Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Oct. 31, 2015, Mystery Photo
This week’s mystery movie was the 1948 Warner Bros. film “April Showers,” directed by James V. Kern, with Jack Carson, Ann Sothern, Robert Alda, S.Z. Sakall, Robert Ellis, Richard Rober, Joseph Crehan, Billy Curtis, John Gallaudet and Philip Van Zandt. The screenplay was by Peter Milne, from a story by Joe Laurie Jr. The movie was photographed by Carl Guthrie, with art direction by Hugh Reticker and montages by James Leicester. The period wardrobe was by Travilla and makeup by Perc Westmore. The musical numbers were created and staged by LeRoy Prinz.

I rarely use musicals as mystery movies because they are usually much too familiar to the Brain Trust. “April Showers” was a bit of an exception because it’s more obscure and because it has a certain similarity to the life of Buster Keaton. (I will leave it to the Keaton experts to state exactly what those similarities are and possible legal ramifications arising from them.)

“April Showers” is not currently available on DVD.

Oct. 26, 2015, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have three mystery guests.

Update: This is Harry Shannon, left, Grayce Hampton and Roy Gordon. They are representing the Gary Society, regarding New York’s child labor laws.

NOTE: Several people have complained that their comments appeared to have vanished. It seems to have been a WordPress issue, but I received the comments just fine.

Oct. 27, 2015, Mystery Photo

 

For Tuesday, we have two mystery gents.

Update: This is Robert Ellis and Jack Carson.

Brain Trust roll call: Julie Merholz (mystery police officer), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guests), Don Danard (mystery police officer, mystery gent), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guests), Floyd Thursby (mystery police officer) and Dan (mystery police officer).

Oct. 28, 2015, Mystery Photo

And for Wednesday, our mystery guest pours a cool one.

”April Showers” deals with the alcoholism of Joe Tyme (Jack Carson), and there are six bartenders listed in the cast on IMDB: They are Ralph Dunn, William Haade, Charles Marsh, Thomas Martin, Frank McClure and Pat McKee.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie and mystery guests), Julie Merholz (mystery movie, mystery hobos), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery hobos), Mike Hawks (mystery hobos), Anne Papineau (mystery movie, mystery hobos), Patrick (mystery movie and mystery guests), Barbara Klein (mystery movie and mystery guests), David Hartzog (mystery hobo no. 2), Benito (mystery movie and mystery hobos), Dan Nather (mystery movie and mystery hobos), Lee Ann, Thom and Megan (mystery movie and guests), Roget-L.A. (mystery hobo No. 2), Pat van Hartesveldt (mystery hobo No. 2), LC (mystery movie and guests) and Michael Ryerson (mystery hobo No. 2).

Oct. 29, 2015, Mystery Photo

And for Thursday, a dapper gent in a vest.

Update: This is Robert Alda.

Note: This week’s mystery movie deals with alcoholism and so there are, according to IMDB, six bartenders in the cast. Only one of them can be Wednesday’s mystery guest, but it’s difficult to determine which one – and so I am giving credit for any one of the six pending precise identification.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (bartender No. 5),  Barbara Klein (right movie, wrong character), William (mystery hobo No. 2, wrong movie), Howard Mandelbaum (bartender No. 6), Pat in Michigan (mystery movie, mystery stars) and Anne Papineau (bartender No. 5).

Oct. 30, 2015, Mystery Photo

And for Friday, no wait a minute….

This is S.Z. Sakall.

Oct. 30, 2015, Mystery Photo
And for Friday…. No, no, no.

Update: This is John Gallaudet, left, and an unidentified gent in blackface.

Oct. 30, 2015, Mystery Photo
I suppose you think this is very funny.

Update: This is Vivian Vance in “The Great Race.”

OK, not really. It’s Tura Satana in “Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!”

Oct. 30, 2015, Mystery Photo

And for Friday, our mystery star.

And this is Ann Sothern.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery guest), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guest), Julie Merholz (Thursday’s mystery guest), Michael Ryerson (Thursday’s mystery guest), Barbara Klein (Thursday’s mystery guest), Don Danard (Thursday’s mystery guest), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guest), Patrick (Thursday’s mystery guest and back of the head guy), Dan Nather (Thursday’s mystery guest, bartender No. 3) and Jenny M. (mystery movie, Thursday’s mystery guest).

A tip of the  hat to Mary Mallory for going to the Margaret Herrick Library to check the photos on our mystery movie. She says that 95% of them were donated by Friday’s mystery guest, who is featured in most of the images. Other images show Bette Davis with our mystery guests, Tuesday’s mystery guest with lots of kids dressed as hobos and Michael Curtiz with our mystery star. There was nothing to identify our mystery bartender, however. Thanks, Mary!

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

  1. juliemerholz says:

    Richard Shannon

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  2. juliemerholz says:

    OOPS Harry Shannon the cop.

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  3. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Harry Shannon, Grayce Hampton, Roy Gordon in “April Showers.”

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  4. Well, that looks like Anne Revere, but without cheating I don’t know who the two gents are nor the film. Obviously a ’40s re-creation of the Gay ’90s, though.

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  5. Don Danard says:

    The Police Officer is Harry Shannon, the man on the right is Roy Gordon but I don’t know the name for the Lady.

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  6. Mike Hawks says:

    Harry Shannon, Grayce Hampton and Roy Gordon in APRIL SHOWERS.

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  7. Floyd Thursby says:

    Looks like Harry Shannon as the cop.

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  8. Dan says:

    Harry Shannon on left, I’m pretty sure. Don’t know others.

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  9. David Inman says:

    “Park Row”? Just spitballing.

