Movie Star Mystery Photo

Aug. 24, 2009, Mystery Photo  
 Los Angeles Times file photo

Sept. 20, 1983, LeRoy Prinz Above, Paramount dance director LeRoy Prinz with, from left, Esther Pressman, Beula McDonald, Bonita Barker, Kay Gordon, Dorothy Thompson and Dene Myles, April 15, 1935.

Update: Our mystery guest is LeRoy Pnriz.

Just
a reminder on how this works: I post the mystery photo on Monday and
reveal the answer on Friday … or on Saturday if I have a hard time
picking only five pictures; sometimes it's difficult to choose. To keep
the mystery photo from getting lost in the other entries, I move it
from Monday to Tuesday to Wednesday, etc., adding a photo every day.

I
have to approve all comments, so if your guess is posted immediately,
that means you're wrong. (And if a wrong guess has already been
submitted by someone else, there's no point in submitting it again.)

If
you're right, you will have to wait until Friday. There's no need to
submit your guess five times. Once is enough. The only prize is
bragging rights. 

The answer to last week's mystery star: Laurie Mitchell!

Randy Skretvedt  writes: I still say I'm correct, with the exception of LeRoy Prinz. Go look at
your entry for Grace Bradley (July 25, 2009) and see the picture of the
Paramount Protégés there. They are the same girls as in the first
mystery picture. The second girl is unquestionably Ann Sheridan, the
fourth is Gail Patrick (the girl you love to hate in "My Man Godfrey"
and other films, later a successful television producer), and the girl
at the very back is Wendy Barrie.

Very well, then. See for yourself:

Aug. 29, 2009, IDs.

Aug. 25, 2009, Mystery Photo

Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Six LeRoy Prinz dancers were recently given contracts as stock actresses at Paramount studio because of their all-around beauty and ability to act. They are shown with Prinz, dance director. Left to right, bottom, Esther Pressman, Dene Myles; middle, Kay Gordon, Prinz, Beula McDonald; top, Dorothy Thompson and Bonita Barker, March 5, 1935.

Here's another photo of our mystery guest with some mystery companions. Evidently there wasn't a photo in the world that couldn't be improved with a little tilting by The Times' art department.

Aug. 25, 2009, Mystery Photo Tilt

The cropped and tilted version.

Aug. 26, 2009, Mystery Photo

Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Edward A. Prinz, right, with his son LeRoy. The dancers are, from left, Esther Pressman, Dene Myles, Bonita Barker, Dorothy Thompson, Kay Gordon and Beula McDonald, rehearsing for a sequence in "Rose of the Rancho" with Gladys Swarthout, Aug. 8, 1935.  

Here's another photo of our mystery guest with even more mystery companions. Please congratulate Dewey Webb for identifying him!

Aug. 27, 2009, Mystery Photo

Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: LeRoy Prinz with 12 dancers leaving Hollywood for a tour of the British Isles. Front, from left, Jean Dillon, Joan Matthews and Claudia Fargo. Middle, from left, Dorothy White, Harriet D'Busman, LeRoy Prinz and Bonita Barker. Back, from left, Sentha Williams, Jean Carmen, Althea Henley, Elizabeth Cook and Margaret Carthew, Dec. 31, 1935.  

Here's another picture of our mystery guest with more mystery companions! Please congratulate Mike Hawks and Mary Mallory for identifying him!

Aug. 28, 2009, Mystery Photo

Photograph by Los Angeles Times

Dec. 19, 1945: LeRoy Prinz, studio director-producer, as he testified at trial of Herbert K. Sorrell, union leader, on contempt charge. Prinz said he was knocked down in film strike riot and when he got up saw Sorrell standing in mob with fists clenched.

Please congratulate Jeff Hanna, Meara and James Curtis for identifying him!

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39 Responses to Movie Star Mystery Photo

  1. Anne Papineau says:

    Rita Hayworth!

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  2. Mary Mallory says:

    Busby Berkeley.

