Movieland Mystery Photo – Newsboy Cap Edition II [Updated]

Movieland Mystery Photo

Here’s two young mystery lads in newsboy caps. And the movie would be?

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"The Public Enemy"

This is, of course the 1931 film “The Public Enemy,” with wardrobe by Earl Luick, with newsboy caps aplenty. Once again, they are a badge of the underclass.  Please congratulate Mike Hawks for identifying our mystery lads as is Frank (Junior) Coghlan and Frankie Darro; also Mary Mallory, Michael Ryerson and Don Danard for identifying them and/or the movie.

There’s so much else to explore in “Public Enemy” besides newsboy caps.

"Public Enemy"

Our young ruffians run through an unidentified department store. This is a fairly involved multi-floor sequence involving escalators, so I’m going speculate that this is an actual department store dressed as 1909, rather than a sound stage. Tell me what you think.

"Public Enemy"
"Public Enemy"

"Public Enemy"

A pair of escalators, which to me argues against this being a set.

"Public Enemy"
Our mystery building also has elevators.

"Public Enemy"

The top of the escalator. If this is a set, it’s an awfully big one.

"Public Enemy"

In fact, a police officer gets off the elevator.

"Public Enemy"

"Public Enemy"

"Public Enemy"

Judging by this shot, “Public Enemy” either used a large (and expensive) set or an actual location – presumably a department store in downtown Los Angeles.

"Public Enemy"

A reverse angle shows more of the store.

"Public Enemy"

And one final shot for the newsboy cap fans in the audience. Again, the caps, worn at a sharply tilted angle, are a badge of the underclass, as the bowler/vest combination would be for an older generation of petty crook.

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Will someone please tell “Boardwalk Empire” how to do newsboy caps? Thank you!

Photo: Jack Huston in “Boardwalk Empire.” Credit: Macall Polay HBO via the Los Angeles Times.

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17 Responses to Movieland Mystery Photo – Newsboy Cap Edition II [Updated]

  1. Mike Hawks says:

    This is Frank (Junior) Coghlan and Frankie Darro from PUBLIC ENEMY.

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  2. Though I doubt it because this looks talkie era, the fellow on the left looks a lot like Coy Watson.

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  3. dewey webb says:

    Billy Hallop, who looks like he was still buying his newsboy caps in the children’s department whenever he made whatever this is

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  4. Mary Mallory says:

    BOYS’ REFORMATORY, with Frank Coghlan Jr. on the left and Frankie Darrow on the right.

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  5. Gary Martin says:

    I Wake up Screaming with George Hickman and Stanley Clements.1941.

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  6. Lee Rivas says:

    Leo Gorcey on the right. Probably early “Dead End Kids” film and not the “East Side Kids” nor “Bowery Boys.” The other? Nah, Huntz Hall came later.

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  7. Is that Frankie Darro on the right?

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  8. Mary Mallory says:

    Must be PUBLIC ENEMY then.

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  9. If it is Frankie Darro I’d have to say this is Wild Boys of the Road (1933).

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  10. Don Danard says:

    I think it looks like Frank Coghland Jr. on the left and it’s Frankie Darro on the right.

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  11. Don Danard says:

    And the movie would be “The Public Enemy”.

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  12. Gary Martin says:

    I would say that the escalator is a location. They use large lamps and the light bounces off everything …there’s no attempt at general illumination nor much masking. Lots of hidden lamps behind things to “spot” various areas. For a film with this budget the location would almost be a necessity…it’s expensive to build a working escalator.

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  13. David Thompson says:

    I would guess the escalator is in the old May Company Department Store at 8th & Broadway.

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  14. Mary Mallory says:

    There was Hamburger’s Department Store also Broadway

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  15. Marc Chevalier says:

    The Broadway Department Store in downtown Los Angeles had its ancient wooden escalators as late as the 1970s. I remember going up and down them when I was a kid. They clattered!

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  16. Bob says:

    The location was The Broadway Department Store in downtown Los Angeles, My grandfather worked there for over 4 decades. In photo number seven from the top, there are escalators on the wall. This elevator facing never changed even into the ’60’s at the store. Also, yes these are the old wooden clakety-clack escalators that I remember. Great photos.

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