Movieland Mystery Photo ( Updated + + + + )

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This week’s movie has been the 1946 Columbia picture “The Devil’s Mask,” written and directed by Carlton E. Morse and based on the radio show “I Love a Mystery.”

Aug. 9, 2014, Mystery Photo
“The Devil’s Mask” is of special interest around the Daily Mirror HQ because it features Barton Yarborough, right, who played Ben Romero, Joe Friday’s partner in the radio version of “Dragnet.” In “The Devil’s Mask,” he plays a detective working with Jim Bannon, left. Yarborough died  Dec. 19, 1951, a few days after he made his TV debut in the television version of “Dragnet.”

Aug. 4, 2014, Mystery Photo

And for Monday, we have a mystery gent with a curious box.

Aug. 5, 2014, Mystery Photo

And for Tuesday, a mystery woman.

Please congratulate Don Danard, Mike Hawks, Mary Mallory, Megan, Le Ann and Thom, and Rick Scott for identifying Monday’s mystery gent. Megan, Le Ann and Thom say: “He made a career out of quick talking sarcasm!”

Aug. 6, 2014, Mystery Photo

And for Wednesday, a mystery gent.

Please congratulate Megan Lee Ann and Thom for identifying our mystery woman. I’ll give Gary Martin half-credit for the wrong actress but with a name that’s very close to our mystery woman.

Aug. 7, 2014, Mystery Photo

And for Thursday, a mystery woman.

Aug. 8, 2014, Mystery Photo

And our mystery guest for Friday. Now we know what’s in the box carried by Monday’s mystery gent.

Please congratulate Mary Mallory (mystery movie and cast), Jenny M (Thursday’s mystery woman), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and cast), Megan, Lee Ann and Thom (mystery movie and cast) and Rick Scott (Thursday’s mystery woman).

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

  1. juliemerholz says:

    Donald McBride?

  2. Don Danard says:

    Thomas E. Jackson

  3. aryedirect says:

    Best mysterious box ever was in ‘Kiss Me Deadly’. Though I don’t know the actor who played it.

  4. Mike Hawks says:

    Looks like Thomas Jackson.

  5. Megan, Lee Ann and Thom says:

    This is the great Tommy Jackson! He made a career out of quick talking sarcasm!

  6. Rick Scott says:

    Thomas Jackson

  7. Mary Mallory says:

    Hillary Brooke and BIG TOWN?

  8. Jenny M says:

    Frances Gifford

  9. Gary Martin says:

    This is either Barbara Jo Allen or Vera Vague. I will have to wait until Wednesday to be more positive.

  10. Megan, Lee Ann and Thom says:

    Our lovely lady today is Mona Barrie. When her career started she was a bit stiff, but as her career went on she became very much better, usually playing an intelligent, sophisticated lady with a sense of humor.

  11. Gary Martin says:

    Lynn Bari?

  12. Lorenzo says:

    Tuesday’s lady’s face is familiar….Natalie Schafer maybe?

  13. mandymarie20 says:

    Okay, I think the film is “Penguin Pool Murder”, a Hildegarde Withers mystery. I feel like I recognize those scenes.

  14. mandymarie20 says:

    I think Tuesday is Mae Clarke

  15. mandymarie20 says:

    Wednesday is Donald Clark, I think.

  16. Floyd Thursby says:

    Wednesday’s actor looks like Abner Biberman.

  17. Mary Mallory says:

    THE DEVIL’S MASK. Mona Barrie Tuesday and Michael Duane yesterday.

  18. Jenny M says:

    Anita Louise

  19. william says:

    Thursday….Virginia Grey

  20. Mike Hawks says:

    Mona Barrie, Michael Duane and Anita louise make this THE DEVIL’S MASK.

  21. Don Danard says:

    Today, it’s the lovely Janis Carter looking somewhat distressed!

  22. Megan, Lee Ann and Thom says:

    It’s The Devil’s Mask, with Anita Louise.

  23. Megan, Lee Ann and Thom says:

    And for Wednesday, it’s Michael Duane.

  24. Rick Scott says:

    Looks like Anita Louise for Thursday.

  25. mandymarie20 says:

    Okay, now I think I’ve got it.
    The blonde is Anita Loos.

    • mandymarie20 says:

      I meant Anita Louise, the actress – not Anita Loos, the author of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Why do I always confuse the author’s and the actress’s name spelling? One of those brain quirks.

  26. mandymarie20 says:

    The film must be “The Devil’s Mask”.

  27. mandymarie20 says:

    Tuesday – Mona Barrie

  28. mandymarie20 says:

    Wednesday – Michael Duane

  29. mandymarie20 says:

    I think the shrunken head was supposed to be Louise’s guardian, an explorer. The trouble was whether it was murder or not.

  30. Rick Scott says:

    How about “The Devil’s Mask?” Part of the short-lived “I Love A Mystery” series.

  31. Don Danard says:

    Is the film “Just Before Dawn”? I believer it is …but ….

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