Mystery photo


 
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Los Angeles Times file photo

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Some people have asked for another clew. Fair enough, how’s this?
I thought I’d take a break from the obscure starlet genre. Who is he? (And in response to a frequent question, if nobody guesses the mystery man/woman, the picture goes into the pile to be posted again in a few months. Of course, I could simply reveal whom these folks are, but what fun is that?)

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  • Harpo Marx? Interesting guess. But no (and a hard-boiled egg).
  • Lawrence Welk? The lovely Lennon Sisters say, I’m afraid not.
  • Is that Ann Sheridan on the left wearing the hat? (Rotter) Yes it is! Very good.

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40 Responses to Mystery photo

  1. NewsboyAZ says:

    Lon McAllister? Or maybe a young Lloyd Bridges?

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  2. DH says:

    Bing Crosby?

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  3. MichaelRyerson says:

    Well, if his eyes were a little more wide set and if his hair weren’t quite so curly and if he had a deep cleft in his chin, I’d say Clifton ‘Bobby’ Young. But that’s just me.

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  4. Mary says:

    I don’t know, but I love his hair!

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  5. rotter says:

    Carl Esmond

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  6. casey clow says:

    A young Edward Everett Horton.

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  7. MG says:

    Leslie Howard

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  8. Tim Ahern says:

    Leslie Howard?

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  9. Looks like he could later grow up to be Cliff Robertson. But clothing and hair style probably places him in an era too early to be the esteemed actor.

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  10. And BTW: Edward Everett Horton never was young.
    He was one of those great character actors like Sam Jaffe and many others, who were ‘OLD when they were young’. In that way, they never seemed to age on screen.
    Although until recently, I would have put Franklin Pangborn on that list. Leave it to Larry Harnisch to explode that particular myth.

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  11. Carol says:

    Looks like Johnny Carson to me………

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  12. M. Herren says:

    Could it be a young Fredric March?

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  13. Jeff says:

    Larry Adler?

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  14. Carol Gwenn says:

    George Murphy…and the Wampas Baby Stars????

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  15. Katie says:

    William Holden?

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  16. Arye Michael Bender says:

    If his mouth were to double in width, he could morph into Joe E. Brown.
    Brown uttered perhaps the most famous comedy end line in the history of film: “Well, nobody’s perfect” (‘Some Like It Hot’)

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  17. rotter says:

    Is that Ann Sheridan at left wearing hat?

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  18. Barbara says:

    Robert Montgomery?

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  19. Leland Bard says:

    Freddie Bartholomew?

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  20. Michael Ryan Collins says:

    Danny Kaye?

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  21. Gary Alexander says:

    Roddy McDowall?

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  22. Alex says:

    I don’t know but he is very cute.

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  23. Ronald R says:

    it looks kinda like Joel Grey

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  24. Larry says:

    Kirk Douglas?

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  25. mg says:

    Gig Young/Byron Barr

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  26. Leland Bard says:

    Ah ha – Errol Flynn? Films usually showed him in period wigs or pirate gear or Robin Hood kit so a suit and pinky ring are an unfamiliar look — ?

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  27. fracas says:

    Alan Young or Lew Ayres

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  28. Gary A. says:

    The wife says, “Robert Young”?

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  29. william S. says:

    jack haley

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  30. andrea says:

    Is it Red Buttons?

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  31. Mike Tidmus says:

    I think it’s Allen Ludden.

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  32. Diana says:

    I think he looks a lot like Alan Young also.

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  33. Another shot in the dark: Dennis. Dennis Day? (as the extraordinary Jack Benny used to call out his name).

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  34. Leland Bard says:

    I concede – I think Andrea is correct in stating it’s Red Buttons. But ‘ya gotta admit – he looks like Errol Flynn in the second pic!

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  35. Gerrit says:

    Could it be a young Willie Shoemaker?

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  36. Red Buttons had tight, frizzy hair. “Ho ho, he he. Strange things are happening”
    Billy Crystal did a great riff largely based on Red Buttons in ‘Mr. Saturday Night’. Would have been a fine film, had the make-up not ambushed it. The idea of a youngish man (Crystal), made up as an older man trying to look young, required so many layers that the character simply looked big headed.
    – Arye

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  37. annie frye says:

    Is it Adrian, the designer?

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  38. fracas says:

    Hugh O’Brian

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  39. Rance Ryan says:

    Douglas “Wrong Way Corrigan

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