Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Feb. 28, 2015, Mystery Photo

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1942 Columbia picture “You Were Never Lovlier,”  the second of two movies to feature Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth. It stars Adolphe Menjou (not shown), Isobel Elsom (Wednesday’s mystery woman), Leslie Brooks (Tuesday’s mystery woman), Adele Mara (Tuesday’s mystery woman), Gus Schilling (Wednesday’s mystery gent) and Xavier Cugat (Thursday’s mystery gent). It was written by Michael Fessier, Ernest Pagano and Delmer Daves, from a story by Carlos Olivari and Sixto Pondal Rios, with music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by Johnny Mercer, photographed by Ted Tetzlaff and directed by William A. Seiter.

I rarely do musicals as mystery movies, so I decided to pull this one out of the archives for variety.

I have given up trying to correct mistakes on imdb, but neither Kern nor Mercer are credited, oddly enough.

Feb. 23, 2015, Mystery Photo

And for Monday, we have this happy mystery couple.

This is Kirk Alyn, known for playing Superman in the 1948 serial, with Catherine Craig, whose last film appearance was the 1950 “No Man of Her Own.”

And here’s a trailer for “Superman” from, showing Alyn, Tommy Bond as Jimmy Olsen and Noel Neill as Lois Lane.
Feb. 24, 2015, Mystery Photo

And for Tuesday, we have two mystery women.

Our pianists are Leslie Brooks, left, and Adele Mara.

Please congratulate Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and guests), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and guests), James (Monday’s mystery gent), Don Danard (Monday’s mystery gent), Rick (mystery movie and guests), Thomas Bondii (Monday’s mystery gent) and LC (mystery movie and guests).

A special tip of the hat to Thomas Bondii for sending a link to a clip of his father in a scene with Monday’s mystery gent, which we will post on Saturday after this week’s mystery movie is revealed.

Feb. 25, 2015, Mystery Photo

And for Wednesday, we have this mystery woman.

This is Isobel Elsom.

Feb. 25, 2015, Mystery Photo

And today’s special guest, Oh Him.

This is Gus Schilling.

Please congratulate Mary Mallory (mystery movie and guests), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery piano duo), Mike Hawks (mystery piano duo), Don Danard (half of mystery piano duo), Rick (three-quarters of piano duo) and xav (mystery movie and mystery guests).


This is Xavier Cugat.

Please congratulate Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery guests), Floyd Thursby (mystery movie and guests), Julie Merholz (mystery movie and guests), Jenny M (Wednesday’s mystery guests), Anne Papineau (one of Tuesday’s mystery pianists), Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery guests) and Don Danard (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery gent).

Feb. 27, 2015, Mystery Photo

And for Friday, we have Shelley Winters and Bruce Dern in “Bloody Mama.”

This is Rita and Fred.

Please congratulate Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery guest), Don Danard (Thursday’s mystery guest), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guest), Gary Martin (mystery movie and Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests), William (mystery movie), Benito (Thursday’s mystery guest), ValleyDave (mystery movie and mystery guests) and Anne Papineau (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guest).

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

  1. Tim Doherty says:

    Is the lady Jean Parker?


  2. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Kirk Alyn and Catherine Craig in “You Were Never Lovelier.”


  3. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Kirk Alyn and Catherine Craig from YOU WERE NEVER LOVELIER.


  4. James says:

    The guy is Kirk Alyn who played Superman in the 40’s serial. I met him once. Nice guy.


  5. Don Danard says:

    The man is Kirk Alyn. Am stuck on the lady’s name.


  6. Rick says:

    Kirk Alyn and Catherine Craig in You Were Never Lovelier 1942 starring Fred and Rita


  7. stanhope1929 says:

    The “Groom” looks like Edward Norris…


  8. stanhope1929 says:

    Edward Norris


  9. thomasbondii says:

    EASY Kirk Alan, he was also SUPERMAN in the 1940’s


  10. thomasbondii says:

    Here is a trailer, this is fun…


  11. Jenny M says:

    A wild guess. Tony Martin and Arleen Whelan in Thanks for Everything.


