This week’s mystery movie has been the 1935 MGM picture “Kind Lady,” starring Aline MacMahon, Basil Rathbone, Mary Carlisle, Frank Albertson, Dudley Digges, Doris Lloyd, Nola Luxford, Murray Kinnell, Eily Malyon, Justine Chase, Barbara Shields, Donald Meek and Frank Reigher. It was directed by George B. Seitz. The script was by Bernard Schubert, adapted from a successful play by Edward Chodorov, based on a story, “The Silver Mask,” by Hugh Walpole. The remarkable photography was by George Folsey.
The film opens with Christmas music and you might be expecting a holiday tale – but you would be terribly wrong. “Kind Lady” is suspense-thriller about what happens when woman’s charity is misplaced. Judging by the clips in the Los Angeles Times and New York Times, the film was eclipsed by the Broadway play, which ran for 82 performances in 1935 and was revived for 107 performances in 1940.
“Kind Lady” was remade in 1951 with Ethel Barrymore and Maurice Evans. Doris Lloyd is in both versions, but in different roles. As far as I can determine, “Kind Lady” is not currently available on DVD and was not released on VHS.
For Monday, we have a mystery woman.
Update: This is Nola Luxford.
And for Tuesday, we have another mystery woman.
This is rather mysterious Justine Chase in what was apparently her only film appearance. She was also in the Broadway version.
Here are two frames of a mystery fellow. It’s hard to get a sharp image of him because it’s a tracking shot and the individual frames are a bit murky.
Update: I added our friend because I thought some of our silent movie fans would recognize him. This is James “Jimmy” Aubrey.
And here’s a sharper image of another mystery fellow.
Update: This is Charles Coleman.
For Thursday, we have a mystery woman and mystery baby….
Update: This is Eily Malyon.
Update: This is Doris Lloyd.
Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Gary Martin (Wednesday’s mystery doorman), Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery doorman) and Don Danard (Wednesday’s mystery doorman).
And for Friday, we have Sally Kellerman and Alan Arkin in “Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins.”
Update: And our stars, Aline MacMahon as the kindly woman and Basil Rathbone as a coldblooded, scheming villain.
Brain Trust roll call: Anne Papineau (mystery woman with baby), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery women), Jenny M (mystery woman with baby), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery women, mystery baby), Sheila (mystery movie, Thursday’s mystery women), Chrisbo (mystery woman with baby) and Don Danard (mystery woman with baby).