Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1948 film “Raw Deal,” released by Eagle-Lion Films, starring Dennis O’Keefe, Claire Trevor, Marsha Hunt, John Ireland, Raymond Burr, Curt Conway and Chili Williams. It was written by Leopold Atlas and John C. Higgins, from a story by Arnold B. Armstrong and Audrey Ashley.  It was photographed by John Alton and directed by Anthony Mann.

Oct. 19, 2015, Mystery Photo

And for Monday, we have a mystery gent on the phone.

Update: This is Cliff Clark.

Oct. 20, 2015, Mystery Photo


And for Tuesday, a mystery gent chats with a couple of mystery police officers.

Update: This is Gregg Barton, left, with John Daheim and Carey Loftin.

Note: These are underexposed “day for night” shots, so I have had to lighten them considerably to make them readable. They are much darker in the film. I have also cropped Tuesday’s mystery photo to make it easier to see our mystery guest.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Monday’s mystery guest), Michael Ryerson (Monday’s mystery guest) and Don Danard (Monday’s mystery guest).

Oct. 21, 2015, Mystery Photo

And for Wednesday, we have a mystery gent building a house of cards while another mystery fellow watches.

Update: This is Tom Fadden, left, with John Ireland.

Brain Trust roll call: Dlhartzog (mystery movie and cast), Lee Ann, Thom and Megan (Monday’s mystery guest) and Don Danard (mystery police officer)


And for Thursday, who could resist this arty shot of a mystery woman?

Update: This is Claire Trevor.

Brain Trust roll call: Julie Merholz (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery guest, Tuesday’s mystery police officer, Wednesday’s mystery house of cards architect), Charles Kjelland (Wednesday’s house of cards architect), Patrick (mystery movie, Monday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Sheila (mystery movie and Monday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s house of cards architect), Jenny M (mystery movie, Wednesday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Monday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mystery police officer and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Gary Martin (Wednesday’s mystery house of cards architect), Don Danard (Wednesday’s mystery guests), Michael Ryerson (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Sarah (Wednesday’s mystery house of cards architect), Rick (Wednesday’s mystery house of cards architect), Lee Ann, Thom and Megan (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Benito (Wednesday’s mystery house of cards architect), Richard Wegescheide (mystery movie, Wednesday’s mystery house of cards architect), Barbara Klein (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery guest, two-thirds of Tuesday’s mystery guests and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Dewey Webb (Wednesday’s mystery house of cards architect), Patrick (Tuesday’s mystery guest) and Ed (Wednesday’s mystery house of cards architect).


And here is the setup to that shot. Notice the flaming dish on the right. Rick Coyle (Raymond Burr) throws it on an unfortunate individual.

For Friday, our mystery guest contradicts the old saying that revenge is a dish best served cold.

Update: Raymond Burr in his pre-Perry Mason era as a villain.

Brain Trust roll call: Julie Merholz (Thursday’s mystery minute maid), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery minute maid), Mary Mallory (mystery movie, mystery police officers, mystery minute maid), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery minute maid), Anne Papineau (mystery movie, mystery minute maid), Barbara Klein (mystery minute maid), Michael Ryerson (Thursday’s mystery minute maid), Arye Michael Bender (Wednesday’s house of cards architect), Patrick (Thursday’s mystery minute maid), Maricatrin (Monday’s mystery guest, Wednesday’s rustic gent), Rick (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery minute maid) and LC (mystery movie and mystery cast).

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

  1. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Gruff Cliff Clark


  2. Don Danard says:

    Today it’s Cliff Clark. I should say “the original Cliff Clark” as I believe there’s an actor these days with the same name.


  3. aryedirect says:

    Flat out, I don’t know him. But I must comment on the composition, lighting, and set design. All are pure film noir. One doesn’t need dialogue or action to understand the mood and tone of the film. Pitch perfect!


  4. Gary Martin says:

    Willis Bouchey.


  5. dlhartzog says:

    Raw Deal, Dennis O’Keefe, Claire Trevpr, Marsha Hunt.


  6. Lee Ann, Thom, and Megan says:

    Cliff Clark for Monday. He was so prolific; it’s difficult to say which movie yet.


  7. ValleyDave says:

    Tuesday’s mystery man looks a lot like Brad Dexter.


  8. Dewey webb says:


    Do you have any idea where IMDB gets the cast info?

    And if “they” (whoever figures out who played unbilled elevator operator in obscure 1943 Republic programmer) why is info so sketchy on relatively recent films like MYRA BRECKINRIDGE, where there seems to be no actor dis on people who had substantial minor roles?


  9. Don Danard says:

    I believe the Police Officer in the middle is Johnny Daheim, sometimes billed as John Day.


