Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

They Won't Believe Me
This week’s mystery movie was the 1947 film “They Won’t Believe Me,” starring Robert Young, Susan Hayward and Jane Greer. It was written by Jonathan Latimer, based on a story by Gordon McDonell, with cinematography by Harry J. Wild, music by Roy Webb, directed by Irving Pichel and produced by Joan Harrison.

 

Several people have asked: “This movie isn’t out on DVD. Where can I get a copy?”

As some may remember, the mystery movies come from the Daily Mirror’s DVD library, a somewhat large but quirky collection of movies recorded from TV over the years. I almost never buy commercial DVDs and I don’t keep up to date with what’s coming out from Criterion, Warner Archive or Kino. So in picking the mystery film, I’m not always aware that it’s hard to find, although  I try to avoid the more common films that will be too easy. I happened to record this copy in March 2012, when it was on TCM.

A little digging reveals that it was issued on VHS and Laserdisc, both of which are available on EBay.  It’s also available on VHS at Eddie Brandt’s Saturday Matinee, my first stop for rare films. (And EBay being EBay, you can also buy a Laserdisc player, a device that is still popular among some film fans.)

Given the repetitive programming at TCM, I would imagine that it will turn up again eventually. I have never asked TCM to program a particular film, but you can submit a movie request here. Tell them the Daily Mirror sent you!

Sept. 22, 2014

Believe me, I know some people take the mystery photos very seriously – and so do I. In fact, I had a tough time picking a mystery movie this week. The first DVD I grabbed was a South Korean film that nobody would recognize, the second was a forgotten grade-Z Navy comedy and the third was someone we just had.

So here we are, after much searching: a mystery building

Sept. 23, 2014, Mystery Photo

And inside this mystery building, we find this mystery gentleman.

Please congratulate the following folks for identifying our mystery structure, now being renovated in downtown Michael Ryerson, Callbox Sam, Los Angeles: Mary Mallory, Patrick, Ken J., Alan H. Simon, L.A. Designers/Richard Niederberg, Patrice Roe, Herb Nichols, Larry Miller, Dan, Sarah, DLHartzog and Joe Vogel.

A tip of the hat to Alan H. Simson, who writes that he had an office in the building for many years.

Michael Ryerson says: that’s our beloved XXXX, which narrows the possible movies down to a scant 1500 or so.

Sept. 24, 2014, Mystery Photo

And for Wednesday, we have this mystery damsel.

Please congratulate Mary Mallory (mystery movie and mystery man), Suzanne Annette Stone (mystery gent), Julie Merholz (mystery man/wrong movie), Jenny M (mystery man), Dewey Webb (mystery movie, mystery building and mystery gent), Charles Kjelland (mystery gent), Herb Nichols (mystery gent), Barbara Klein (mystery man), Don Danard (mystery man), Rick (mystery movie, mystery gent), ValleyDave (mystery gent), Rick Scott (mystery gent), Patrick (mystery man), Sarah (mystery movie), Barbara Klein (mystery movie, mystery building), Gary Martin (mystery gent), William (mystery movie, mystery building, mystery man) and LC (mystery man, mystery building/wrong movie).

Sept. 24, 2014, Mystery Photo

Note to the prop department: When a movie is set in New York, try to avoid boxes clearly stenciled “Los Angeles.”

Sept. 25, 2014, Mystery Photo

And for Thursday, we have a mystery lady.

Please congratulate Patrick (Wednesday’s mystery woman), Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery woman), Julie Merholz (mystery movie, building and mystery woman),  Barbara Klein (Wednesday’s mystery woman), Jenny M (mystery movie and mystery woman), William (Wednesday’s mystery woman), Valley Dave (mystery movie, mystery guests) and LC (mystery movie and cast).

Special kudos to Patrick for identifying our mystery lady as the model for a certain Los Angeles mural that was  one of my favorites.

Sept. 26, 2014, Mystery Photo

And for Friday, two (utterly not) mystery guests.

Please congratulate Julie Merholz (Thursday’s mystery woman), Jenny M (Thursday’s mystery woman), Dennis Gilliam (mystery movie, mystery building, Monday’s mystery gent), Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery woman), Gary Martin (mystery movie and mystery guests), Patrick (mystery movie, Thursday’s mystery woman), Don Danard (Thursday’s mystery woman),  Barbara Klein (Thursday’s mystery woman), dlhartzog (mystery movie, Thursday’s mystery woman), Rick (Thursday’s mystery woman), Anne Papineau (Thursday’s mystery woman), Michael Ryerson (mystery movie and guests) and Ed (Thursday’s mystery woman).

