Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + + )


This is “Madam Satan,” directed by Cecil B. DeMille and written by three women: longtime DeMille collaborator Jeanie MacPherson (d. 1946), Gladys Unger (d. 1940) and Elsie Janis (d. 1956). It starred Kay Johnson, Reginald Denny, Lillian Roth and Roland Young. Mitchell Leisen was assistant director and got credit as art director, along with Cedric Gibbons



For those who are still trying to decide on a Halloween costume (not the Black Dahlia, please), Monday’s mystery gent offers one possibility. If you start now, you might get it done just in time. Electro is Theodore Kosloff.

Oct. 7, 2014, Mystery Photo

Tuesday’s mystery photo offers another suggestion for a Halloween costume.

Please congratulate Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie), Mary Mallory (mystery movie, mystery director and mystery guest), Don Danard (mystery movie, mystery director), Barbara Klein (mystery movie and guest) and Bob Hansen (mystery movie, mystery guest).

Oct. 8, 2014, Mystery Photo

Wednesday’s mystery woman offers still another suggestion for a Halloween costume. Fish Girl is Martha Sleeper.

Please congratulate Patrick (mystery film/mystery director), Dan Nather (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery gent), Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery gent) and E. Yarber (mystery movie).

Yarber says: What was HAPPENING to movies in 1930?

And can it happen again, please?

Oct. 9, 2014, Mystery Photo

Our not so mysterious gent on the left seems to have forgotten his costume. The semi-mysterious woman on the right models another possible Halloween costume.

Please congratulate Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery woman), William (mystery movie, Monday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Patrick (Monday’s mystery gent), Barbara Klein (Wednesday’s mystery woman) and Benito (mystery movie and mystery director).

Oct. 10, 2014, Mystery Photo

And for Friday, our mystery guest models what would surely be a stunning Halloween costume. Of course, not everyone can wear a costume like this (nor should everyone). But it suits our mystery guest perfectly.

Please congratulate Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery guests), Anne Papineau (mystery movie, Thursday’s mystery guests), Julie Merholz (mystery movie, Wednesday’s mystery woman, Thursday’s mystery guests), Sarah (mystery movie, Thursday’s mystery gent), dlhartzog (mystery movie, mystery director, Thursday’s mystery gent), Don Danard (Thursday’s mystery guests), Floyd Thursby (mystery movie, Thursday’s mystery guests), Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (Thursday’s mystery guests), Dewey Webb (mystery movie, Thursday’s mystery guests), Barbara Klein (Thursday’s mystery guests), Chrisbo (mystery movie, Thursday’s mystery guests), LC (mystery movie, Thursday’s mystery gent) and Dan Nather (Thursday’s mystery guests).


Oct. 11, 2014, Mystery Photo


And for Saturday, as a bonus, here is our mystery couple.

And here they are, sans costumes.

Madam S. has been identified by Mary Mallory, Julie Merholz, Don Danard, Herb Nicols and Barbara Klein.

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

  1. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    MADAM SATAN dancer from costume ball sequence.


  2. Mary Mallory says:

    Theodore Kosloff from DeMille’s MADAM SATAN, a great film for over the top costumes.


  3. Don Danard says:

    This is from DeMille’s “Madam Satan”.


  4. DeweyWebb says:

    some Fox musical


  5. Barbara Klein says:

    I’m sure everyone’s got this by now. It’s Theodore Kosloff in “Madame Satan.”


  6. Earl Boebert says:

    Well, if it isn’t from “Aelita, Queen of Mars,” it should be.


  7. mandymarie20 says:

    I don’t know who this is, but it’s awesome!


  8. mandymarie20 says:

    This kind of reminds me of Metropolis.


  9. Bob Hansen says:

    Looks like the guy from Madam Satan, starring Reginald Denny and Kay Johnson. He was a dancer named Theodore something?


  10. LC says:

    Aelita, Queen of Mars (1924/1929) this is a silent film from post-revolution era Russia.


  11. ValleyDave says:

    I don’t have a guess for Monday’s electrified space cowboy, but I would like
    to add my 2 cents about identifying the mystery folks. I’m all for waiting until
    Saturday for the big reveal. Mary Mallory is right; we shouldn’t expect to be
    spoon-fed. That would kill the fun. I just wonder if there could be some tweaking
    when there is no consensus on a specific actor.

    Case in point: last Monday’s (9/30/14) mystery actress. I originally guessed
    Mary Howard, but changed my mind and opted for Florence Rice. To me
    they look somewhat alike when Rice is a brunette. I didn’t see the movie,
    so I could only compare photos. On Thursday, Mary Mallory’s guess was
    Florence Rice, while Patrick said Claire Dodd. Many of the incorrect guesses
    are identified as such, but not all.

    Perhaps Larry could enlighten us on Saturday when identities are in dispute ?
    This assumes he has seen each movie.


    • lmharnisch says:

      I will try to do that. Most of the Daily Mirror posts are written in advance. I work three weeks ahead except for the Georgette Bauerdorf posts, which are only a few days ahead. The mystery photos must be done in real time, however, and they are affected by what other time conflicts I have in my day. Sometimes my Saturday mornings are quite busy and sometimes not.

