Movieland Mystery Photo

  Nov. 23, 2010, Mystery Photo  

  Los Angeles Times file photo  

Here’s three mystery chaps. Our guest is in the middle.

Last week’s mystery guest was Polly Walters and the weekend guest was Gregg Palmer. Congratulations to Don Danard for recognizing him!

There’s a new photo on the jump!


  Nov. 24, 2010, Mystery Photo  
  Los Angeles Times file photo  

Nov. 24, 2010, Mystery Book Please congratulate Eve Golden, Mary Mallory (who was also right on the photographer), Cold in PHX, Randy Skretvedt, Carmen, Waldo Lydecker, Fibber McGee, Rick Scott and Patrick McDonald for identifying our mystery guest.

His mystery companions may be a little more enigmatic. Here he is with another mystery pal. And what’s this mystery book on the shelf behind them? “The White Black Sheep?” This could be an important clew as to where the photo was taken.


  Nov. 25, 2010, Mystery Photo  
  Photo by Julian Robinson / Los Angeles Times  

Here’s our mystery guest with several mystery companions … Hullo …  What’s this? That fellow on the right looks awfully familiar…. Wasn’t he a mystery guest a while back? Please congratulate Mary Mallory for identifying yesterday’s mystery companion and Mike Hawks for identifying Monday’s trio.

  March 11, 1954, Mack Sennett  

This March 11, 1954, newspaper article explains the circumstances of Thursday's mystery photo, and the origins of the Keystone Kops.


  Los Angeles Times file photo  

Here’s our mystery guest (oh, is that his name on the cake?) with two companions. One will be easy – the other will be a little more challenging! Please congratulate Mary Mallory for identifying one of the mystery women in yesterday’s photo. They are Phyllis Haver and former mystery guest Sally Eilers. And yes, there was also former mystery guest Jack Mulhall.

Update: Our mystery lady is Peggy Connelly!

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33 Responses to Movieland Mystery Photo

  1. Eve says:

    Is that Mack Sennett in the middle?


  2. Jenny M says:

    Alastair Sim


  3. Mary Mallory says:

    Our mystery guest looks like Mack Sennett with Ralph Graves on the left of the photo and William “buster” Collier on the right.


  4. Cold in PHX says:

    Is the middle one Mack Sennett?


  5. Randy Skretvedt says:

    Hard to tell who the man in the middle is from that angle. The picture is likely from the early ’20s. Donald Crisp? Mack Sennett?


  6. Carmen says:

    The one and only Mack Sennett!
    I’ve been watching “Moguls and Movie Stars” – incredible.
    Happy Thanksgiving too!


  7. Waldo Lydecker says:

    The ‘King of Comedy’, Mack Sennett.


  8. fibber mcgee says:

    The man in the middle looks a lot like Mack Sennett the funnyman but the guy on the left is obviously an intellectial, not a comic. And wired for the Internet before his time. The dude on the right looks like he will be running for president of the U.S. soon.


  9. Jenny M says:

    Lionel Jeffries


  10. Jenny M says:

    Louis B. Mayer


  11. Rick Scott says:

    It’s probably not, but it looks like Mack Sennett.


  12. Vanessa Carey says:

    James Whitmore


  13. Patrick McDonald says:

    Mack Sennett


  14. Pamela Porter says:

    Sidney Olcott?


  15. Mary Mallory says:

    That’s Charles Brackett with him and was it taken at the Writer’s Guild?


  16. Mike Hawks says:

    The trio from monday are Ralph Graves, Mack Sennett and Raymond McKee.


  17. william says:

    Sidney Olcott


  18. Mark Heimback-Nielsen says:

    Is the Mystery Guest Henry King? That would possibly make Tuesday’s mystery companions Sidney Olcott (left) and Robert G. Vignola (right) and Wednesday’s mystery companion a much older Sidney Olcott.


  19. Waldo Lydecker says:

    Well, it’s not Richard Barthelmess, the star of The White Black Sheep, so I’m going to guess it’s the director, Sidney Olcott.


  20. Stacia says:

    Very wild guess: Thomas Lincoln Tally?
    He’s got a great tie, whoever he is.


  21. James Curtis says:

    It’s Mack Sennett!


  22. Mary mallory says:

    Today, from left to right, Harold Lloyd, Bess Flowers?, Mack,, Jack Mulhall.


  23. Dewey Webb says:

    Mack Sennett? (definitely Harold Lloyd, far left)


  24. Stacia says:

    Ah heck, you put up the answers already. I JUST remembered late last night that this was Mack Sennett — it dawned on me this was the guy my best blog friend in the world posted a screencap of, from a “This Is Your Life” episode (here is the entry if anyone is interested). Once I remembered, I didn’t feel like turning the computer back on to answer… and I paid the price!


  25. Stacia says:

    That last comment of mine had a link to the post, but maybe HTML isn’t allowed. Here is the link, if links are allowed (they may not be, and that’s okay!)


  26. David Warheit says:

    Erville Alderson.


  27. Dewey Webb says:

    Jolene Brand


  28. Mary mallory says:

    Ernie Kovacs with Mack today, who doesn’t look too amused.


  29. Mike Hawks says:

    The man with Mack is Ernie Kovacs.


  30. Patricia van Hartesveldt says:

    Friday’s male mystery guest is Ernie Kovacs; haven’t a clue about the lady.


  31. benito says:

    Ernie Kovacs, aka Percy Dovetonsils, is on the right, so normally we’d see Edy Adams on the left. Hmm, she looks like Gina Lollobrigida in profile.


  32. Stacia says:

    That might be Edie in a wig and Yvonne-DeCarlo-as-Lily-Munster eyes. She’s definitely in an old fashioned Bathing Beauty get up, right down to the scarfhat. Or hatscarf.


  33. BILL HOUSOS says:



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