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.
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.
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.
And for Tuesday, we have a mystery woman.
Update: This is Kitty Kelly.
And for Wednesday, we have this dapper mystery chap.
Update: This is John Halliday.
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).
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).
Our leading man.
Our leading lady.