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  3. Laura Aikens Goeller says:

    DOROTHY LAMOUR

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  4. Greg Clancey says:

    Which one are we trying to gues?

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  5. william says:

    merle oberon

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  6. KTOZ says:

    Angela Lansbury

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  7. howard decker says:

    Ralph Faulkner (on the left).

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  8. I’ll guess that these are the Paramount Protégées of 1935 —
    1) Grace Bradley
    2) Ann Sheridan
    3) Gertrude Michael
    4) Gail Patrick
    5) Katherine DeMille
    6) Wendy Barrie
    My guess for the fencing instructor is Fred Cavens, who gave lessons to Errol Flynn and other swashbucklers of the ’30s.

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  9. Cold in PHX says:

    The WAMPAS baby stars circa 1930s.

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  10. Rinky Dink says:

    Eddie Cantor.

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  11. Lana says:

    Which one is the mystery star?

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  12. Eileen says:

    Bette Davis.

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  13. Dewey Webb says:

    Margo (third from right)

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  14. Carmen says:

    Carla Laemmle

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  15. Barry O'Brien says:

    Loretta Young?

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  16. benito says:

    The fourth girl back looks just like Rita Cansino, later known as Rita Hayworth. She was a featured dancer on the doomed ship in Dante’s Inferno. Her dad was her partner. The fifth girl back, whoever she is, is the real looker of the bunch. Wild guess: Merle Oberon? bc

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  17. Cold in PHX says:

    How ’bout the cast of Gold Diggers in Paris with their fencing instructor?

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  18. gary martin says:

    I’m uncertain who we’re looking at here, but in the first photo the woman at the head of the line is Lynn Bari. Make her the mystery star and I win!!!

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  19. Lee Ann Bailey says:

    Is it Phil Spitalny and his All-Girl Orchestra?

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  20. Sue says:

    William Haines

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  21. Nancy Price says:

    Busby Berkley

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  22. Mike Hawks says:

    The man is LeRoy Prinz.

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  23. Anne Papineau says:

    Dude on the far right looks like Joe Yule Sr.

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  24. william says:

    Fred Cavens

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  25. Cold in PHX says:

    Is it Dave Gould?

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  26. Arye Michael Bender says:

    Guessing it’s that Hollywood Wolf, Marco. The male part of Fanchon and Marco.

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  27. Mary Mallory says:

    Leo McCarey.

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  28. Mary Mallory says:

    LeRoy Prinz.

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  29. Rance Ryan says:

    HERMES PAN

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  30. James Curtis says:

    LeRoy Prinz?

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  31. Claire Lockhart says:

    Dave Gould

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  32. SandyReed says:

    Daniel Dare

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  33. Floradora says:

    Louis Hayward

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  34. Meara says:

    Eddie Prinz?

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  35. jm green says:

    oscar levant

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  36. Jeff Hanna says:

    LeRoy Prinz?

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  37. I still say I’m correct, with the exception of LeRoy Prinz. Go look at your entry for Grace Bradley (July 25, 2009) and see the picture of the Paramount Protégés there. They are the same girls as in the first mystery picture. The second girl is unquestionably Ann Sheridan, the fourth is Gail Patrick (the girl you love to hate in “My Man Godfrey” and other films, later a successful television producer), and the girl at the very back is Wendy Barrie.

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  38. Stacia says:

    Regarding the note that they are Gail Patrick and Ann Sheridan: In the first photo Kay Gordon and Beula McDonald do look like Gail and Ann, respectively, but you can match them up to the way they appear in later photos and see they’re not Gail and Ann at all. In 1935, Gail was already in big parts and wouldn’t have been in a chorus group like this one, and Ann was a featured chorus girl or in bit parts and had moved past this chorus group type role as well. BTW, you can see both Gail and Ann in 1935 in a photo in the July 25th Mystery Star post, they were both 1935 Paramount Proteges (a knock-off of Wampas Baby Stars).

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