Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1947 Twentieth Century-Fox picture “Boomerang!” starring Dana Andrews (not shown), Jane Wyatt (not shown), Lee J. Cobb (not shown), Cara Williams (Wednesday’s mystery woman), Arthur Kennedy (Friday’s mystery man), Sam Levene (not shown), Taylor Holmes (not shown), Robert Keith (not shown) and Ed Begley (Thursday’s mystery man). It was written by Richard Murphy, based on a story by Anthony Abbott published in Reader’s Digest in 1945. It was directed by Elia Kazan, who had quite a year with “Sea of Grass” and “Gentleman’s Agreement.” My copy was aired by TCM on Feb. 27, 2012, during TCM’s “31 Days of Oscar” (Murphy was nominated for an Academy Award). The disc is available on DVD.

April 6, 2015, Mystery Photo

And for Monday, we have this mystery gent.

This is Wyrley Birch as Father George A. Lambert.


And for Tuesday, Monday’s guest is having a chat with this mystery fellow.

This is Birch with Philip Coolidge.

Please congratulate Benito (mystery movie and guest), Don Danard (mystery movie and guest), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and guest), dlhartzog (mystery movie and guest) and Rick Scott (mystery movie).

Don says: “Boy, it’s been a long time since that one showed up on TV.”

April 8, 2015, Mystery Photo

And for Wednesday, we have a mystery woman.

This is Cara Williams with Back of the Head Guy Arthur Kennedy.

Please congratulate Johnny Clay (mystery movie and guests), Patrick (mystery movie and guests), Rick (mystery movie and guests), Jenny M (mystery movie and guests) Mike Hawks (Tuesday’s mystery man), Dewey Webb (mystery movie and guests), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and guests) and best of all Richard Wegenscheide, who not only identified the mystery movie and guests, but works a block from where Monday’s mystery scene was shot — on location!

April 9, 2015, Mystery Photo

Oh dear. Our mystery guest for Thursday has a gun.

This is Ed Begley.

Please congratulate Patrick (Wednesday’s mystery woman and Back of the Head Guy), Jenny M (Wednesday’s mystery woman), Barbara Klein (mystery movie and guests) and Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery woman and Back of the Head Guy).

April 10, 2015, Mystery Photo

And for Friday, you were probably expecting the leading man. But I can’t resist a prop newspaper.

And this is Arthur Kennedy.

Please congratulate Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests), Barbara Klein (Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests), Mary Mallory (mystery movie and guests), Gary Martin (mystery movie and guests/director), Patrick (Thursday’s mystery guest), Dennis Gilliam (mystery movie and guests), Jenny M (Thursday’s mystery guest), Don Danard (Thursday’s mystery guest),  Julie Merholz (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guest), Anne Papineau (Thursday’s mystery guest), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guest), Floyd Thursby (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guest), Charles Kjelland (Thursday’s mystery guest), Candy C (Thursday’s mystery guest) and LC (mystery movie and guests).

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

  1. Looks like Sidney Toler sans Charlie Chan make-up.


  2. Chris says:

    Henry Travers?


  3. Looks like Henry Travers or is that too easy?


  4. juliemerholz says:

    Stanley Holloway


  5. Benito says:

    wild guess: Wyrley Birch as the murdered priest in BOOMERANG![1947].


  6. Don Danard says:

    Today it’s Wyrley Birch .. about to be killed “Boomerang”.
    Boy, it’s been a long time since that one showed up on tv.


  7. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Wyrley Birch in BOOMERANG 1947.


  8. dlhartzog says:

    Wyrley Birch in Boomerang?


  9. Rick Scott says:

    Don’t know the actor, but is the movie “Boomerang?”


  10. beachgal says:

    Looks a bit like Wilfrid Hyde-White


  11. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Harold Vermilyea


  12. Diane Ely says:

    Lionel Stander?


  13. Cary Moore says:

    Possibly Leo McCarey.


  14. Cary Moore says:

    I retract that.


