Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Sept. 19, 2015, Mystery Photo
This week’s mystery movie has been the 1945 Ealing Studios film “Dead of Night,” a supernatural thriller consisting of five separate stories and a sixth story that ties them together. Robert Osborne mentioned it recently in introducing “Went the Day Well?” and fortunately I had a copy in the archives thanks to my binge recording of (almost) everything on TCM before 1960.

The film opened in Los Angeles at the Four Star Theater in August 1946.

The Times’ Edwin Schallert said:

The picture will prove intriguing for those who are willing to “reach” for its purport and plot. However, it will perhaps have only an indifferent appeal for most audiences, unless they are caught by what might be termed its uniqueness….

In many ways, the feature carries less impact than the fine “March of Time” on atomic power, and the John Nesbitt “Passing Parade” about inventions that were due to hunches or accidents.

“Dead of Night” stars Mervyn Johns, Roland Culver, Frederick Valk, with Mary Merrall, Renee Gadd, Judy Kelly, Antony Baird, Miles Malleson, Robert Wyndham, Sally Ann Howes, Michael Allan, Googie Withers, Ralph Michael, Esme Percy,  Basil Radford, Naunton Wayne, Peggy Bryan, Michael Redgrave, Hartley Power, Elisabeth Welch, Garry Marsh, Magda Kun and Allan Jeayes.

It was written by John Baines and Angus MacPhail with additional dialogue by T.E.B. Clarke, based on original stories by H.G. Wells, E.F. Benson, John Baines and Angus MacPhail. Music was by Georges Auric.  The film’s segments  were directed by Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden and Robert Hamer.

“Dead of Night” is available on DVD from Amazon (U.S.) paired with “Queen of Spades”  or in a Region 2 DVD from Amazon UK at a better price.

Sept. 14, 2015, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a couple of mysterious gents. Nice lamp.

Update: This is Robert Wyndham and Antony Baird (or Anthony Baird in imdb.)


Sept. 15, 2015, Mystery Photo


And for Tuesday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is a teenage Sally Ann Howes.

Please congratulate Mike Hawks, who identified the movie and one of Monday’s mystery guests.

Sept. 16, 2015, Mystery Photo

And for Wednesday, we have this chap in wide lapels and a fashionably short necktie.

Update: This is Frederick Valk.

Please congratulate Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and mystery guests), Jenny M (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery guest), Valley Dave (Tuesday’s mystery guest), Mike Hawks (Tuesday’s mystery guest), dlhartzog (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mystery guest), Candy C (Tuesday’s mystery guest), LC (mystery movie and mystery cast) and Bob Hansen (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery guest). Bob notes: “Excellent film!” and indeed it is.


Sept. 17, 2015, Mystery Photo


I wasn’t sure whom to run for Thursday. Should it be M.J., R.C., M.M. or G.W.? Then I recalled this chap in the British version of a newsboy cap. I would show his golfing partner, but he was a Monday mystery guest in January.

Update: This is Basil Radford. His golfing partner is Naunton Wayne, whom you may recall as a mystery guest in “The Hidden Room” earlier this year.

Please congratulate Julie Merholz (mystery movie and guests), Chrisbo (mystery movie and guests), Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Rick (mystery movie and guests), Lee Ann Thom and Megan (mystery movie and guests), Valley Dave (mystery movie and guests) and Sheila (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guest).

Sept. 18, 2015, Mystery Photo

And for Friday, we have a mystery guest and his charming little friend.

This is Michael Redgrave and his evil little pal, Hugo Fitch.

Please congratulate Mary Mallory (mystery movie and guests), Chrisbo (Thursday’s mystery golfer), Don Danard (Thursday’s mystery golfer), Jenny M (Thursday’s mystery golfer), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery golfer), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery golfer) and Lee Ann, Thom and Megan (Thursday’s mystery golfer).

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

  1. Chrisbo says:

    Albert Dekker standing?


  2. mandymarie20 says:

    Fred Clark, I hope.


  3. mandymarie20 says:

    I’ve got it now. The man in the glasses is Franklin Pangborn.


