Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated +]

July 1, 2011, Mystery Photo

Feb. 24, 1922, Neva Gerber

Here’s another mystery photo, courtesy of Steven Bibb!

[Update: This mystery lady is Neva Gerber (d. 1974) who also performed as Jean Dolores. And she figures in the William Desmond Taylor case – although I can’t find anything about their relationship in The Times.]

There’s a new photo on the jump!

July 2, 2011, Mystery Photo

[Update: According to Steven Bibb, this is the 1914 film “The Judge’s Wife,” directed by William Desmond Taylor. Gerber is on the left. The rest of the players are unidentified, but the cast included  Daniel Gilfether, Harriet Janson, John Revett and Tom Moore

Look! She’s got a mystery gun!

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18 Responses to Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated +]

  1. Eve says:

    Jeepers. I know all those 1910s actresses, and she doesn’t ring a bell at all.


  2. juliemerholz says:

    Why do all early silent film actresses look so similar to each other?


  3. Gary Martin says:

    I think I’ve seen her in a John Ford film and I am tempted to say …Bessie Love. Hmm?


  4. Fibber McGee says:

    Looks 1920s-ish to me but haven’t a clue about a name. Purdy, though.


  5. Diane Ely says:

    One of William S. Hart’s leading ladies – don’t know which one though.

    Go Hart High!


  6. Mary Mallory says:

    Anita Stewart.


  7. Mary Mallory says:

    Elsie Ferguson?


  8. eve says:

    You know, I could go page by page through my Daniel Blum, but that wouldn’t be playing fair . . .


  9. eve says:

    Dorothy Phillips? Ethel Grandin?


  10. Mary Mallory says:

    Madge Kennedy.


  11. Mary Mallory says:

    Is the older man Spottiswoode Aitken, and the girl in braids Miriam Cooper?


  12. Randy Skretvedt says:

    I don’t know who she is, but she has beautiful eyes. Too bad they cropped the photo! I’ve had good luck removing that white paint by careful daubing with wet tissues–of course, you might not want to remove that cute vintage period design at the top….oh, well.


    • lmharnisch says:

      @Randy: I hate the white/black/gray glop that newspaper art departments used on photos. Some of it comes off easily but one must be careful not to harm the emulsion when it’s soft. These pictures aren’t mine; they belong to Steven Bibb. I only have the scans.


  13. eve says:

    Neva Gerber?! Well, obviously, that was going to be my very next guess . . .


  14. I know the old guy is Daniel Gilfether, my 2nd great grand uncle . . .


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