Movie Star Mystery Photo

Nov. 30, 2009, Mystery Photo
  Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Marion Burns in “Man Eater,” May 14, 1933. Evidently the film was released as “The Devil Tiger.”

April 27, 1932, Marion Burns

Marion Burns. the daughter of the former head of Western Costume Co.,  gets a contract with Fox, April 27, 1932. She died in 1993.

Los Angeles Times file photo

Marion Burns in an undated photo from Fox. 

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 reward is bragging rights. 

The answer to last week's mystery star: Creighton Hale!

Dec. 1, 2009, Mystery Photo Los Angeles Times file photo

Here’s another photograph of our mystery woman!

Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Marion Burns in a July 29, 1934, photo.

Here's another photo of our mystery woman.

Dec. 3, 2009 Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Marion Burns, Jan. 26, 1936, in “Leaning on Letty” at the El Capitan. 

Here’s another picture of our mystery guest. Please congratulate Mike Hawks for identifying her!

Dec. 4, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Marion Burns in a photo from “The Show Off” with Joe E. Brown, dated Jan. 1, 1941. Evidently this was a play produced at the El Capitan … with Jason Robards.  

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19 Responses to Movie Star Mystery Photo

  1. Cold in PHX says:

    Boy she’s familiar. Jane Wyatt, maybe? Ruby Keeler? Dorothy Jordan?


  2. Mary mallory says:

    Nancy Carroll.


  3. annie frye says:

    Olivia DeHavilland?


  4. Mary Mallory says:

    Sidney Fox.


  5. Sue says:

    Marian Shockley


  6. Cold in PHX says:

    Gloria Stuart, maybe?


  7. Eve says:

    Has anyone guessed her yet? She’s a mystery to me. Those photos are all ca. 1930-33, and she looks to be in her 20s, but I’ll be darned if I know who she is.


  8. Nick Santa Maria says:

    Benita Hume?


  9. Molly says:

    Ann Harding?


  10. JM GREEN says:

    madge evans


  11. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Jessica Tandy?


  12. william says:

    Mary Brian


  13. Nick Santa Maria says:

    Dorothy Burgess?


  14. Nick Santa Maria says:

    Evalyn Knapp?


  15. Nick Santa Maria says:

    Geneva Mitchell?


  16. Nick Santa Maria says:

    Evalyn Knapp?


  17. SandyReed says:

    Jeanne Eagels


  18. Arye Michael Bender says:

    Patsy? Kelly? (a throwaway line from ‘Blazing Saddles’)


  19. Whitney says:

    Cyd Charisse??


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