Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)


This week’s mystery replacement movie was the 1951 Twentieth Century-Fox picture “Elopement,” starring Clifton Webb (Friday’s mystery feet),  Anne Francis (not shown) Charles Bickford, William Lundigan (Wednesday’s mystery chaps), Reginald Gardiner (Thursday’s mystery gent), Evelyn Varden (Tuesday’s mystery woman) and Margalo Gillmore (Monday’s mystery woman). It was written by Bess Taffel (whom imdb identifies as Bess Boyle), with music by Cyril Mockridge, conducted by Lionel Newman, photographed by Joseph La Shelle and directed by Henry Koster.

Bess Taffel , Sept. 19, 1951

On Sept. 18, 1951, Taffel, above, appeared before a House Un-American Activities Committee in the Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles during hearings on Communists in Hollywood. She refused to state whether she was a member of the Communist Party and she was subsequently blacklisted.

Feb. 9, 2015, Mystery Photo

And for Monday, we have a mystery woman. We had originally planned an entirely different mystery movie, but that DVD came home from video rental shop with no audio. Not a sound.

Update: Margalo Gillmore.

Feb. 10, 2015, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have another mystery woman.

This is Evelyn Varden.

Feb. 10, 2015, Mystery Photo

Please congratulate Howard Mandelbaum and Jenny M. for identifying Monday’s mystery woman. Jenny M. makes an interesting guess about the mystery film, but please remember that your suggested movie is in color (shown above), not black and white and we never, never convert color mystery photos to black and white.
This is Margalo Gillmore in “High Society.”

Feb. 11, 2015, Mystery Photo

And for Wednesday we have these two semi-mysterious gents.

Please congratulate Mary Mallory (Tuesday’s mystery woman/wrong movie), Jenny M. (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mystery woman), Benito (Tuesday’s mystery woman), Dewey Webb (Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery women), Patrick (mystery movie and mystery women), Rick (Monday’s mystery woman in Tuesday’s color photo) and Julie Merholz (Tuesday’s mystery woman).

Update: This is Charles Bickford and William Lundigan.

Feb. 12, 2015, Mystery Photo

Thursday’s mystery chap appears all through the movie, but doesn’t get a single close-up, except for his feet. I’ve cropped out one of the mystery passengers because he’s too easy.

Please congratulate Mary Mallory (mystery movie and guests), Charles Kjelland (Wednesday’s mystery man/wrong movie), Julie Merholz (mystery movie and guests), Michael Ryerson (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Patrick (Wednesday’s mystery guests), Dewey Webb (mystery movie), brutii (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Chrisbo (Wednesday’s mystery gent/wrong movie), Jenny M (Wednesday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guests),dlhartzog (Wednesday’s mystery guests), Floyd Thursby (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Benito (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Gary Martin (Wednesday’s mystery guests), ValleyDave (mystery movie and mystery guests), Rick (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guests), CraigDeco (Monday’s mystery woman) and Pat van Hartesveldt (Wednesday’s mystery gent).

Update: This is Reginald Gardiner.

Feb. 13, 2015, Mystery Photo

And for Friday, we have the star of the picture, mystery feet guy. His face is too recognizable!

Please congratulate Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery chap), Patrick (Thursday’s mystery chap), Julie Merholz (Thursday’s mystery chap), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery chap), Jenny M. (Thursday’s mystery chap), dlhartzog (Thursday’s mystery chap), Megan Lee Ann and Thom (mystery movie and mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and mystery guests), and LC (mystery movie and mystery guests).

This is Clifton Webb. His feet aren’t really as big as they appear. The next time you’re at Grauman’s take a look at his footprints.

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

  1. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Poised Margalo Gilmore.


  2. Jenny M says:

    Margalo Gillmore in High Society.


  3. mandymarie20 says:

    I don’t know who this is, but she really seems excited about doing her morning crossword puzzle.


  4. Mary Mallory says:

    Evelyn Varden today?


  5. Mary Mallory says:

    Frances Bavier Monday and THE BAD SEED?


  6. Jenny M says:

    Evelyn Varden in Elopement. Elopement was my first thought yesterday, but I changed it without thinking about color.


  7. Benito says:

    Tuesday’s old girl looks like Evelyn Varden, the loquacious neighbor in THE BAD SEED.


  8. Dewey webb says:

    Margala Gillmore and Evelyn Varden. . .it is too early.


  9. Patrick says:

    Monday = Margalo Gillmore, Tuesday = Evelyn Varden. The film is “Elopement” from 1951.


