Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

I wanted to do a Lloyd Bacon movie this week and “The Office Wife” (Warner Bros., 1930) is the earliest one in my collection, and as a bonus, it was the feature film debut of Joan Blondell (one of Friday’s mystery guests).   Based on a story by Faith Baldwin serialized in Cosmopolitan in 1929, “The Office Wife” starred Dorothy Mackaill and Lewis Stone,  with a screenplay by Charles Kenyon. It also featured Natalie Moorhead (Friday’s mystery guest), Hobart Bosworth (Thursday’s mystery guest), Blanche Friderici (Monday’s mystery guest), Brooks Benedict (Friday’s mystery guest), Dale Fuller (Tuesday’s mystery guest) and Walter Merrill (our mystery guest in the newsboy cap).

“The Office Wife” opened in Los Angeles at the Warner Bros’ downtown theater in September 1930 and was an immediate hit, according to film critic Edwin Schallert, who thought Lewis Stone was a bit too old for the part.

July 27, 2015, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a very dapper mystery guest.

This is Blanche Friderici, who died in 1933. “It Happened One Night” was her final film and she died of a heart attack a few days after shooting her scenes.

July 28, 2015, Mystery Photo

And for Tuesday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Dale Fuller.

Please congratulate Victor H. Brown (partial credit), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and guest), David Inman (mystery movie and guest), Dan Nather (mystery movie and guest) and Sheila (mystery movie and guest).

July 29, 2015, Mystery Photo

It’s been a while since we had a newsboy cap mystery photo and this gent is sporting a rather nice one.

Update: This is Walter Merrill.

Please congratulate Mary Mallory (Tuesday’s mystery woman), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Tuesday’s mystery guest),  Dan Nather (Tuesday’s mystery guest), Bob Hansen (Monday’s mystery guest), Sheila (Tuesday’s mystery guest) and Dewey Webb (half-credit on Monday’s mystery guest).


And for Thursday, we have a completely unrelated photo of Trixie Friganza from a wonderful Vitaphone short.   Unfortunately, only part of it is online.


And for Thursday, a mystery guest in a double-breasted coat with impressive lapels, a wing collar, elegant cravat and handkerchief.

This is Hobart Bosworth.

Please congratulate Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Floyd Thursby (Tuesday’s mystery guest), Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery guest) and Mary Mallory (mystery movie and Monday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests).

July 31, 2015, Mystery Photo

Today, our mystery guests model the appropriate attire for the pool.

Update: Brooks Benedict, Natalie Moorhead and Lewis Stone.

July 31, 2015, Mystery Photo

Yes, we just saw our mystery woman in a recent mystery film. I try to avoid repeats, but I didn’t want to crop her out of the frame.

July 31, 2015, Mystery Photo
And to round out the week, we have these two mystery guests.

Update: Joan Blondell in her feature film debut and Dorothy Mackaill.


Please congratulate Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guest), Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery guest), Dan Nather (Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guest) and Sheila (Thursday’s mystery guest).

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

  1. I’ve no idea who this is but I think it’s a woman.


  2. juliemerholz says:

    Beatrice Lillie


  3. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Blanche Friderici in “The Office Wife.”


  4. David Inman says:

    Pauline Frederick.


  5. David Inman says:

    I take it back — Blanche Frederici in “The Office Wife.”


  6. Dan Nather says:

    Blanche Friderici in THE OFFICE WIFE (1930).


  7. Sheila says:

    Blanche Friderici in ‘Office Wife’


  8. Mary Mallory says:

    Dale Fuller today.


  9. Mary Mallory says:



  10. MIKE HAWKS says:

    THE OFFICE WIFE w/Blanche Friderici and Dale Fuller.


  11. Earl Boebert says:

    Wild guess for Monday: Renate Muller in “Viktor und Viktoria”


  12. Dan Nather says:

    Dale Fuller today (Tuesday).


  13. Bob Hansen says:

    Is Monday’s manly lady Blanche Frederici? Not exactly sure of the spelling!


  14. Sheila says:

    Dale Fuller for Tuesday.


  15. DeweyWebb says:

    who ever it is a awoman


  16. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Walter Merrill.


  17. Floyd Thursby says:

    Monday could be Aline MacMahon and Tuesday Dale Fuller. One of them might be right.


  18. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Walter Merrill.


  19. MIKE HAWKS says:

    I wonder who Hobart Bosworth is talking to?


  20. Mary Mallory says:

    Good old Hobart Bosworth, who made films with Selig all the way back in 1909-1910.


  21. Charles Kjelland says:

    Looks like Ray Milland today, have no idea about the movie!


  22. Dan Nather says:

    Catching up: Walter Merrill on Wednesday, Hobart Bosworth today.


  23. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Hobart Bosworth.


  24. Sheila says:

    hobart bosworth for thursday.


  25. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Filling out our cast are Brooks Benedict, Natalie Moorhead, Lewis Stone, Joan Blondell and Dorothy MacKaill.


  26. juliemerholz says:

    The Office Wife 1930


  27. Mary Mallory says:

    The mystery photo is below the sabbatical and your Black Dahlia story. Just about everybody today. Brooks Benedict, Natalie Moorhead, and Lewis Stone in first picture, Joan Blondell and Dorothy MacKaill in second.


  28. Gary Martin says:

    For Friday Mrs. Dick Powell and Mrs. Al Jolson waiting for the Robert E Lee. I do not recognize any of the others.


  29. Floyd Thursby says:

    This is Joan Blondell and Lewis Stone in “The Office Wife”.


  30. beachgal says:

    Friday’s mystery gal on the left is Joan Blondell – but I have no idea what film this might be.


  31. Benito says:

    Today it’s not very blonde Joan Blondell on the left


  32. Dan Nather says:

    The three at the pool are Brooks Benedict, Natalie Moorhead (why does her head look too big?), and Lewis Stone. And the two women in the last photo are Joan Blondell and Dorothy Mackaill, who never appeared in a movie as wonderful as she was. At least, I haven’t seen it yet.


  33. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Brooks Benedict, Lewis Stone, Dorothy Mackaill, Joan Blondell.


  34. Anne Papineau says:

    In swimming attire, no less, Brooks Benedict, Natalie Moorhead and Lewis Stone in “Office Wife”


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