  10. juliemerholz says:

    John Ireland


  11. Charles Kjelland says:

    Today looks like Sterling Holloway and John Ireland, don’t have a clue on the movie!


  12. Patrick says:

    Cliff Clark on Monday, Tom Fadden and John Ireland today; Raw Deal from 1948.


  13. Sheila says:

    Cliff Clark for Monday, John Ireland for Wednesday, ‘Raw Deal’


  14. Mary Mallory says:

    John Ireland builds a house of cards today.


  15. juliemerholz says:

    Is Monday Cliff Clark?


  16. juliemerholz says:

    Carey Loftin on the right on Tuesday.


  17. Jenny M says:

    Tom Fadden and John Ireland in Raw Deal.


  18. juliemerholz says:

    Raw Deal 1948


  19. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Cliff Clark for monday with Tom Fadden and John Ireland today make this film RAW DEAL 1948.


  20. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Tom Fadden and John Ireland in “Raw Deal.”


  21. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Tues: Carey Loftin.


  22. Gary Martin says:

    I believe this is John Ireland in The Gangster which I saw last summer in the Summer of Darkness TCM Film Noir course.


  23. Anne Papinaeu says:

    Tell me that’s Sterling Holloway on Wednesday with his bricktop covered in a watch cap.


  24. Don Danard says:

    Tom Fadden and John Ireland played “Let’s build a house of cards”.


  25. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    No, he’s one of the motorcycle cops.


  26. Well, John Ireland building the house of cards while Tom Fadden (The Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ strangely placid Uncle Ira) makes this one Raw Deal (1948) a noir title if ever there was one.


  27. Earl Boebert says:

    Wednesday’s spectator sure looks like Doodles Weaver.


  28. Sarah says:

    Wednesday is John Ireland. He’s not too much of a mystery gent!


  29. Rick says:

    looks like John Ireland today


  30. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Lloyd Everett.


  31. Lee Ann, Thom and Megan says:

    For Wednesday, it’s John Ireland and Tom Fadden in Raw Deal.


  32. Benito says:

    Is that John Ireland stacking the deck Wednesday?


  33. Richard Wegescheide says:

    Wednesday has John Ireland on the right. Is the picture ‘Raw Deal’?


  34. Barbara Klein says:

    “Raw Deal”

    Monday – Cliff Clark
    Tuesday – Bill Kennedy, John Daheim, Carey Loftin
    Wednesday – Tom Fadden, John Ireland


  35. Dewey Webb says:

    John Ireland


  36. Patrick says:

    I think Tuesday’s mystery gent is Gregg Barton.


  37. ED says:

    Wednesday is John Ireland


  38. juliemerholz says:

    Claire Trevor


  39. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Claire Trevor.


  40. Mary Mallory says:

    RAW DEAL. Curt Conway on Wednesday and Claire Trevor today. Carey Loftin and John Daheim on Tuesday.


  41. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Claire Trevor wonders what time it is.


  42. Anne Papinaeu says:

    Claire Trevor stopping the hands of time in “Raw Deal.”


  43. Barbara Klein says:

    Thursday – Claire Trevor


  44. Claire Trevor putting on her signature haughty, mildly disapproving glance.


  45. I see a John from Ireland. Hope the cops give him a pass.


  46. Patrick says:

    On Thursday, Claire Trevor knows what time it is.


  47. Maricatrin says:

    I’m almost sure Wednesday’s spectator is Tom Faddon, and is Monday’s ‘man on the phone’ Cliff Clark?


  48. Rick says:

    Claire Trevor Raw Deal (1948)


  49. LC says:

    Raw Deal (1948) w/John Ireland, Claire Trevor, Marsha Hunt, Raymond Burr, Dennis O’Keefe


  50. juliemerholz says:

    Perry Ironside


  51. Patrick says:

    On Friday, Raymond Burr seems to be serving up something.


  52. Barbara Klein says:

    Friday – Raymond Burr being very un-Perry Mason-like.


  53. Gary Martin says:

    I guess thus is Raw Deal with John Ireland and Raymond Burr …as the pyromaniac …and either Marsha Hunt or Claire Trevor as the face of the clock.


  54. Anne Papineau says:

    For Friday: This site has the best table lamps. Too bad one can’t buy the items, like on Houzz.


  55. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Raymond Burr.


  56. Mike Hawks says:

    Raymond Burr knows how to liven things up.


  57. Although it’s sometimes hard to tell when they’ve got their face screwed tight emoting, I feel kinda safe saying this isn’t Dennis O’Keefe so I’m going with the only other male lead not yet mentioned, Raymond Burr.


  58. Maricatrin says:

    Friday is Raymond Burr in Raw Deal!


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