Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Sept. 26, 2015, Mystery Photo
This week’s mystery movie has been First National Pictures’ 1931 film “Safe in Hell.” It was directed by William A. Wellman. Curiously, the credits come at the end of the film.  It starred Dorothy Mackaill, Donald Cook, Ralf Harole, John Wray, Ivan Simpson, Victor Varconi, Morgan Wallace, Nina Mae McKinney, Charles Middleton, Clarence Muse, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Noble Johnson and Cecil Cunningham. It was based on the play by Houston Branch, with adaptation and dialogue by Joseph Jackson and Maude Fulton. Photography was by Sid Hickox.

Interestingly enough, “Safe in Hell” was also sketched out as a four-act opera, according to a catalog of Branch’s archives. A pre-code opera? Why not.

“Safe in Hell” is no longer listed at Warner Archive, but a Warner Archive version can be found at TCM for $17.99 or $14.99 from Amazon.

Sept. 21, 2015, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery woman and her mystery dog.

Update: This is Cecil Cunningham.

Sept. 21, 2015, Mystery Photo





Several people have inquired about the photo on the wall in our mystery woman’s luxurious home. Here’s a better look, although the image is rather murky.


Sept. 22, 2015, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have this distinguished gent who is being fanned by a mystery person.

Update: This is Lionel Belmore as the judge. The young lad is unidentified.

Please congratulate Randy Skretvedt (mystery movie and guest), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and guest), Dan Nather (mystery movie and guest), Anne Papineau (mystery movie and guest), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and guest), Sheila (mystery movie and guest), Rick (mystery movie and guest) and Bob Hansen (mystery guest).
Sept. 23, 2015, Mystery Photo

And for Wednesday, we have this mystery gent.

This is our friend Gustav von Seyffertitz

Please congratulate Mary Mallory (mystery movie and guests), Dewey Webb (Monday’s mystery woman), Mike Hawks (Tuesday’s mystery guest), Howard Mandelbaum (Tuesday’s mystery guest) and Sheila (Tuesday’s mystery guest).

Sept. 24, 2015, Mystery Phogo


And for Thursday, we have our old friend from “B.B.” and “R.H.”

Update: This is Clarence Muse, as seen in “Broadway Bill” and “Riding High.”

Please congratulate Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery gent), Anne Papineau (Wednesday’s mystery gent), Don Danard (Wednesday’s mystery gent), Beachgal (Monday’s mystery guest), Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery guest),  Dan Nather (Wednesday’s mystery guest) and Sheila (Wednesday’s mystery guest).


Sept. 25, 2015, Mystery Photo

This is Bert Convy in the lost “Leave It to Beaver” episode “Lumpy vs. the Atomic Brain.” (Joking. Since nobody has identified this fellow, I’ll save him for another time).

And for Friday we have….

No, no, no.

Sept. 25, 2015, Mystery Photo
And for Friday, we have George Segal and Barbra Streisand in “The Owl and the Pussycat.”

OK, this isn’t really “The Owl and the Pussycat” and this isn’t George Segal and Barbra Streisand. It’s Donald Cook and Dorothy Mackaill.

Please congratulate Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery gent), Gary Martin (Thursday’s mystery gent), Julie Merholz (Thursday’s mystery gent), Anne Papineau (Thursday’s mystery gent) Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery gent), Rick Scott (Tuesday’s and Thursday’s mystery gents), Beachgal (mystery movie, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery gents), Dan Nather (Thursday’s mystery gent), Dewey Webb (Thursday’s mystery gent) and Patrick (Thursday’s mystery gent).

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

  1. That’s Cecil Cunningham, and I’m pretty sure this is a scene from the Pre-Code classic “Safe in Hell” (1931). She’s dressed more attractively in “The Awful Truth” (1937).


  2. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Cecil Cunningham in Safe in Hell.


  3. Mary Mallory says:

    Is that Ruth Donnelly, with a photo of Mary Nolan on the wall?


  4. Anne Papineau says:

    Cecil Cunningham gabbing on the blower.


  5. Dan Nather says:

    The movie is SAFE IN HELL (1931) — and I believe that’s Cecil Cunningham at the telephone. And could that be a framed picture of Dorothy Mackaill over her shoulder?


  6. Anne Papineau says:

    That distracted Pekingese looks “Safe in Hell.”


