Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Dec. 20, 2014, Private Detective
This week’s mystery movie was 1939 Warner Bros.’ picture “Private Detective,” with Jane Wyman, Dick Foran, Gloria Dickson and Maxie Rosenbloom, with a screenplay by Earle Snell and Raymond Schrock, based on a story by Kay Krausse.  It was directed by Noel Smith.

Dec. 15, 2014, Mystery Photo

Update: Yes, there actually is printing on this newspaper – it’s just not legible in the screen grab.

No, this isn’t our mystery guest (I promised no more Back of the Head Guy) but it’s a man in a newsboy cap actually selling newspapers and how cool is that?

Dec. 15, 2014, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have this mystery gent.

Update: Our judge is Frank Dae. Notice that he is wearing a suit, rather than robes, which is correct for this era.

Dec. 16, 2014, Mystery Photo

And for Tuesday, we have a mystery gent smoking a cigar.

Update: This is Selmer Jackson.

Dec. 17, 2014, Mystery Photo

And for Wednesday, it’s our old friend, Oh Him.

Maxie Rosenbloom.

Please congratulate Don Danard for identifying Tuesday’s mystery gent.

Dec. 18, 2014, Mystery Photo

And for Thursday, we have this familiar pinstriped gent.

This is John Eldredge.

Please congratulate Charles Kjelland (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Ed (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Gary Martin (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Mary Mallory (Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Don Danard (Wednesday’s mystery guest)  and sorry, no Torchy Blane, Jenny M (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Pat van Hartesveldt (Wednesday’s mystery guest),  Dewey Webb (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests),  Dan Nather (Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests — and the mystery studio) and Bob Hansen (Wednesday’s mystery guest).

Dec. 19, 2014, Mystery Photo

And for Friday, we have the stars of our mystery picture.

Jane Wyman with Dick Foran, who was often cast as a singing cowboy.

Dec. 19, 2014, Mystery Photo

And a mystery woman making an urgent phone call.

This is the unfortunate Gloria Dickson, who died April 10, 1945, in a fire at 1630 Haslam Terrace, a home she was renting from Sidney Toler.

Please congratulate Mary Mallory (mystery film and guests), Don Danard (Thursday’s mystery guest), Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guest), Julie Merholz (Wednesday’s mystery guest) and Dan Nather (mystery movie).

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

  1. Dan Nather says:

    Hmm . . . I smell Troubled Youth nearby . . .


  2. Joe Vogel says:

    Am I going blind, or is that newsboy holding up a blank paper? That’s a really slow news day.


  3. juliemerholz says:

    Samuel S. Hines


  4. juliemerholz says:

    or Hinds


  5. juliemerholz says:

    Is Monday William Stack?


  6. Don Danard says:

    I think today’s Mystery Man is Selmer Jackson.


  7. Charles Kjelland says:

    Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom today, don’t know the movie!


  8. Ed says:

    Wednesday is Maxie Rosenbloom


  9. Gary Martin says:

    Slapsie Maxie Rosenblum or bloom as is sometimes writ.


  10. Mary Mallory says:

    Slapsy Maxie Rosenblum.


  11. Don Danard says:

    Today it’s Max or Maxie Rosenbloom. Waiting for Torchy Blane perchance?


  12. Jenny M says:

    Maxie Rosenbloom


  13. Pat van Hartesveldt says:

    Wednesday: Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom?


  14. Dewey Webb says:

    Maxie Rosenbloom


  15. Lee Ann, Megan and Thom says:

    Wednesday’s pug is Max “Slapsy Maxie” Rosenbloom.


  16. Lee Ann, Megan and Thom says:

    Finally figured out Tuesday’s smoker–Selmer Jackson. He’s the big government official who recruits Tom Conway to take down Gil Regan and his boys in “A Night of Adventure”.


  17. Dan Nather says:

    I can’t place the mystery man from Monday, but Tuesday’s gent is Selmer Jackson, and today’s lovable lug is Maxie Rosenbloom. Still don’t know the movie, but I’m betting it’s a Warner Brothers production . . .


  18. Bob Hansen says:

    Wednesday’s guy is Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom!


  19. Mary Mallory says:

    If you remember, I got Selmer Jackson through an email yesterday. Today it’s John Eldredge. Is that Eric Dae on Monday as the judge, so the film is PRIVATE DETECTIVE?


  20. Don Danard says:

    Today, it’s John Eldredge.


  21. Lee Ann, Megan and Thom says:

    Thursday’s pinstriper is John Eldredge.


  22. Lee Ann, Megan and Thom says:

    Is the mystery movie “Private Detective”?


  23. juliemerholz says:

    Maxie Rosenbloom


  24. Gary Martin says:

    Hmmm. Early Jerome Cowan. Now on to the flick.


  25. Sarah says:

    Wednesday is Jerome Cowan. ID courtesy of Miracle on 34th Street.


  26. Dan Nather says:

    OK, I’m trying to decide between two films. Would this be NAUGHTY BUT NICE?


  27. Mary Mallory says:

    Jane Wyman and Dick Foran.


  28. Lee Ann, Megan and Thom says:

    Friday’s mystery telephone caller is the tragic Gloria Dickson. Her line in “Crime Doctor’s Strangest Case”–“I’m practically cremated”–is chilling. The two in the clinch are Jane Wyman and Dick Foran.


  29. juliemerholz says:

    Private Detective


  30. juliemerholz says:

    Gloria Dickson, Dick Foran, Jane Wyman, John Ridgeley, Frank Dae,


  31. Don Danard says:

    Today, it’s Jane Wyman and Dick Foran. And the lady on the ‘phone is the actress who died in a fire, if I remember correctly.


  32. Don Danard says:

    The lady who died in the fire was Gloria Dickson.The movie is “Private Detective”, Warner Bros. 1939.


  33. stevo says:

    eve arden for today


  34. Bob Hansen says:

    On Friday I see Jane Wyman and Dick Foran.


  35. Gary Martin says:

    The Crowd Roars, 1938.


  36. Dewey Webb says:

    Woman, Foran, Dickson in PRIVATE DETECTIVE


  37. Dan Nather says:

    Catching up — Frank Dae on Monday, Thursday’s gent John Ridgely, first photo today is Jane Wyman and Dick Foran, followed by Gloria Dickson (can’t you keep this dame off the phone?).


    • Dan Nather says:

      John Eldredge! Another guy I’m familiar with, but can never remember his right name. And I think I confused Gloria Dickson with Gertrude Michael from a while back. Shows what can happen when you’re guessing at a film you’ve never seen. Will have to look for this one . . .


  38. dlhartzog says:

    Wednesday, Max Rosebloom, Friday, Dick Foran, Jane Wyman and Gloria Dickson, Private Detective.


  39. mandymarie20 says:

    I recognize everyone, but can’t remember their names. The only one I know for sure is Jane Wyman.


  40. Don Danard says:

    Speaking of the Dick Foran westerns for Warner Brothers – most of them were re-makes of the John Wayne westerns for Warners some years earlier … and they in turn were remakes of Ken Maynard dusters for earlier than that!


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