      I generally assume that people check imdb once they identify the film, although there are a few hard-core fans who don’t use imdb and rely on their knowledge. Most impressive!

      People sometimes identify a photo as someone else in the film and that leaves me in a quandary. It’s a wrong answer, but the person is in the cast. And by the third or fourth day, it can be difficult to parse out who has identified what. For example, someone may get the movie, someone else who got Thursday’s mystery guest now has Tuesday’s mystery guest. Someone else gets one of Monday’s three mystery guests. The bookkeeping can get tricky, especially when some answers come as comments but others are via email that gets lost in my inbox.

      I did try offering hints for a while, but almost no one asked for help, so I stopped.

      Always understand this: The Daily Mirror is strictly a labor of love that I conduct in my spare time. Just like everyone else, I have other demands that have to be met. Next year will mark my 10th anniversary of daily blogging about Los Angeles history in which I have written something on the order of 10,000 posts, starting with the 1947project, then The Times and now as a personal project. In many ways it is like a second job. I get great personal satisfaction from the blog, but it can also be wearing.

      As always, I’m most appreciative of the Daily Mirror readers, whether they are first-time visitors or have been with it for a long time.


  12. Patrick says:

    Looks like Cecil B. DeMille was dabbling in a bit of German Expressionism in “Madam Satan” from 1930.


  13. Dan Nather says:

    Oh shoot, that’s Theodore Kosloff in MADAM SATAN. Serves me right for trying to get all my shopping on Monday . . .


  14. Lee Ann, Megan and Thom says:

    Is it Madam Satan with Theodore Kosloff as the electric gentleman?


  15. kthursby says:

    Can I be the first to say happy 10th anniversary? What a wonderful feature this has been (and as a former lat employee let me add what a shortsighted decision by the paper to no longer publish the blog).


  16. Anne Papineau says:

    Happy New Year from Smolensk


  17. DeweyWebb says:

    Forbidden Zone


  18. E. Yarber says:

    My first thought was “Just Imagine,” but the clock girls definitely peg this as “Madam Satan.”

    What was HAPPENING to movies in 1930?

    And can it happen again, please?


  19. Mary Mallory says:

    Martha Sleeper today. I was the first to get the director on Monday.


  20. william says:

    “Madam Satan” 1930. Monday Mr Electricity is Theodore Kosloff?


  21. william says:

    Wednesday actress…..Martha Sleeper


  22. Patrick says:

    Monday = Theodore Kosloff, Wednesday = Lillian Roth. Don’t know who the clock girls are.


  23. Barbara Klein says:

    Wednesday – Martha Sleeper


  24. deweywebb says:

    Just Imagine


  25. Benito says:

    Guessing it’s MADAM SATAN directed by Cecil B. DeMille. PS LOVE those alarm clock girls.


  26. Mary Mallory says:

    Lillian Roth and Roland Young. Hope we get Madam Satan tomorrow.


  27. Anne Papineau says:

    Roland Young and Lillian Roth in Madam Satan


  28. juliemerholz says:

    Roland Young


  29. Sarah says:

    Thanks for posting Roland Young on Thursday. This must be Madam Satan, 1930. Strange plot.


  30. juliemerholz says:

    Madam Satan


  31. juliemerholz says:

    Lillian Roth


  32. dlhartzog says:

    Thursday, Roland Young, Cecil B. DeMille’s Madame Satan.


  33. juliemerholz says:

    Martha Sleeper


  34. Don Danard says:

    Today, it’s Roland Young and – I’m guessing – Lillian Roth.


  35. Floyd Thursby says:

    Lillian Roth and Roland Young for Thursday, so that makes this “Madam Satan.”


  36. Lee Ann, Megan and Thom says:

    Thursday’s couple is Roland Young and Lillian Roth.


  37. DeweyWebb says:

    Roland Young, Lillian Roth, MADAME SATAN


  38. Barbara Klein says:

    Thursday – Roland Young and Lillian Roth


  39. Chrisbo says:

    Is that Roland Young and Lillian Roth in Madam Satan?


  40. LC says:

    Okay it’s Madam Satan (1930) w/Roland Young.


  41. Dan Nather says:

    Not sure about Wednesday’s girl, but on Thursday it’s definitely Roland Young and Lillian Roth.


  42. mandymarie20 says:

    I’ve gotta figure out how to make some of these costumes. They are awesome!


  43. Mary Mallory says:

    Kay Johnson as Madam Satan.


  44. Gary Martin says:

    I believe the mystery gent in tux is an early Charlie Ruggles.


  45. juliemerholz says:

    Kay Johnson today and Reginald Denny tomorrow…


  46. Don Danard says:

    Today, it’s Madam Satan herself, Kay Johnson.


  47. Barbara Klein says:

    Madam Satan herself, Kay Johnson


  48. Mary Mallory says:

    Good old Reginald Denny, Kay Johnson, and Roland Young, just before she gets the idea to become MS.


  49. Don Danard says:

    Reginald Denny and Kay Johnson in the first pic, the same two along with Roland Young in the other pic.


  50. mandymarie20 says:

    Madam Satan. I think I recognize the costumes.


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