Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1957 MGM picture “Edge of the City,” which was Martin Ritt’s debut as a film director. It starred John Cassavetes (Tuesday’s Back of the Head Guy), Sidney Poitier (Friday’s mystery guest), Jack Warden (Friday’s mystery guest), Kathleen Maguire (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Ruby Dee (Thursday’s mystery guest), Robert Simon (Monday’s mystery guest), Ruth White (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Val Avery (not shown), William A. Lee (not shown), David Clark (not shown) and Estelle Hemsley (not shown).

It was written by Robert Alan Aurthur, with music by Leonard Rosenman and photographed by Joseph Brun, with titles by Saul Bass. The producer was David Susskind in his first venture into film.

“Edge of the City” was shown in Los Angeles as the second half of a double bill with the now obscure film “Lizzie,” which starred Eleanor Parker.

The DVD is available from TCM in its Greatest Classic Legends collection, with “Something of Value,” “A Patch of Blue” and “Blackboard Jungle.”

May 4, 2015, Mystery Photo

Monday’s mystery fellow is taking a call.

Update: This is Robert Simon.

May 5, 2015, Mystery Photo

Tuesday’s mystery guest has a rather battered hat. And just ignore Back of the Head Guy.

Update: This is John Cassavetes and Ralph Bell.

Please congratulate Howard Mandelbaum (Monday’s mystery guest), Julie Merholz (Monday’s mystery guest), Don Danard (Monday’s mystery guest), dlhartzog (Monday’s mystery guest), Jenny M. (Monday’s mystery guest), Rick (Monday’s mystery guest), Sarah (Monday’s mystery guest), Earl Boebert (Monday’s mystery guest/wrong movie) and LC (Monday’s mystery guest).

May 6, 2015, Mystery Photo

And our mystery woman for Wednesday is also on the phone.

Update: This is Kathleen Maguire.

May 6, 2015, Mystery Photo
It seems everybody is on the phone in this movie.

This is Ruth White.

Please congratulate Julie Merholz (mystery movie, Back of the Head Guy), dlhartzog (mystery movie, Back of the Head Guy), Mike Hawks (mystery movie, mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie), Roget-L.A. (Monday’s mystery guest), LC (mystery movie, Back of the Head Guy) and  Valley Dave (mystery movie, Back of the Head Guy).

Note: Several people (apparently after consulting imdb) suggested that Tuesday’s Hat Guy was V.A., who is in the mystery movie, but has a different role. Someone else suggested W.L., who is also in the movie, but has a different role.

May 7, 2015, Mystery Photo

And for Thursday we have a mystery woman.

This is Ruby Dee.

Please congratulate James (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guest), Julie Merholz (Wednesday’s mystery guests), dlhartzog (Wednesday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery guests), Jenny M (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Barbara Klein  (mystery movie and all mystery guests, including R.B. on Tuesday) and Mary Mallory (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery guest, Back of the Head Guy and Wednesday’s mystery guests).

May 8, 2015, Mystery Photo

And for Friday, we have two utterly non-mystery guests.

And Sidney Poitier and Jack Warden.

Please congratulate Julie Merholz (Thursday’s mystery woman), Patrick (mystery movie and guests), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery woman), Barbara Klein (Thursday’s mystery woman), Bob Hansen (mystery movie, Thursday’s mystery woman, Back of the Head Guy),  Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery woman) and Dewey Webb (mystery movie). (Mary Mallory, E.H. is in the movie, but has another role.)

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

  1. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Robert F. Simon


  2. juliemerholz says:

    Robert F. Simon


  3. Don Danard says:

    I’d say it’s Robert F. Simon.


  4. dlhartzog says:

    Robert F. Simon, Captain Newman, M.D.


  5. Jenny M says:

    Robert F.Simon


  6. Rick says:

    Robert F. Simon


  7. aryedirect says:

    Just a guess, but he looks like that favorite of fifties sci-fi, authority figure John Zaremba.


  8. Sarah says:

    Robert F Simon.


  9. Earl Boebert says:

    Well, it’s Robert F. Simon, and he’s in uniform (unsurprisingly) so my guess is “The Rack” with Paul Newman.