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

  1. Well, that’s our beloved 1924 Hall of Justice, which narrows the possible movies down to a scant 1500 or so.

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  2. Mary Mallory says:

    The Criminal Courts building across from LA City Hall and the Clara Shoultz building, which is being restored.

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  3. lapdm9238 says:

    Looks like Hall Of Justice, top floors being HOJJ (Hall Of Justice Jail).

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  4. Mary Mallory says:

    Hall of Justice is its actual name.

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  5. Patrick says:

    Looks like the old Los Angeles Hall of Justice at Broadway and Temple.

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  6. Ken J. says:

    Hall of justice?

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  7. That is the Hall of Justice on Temple and Broadway in Los Angeles Civic Center. The building is now being restored. I had my office there for many years. The pillars at the top of the building reflect the jail bars behind them. The Los Angeles County jail was on the top floor of this building which also housed the criminal courts, the Los Angeles County District Attorney, the Law Offices of the Los Angeles County Public Defender, the Sheriff and the Coroner in the basement. It was a beautiful building and although the interior is being altered to house the Sheriff (no courts), the lobby will remain as it was. A nice effort by the County.

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  8. ladesigners says:

    Los Angeles County Hall of Justice – Jail portion at top of building -those are steel bars that appear as windows. /s/ Richard Niederberg

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  9. Patrice Roe says:

    Los Angeles Hall of Justice.

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  10. herb nichols says:

    la county hall of justice

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  11. Lee Rivas says:

    Can I narrow it down to Spring Street?

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  12. Larry Miller says:

    Hall of Justice

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  13. Floyd Thursby says:

    I’m guessing “Naked City.”

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  14. Gary Martin says:

    The Arcade Building at 547 S. Broadway LA. (Didn’t we just have something on this …or Mary M.?)

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  15. Dan says:

    Old L. A. Hall of Justice–about to reopen after renovations. I imagine many people got this hours ago….

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  16. Sarah says:

    It’s the Los Angeles County Hall of Justice! I suspect it’s connected with something noir.

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  17. dlhartzog says:

    L.A. County Courthouse.

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  18. Gary Martin says:

    This is a job for Google Maps(street view)! Up, up, and away.

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  19. Joe Vogel says:

    It’s the upper part of the old Hall of Justice on Temple Street. I believe the county jail was behind those dignified columns, and courtrooms and offices were on the lower floors.

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  20. Frank Furguson, looking weary….

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  21. juliemerholz says:

    Frank Ferguson

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  22. Anne Papineau says:

    Sam Cady?

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  23. Jenny M says:

    Frank Ferguson

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  24. juliemerholz says:

    The people against O’Hara?

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  25. Charles Kjelland says:

    Frank Ferguson today?

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  26. Karen says:

    Frank Cady? He’s got a “Sam Drucker” look to him.

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  27. Barbara Klein says:

    Frank Ferguson

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  28. Don Danard says:

    Today’s harassed looking gentleman is Frank Ferguson.

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  29. Rick says:

    Frank Ferguson, movie They Won’t Believe Me

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  30. ValleyDave says:

    Tuesday’s mystery character actor is Frank Ferguson

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  31. Rick Scott says:

    Tuesday is Frank Ferguson.

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  32. deweywebb says:

    LA Hall Of Justice

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  33. deweywebb says:

    They Won’t Believe Me

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  34. Patrick says:

    Tuesday’s mystery gentleman is Frank Ferguson.

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  35. Sarah says:

    Tuesday it’s Frank Ferguson.

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  36. Sarah says:

    Noir it is! The film is “They Won’t Believe Me” (1947).

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  37. Barbara Klein says:

    I’m gonna take a guess that the movie is “They Won’t Believe Me.”

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  38. Barbara Klein says:

    Is Monday’s building the Hall of Justice in L.A.?

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  39. Gary Martin says:

    Either it’s Frank Ferguson or someone who reminds me of Frank Ferguson.

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  40. william says:

    Mon….Los Angeles Hall of Justice. Tues….Frank Ferguson Movie…..”They Won’t Believe Me” 1947 ( If Im correct, did Ferguson really appear in 19 movies in the year 1947?)

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  41. LC says:

    This is the Hall of Justice and the gentleman is Frank Ferguson. Could it be an episode of Perry Mason? Guess I will have to wait and see.

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  42. Patrick says:

    Wednesday brings us Lillian Bronson, the famous “lady in the shawl” in Kent Twitchell’s mural on the Hollywood freeway.

