Movieland Mystery Photo — Newsboy Cap Edition VIII (Updated +++)


Once again, we find newsboy caps in nefarious surroundings — note the presence of a slot machine in the background.


Mary Mallory sends along a glass slide from her collection. Thanks, Mary!

How to Wear a Hat — Newsboy Cap Edition
How to Wear a Hat — ‘Grapes of Wrath’ Edition
Movieland Mystery Photo — Newsboy Cap Edition I
Movieland Mystery Photo — Newsboy Cap Edition II
Movieland Mystery Photo — Newsboy Cap Edition III
Movieland Mystery Photo — Newsboy Cap Edition IV
Movieland Mystery Photo — Newsboy Cap Edition V
Movieland Mystery Photo — Newsboy Cap Edition VI
Movieland Mystery Photo — Newsboy Cap Edition VII
How to Wear a Newsboy Cap — Marc Chevalier Edition


This is “The Wonderful Chance.” Well, sort of. These clips appear in a Vitaphone comic short titled “The Nicklette,” along with newsreel footage, poking fun at the days of silent films. The narrator identifies Rudolph Valentino and  Eugene O’Brien … but our mystery woman is identified in the narration as Elaine Hammerstein. Mary Mallory, Mike Hawks and Patrick tell me she is  Martha Mansfield.

The clip is online here.
Prints of the entire movie apparently exist at the George Eastman House and the Museum of Modern Art.

May 21, 2103, Mystery Photo

And for Tuesday, our mystery chap has some mysterious companions. (Warning: IMDB may not be much help here).

Please congratulate Mary Mallory and Mike Hawks for identifying the mystery film and actor.

And congratulate Eve Golden, Suzanne Annette Stone, Tim Doherty, Floyd Thursby, Don Danard, Jenny M., Patrick (right actor, wrong movie), Bob Hansen and Rick Scott for identifying our mystery chap.


And for Wednesday, a mystery woman!

Please congratulate Dewey Webb for identifying Monday’s mystery chap.

May 23, 2013, Mystery Photo

And for Thursday, another mystery chap. Please congratulate Mike Hawks and Mary Mallory for identifying yesterday’s mystery woman and Herb Nichols for identifying the mystery fellow in the newsboy cap.


And for Friday, the mystery woman and a mystery fellow.

Please congratulate Patrick for identifying our mystery film. Mary Mallory and Mike Hawks identified Thursday’s mystery chap and Bob Levinson and Donna identified our mysterious fellow in the newsboy cap.

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29 Responses to Movieland Mystery Photo — Newsboy Cap Edition VIII (Updated +++)

  1. Eve says:

    Is that the late Rudolph Valentino in the center?


  2. Cal and Lulu says:

    George E. Stone?


  3. Tim Doherty says:



  4. Mary Mallory says:

    Rudolph Valentino in mustache.


  5. Floyd Thursby says:

    Valentino undercover?


  6. Don Danard says:

    To me, it looks a little like Rudolph Valentino but what’s he doing wearing a newboys cap?


  7. Jenny M says:

    Rudolph Valentino


  8. Mike Hawks says:

    Rudolph Valentino in THE WONDERFUL CHANCE 1920.


  9. Patrick says:

    Monday = Rudolph Valentino


  10. Patrick says:

    I’ve been taking a closer look at Monday’s Mystery Photo and I believe the fellow to Rudy’s right (also wearing a newsboy cap) is Steve Murphy. Murphy also made films with Chaplin and Keaton in the 20’s. The photo isn’t quite clear enough to make out Murphy’s magnificently broken nose, but I’m pretty sure that’s him. So, I’m going to take a shot in the dark and say the film is The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse from 1921.


  11. Sessue Hayakawa in The Cheat.


  12. Bob Hansen says:

    It’s Rudolph Valentino, looking shifty.


  13. Rick Scott says:

    It probably isn’t…but it looks alot like Rudolph Valentine behind the “stach. I have an equally bad guess if this is wrong.


  14. dewey webb says:



  15. Tim Doherty says:

    Did I not submit my comment properly? It’s still awaiting moderation? Just wondering..


  16. Rick Scott says:

    Oop, serves me right responding at 7AM…Rudolph Valentino. Luckily, you knew who I meant.


  17. Mary Mallory says:

    Martha Mansfield today.


  18. Sarah says:

    It’s Johnny Arthur! I don’t know what movie this is, but I remember him as Darla Hood’s father from “Our Gang”.


  19. Mike Hawks says:

    this is Martha Mansfield with Rudy.


  20. Mary Mallory says:

    Eugene O’Brien today in one of his roles.


  21. Patrick says:

    Wednesday’s mystery woman appears to be Martha Mansfield. She was in yet another movie called Broadway Bill (unrelated to the two we have seen here). Thursday would be Eugene O’Brien who made Rebbeca of Sunnybrook Farm with Mary Pickford. That would make this weeks film The Wonderful Chance from 1920.


  22. Bob Levinson says:

    1st mystery chap (wild guess) : Valentino


  23. Mike Hawks says:

    Our man thursday is Eugene O’Brien.


  24. Donna says:

    Rudolph Valentino!


  25. Gary Martin says:

    Thursday: Franklin Pangborn?


  26. Patrick says:

    Friday = Warren Cook


  27. Arye Michael Bender says:

    Taking a really wild stab due to the percieved age of film: “The Musketeers of Pig Alley”. I cannot even guess who the performers are.


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