  10. LC says:

    This is Robert F. Simon.


  11. juliemerholz says:

    Edge Of The City


  12. juliemerholz says:

    John Cassavetes back


  13. juliemerholz says:

    Val Avery


  14. dlhartzog says:

    John Cassavetes, William Lee, Edge of the City


  15. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Robert F. Simon for monday and John Cassavettes today make this EDGE OF THE CITY 1957.


  16. William says:

    (ignore back of head guy) Is that John Garfield? I couldnt resist trying.


  17. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Val Avery in “Edge of the City.”


  18. why don’t you tell us monday’s name?


  19. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Monday: Robert F. Simon


  20. LC says:

    Aha! This is The Edge of the City (1957) w/John Cassavetes (back of head guy), Sidney Poitier & Jack Warden.


  21. Bruce says:

    Is Tuesday’s hat-wearer Les Tremayne?


  22. ValleyDave says:

    Monday: looks like Robert F. Simon to me. If Tuesday’s man to be ignored is
    John Cassavetes then the movie is “Edge of the City.”


  23. JAMES says:

    It’s Robert F Simon and the movie is “Edge of the City” (1956)


  24. juliemerholz says:

    Kathleen Maguire and Ruth White


  25. dlhartzog says:

    Today, Ruth White and Kathleen McGuire


  26. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Kathleen Maguire and Ruth White.


  27. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    On the phone: Kathleen Maguire and Ruth White.


  28. Jenny M says:

    Kathleen Maguire and Ruth White in Edge of the City


  29. Barbara Klein says:

    Edge of the City

    Monday – Robert F. Simon
    Tuesday – Ralph Bell
    Wednesday – Kathleen Maguire and Ruth White


  30. Mary Mallory says:

    Monday’s guy took me forever, I could hear him talking, but no name. He’s Robert Simon and the film is EDGE OF THE CITY. John Cassavetes is back of the head guy, and is that Roy Glenn with him? Ruth White and Kathleen Maguire today.


  31. Mary Mallory says:

    Estelle Hemsley today.


  32. juliemerholz says:

    Beautiful Ruby Dee


  33. Patrick says:

    Monday = Robert Simon, Tuesday = the back of John Cassavetes, Wednesday = Kathleen Maguire presumably talking to Ruth White, Thursday = Ruby Dee in “Edge of the City” from 1957.


  34. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Ruby Dee.


  35. Barbara Klein says:

    Thursday – Ruby Dee


  36. Bob Hansen says:

    It’s Ruby Dee on Thursday, and possibly the back of John Cassavetes’ head a couple of days ago. Edge of the City?


  37. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Ruby Dee


  38. Dewey Webb says:

    Okay. I’ll give this another shot. EDGE OF THE CITY.


  39. Mary Mallory says:

    Ruby Dee Thursday and Sidney Poitier and a young! Jack Warden today.


  40. Friday’s Gimmes: Sidney Poitier and Jack Warden. Film: Edge of the City.


  41. juliemerholz says:

    Sidney Poitier


  42. juliemerholz says:

    Jack Warden


  43. beachgal says:

    Back of the head guy on Tues is John Cassavetes. Wed first actress on the phone is Kathleen Maguire. Wed second actress on the phone is Ruth White. Thurs is Ruby Dee. Friday is Sidney Poitier with Jack Warden. Movie is Edge of the City.


  44. Gary Martin says:

    I guess this is Edge of the City with Sidney, Ruby Dee, and Jack Warden All week I had thought the back of the head belonged to Henry Silva but I suppose if is John C.


  45. MIKE HAWKS says:

    A difference of opinion is shared by Sidney Poitier and Jack Warden.


  46. Barbara Klein says:

    Friday – Sidney Poitier and Jack Warden


  47. Benito says:

    EDGE OF THE CITY [1957] shows a vicious fight between Sidney Poitier and Jack Warden using those metal hooks. Sidney had to defend himself A LOT in the 50s and 60s. See, e.g. NO WAY OUT [1950] with Richard Widmark.


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