Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

A one-page biography of Tom Tyler.

This week’s movie has been a double threat: A silent Western. It’s the 1928 Film Booking Offices of America movie “The Texas Tornado,” starring Tom Tyler (Friday’s mystery guest) and child star Frankie Darrow and his dog Beans (Thursday’s mystery guests).

I thought it would be fun to do a Pandro S. Berman movie this week and decided to pick this one, on which he was the film editor. It can only be found in a few fragments on YouTube, but apparently it’s one of the few surviving F.B.O. movies.

“The Texas Tornado” Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7

Aug. 3, 2015, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery woman wearing a tie.

Update: This is Nora Lane.

Aug. 4, 2015, Mystery Photo
Here’s a better look at Monday’s mystery woman.


And for Tuesday, we have a man in a vest.

This is Frank Whitson.

And for Wednesday, we have a gent in a black hat.

This is Bob Burns.

Aug. 5, 2015, Mystery Photo


This gent’s character is identified in the movie, but not in imdb, so I’m posting him as a bonus shot.

This man is unidentified.


Here is our mystery woman with another mystery gent – also not on imdb.

This man is also unidentified. I was hoping someone might recognize him.


And this mystery gent is making a phone call.

Please congratulate Mike Hawks for identifying Monday’s mystery woman. I think Mike even surprised himself on this one.

Aug. 6, 2015, Mystery Photo

Here is Thursday’s mystery lad.

This is Frankie Darro.

Aug. 6, 2015, Mystery Photo
And here is is again with a bit better detail.

And one more image of our mystery lad.

Aug. 6, 2015, Mystery Photo

And here is his mystery dog.

This is Beans.

Aug. 7, 2015, Mystery Photo

And for Friday, we have our mystery hero.

And this is Tom Tyler.

Please congratulate Mary Mallory (mystery movie, mystery lad and mystery woman) and Mike Hawks (mystery movie and mystery lad).

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

  1. Dear Mary Mallory, When you post the mystery movie actors on this site there are many who are
    unrecognizable to me. After a given period of time why don’t you publish the names and pictures and a brief bio, if available, of each of them so we can learn something from them.?


    • lmharnisch says:

      First of all, I’m the one posting the mystery photos. And every Saturday, at the conclusion of the week’s mystery movie, I identify each mystery person by name. I hope that helps!


  2. JAMES says:

    Betty White?


  3. mtsu1984 says:

    It looks like Mary Astor to me. Not sure of the movie – “Dodsworth?”


  4. stanhope1929 says:

    It looks like Mary Astor to me.


  5. Gary Martin says:

    Well, it’s Monday so it can’t be Mary Astor even tho it sure looks like her.


  6. Dan Nather says:

    Okay, I’ll make a stab at it: Dorothy Wilson?


  7. Dan Nather says:

    My movie sense says “RKO picture, early 1930s.” Is that John Halliday today?


  8. MIKE HAWKS says:

    I’ll give Nora Lane a shot.


  9. Anne Papineau says:

    In another life I worked with these people … And very pleasant it was.


  10. Mary Mallory says:

    Is it Frankie Darro today?


  11. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Frankie Darro in which one of two movies he made with Nora Lane.


  12. Mary Mallory says:

    Nora Lane on Monday and THE TEXAS TORNADO?


  13. MIKE HAWKS says:



  14. stevo says:

    Robert blake ? and pete the dog


  15. Mary Mallory says:

    Beans with Frankie Darro and Tom Tyler today.


  16. Rick says:

    Tom Tyler today


  17. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Enter our hero Tom Tyler who is waiting for 1929 so he can start talking in movies.


  18. Don Daynard says:

    Today it’s western star Tom Tyler.


  19. beachgal says:

    Friday is Tom Mix but I have no idea what movie


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