Movieland Mystery Photo ( Updated + + + + )

This week’s movie is “Let Us Be Gay” (1930).

A March 4, 1930, article in the Los Angeles Times about the making of the film said that some sequences were to be in Technicolor. “It may, in fact, be done entirely in color,” The Times said. (Obviously wrong).

The Sept. 13, 1930, review by Philip K. Scheuer called it an inferior variation of Norma Shearer’s previous film, “The Divorcee”  (1930), which had a similar plot, but suffered from being rather stagey, having been adapted from a play by Rachel Crothers. And yes, Scheuer noted that leading man Rod La Rocque was miscast. “Mr. La Rocque’s self-consciousness remains acute through the picture, destroying the verisimilitude of the scenes,” Scheuer said.

And apologies for overlooking Mandiemarie20, who identified our mystery lad.

June 30, 2014, Mystery Photo

And for Monday, we have this mystery couple: the poet and his muse.

A note to those who submitted mystery requests: I’m going to put your mystery movies on a wish list. I don’t have any of them in the Daily Mirror archives and they aren’t at the local video emporium, on Netflix or in my friends’ collections. Several of them are online, but in such low resolution that they won’t reproduce well. Be assured that I have saved a list of them and I’ll be looking for good copies.

July 1, 2014, Mystery Photo

And for Tuesday, our mystery guest is taking a phone call.

Please congratulate Vickie Lester (mystery muse), Tim Doherty (mystery muse), June (mystery muse), Jo Anne (mystery muse), Bob Hansen (mystery muse) and Mike Hawks (mystery movie and cast).


July 2, 2014, Mystery Photo

And for Wednesday, we have a not so mysterious young lad.

Please congratulate Mary Mallory (mystery movie and cast), Tim Doherty (mystery gent on the phone), LC (Monday’s mystery muse), June (mystery movie and partial cast), Jo Anne (mystery gent on the phone), Bob Hansen (mystery gent on the phone) and David Inman (mystery muse).

July 3, 2014, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, we have a non-mystery lady (who twitches and quivers an awful lot in this movie, I must say) and her somewhat mysterious companion.

Please congratulate Mary Mallory (mystery lad), Chrisbo (mystery lad), Dewey Webb (mystery lad), Jenny M (mystery lad), Mike Hawks (mystery telephone guy and mystery lad), LC (mystery movie and cast), Don Danard (mystery lad), Mandie Marie (mystery lad) and Jo Anne (mystery lad).

Mike Hawks says: Tuesday XXXXX is calling his agent and wondering why he is not getting top billing. Wednesday XXXX is looking forward to a bright future.


July 4, 2014, Mystery Photo

Our mystery woman for Friday as a plain old frump….

July 4, 2014, Mystery Photo
And three years later as a smashing femme fatale.

Please congratulate Chrisbo (mystery movie and cast), Herb Nichols (mystery movie and cast), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery women), Dewey Webb (mystery movie and cast), Barbara Klein (mystery movie and cast), Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery women) and ValleyDave (mystery movie and cast).

Congratulations to Mary Mallory (Friday’s mystery woman), Julie Merholz (mystery movie and cast), Barbara Klein (Friday’s mystery woman), Don Danard (Thursday’s mystery dowager), William (mystery movie and cast) and Mandymarie (mystery movie and cast).

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

  1. The gentleman I can’t place… But, is that Hedda Hopper as muse?


  2. Tim Doherty says:

    Hedda Hopper on the right?


  3. juliemerholz says:

    Charles Ray and Bessie Barriscale


  4. June says:

    Charley Chase and Heda Hopper!


    • June says:

      I am probably incorrect about Mr. Chase, but that is definitely Hedda Hopper in Let Us Be Gay, starring Norma Shearer.


  5. Jo Anne says:

    The woman is Hedda Hopper


  6. deweywebb says:

    Jessica Harper in INSERTS


  7. Bob Hansen says:

    Is the woman Hedda Hopper?


  8. Mike Hawks says:

    Tyrell Davis and Hedda Hopper in LET US BE GAY 1930.


  9. mandymarie20 says:

    I’m totally guessing: Dorothy Jordan and Matty Kemp in Down to Earth


  10. Mary Mallory says:

    Rod La Rocque today. Hedda Hopper yesterday?