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  43. Mary Mallory says:

    You forgot the + sign, and I believe it was Alan H. Simon who worked in the building. Today it’s Lillian Bronson.

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  44. juliemerholz says:

    Lillian Bronson

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  45. juliemerholz says:

    Hall of Justice

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  46. juliemerholz says:

    They Won’t Believe Me

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  47. Barbara Klein says:

    Wednesday – Lillian Bronson

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  48. Jenny M says:

    Lillian Bronson in They Won’t Believe Me

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  49. Don Danard says:

    Just a guess, but is today’s Mystery Lady Katherine Emery?

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  50. william says:

    Wednesday,,,,Lillian Bronson

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  51. ValleyDave says:

    Wednesday’s damsel is Miss Mayberry…Lillian Bronson. Coupled with Frank Ferguson
    and the LA Hall of Justice Bldg., this makes the move “They Won’t Believe Me.”

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  52. LC says:

    Aha! We now have Lillian Bronson, so this means it’s They Won’t Believe Me (1947) w/ Robert Young, Susan Hayward and Jane Greer.

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  53. juliemerholz says:

    Jane Greer

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  54. Jenny M says:

    Jane Greer

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  55. Movie: They Won’t Believe Me. Today, Jane Greer gave up the movie just like she gave up Mitchum in Out of the Past. Monday; The LA Hall of Justice. Tuesday: Frank Ferguson.

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  56. Mary Mallory says:

    Jane Greer. Alan H. Simon worked in the building for years, he serves on Hollywood Heritage’s Board of Directors with me.

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  57. Gary Martin says:

    FF appeared with Jane Greer in They Won’t Believe Me which imbd says was filmed at the Hall Of Justice, 211 Temple St, dtla. Is our blond Rita Johnson?

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  58. Patrick says:

    Thursday’s mystery woman is Jane Greer making this weeks film “They Won’t Believe Me” from 1947.

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  59. Don Danard says:

    Ah, today it’s the lovely Jane Greer. A favorite of mine for years, if I may say so.

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  60. Barbara Klein says:

    Thursday – Jane Greer

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  61. dlhartzog says:

    Jane Greer, perhaps.

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  62. Rick says:

    Jane Greer today

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  63. Anne Papineau says:

    Jane Greer

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  64. dlhartzog says:

    They Won’t Believe Me.

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  65. Thursday is Jane Greer certainly one of the most beautiful femme fatales to grace the noir screen.

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  66. With the Hall of Justice as an establishing shot, we have Frank Ferguson playing…well, Frank Ferguson and then Lillian Bronson and a box of stuff from Los Angeles playing a box of stuff from New York and the aforementioned Ms. Greer in They Won’t Believe Me (!) (I feel as though an exclamation mark is called for, sorry). Tomorrow, Susan Hayward! and Robert Young perhaps.

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  67. Don Danard says:

    Ah yes. “Out of the Past”

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  68. Ed says:

    Thursday is Jane Greer

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  69. Barbara Klein says:

    Friday – Susan Hayward and Robert Young

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  70. Mary Mallory says:

    Robert Young and Susan Hayward today.

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  71. Patrice Roe says:

    Hi Larry! I would love to see the answers at the end of the week. Are you saying that but I’m missing it? Would really like to know!

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  72. Benito says:

    Thursday’s dame is Jane Greer, and the movie isn’t Out Of The Past, so it’s THEY WON’T BELIEVE ME.

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  73. juliemerholz says:

    Robert Young and Susan Hayward

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  74. Don Danard says:

    Robert Young and Susan Hayward in “They Won’t Forget Me”

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  75. Pat van Hartesveldt says:

    Thursday: Jane Greer + Friday: Robert Young, Susan Hayward = They Won’t Believe Me, 1947.

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  76. Charles Kjelland says:

    “They Won’t Believe Me” Robert Young, Susan Hayward, Jane Greer, Frank Ferguson.

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  77. Gary Martin says:

    When I came here to Milford Pa. in 1980 there were any number of dotty old ladies typical of small town America. Amongst them was one who claimed that she and Robert Young were very good friends. Yes,yes, we all smiled, We’re sure you are. Then one day she walked into the local diner with him as her companion and introduced him to all her friends. So, it was agreed, we’re now short one dotty old lady.

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  78. Karen says:

    “They Won’t Believe Me” with Robert Young, Jane Greer, Frank Ferguson, Lillian Bronson and Rita Johnson.

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  79. Ed says:

    Friday are Robert Young and Susan Hayworth.

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  80. Don Danard says:

    By the way, if you’ve never seen this film, you’ll love the surprise ending!!

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