This week’s mystery movie has been the 1942 Paramount film “Lucky Jordan,” starring Alan Ladd, Helen Walker, future TV producer Sheldon Leonard, Mabel Paige, Marie McDonald and Russell Hoyt. Anthony Caruso, better known for Star Trek’s “A Piece of the Action,” has a brief scene. It was written by Darrell Ware and Karl Tunberg, based on a story by Charles Leonard.
Our thanks to B.J. Merholz for providing a copy of the film. As pre-1950 Paramount release, “Lucky Jordan” would be controlled by Universal, which is frequently criticized for neglecting its early Paramount movies.
B.J. says: I searched the Web for this copy of “Lucky Jordan.” Not good resolution but you might be able to lift some mystery photos. There is a very early scene with Ladd and a very young would-be double with some hat business that might work for one photo.
And several other notable character actors. Actually, I wonder how familiar Helen Walker might be. I like her a lot as a sort of Lauren Bacall without the star quality.
It is, nevertheless, a pleasant and unexpected 1942 espionage comedy, with a charming Ladd performance. In a way, it is a precursor to “Pickup on South Street.” I hope you like it.
Here’s the explanation on Alan Ladd being the right/wrong answer. In the film, Ladd plays gangster Lucky Jordan, left, who uses Eddie (Russell Hoyt) as a double to fool his enemies. In the opening scene, Eddie is killed in a botched assassination attempt. (IMDB says Hoyt was killed during World War II, although his name appears in Times clips after the war. California death records show that he died March 22, 1988, in Sacramento, so I have attempted to update IMDB.)
This week’s mystery film is courtesy of B.J. Merholz.
And for Tuesday, we have a mystery woman … with a bottle.
Please congratulate Victor H. Brown, Don Danard and dlhartzog for having the wrong answer … and the right answer. Puzzled? All will become clear in a few days.
And for Wednesday, we have two mystery people.
Please congratulate Dewey Webb (Tuesday’s mystery woman), dlhartzog (mystery movie and mystery woman) William (wrong mystery actor/right mystery actor) and Larry Miller (wrong mystery actor/right mystery actor). By the end of the week, you will understand the “wrong mystery actor/right mystery actor” business. Really.
And for Thursday, we have this mystery gent.
Please congratulate Mary Mallory (right/wrong Monday mystery guest), Dewey Webb (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guest), dlhartzog (Wednesday’s mystery guests), Don Danard (mystery movie, Wednesday’s mystery guests) and William (Mystery movie and mystery guests).
As for the “right/wrong” mystery guest, all will become clear. Trust me.
And for Friday, we have a mystery woman with a (totally not) mystery gent holding a shotgun.
Please congratulate David Hartzog (Thursday’s mystery gent), Don Danard (Thursday’s mystery gent) and Valley Dave (mystery movie and mystery guests).
And I couldn’t finish the week without posting a photo of you-know-who.