Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)


This week’s mystery movie was the 1942 MGM film “Tennessee Johnson” with Van Heflin (Friday’s mystery guest), Lionel Barrymore (Thursday’s mystery guest), Ruth Hussey (Tuesday’s mystery guest), Marjorie Main, Regis Toomey and J. Edward Bromberg (not shown). The screenplay was by John L. Balderston and Wells Root, based on a story by Milton Gunzberg and Alvin Meyers. It also featured Morris Ankrum as Jefferson Davis (Monday’s mystery guest) and Charles Dingle (Wednesday’s mystery guest) as Sen. Jim Waters. It was directed by William Dieterle.

Longtime reader Dennis Gilliam raised an interesting question about whether I do repeats. The answer is no, with this caveat: I don’t repeat mystery movies, which began when the Daily Mirror was canceled by The Times and I kept it going as a personal project. Anything I did before that using stills from The Times photo library is fair game.

Dec. 22, 2014, Mystery Photo

And for Monday, we have this distinguished fellow.

Update: This is Morris Ankrum as Jefferson Davis.


And for Tuesday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Ruth Hussey as Eliza McCardle Johnson

Please congratulate dlhartzog (Monday’s mystery fellow), Howard Mandelbaum (Monday’s mystery fellow), Michael Ryerson, who used to live across the street from Monday’s mystery fellow, Herb Nichols (Monday’s mystery fellow), Stanhope 1929 (Monday’s mystery fellow), Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery fellow), Floyd Thursby (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery fellow), Patrick (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery fellow), Don Danard (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery fellow) and Mary Mallory (mystery movie).

Dec. 24, 2014, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, another distinguished gentleman.

Update: This is Charles Dingle as Sen. Jim Waters.

Please congratulate Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mystery woman), Mary Mallory (Tuesday’s mystery woman), Don Danard (Tuesday’s mystery woman), Herb Nichols (mystery movie), dlhartzog (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mystery woman), Dewey Webb (mystery movie and mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery woman), Michael Ryerson (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery woman), Benito (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery woman) and Bob Hansen (Tuesday’s mystery woman).

Dec. 25, 2014, Mystery Photo

And who would be more appropriate as a Christmas Day mystery person than Bill Murray in “Scrooged?”

Update: Lionel Barrymore as Sen. Thaddeus Stevens (played by Tommy Lee Jones in “Lincoln.”)

Please congratulate Julie Merholz (mystery movie and cast), Don Danard (Wednesday’s mystery chap), Jenny M. (mystery movie and cast), Michael Ryerson (Wednesday’s mystery gent), Gary Martin (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery guest), Valley Dave (mystery movie and guests) and Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery guest).

These folks guessed someone who is indeed in our mystery movie … but is not Wednesday’s mystery guest: dlhartzog and Lee Ann, Megan and Thom.

Dec. 26, 2014

And today, James Stewart in “Carbine Williams.”

And Van Heflin with a lot of makeup as President Andrew Johnson.

Please congratulate Chrisbo (Thursday’s mystery gent), dlhartzog (Thursday’s mystery gent),  LC (mystery movie and guests), Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery gent), Charles Kjelland (Thursday’s mystery gent), William (mystery movie and guests), Michael Ryerson (Thursday’s mystery gent), Ed (Thursday’s mystery gent) and Mandy Marie (Thursday’s mystery gent).

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

  1. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Morris Ankrum.


  2. Morris Ankrum. When I was a little kid, we lived right across the street from him. He was a nice man, always had time to chat. Would sometimes walk to Paramount.


  3. Stanhope1929 says:

    Morris Ankrum


  4. Lee Ann, Megan and Thom says:

    This is the great Morris Ankrum! He could be bad hombres in westerns or dignified judges in courtroom dramas. Fine actor!


  5. Floyd Thursby says:

    I’ll play a long shot — Morris Ankrum in “Tennessee Johnson.”


  6. Patrick says:

    Monday brings us Morris Ankrum as Jefferson Davis in “Tennessee Johnson” from 1942.


  7. mandymarie20 says:

    I’m not sure whom this is, but he looks like someone playing Edgar Allan Poe.


  8. Don Danard says:

    Morris Ankrum


  9. Don Danard says:

    And, I believe this is from “Tennessee Johnson”, which starred Van Heflin – early in his career.


  10. Lee Ann, Megan and Thom says:

    Is the movie Tennessee Johnson?