  4. william says:

    Dean Jagger


  5. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Anthony Baird in DEAD OF NIGHT.


  6. DeweyWebb says:

    John Lupton in agony


  7. Dan Nather says:

    I’ll guess the bespectacled actor is Alan Napier . . .


  8. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Nelson Leigh and Harry Dean Stanton in “Voice in the Mirror.”


  9. Chrisbo says:

    Is that Susan Peters in Random Harvest?


  10. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Sally Ann Howes in Dead of Night.


  11. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Monday: one-handed Robert Wyndham standing over Anthony Baird in “Hearse Driver” sequence of “Dead of Night.’


  12. Jenny M says:

    Sally Ann Howes in Dead of Night.


  13. ValleyDave says:

    Tuesday’s lass is Sally Ann Howes


  14. beachgal says:

    Looks a bit like Barbara Bel Geddes on Tues – but I’m pretty sure it’s not her.


  15. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Sally Anne Howes says “I feel like singing”


  16. dlhartzog says:

    Today, Sally Ann Howes, Dead of Night?


  17. CandyC says:

    Sally Ann Howes on Tuesday.


  18. LC says:

    Dead of Night 1945 w/Sally Ann Howes, Michael Redgrave, Mervyn Johns, Googie Withers…


  19. Bob Hansen says:

    On Tuesday it’s Sally Ann Howes, and the movie is Dead of Night from 1945. Excellent film!


  20. juliemerholz says:

    Frederick Valk


  21. juliemerholz says:

    Dead of Night 1945 with Sally Ann Howes, Patrick Aherne.


  22. Chrisbo says:

    My first instinct yesterday was that it was Sally Ann Howes in Dead of Night, but I second-guessed myself. Now I believe that I should have stuck with it. Today: Frederick Valk, Monday: Robert Wyndham and Michael Redgrave.


  23. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Frederick Valk looking very intense.


  24. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Frederick Valk.


  25. Rick says:

    Frederick Valk today, Sally Ann Howes Tuesday, movie Dead of Night


  26. Lee Ann, Thom and Megan says:

    Dead of Night with Robert Wyndham for Monday, Sally Ann Howes for Tuesday, and Frederick Valk for Wednesday.


  27. ValleyDave says:

    Monday: I’m guessing it’s Patrick Aherne and Michael Redgrave. Tuesday: Sally Ann
    Howes. Wednesday: Frederick Valk. Movie is the great “Dead of Night.”


  28. Sheila says:

    Frederick Valk in ‘Dead of Night’.


  29. juliemerholz says:

    Mervyn Johns, Roland Culver, Mary Merrall, Googie Withers, and Basil Radford.


  30. Chrisbo says:

    That’s Basil Radford. I was hoping for Miles Malleson (“Room for one more, sir.”)


  31. Don Danard says:

    First name that popped into my head this a.m. was Basil Radford.


  32. Jenny M says:

    Basil Radford


  33. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Basil Radford is about to “tee” off.


  34. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Basil Radford.


  35. Lee Ann, Thom, and Megan says:

    Thursday’s ever-so-British sportsman is the great Basil Radford.


  36. Chrisbo says:

    That’s Hugo! (accompanied by Michael Redgrave)


  37. Mary Mallory says:

    Yay! Michael Redgrave and dummy. The dummy is as scary as Otto in the von Stroheim film, THE GREAT GABBO.


  38. Candy Cassell says:

    Friday’s mystery guest appears to be the gorgeous and talented Michael Redgrave. And is Tuesday’s mystery lady a young Sally Ann Howes? I’ve been looking at her face all these days to identify her.


  39. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Michael Redgrave with his evil little friend.


  40. Jenny M says:

    Michael Regrave and Hugo.


  41. Benito says:

    Michael Redgrave and Mortimer Snerd’s English cousin in DEAD OF NIGHT (1945).


  42. I once combed through YouTube to find the best interpretation of Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns” and my favorite was by Sally Anne Howes. She is still with us at 85.


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