  11. Mary Mallory says:

    Tyrell Davis yesterday, so it’s LET US BE GAY.


  12. Tim Doherty says:

    Rod LaRoque on the phone?


  13. Chrisbo says:

    Is Monday’s MysterMuse Gloria Swanson?


  14. LC says:

    Is that Hedda Hopper in the first photo?


  15. Jo Anne says:

    Rod La Rocque for Tuesday


  16. Benito says:

    Madge Bellamy? On 6/30/14, Classic Hollywood/Los Angeles Times posted a photo of her on facebook, and she sure looks like our muse.


  17. Bob Hansen says:

    Tuesday’s guy appears to be Rod LaRocque. I don’t know the movie though.


  18. David Inman says:

    Is the muse Hedda Hopper?


  19. Mary Mallory says:

    Dickie Moore, who always freaks me out.


  20. Chrisbo says:

    That’s the delightful Dickie Moore.


  21. DeweyWebb says:

    Dickie Moore


  22. Jenny M says:

    Dickie Moore


  23. Mike Hawks says:

    Tuesday Rod LaRocque is calling his agent and wondering why he is not getting top billing. Wednesday Dickie Moore is looking forward to a bright future.


  24. LC says:

    Ah ha! Just as I thought, it’s Let Us Be Gay (1930) w/ Norma Shearer (one of my favorites), Marie Dressler, Guy LaRocque, Gilbert Emery, Hedda, & Dickie Moore.


  25. Don Danard says:

    The little tad is Dickie Moore.


  26. juliemerholz says:

    Dean Stockwell


  27. ValleyDave says:

    Could Monday’s poet be Ben Lyon ?


  28. mandymarie20 says:

    The little tike looks like Dickie Moore to me.


  29. mandymarie20 says:

    I’m guessing Blonde Venus is the film?


  30. Jo Anne says:

    For Wed. the adorable Dickie Moore


  31. Chrisbo says:

    Marie Dressler, which might make this Let Us Be Gay, with Norma Shearer and Rod LaRoque


  32. herb nichols says:

    let us be gay with marie dressler norma shearer and dickie moore


  33. Mike Hawks says:

    Marie Dressler and Norma Shearer round out our cast.


  34. Dewey Webb says:

    Marie Dressler in LET US BE GAY


  35. Barbara Klein says:

    “Let us Be Gay”

    Monday – Tyrell Davis and Hedda Hopper
    Tuesday – Rod La Roque
    Wednesday – Dickie Moore
    Thursday – Marie Dressler and Sally Eilers (I think)


  36. Mary Mallory says:

    Just saw this since it wasn’t up before I went to work. Marie Dressler & Norma Shearer.


  37. ValleyDave says:

    Monday’s muse is Hedda Hopper ? …..Tuesday is Rod LaRoque ?, Wednesday and Thursday are
    easy: Dickie Moore and Marie Dressler. Movie is “Let Us Be Gay.” Monday’s poet is hard.


  38. Mary Mallory says:

    Norma again with Rod.


  39. juliemerholz says:

    Let Us By Gay 1930 Norma Shearer, Rod LaRocque, Marie Dressler, Gilbert Emery, Hedda Hopper, Raymond Hackett, Sally Eilers, Tyrell Davis, Wilfred Noy, William O’Brien, Sybil Grove, Elinor Flynn, Mary Gordon, Helene Millard, and Dickie Moore.


  40. Barbara Klein says:

    Norma Shearer


  41. Don Danard says:

    Is the “angry” lady Marie Dressler? Sure looks like her.


  42. Charley Chase and….


  43. william says:

    “Let Us Be Gay” 1930, Dickie Moore (child), Norma Shearer, Marie Dressler, etc


  44. mandymarie20 says:

    O.k.,, the mad lady from Thursday is Marie Dressler. The 3 years later lady is Norma Shearer. I still think the kid is Dickie Moore (Even though my guess was never commented on). Dickie was just too cute! The film is “Let Us Be Gay”. So the guy reading must be Rod La Rocque to Hedda Hopper/


  45. mandymarie20 says:

    Thanks for the correction. I love this guessing game.


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