  7. Anne Papineau says:

    Would the portrait be of the star, Dorothy Mackaill?


  8. Gretchen says:

    I never get these because I don’t know obscure movies — but I know dogs, and that dog is a Pekingese. And now I’m Googling movies with Pekingese dogs instead of doing my own research and writing. You’re a bad influence, Larry! 🙂


  9. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Cecil Cunningham.


  10. Sheila says:

    Cecil Cunningham in ‘Safe in Hell’.


  11. Rick says:

    Cecil Cunningham – Safe In Hell (1931 – precode)


  12. MIKE HAWKS says:

    After further consideration I will say the film is SAFE IN HELL.


  13. Bob Hansen says:

    I think Monday’s lady is Cecil Cunningham.


  14. Mary Mallory says:

    Lionel Belmore today.


  15. Mary Mallory says:

    Cecil Cunningham on the phone yesterday, so it’s SAFE IN HELL. Can’t wait for Gustav von Seyffertitz!


  16. Mary Mallory says:

    That can’t be Dorothy Mackaill’s photo on the wall behind her, can it?


  17. Chrisbo says:

    Looks like Berton Churchill on Tuesday.


  18. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Lionel Belmore is sweatin’ to the oldies.


  19. beachgal says:

    It looks like it might be Carole Lombard in the photo on the wall from Monday’s mystery guest.


  20. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Lionel Belmore.


  21. Candy Cassell says:

    Could the man with the fan be a young Sabu?


  22. Sheila says:

    Lionel Belmore is the dude on the left.


  23. Mary Mallory says:

    Yay! My man Gustav von Seyffertitz!


  24. Anne Papineau says:

    Three cheers for Gustav Von Seyffertiz


  25. Don Danard says:

    The gentleman raising a toast is Gustav von Seyffertitz.


  26. beachgal says:

    Is Monday’s mystery guest Cecil Cunningham?


  27. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Gustav Von Seyffertitz. I just saw him get bumped off in “The Roadhouse Murder,” recorded off TCM.


  28. Dan Nather says:

    I’m a little behind (so what else is new?) — Lionel Belmore (I think) on Tuesday, Gustav von Seyffertitz today.


  29. Sheila says:

    Gustav von Seyffertitz.


  30. Mary Mallory says:

    Clarence Muse today.


  31. Gary Martin says:

    Clarence Muse and …uh…


  32. juliemerholz says:

    Clarence Muse


  33. Anne Papineau says:

    Clarence Muse


  34. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Clarence Muse.


  35. Rick Scott says:

    Tuesday was Lionel Belmore; Wednesday-Tully Marshall; Thursday was Clarence Muse.


  36. beachgal says:

    Thurs gent looks like Clarence Muse.


  37. Dan Nather says:

    Our old friend Clarence Muse from BROADWAY BILL and RIDING HIGH today.


  38. beachgal says:

    Wen gent is Gustav von Seyffertitz. The movie is Safe in Hell from 1931 I think – and we should be seeing Dorothy Mackaill on Friday is my guess.She’s probably the blurry blonde in Monday’s framed picture.


  39. Patrick says:

    For Thursday we have Clarence Muse.


  40. Mary Mallory says:

    Donald Cook and Dorothy Mackaill today. You should revive the link to the court case and those misidentified photos from the old blog.


  41. beachgal says:

    Friday’s couple are Dorothy Mackaill and Donald Cook.


  42. Mary Mallory says:

    You should also run the image of the four guys leering at her from their chairs.


  43. william says:

    “Safe in Hell”, 1931. Lionel Belmore (Judge)


  44. Mary Mallory says:

    SAFE IN HELL is part of a pre-code DVD set.


  45. Benito says:

    Bald dude in 2nd to last photo is a dead ringer for Nicholas Cage, er, I mean vice versa


  46. Dan Nather says:

    Funny, I just checked the Warner Archive Collection website, and SAFE IN HELL is still listed there. When it was first released on DVD in 2011, WAC wrote this on its Facebook page in response to a customer query: “Regarding SAFE IN HELL, our master is complete, running 73:11 to be exact. The earliest generation material surviving on this film is a 35mm print, indicating how close this remarkable film came to being ‘lost’. We’re glad to finally be able to make it available.”


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