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  10. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Harry Shannon, Grayce Hampton and Roy Gordon in “April Showers.”

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  11. Mary Mallory says:

    Jack Carson today.

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  12. Mary Mallory says:

    Jack Carson today and HIS GIRL FRIDAY.

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  13. juliemerholz says:

    Jack Carson

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  14. Mary Mallory says:

    It keeps eating my responses. SHINE ON HARVEST MOON and Jack Carson.

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  15. juliemerholz says:

    April Showers 1948, Robert Ellis

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  16. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Robert Ellis and Jack Carson.

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  17. Mike Hawks says:

    Dare I say that Robert Ellis and Jack Carson are clowning around.

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  18. Anne Papineau says:

    Tuesday: Robert Ellis and Jack Carson in “April Showers.”

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  19. Patrick says:

    Monday = Harry Shannon, Grayce Hampton and Roy Gordon. Tuesday = Robert Ellis and Jack Carson. April Showers from 1948

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  20. Barbara Klein says:

    “April Showers”

    Monday – Harry Shannon, Grayce Hampton, Roy Gordon
    Tuesday – Jack Carson and Robert Ellis

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  21. Today, Jsck Carson?

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  22. Today, Jack Carson?

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  23. Benito says:

    Tuesday’s gent is reliable hambone Jack Carson. Guessing the kid is Robert Ellis in APRIL SHOWERS (1948).

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  24. Dan Nather says:

    Didn’t recognize anybody in Monday’s photo, but Tuesday’s photo gave it to me: Jack Carson and Robert Ellis in APRIL SHOWERS (1948).

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  25. Lee Ann, Thom and Megan says:

    For Tuesday, it’s Jack Carson and Robert Ellis in April Showers. For Monday, we believe it’s Harry Shannon as the policeman and Grayce Hampton as the disapproving lady.

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  26. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Is that Jack Carson under the hobo/clown makeup?

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  27. Mary Mallory says:

    Hopefully third time’s the charm. APRIL SHOWERS with Harry Shannon and Grayce Hamilton on Monday and Robert Ellis with Jack today. Tricky! Putting the star on Tuesday!

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  28. Mary Mallory says:

    Are they supposed to be Emmett Kelly lookalikes!

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  29. Pat van Hartesveldt says:

    Tuesday: clown on the right looks like Jack Carson.

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  30. LC says:

    April Showers (1948) w/Jack Carson, Ann Sothern, Robert Ellis, S.Z Sakall, Robert Alda

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  31. Well for Tuesday, the clown on the right (I don’t mean that pejoratively) looks like Jack Carson.

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  32. Dan Nather says:

    Looks like my first post disappeared. I don’t recognize anybody in Monday’s photo, but Tuesday’s photo gave it to me: Jack Carson and Robert Ellis in APRIL SHOWERS (1948).

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  33. Charles Kjelland says:

    John Hoyt today?

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  34. Barbara Klein says:

    Not positive about this, but I think Wednesday’s gent is Leo White

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  35. william says:

    “Gentleman Jim”, 1942, hobo scene Jack carson and Johnny Calkins

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  36. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Frank McClure

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  37. Pat in Michigan says:

    “April Showers” with Jack Carson and Ann Sothern

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  38. Anne Papineau says:

    On Wednesday, Pat McKee? I’m spitballing, too.

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  39. Maricatrin says:

    Frank Albertson on the far right for Monday???

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  40. Mary Mallory says:

    Robert Alda. I’m going to the Herrick this afternoon, I’ll pull the photo file and see if he is identified.

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  41. Mike Hawks says:

    Robert Alda today.

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  42. juliemerholz says:

    the beautiful Dorian Gray err Robert Alda

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  43. Robert Alda for Thursday.

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  44. Mike Hawks says:

    Robert Alda for today. Hope this one goes thru.

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  45. Barbara Klein says:

    Thursday – Alan Alda’s daddy, Robert.

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  46. Don Danard says:

    Today, it’s Robert Alda.

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  47. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Robert Alada.

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  48. Patrick says:

    Thursday = Robert Alda with Jack Carson as back of the head guy on the right.

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  49. Dan Nather says:

    I’m going to use the hatpin method and guess that Wednesday’s bartender is Charles Marsh. But that’s definitely Robert Alda today.

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  50. Jenny M says:

    Robert Alda in April Showers.

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  51. juliemerholz says:

    Ann Sothern

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  52. Mary Mallory says:

    Yay, Cuddles S. Z. Sakall and Ann Sothern today.

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  53. Sheila says:

    Tura Satana just made my day, thanks!!! This one was hard! Ann Sothern and Robert Alda were all I could get.

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  54. ValleyDave says:

    I thought Tuesday’s mystery man was Jack Carson. But then I thought…
    “naw, that’s too easy.”

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  55. Mike Hawks says:

    Ann Sothern says she is happy that Mike Hawks answer went thru on thursday.

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  56. Patrick says:

    Friday = a pre-Private Secretary Ann Sothern.

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  57. Don Danard says:

    Well, in the “no no no” photo, the man on the right is John Gallaudet …. altho’ you didn’t ask for him to identified.

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  58. Anne Papineau says:

    I spy S.Z. “Bubbles” Sakall, maybe Tura Satana and definitely Ann Sothern.

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  59. Pat van Hartesveldt says:

    Friday’s elegant audience member is “Cuddles” Sakall.

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  60. Barbara Klein says:

    Ann Sothern

    (Also, “Cuddles” Sakall)

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  61. Benito says:

    The late great Tura Satana today!

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  62. william says:

    “April Showers”….1948

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  63. william says:

    bartender….Wm. Haade??

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