  10. Rick says:

    the color picture is Margalo Gillmore, the movie is High Society (she played the mother)


  11. juliemerholz says:

    Evelyn Varden


  12. Mary Mallory says:

    Charles Bickford and William Lundigan.


  13. Mary Mallory says:

    Margarlo Gillmore Monday and ELOPEMENT.


  14. Charles Kjelland says:

    Still don’t know Monday or Tuesday, but today looks like Charles Bickford and Lex Barker in “The Farmers Daughter”.


  15. juliemerholz says:

    Elopement 1951


  16. juliemerholz says:

    Monday and part of Tuesday was Margalo Gillmore, Wednesday is Charles Bickford and William Lundigan and the rest of the week should produce Clifton Webb, Anne Francis, Reginald Gardiner, and Tommy Rettig.


  17. Charles Bickford and a wet William Lundigan makes this Elopement (1951).


  18. Patrick says:

    Wednesday = Charles Bickford and William Lundigan.


  19. Dewey Webb says:



  20. brutii says:

    Those two fellas in Wednesday’s delightful screenshot are not semi-mysterious to me! They are in two Noir films that have commentary by Eddie Muller, so I know them very well. (Fallen Angel and The House on Telegraph Hill)
    The two gents are Charles Bickford and William Lundigan (in the tub). This film’s gotta be Elopement, which I have not yet seen. (I give my thanks to a special search page on IMDB where you can put in the name of two actors are see what films they were in together. Yeah, using it may be ‘cheating’ but you don’t have strict rules, do you sir?)


  21. Chrisbo says:

    Would that be Charles Bickford and Alan Ladd in Branded?


  22. Jenny M says:

    Charles Bickford and William Lundigan.


  23. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Charles Bickford and William Lundigan in ELOPEMENT.


  24. dlhartzog says:

    Charles Bickford, William Lundigan, Elopement.


  25. Floyd Thursby says:

    “Elopement” with Charles Bickford and William Lundigan.


  26. Benito says:

    Charles Bickford and William Lundigan today in ELOPEMENT [1951]. PS William’s fiancee Anne Francis would be better company at bath time!


  27. Gary Martin says:

    Charle Bickford telling last week’s mystery guest, William Lundigan, that he is all washed up.


  28. ValleyDave says:

    Monday: Margalo Gillmore, Tuesday: the wonderful Evelyln Varden, Wednesday:
    Charles Bickford and William Lundigan. Movie is “Elopement.”


  29. Rick says:

    today Charles Bickford William Lundigan Elopement


  30. CraigDeco says:

    Margalo Gillmore- first and third photos- third photo as Mrs. Seth Lord in MGM’s ‘High Society’
    (1956), the musical remake of MGM’s “The Philadelphia Story’ (1940). Her part was that of mother to Tracy Lord, played by Grace Kelly. It was filmed in Technicolor, VistaVision and Perspecta Stereophonic Sound.


  31. Pat van Hartesveldt says:

    Wednesday: The older guy is Charles Bickford, and the other fellow’s name is on the tip of my tongue…


  32. Patrick says:

    Thursday’s mystery driver is Reginald Gardiner.


  33. juliemerholz says:

    Thursday is mostly Reginald.


  34. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Reginald Gardiner drives on.


  35. Jenny M says:

    Reginald Gardiner


  36. dlhartzog says:

    Today, Reginald Gardiner.


  37. Megan, Lee Ann and Thom says:

    The movie is Elopement, with Margalo Gillmore, Evelyn Varden, Charles Bickford, William Lundigan, & Reginald Gardiner.


  38. beachgal says:

    Tues color photo is Spring Byington


  39. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Movie: “Elopement”
    Tues: Evelyn Varden
    Wed: Charles Bickford & William Lundigan
    Thurs: Reginald Gardiner
    Will Tommy Rettig tag along on Friday?


  40. LC says:

    Well, I see Evelyn Varden, Charles Bickford & William Lundigan and I am guessing that I will see Anne Francis and Clifton Webb soon, so this must be Elopement (1951).


  41. juliemerholz says:

    Clifton’s feet.


  42. Gary Martin says:

    Shades of the unfinished Laura chronicle, It’s Clifton Webb in Elopement!


  43. Patrick says:

    On Friday, Reginald Gardiner’s feet were ready for their closeup.


  44. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Clifton Webb chills out.


  45. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Must be Clifton Webb.


  46. Thursday intent driver will be Reginald Gardner and Friday’s feet belong to Clifton Webb although I must admit I’m a bit surprised to find he had such big feet. I had no idea.


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