Movieland Mystery Photo — Update

    Aug. 30, 2010, Mystery Photo       

Los Angeles Times file photo 


July 10, 1954: Rites are conducted for Joel Watnick, who died after being struck by our mystery guest, actress Lynne Baggett, in a hit-and-run accident at Waring and Orlando avenues. 

Waring and Orlando
Waring and Orlando via Google maps’ street view. 

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 or Saturday. There's no need to submit your guess five times. Once is enough. The only reward is bragging rights. 

Last week’s mystery guest was Aline MacMahon. The weekend mystery guest was Loretta Miller. Who’s Loretta Miller? Why’s she’s “Angel Face!”  

There’s a new photo on the jump!

March 23, 1960, Lynne Baggett

March 23, 1960: Actress Lynne Baggett commits suicide. She was 35.

 Aug. 31, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: May 22, 1945: Capt. E.F. Jaeger, commander of Catalina Island base, presents actress Lynne Baggett, Miss National Maritime Day, with scroll and dog tag disk. Commodore Telfair Knight of Maritime Service at right. The service has lost one out of every 33 of its men.

For Tuesday, our mystery guest has a couple of mystery companions!

Sept. 1, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Aug. 20, 1950: Ruth Conte (Richard Conte's wife), Lynne Baggett and Hilda Plowright in "What Every Woman Knows,"

For Wednesday, our mystery guest has two mystery companions. Please congratulate Steven Bibb for identifying her. Nice job!

July 10, 1954, Lynne Baggett

July 10, 1954: Baggett’s career flickered, but never flamed, a headline writer said. 

Sept. 2, 2010, Mystery Photo
Photograph by Phil Bath / Los Angeles Times

Update: The fellow on the right is actor George Tobias, who loaned his car to Baggett.

Our mystery guest has a couple of mystery companions in this photo, which has been tilted and retouched. Please congratulate Mary Mallory for identifying her. Yes, Phil Bath was really a photographer at The Times.

Sept. 3, 2010, Mystery Photo
Photograph by Ray Graham / Los Angeles Times

Update: Yes, that’s Grant Cooper. You may recognize him from the Linda Mintz and Bernard Finch trials!

Here’s our mystery guest with a …  wait a minute. we’ve seen him before! I’d recognize those glasses anywhere! Please congratulate Mike Hawks, Mary Mallory, Barbara Klein and Rick for identifying yesterday’s mystery guest – and Zabadu and Pamela Porter for identifying our mystery woman. And, finally, Periwinkle.

Sept. 4, 2010, Mystery Photo
Photograph by Paul Calvert / Los Angeles Times

Oct. 21, 1954: The trial of actress Lynne Baggett visits the intersection where the crash occurred. Baggett is the woman in the center with her back to the camera.

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31 Responses to Movieland Mystery Photo — Update

  1. Steve Stoliar says:

    Frances Langford?


  2. Carmen says:

    Allison Hayes


  3. Mike Hawks says:

    The lady is Joan Evans.


  4. Mary Mallory says:

    Sally Forrest.


  5. Jenny M says:

    Sheree North


  6. Carmen says:

    2nd guess for today: How about a young Monique Van Vooren?


  7. gary martin says:

    Well, if it’s not Joan Evans, it must be Wanda Hendrix.


  8. Mary Mallory says:

    Betty Field?


  9. Dewey Webb says:

    Suzanne Dalbert


  10. gary martin says:

    Patricia Owens?


  11. Cold in PHX says:

    Elaine Stritch.


  12. Mary Mallory says:

    Jane Randolph.


  13. Mary Mallory says:

    Joan Weldon?


  14. Steven Bibb says:

    I’m hoping that’s film starlet Lynn(e) Baggett. If it is, she was involved in a hit and run that left a child dead.


  15. Mary Mallory says:

    Lynne Baggett.


  16. Megan says:

    Peg Hillias


  17. Arye Michael Bender says:

    Early Jayne Mansfield?


  18. Mike Hawks says:

    Well at least I know George Tobias.


  19. Mary Mallory says:

    That’s George Tobias.


  20. zabadu says:

    Is that George Tobias on the right?


  21. Steve Solomon says:

    Vivian Blaine?


  22. Pamela Porter says:

    Lynn Baggett?
    If it’s her, perhaps the man on the right in the last photo is her (estranged/ex) husband, producer Sam Spiegel? She was involved in a hit and run death of a small child circa 1954, I think.


  23. Barbara Klein says:

    One of Thursday’s mystery companions is George Tobias.


  24. rick says:

    drawing a blank on her but I think that’s George Tobias


  25. Periwinkle says:

    No certainity this time but I will guess Lynne Baggett because of law problems and association with George Tobias.


  26. Joan Y. Compagno says:

    Virginia Gilmore


  27. Randy Skretvedt says:

    Hmm. The two fellows in the naval uniforms in Tuesday’s picture look like Frank Albertson and Robert Armstrong, and the man on the right in Thursday’s picture is George Tobias, but I don’t know who the young lady is.


  28. Stacia says:

    What is the Wednesday photo from? The lady on the left is very familiar and I’m trying to figure out who it is. Is it a movie? I couldn’t find a film that seemed to match that still; she was mostly in bit uncredited parts, anyway.


  29. D. Armelino says:

    Was Lynn Baggett the pregnant Maria Santos in the 1945 short movie “Star in the Night”? Please answer.
    imdb says she was.


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