Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)


June 13, 2015, Mystery Photo

This week’s mystery movie is the 1931 RKO picture “Men of Chance,” starring Ricardo Cortez, Mary Astor (Friday’s mystery guests) and John Halliday (Wednesday’s mystery guest). It was directed by George Archainbaud and written by Louis Weitzenkorn and adapted by Louis Stevens with additional dialogue by Eddie Welch.

Dec. 31, 1931, Men of Chance
The movie opened in Los Angeles on New Year’s Eve 1931, against “Frankenstein,” “Ladies of the Big House,” “Hell Divers,” “The Woman From Monte Carlo,” “Delicious” and “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” which was playing for a second week. This pre-code film has apparently never been released on VHS or DVD. I recorded it from TCM in 2012.

June 8, 2015, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have this mystery chap. He is talking to our mystery leading lady, but you would recognize her instantly, so she won’t be revealed until later in the week.

Update: This is John Larkin.

June 9, 2015, Mystery Photo

And for Tuesday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Kitty Kelly.

June 10, 2015, Mystery Photo
And for Wednesday, we have this dapper mystery chap.

Update: This is John Halliday.

June 11, 2015, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, we have this chap in a three-piece suit and boater.

Update: This is Ralph Ince, a director and actor who played Pete Montana in “Little Caesar.”

Please congratulate Benito (Wednesday’s mystery chap), David Inman (Wednesday’s mystery chap), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and guests), Mary Mallory (mystery movie and guests), Don Danard (Wednesday’s mystery guest) and Bob Hansen (Wednesday’s mystery guest).


June 12, 2015, mystery photo

For Friday, we have our (totally not) mystery leading man and woman. It’s the stuff that dreams are made of.

And this is Mary Astor, who appeared in the 1941 version of “The Maltese Falcon,” and Ricardo Cortez, who appeared in the 1931 version. Astor and Cortez also appeared together in “Hollywood,” “Behind Office Doors,” “White Shoulders,” “The Man With Two Faces,” “I Am a Thief” and “The Murder of Dr. Harrigan.”

Please congratulate Mike Hawks and Mary Mallory for identifying Thursday’s mystery guest).

June 12, 2015, Mystery Photo
Our leading man.


Our leading lady.

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

  1. Mary Mallory says:

    This isn’t Clarence Muse and BROADWAY BILL is it?


  2. Candy Cassell says:

    Eddie “Rochester” Anderson?


  3. Well the obvious guess would be Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry better known as Stepin Fetchit.


  4. Candy Cassell says:

    OK, perhaps Bill “Bogangles” Robinson in his overalls in “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm”?


  5. Chrisbo says:

    Clarence Muse?


  6. stanhope1929 says:

    Is it Eddie Anderson from CABIN IN THE SKY?


  7. Don Danard says:

    Well, I’ll take a wild guess. Is it Fred “Snowflake” Toones?
    (Sorry ’bout the nickname, but that’s what he was stuck with at Republic Pictures.


  8. Diane Ely says:

    Don’t know the actor’s name, but this looks like a horse racing movie. How about “The Return of October”?


  9. juliemerholz says:

    Nick Stewart


  10. Lee Ann and Thom says:

    Is this Arthur Walker?


  11. Benito says:

    Is Wednesday’s gent John Halliday, best known as Kate Hepburn’s adulterous dad in THE PHILADELPHIA STORY?


  12. David Inman says:

    Wednesday is John Halliday.


  13. MIKE HAWKS says:

    John Larkin, Kitty Kelly and John Halliday in MEN OF CHANCE 1931.


  14. Don Danard says:

    This Mystery chap today looks like John Halliday.


  15. Earl Boebert says:

    Another try for Monday: Louis Armstrong in “Going Places” (1938)


  16. Bob Hansen says:

    I think Wednesday’s gentleman is John Halliday.


  17. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Ralph Ince.


  18. Mary Mallory says:

    Mary Astor and Ricardo Cortez today.


  19. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Mary Astor and Ricardo Cortez make their long awaited appearance.


  20. juliemerholz says:

    John Larkin, Kitty Kelly, John Halliday, Ricardo Cortez and Mary Astor in Men Of Chance 1931


  21. juliemerholz says:

    Too many blurry pictures in this batch.


  22. beachgal says:

    Friday looks like Robert Taylor but not sure if that is Binnie Barnes maybe with him? She looks too tall to be Janet Gaynor – have to think on this one.


  23. Don Danard says:

    The latest are Ricardo Cortez and Mary Astor.


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