Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated]

Sept. 7, 2011, Mystery Photo

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

[Update: This is Linda Ware, who was billed as the next Deanna Durbin. The fellow imitating President Roosevelt is R.D. Parker, who was elected Chief Grouch of 1939 by the Grouch Club. The Grouch Club was a 1930s radio program created by Jack Lescoulie that aired on KFWB].

Feb. 22, 1939, Linda Ware

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9 Responses to Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated]

  1. dewey webb says:

    Looks like Pete Smith but probably isn’t


  2. Gregory Moore says:

    Could it be Susanna Foster?


  3. Lee Rivas says:

    I dunno, but it sure looks like Franklin Delano Roosevelt enjoying a night out with a girlfriend at the Hollywood Bowl.


  4. Eve says:

    Why, it’s Savoy and Brennan, doing their famous “FDR Puts the Moves on Shirley Temple” sketch!


  5. Mary Mallory says:

    Priscilla Lane.


  6. Mary Mallory says:

    Is that her husband, Col. Joseph A. Howard?


  7. juliemerholz says:

    Godfrey Tearle and Beverly Tyler at the Hollywood Bowl.
    “The Beginning Or The End” 1947.


  8. juliemerholz says:

    Any mystery photo that no one guesses is not legitimate. If you, Larry, haven’t heard of the people, don’t give them to us, please.


    • lmharnisch says:

      @Julie: I am always impressed with the knowledge of the Brain Trust, all of whom know more than I do. 🙂

      Believe it or not, I never recognize any of these people — whether it’s Jack Mulhall or Betty Compson or Trixie Friganza or Julian Eltinge or Creighton Hale — or Linda Ware. Except for Everett Sloan and Gardner McKay and the much-hated two-week binge of Lucille Ball, I didn’t know any of these folks. That’s how I select them.

      Remember that although the mystery photos may seem like a really hard trivia contest, they’re actually a continuing photo essay on the ephemeral nature of fame.


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