  12. Dewey Webb says:

    Dream Girl


  13. Anne Papineau says:

    Mary Martin and behind the bridegroom a mustachioed Larry Parks?


  14. LC says:

    This is Kirk (Superman) Alyn & Catherine Craig in You Were Never Lovelier (1942).


  15. Gary Martin says:

    I would say a young Cyd Charisse but in her films she was always a bridesmaid, never a bride.


  16. Mary Mallory says:

    YOU WERE NEVER LOVELIER. Kirk Alyn and Catherine Craig Monday, Leslie Brooks and Adele Mara today.


  17. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Two more Acuna sisters: Leslie Brooks and Adele Mara. What a gene pool!


  18. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Leslie Brooks and Adele Mara sing a jingle.


  19. Don Danard says:

    The young woman on the right of the photo is Adele Mara, when she was still with Columbia Pictures. Not sure of the film’s title, tho’.


  20. Rick says:

    Louise Brooks and Adele Mara


  21. Benito says:

    The gent at the left edge of Monday’s photo looks like Leo Carillo


  22. xav says:

    For tuesday, the girl is leslie brooks and adele mara and the movie you wer neve lovelier


  23. xav says:

    and for monday kirk alyn and catherine craig


  24. stevo says:

    lee bonnell?


  25. Lee Ann, Megan and Thom says:

    The blonde mystery lady is Myrna Dell.


  26. william says:

    “Five Little Peppers In Trouble”….brunette at piano Edith Fellows


  27. Mary Mallory says:

    Isobel Elsom and Gus Schilling today.


  28. juliemerholz says:

    Fernando (Gus Schilling) in You Were Never Lovelier with Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Adolph Menjou,


  29. Jenny M says:

    Isobel Elsom and Gus Schilling.


  30. Anne Papineau says:

    On Tuesday, Leslie Brooks?


  31. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Isobel Elsom does her Hedda Hopper impersonation while Gus Schilling takes it easy.


  32. Don Danard says:

    It’s taken me all day to come up with the name but the Mystery Man frowning at the ‘phone is Gus Schilling.


  33. Don Danard says:

    And the movie, I think, is “You Were Never Lovelier”


  34. Mary Mallory says:

    Xavier Cugat today.


  35. Don Danard says:

    Today, it’s Xavier Cugat. He seems to have lost his orchestra.


  36. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Xavier Cugat sits this one out.


  37. Gary Martin says:

    Gus Schilling and Xavier Cugat in …You Were Never Lovelier?


  38. william says:

    “You Were Never Lovelier”, 1942


  39. Benito says:

    Thursday’s dapper gent is Xavier Cugat, aka Mr. Charo.


  40. ValleyDave says:

    Monday: The happy couple are Kirk Alyn and Catherine Craig, Tuesday’s singing duo:
    Leslie Brooks and Adele Mara, Wednesday: Isobel Elsom, Thursday: Gus Schilling and
    Xavier Cugat. The movie is ” You Were Never Lovelier.:


  41. Anne Papineau says:

    Xavier Cugat, “You Were Never Lovlier”


  42. Mary Mallory says:

    Fred and Rita today.


  43. Ed says:

    Friday is Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth. It must be you were never Lovlier?


  44. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Rita and Fred at last emerge.


  45. McDee says:

    Is Thursday’s gent bandleader Xavier Cugat?


  46. beachgal says:

    Thurs mystery guy is Xavier Cugat and Friday’s pair of course is Fred and Rita so this has to be You Were Never Lovelier. Tues singer are Leslie Brooks and Adele Mara; and the ‘oh him’ that day is Gus Schilling. Wen is Isobel Elsom. Monday’s bridal couple are Kirk Alyn and Julia Acuna. Kirk later played Superman with Tommy Bond (from the Our Gang days) as Jimmy Olson.


  47. Don Danard says:

    Forgot to mention. The matire lady is Isabel Elsom.


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