Movieland Mystery Photo ( Updated + + + + )

This is “While the City Sleeps,” and although we did Lon Chaney’s “Mr. Wu” recently, I thought it was worth looking at “While the City Sleeps” because a rooftop shootout and another scene provide early glimpses of Los Angeles City Hall, even though the movie is set in New York.

While the City Sleeps
Here’s Lon Chaney climbing up to the roof of a building with City Hall in the background. A production still on Page 10 of “Location Filming in Los Angeles” also shows the Hall of Records in the background, so we know this was filmed on the Main Street side of the building.


Here’s a detail of a vintage postcard showing a similar angle of the Main Street side of City Hall. I’m not John Bengtson, but it seems likely that the scene was shot from a rooftop somewhere in the lower part of this image.

April 7, 2014, Mystery Photo

This week’s mystery movie comes through the courtesy of a longtime reader.

April 8, 2014, Mystery Photo

And for Tuesday, we have a young, sharply dressed mystery gent who knows how to wear a hat.

Please congratulate Mary Mallory and Mike Hawks for identifying Monday’s mystery fellow.

April 9, 2014, Mystery Photo

And for Wednesday, a mystery woman.

Please congratulate Mary Mallory for identifying the mystery movie and cast.

If you would like a hint, email me.

April 10, 2014, Mystery Photo

And for Thursday, we have this mystery gal.

Please congratulate Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery woman), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and cast) and Patrick (Monday’s mystery fellow, but wrong movie). All will become clear tomorrow.

April 11, 2014, Mystery Photo

And for Friday, we have a mystery woman and our (totally not) mystery leading man.

Please congratulate Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery woman), Patrick (mystery movie and cast), Floyd Thursby (Thursday’s mystery woman) and Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery woman).

About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
This entry was posted in Film, Hollywood, Mystery Photo and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

34 Responses to Movieland Mystery Photo ( Updated + + + + )

  1. Patrice says:

    Perhaps Ralph Morgan. I’ve always felt bad for Ralph Morgan, looking so much like his brother must have been tough.


  2. June says:

    John Gilbert?


  3. Looks quite a lot like William Powell.


  4. Eve says:

    Is that my boyfriend Lowell Sherman?


  5. Don Danard says:

    Looks to me like Robert Strange early in his career. Just a guess


  6. Mike Hawks says:

    Wheeler Oakman before he had one drink too many.


  7. A.K. Witt says:

    John Halliday?


  8. Mary Mallory says:

    While New York Sleeps?


  9. Mary Mallory says:

    Carroll Nye today


  10. DeweyWebb says:

    Tom Neal


  11. Lorenzo says:

    Tuesday’s guy looks like the always sharp dressing Bob Cummings.


  12. Sarah says:

    If Monday’s gent is Osgood Perkins, I’ll guess the film is Scarface (a film that had all kinds of hats).


  13. Jenny M says:

    Eleanor Boardman


  14. Mike Hawks says:

    Looks like Carroll Nye and Anita Page which should make this WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS 1928.


  15. Patrick says:

    Every time I look at Monday’s mystery fellow I keep hearing the line, “take him for a ride”. So, I think it’s Wheeler Oakman, but I don’t think the film is “Lights of New York” in which he delivered that immortal line.


  16. Patrick says:

    Mae Busch gave it away; “While the City Sleeps” from 1928.


  17. Gary Martin says:

    Mt recent two week stay in Oaxaca has not sharpened my mystery foto skills. This week looks like a pass to me.


  18. Chrisbo says:

    Ann Dvorak Thursday?


  19. Floyd Thursby says:

    The Thursday lady sure looks like Mae Busch.


  20. Mike Hawks says:

    As Mary and I thought Mae Busch is the next to appear.


  21. Mary Mallory says:

    Good old Lon again.


  22. Patrick says:

    That’s Polly Moran with the great Lon Chaney.


  23. herb nichols says:

    lon chaney in while the city sleeps


  24. Mike Hawks says:

    Polly Moran and Lon Chaney Sr. appear to be happy. Or are they just acting?


  25. Wheeler Oakman on Monday, Carroll Nye on Tuesday (starting to look like ‘While the City Sleeps’) Anita Page on Wednesday, ‘While the City Sleeps’, the ever-popular Mae Busch on Thursday, now definitely ‘While the City Sleeps’, and Lon Chaney and the salty Ms. Polly Moran on Friday.


Leave a Reply. Note: Your IP is logged with your comment so a fake name and email address are useless.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s