  11. Lee Ann, Megan and Thom says:

    Tuesday is the very charming Ruth Hussey.


  12. Don Danard says:

    Today, it’s Ruth Hussey.


  13. herb nichols says:

    movie “tennessee johnson”


  14. dlhartzog says:

    Ruth Hussey? Tennessee Johnson?


  15. Dewey Webb says:

    Morris Ankrum & Ruth Hussey in TENNESSEE JOHNSON


  16. Dan Nather says:

    I think that’s Ruth Gordon today . . .


  17. mandymarie20 says:

    So many people guessed the film. Is it really that easy? I must not have seen it.


  18. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Ruth Hussey in “Tennessee Johnson.”


  19. Ruth Hussey today. Really a pretty woman. Likely makes our film Tennessee Johnson (1942) wherein Andrew Johnson gets the Hollywood treatment, with Van Heflin, Lionel Barrymore, Ms. Hussey and a veritable legion of stock players including Marjorie Main, Regis Toomey, J. Edward Bromberg, Grant Withers, Russell Hicks, Noah Beery, Montagu Love, Lloyd Corrigan…well, you get the idea, nary a stranger in sight. Must say, for all his virtues, I have a hard time seeing anything particularly presidential in Van Heflin.


  20. Benito says:

    Tuesday’s girl is Ruth Hussey. Guessing the movie is TENNESSEE JOHNSON [1942].


  21. Bob Hansen says:

    The lovely Ruth Hussey on Tuesday.


  22. juliemerholz says:

    Tennessee Johnson 1942 with Van Heflin, Lionel Barrymore, Ruth Hussey, Charles Dingle,


  23. dlhartzog says:

    Today, Montagu Love.


  24. Don Danard says:

    Today it’s Charles Dingle.


  25. Jenny M says:

    Morris Ankrum, Ruth Hussey, and Charles Dingle in Tennessee Johnson.


  26. The durable and usually unpleasant Charles Dingle.


  27. Gary Martin says:

    It’s almost Christmas so I have to make a Wednesday guess: Is this Ruth Hussey in Tennessee Johnson?


  28. Lee Ann, Megan and Thom says:

    We think Wednesday’s gent is Harlan Briggs, who we know as the coroner from “Charlie Chan’s Murder Cruise”.


  29. ValleyDave says:

    Monday: Morris Ankrum, Tuesday: Ruth Hussey, Wednesday: Charles Dingle.
    Movie is “Tennessee Johnson.”


  30. Dan Nather says:

    Shoot, this one has me stumped. For some reason, I never do well with period films, even when I’ve seen them before. So, for now, I will wait for the “all will become clear” signal . . .


  31. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Charles Dingle.


  32. Chrisbo says:

    Looks like Lionel Barrymore on this Christmas Day.


  33. dlhartzog says:

    Today, Lionel Barrymore, Wednesday, J. Edward Bromberg.


  34. LC says:

    Tennessee Johnson (1942) Van Heflin, Ruth Hussey, Lionel Barrymore, Morris Ankrum, & Charles Dingle.


  35. J. Edward Bromberg Wednesday and Lionel Barrymore today.


  36. Charles Kjelland says:

    Lionel Barrymore today.


  37. william says:

    Tennessee Johnson, 1942, Ruth Hussey, Chas. Dingle, Lionel Barrymore


  38. Bill Murray looks suspiciously Lionel Barrymore here. Probably a trick of the light.


  39. Ed says:

    Thursday is Lionel Barrymore


  40. Ed says:

    Is the movie Gorgeous Hussy?


  41. mandymarie20 says:

    Lionel Barrymore – I adore him!


  42. mandymarie20 says:

    Washington Masquerade?


  43. I had surmised it to be Tennessee Johnson on Monday, but I did not think you did retreads. Upon seeing Lionel Barrymore and Van Heflin, I realized that it was Tennessee Johnson indeed.


  44. Don Danard says:

    Van Heflin today.


  45. Well the eyelids may say Jack Dawn but the hairline is all Van Heflin.


  46. Dan Nather says:

    Ah! Lionel Barrymore on Thursday, Van Heflin on Friday, so the movie must be TENNESSEE JOHNSON. (I had a hunch this was an MGM film . . . should trust my hunches more , , , )


  47. Charles Kjelland says:

    Tennessee Johnson with Ruth Hussey, Van Heflin, Lionel Barrymore.


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