  15. Cary Moore says:

    How about Frank McHugh?


  16. Johnny Clay says:

    Philip Coolidge


  17. Johnny Clay says:

    Wyrley Birch in “Boomerang”


  18. Patrick says:

    John Stearns, Wyrley Birch and Philip Coolidge in “Boomerang” from 1947.


  19. Rick says:

    man on the right Philip Coolidge Boomerang (d Elia Kazan 1947)


  20. beachgal says:

    Tues mystery gent is Hans Conried.


  21. Jenny M says:

    Wyrley Birch and Philip Coolidge in Boomerang.


  22. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Philip Coolidge listens to our monday man.


  23. DeweyWebb says:

    Wryerly Birch and Philip Coolidge in Boomerang!


  24. Richard Wegescheide says:

    It’s ‘Boomerang’ with Dana Andrews and Jane Wyatt. One of the few 1940 era films with location shots. The first shot is on Atlantic Street, south of Bank Street in Stamford, Ct. That is a block away from where I work. The courthouse is at that intersection also. If you know Stamford, you can discern the time of day of the murder within a minute. The New Cannan local on the overpass is the give away. At the office, we discussed one time if that was done on purpose by the director or was just coincidence. The rectory is for St. John’s, also on Atlantic Street. That church was used for the film ‘The Cardinal’, 15 years later.


  25. Patrick says:

    Wednesday = Cara Williams and Arthur Kennedy.


  26. JennyM says:

    Cara Williams


  27. Barbara Klein says:


    Monday – Wyrley Birch
    Tuesday – Philip Coolidge
    Wednesday – Cara Williams


  28. Dennis A says:

    Today’s mystery woman looks a little like Jean Hagen.


  29. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Cara Williams giving the evil eye to Arthur Kennedy.


  30. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Cara Williams and Ed Begley.


  31. Barbara Klein says:

    Thursday – Ed Begley, Sr.

    (Wednesday’s back-of-the-head guy could be Arthur Kennedy)


  32. Mary Mallory says:

    BOOMERANG! Wyrley Birch Monday and Tuesday, Cara Williams yesterday, and Ed Begley today.


  33. Mary Mallory says:

    Back of head guy Arthur Kennedy.


  34. Gary Martin says:

    I believe this is the young Cara Williams and the young Ed Begley probably in Boomerang since so many recognized it at once: NY Film critics award Best Director: E Kazan


  35. Gary Martin says:

    Sorry, I got that wrong. (Thanx IMBD!) Kazan won that year but for the other film…uh…


  36. Patrick says:

    Thursday = Ed Begley, Jr.’s dad.


  37. Thursday: Ed Begley, which lead me to Boomerang !, with Philip Coolidge on Tuesday and Cara Williams on Wednesday.


  38. Jenny M says:

    Ed Begley, Sr.


  39. Don Danard says:

    It’s Ed Begley today.


  40. juliemerholz says:

    Ed Begley


  41. juliemerholz says:

    Boomerang! 1947


  42. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Ed Begley gets tough.


  43. Floyd Thursby says:

    Thursday looks like Ed Begley in “Boomerang!”


  44. Charles Kjelland says:

    Ed Begley today, don’t know the film!


  45. CandyC says:

    Thursday is Ed Begley Sr.


  46. LC says:

    This is Boomerang (1947) w/Dana Andrews, Cara Williams, Ed Begley, Robert Keith, & Arthur Kennedy.


  47. Mary Mallory says:

    The front of Arthur Kennedy today,


  48. Barbara Klein says:

    Arthur Kennedy for Friday


  49. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Arthur Kennedy gets in the news the hard way.


  50. Karen in Austin says:

    Boomerang! Finally enough clues. Ed Begley. Cara Williams.


  51. beachgal says:

    Friday is Arthur Kennedy, Wen is Cara Williams. Thurs is Ed Begley. Tues is Phillip Coolidge. The film is the 1947 noir Boomerang.


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