffeur is.

July 11, 2014, Mystery Photo

For Friday, we have a mystery native girl….

You were expecting maybe …

this mystery fellow?

Please congratulate Don Danard (Monday’s mystery woman and Thursday’s mystery chap), Mary Mallory (mystery movie and cast), Chrisbo (Thursday’s mystery man), Ed (Thursday’s mystery man), LC (mystery movie and cast), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery gent), Benito (Thursday’s mystery man) and Barbara Klein (mystery movie and cast).

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

  1. June says:

    The Mystery Woman is Maude Eburne. Not sure of the movie, but maybe Panama Flo.

  2. Anthony says:

    Piano Player Hoagy Charmichael
    Woman Mae West?

  3. Chrisbo says:

    Ned Sparks and May Robson.

  4. Looks like Ned Sparks.

  5. Hoagy Charmichael and one of the 3 Stooges!

  6. Then I gotta go with Harry Tyler…

    • lmharnisch says:

      Alas, no…. June is the first to identify our mystery movie and mystery woman. Mike Hawks is the first to identify the movie, mystery woman and our mystery piano player, followed by Dewey Webb. Lee Ann and Megan have also identified our mystery woman. Congrats!

  7. Lee Ann And Megan says:

    Maude Eburne

  8. Anne Papineau says:

    I’m a fan of that painting.

  9. Mike Hawks says:

    Fred Warren and Maude Eburne from PANAMA FLO 1932.

  10. DeweyWebb says:

    Maude Eburne and Fred Warren in PANAMA FLO

  11. What happened to my post, unless it’s on Facebook?

    My guess was Hoagy Carmichael and Jacqueline White, in “Night Song.”

    • lmharnisch says:

      You posted it on Facebook. :) This is the preferred place for comments on the mystery movie — and alas, no, it’s not “Night Song.” All will become clear later in the week.

  12. Chrisbo says:

    Looks like Lon Chaney and Fay Wray, though I don’t think they ever appeared together.

  13. David Inman says:

    Maude Eburne is our Monday woman — still working on divining the rest.

  14. Patrick says:

    Fred Warren, Maude Eburne and Helen Twelvetrees in “Panama Flo” from 1932.

  15. Bob Hansen says:

    Tuesday’s woman might be Helen Twelvetrees.

  16. Chrisbo says:

    Now I’m thinking maybe it’s Joan Blondell. I know I’ve seen this film, but can’t place it!

  17. Mike Hawks says:

    Fred Warren gets his really big close-up while Helen Twelvetrees our leading lady looks mournful.

  18. william says:

    Blond+ Anita Page

  19. Don Danard says:

    Good ol’ Robert Armstrong today. Love the shot from “King Kong” as well with Fay Wray and “Sailor” Billy Vincent looking around Robert. (Yeah, I know. Show Off!)

  20. Chrisbo says:

    Well I know Robert Armstrong. So maybe Tuesday’s Mystery Girl is Mae Clarke in Penguin Pool Murder.

  21. Ed says:

    Looks like Robert Armstrong in King Kong

  22. Mary Mallory says:

    PANAMA FLO. Maude Eburne and Fred Warren Monday, Helen Twelvetrees Tuesday, Marjorie Peterson Wednesday.

  23. LC says:

    Very subtle hint! Robert Armstrong today. Well, I don’t think I have seen this movie, but I’ll wait for tomorrow before I concede.

  24. Mike Hawks says:

    Robert Armstrong today. And the chauffeur from yesterday I do not know.

  25. Don Danard says:

    By the way – I forgot. Is the mystery woman on Monday Maude Eburne?

  26. Benito says:

    Thursday’s lad is a dapper Robert Armstrong. No fleas on him!

  27. Barbara Klein says:

    Panama Flo

    Monday – Maude Eburne and Fred Warren
    Tuesday – Helen Twelvetrees
    Wednesday – Ms. Twelvetrees again
    Thursday – Robert Armstrong

  28. LC says:

    I now believe it’s Panama Flo (1932), I haven’t seen it, yet.

  29. Mary Mallory says:

    Reina Velez and Charlie Bickford today.

  30. Ed says:

    Friday is Charles Bickford

  31. Don Danard says:

    Today it’s the always dependable Charles Bickford

  32. william says:

    “Panama Flo” 1932, Charles Bickford, Robt Armstrong, Maude Eburne, Helen Twelvetrees

  33. Mike Hawks says:

    Reina Velez and Charles Bickford together for the first and last time.

  34. juliemerholz says:

    Panama Flo 1932 with Helen Twelvetrees, Robert Armstrong, Charles Bickford, Maude Eburne, Marjorie Peterson, Paul Hurst, Reina Velez, Hans Joby, Ernie Adams, Fred Warren

  35. Barbara Klein says:

    Friday – Reina Velez and Charles Bickford

  36. Benito says:

    Wow, Reina Velez was Lupe’s sister! A rare bird.

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