Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Nov. 28, 2015, Mystery Photo
This week’s mystery movie has been the 1949 MGM feature “The Great Sinner,” starring Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Melvyn Douglas, Walter Huston, Ethel Barrymore, Frank Morgan and Agnes Moorehead, with Ludwig Donath, Curt Bois and Ludwig Stossel. The screenplay was by Ladislas Fodor and Christopher Isherwood from a story by Fodor and Rene Fueloep-Miller. The music was by Bronislau Kaper and conducted by Andre Previn. It was directed by Robert Siodmak.

I chose “The Great Sinner” because it was photographed by George Folsey,  who also filmed last week’s mystery movie, “Kind Lady” and I wanted to take another look at his work. The film opened Aug. 26, 1949, in Los Angeles at the Fox Wilshire, Egyptian and Los Angeles theaters.

It is available from Warner Archive for $15.49.

Nov. 23, 2015, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery guest with a turban.

Update: This is Martin Garralaga.

Please note: I an undergoing cataract surgery this week, so there may be no posts in the next few days.

Nov. 24, 2015, Mystery Photo
Nov. 24, 2015, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have a mystery band conductor with glorious and very fashionable facial growth.

Update: This is Leonid Kinskey.

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

Nov. 25, 2015, Mystery Photo

And for Wednesday, yet another mystery chap.

Update: This is Frank Morgan.

Brain Trust roll call: Anne Papineau (Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Tuesday’s mystery bandleader) and Floyd Thursby (Tuesday’s mystery bandleader).

Nov. 26, 2015, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, we have another dapper gent.

Update: This is Walter Huston.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Mary Mallory (mystery movie and Monday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (mystery movie, Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Sheila (mystery movie, Wednesday’s mystery guest), Roget-L.A. (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Don Danard (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Anne Papineau (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guest) and Megan — sans Lee Ann and Thom —  (Wednesday’s mystery guest).

Nov. 27, 2015, Mystery Photo

And for Friday, we have Raquel Welch in “Mother, Jugs and Speed.”

Update: This is Ava Gardner.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guest), Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery guest), Don Danard (Thursday’s mystery guest), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guest), Rick (Wednesday’s mystery guest), LC (mystery movie and mystery cast), Barbara Klein (mystery movie and three out of four mystery guests) and Michael Ryerson (Thursday’s mystery guest).

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

  1. Patrice Roe says:

    Wishing you well on your cataract surgery, Larry. Unfortunately, I have no idea who the fellow is!


  2. Pedro de Cordoba. Be thinking about you this week.


  3. Mary Mallory says:

    Victor Francen to the far left.


  4. Dan Nather says:

    Larry, congrats on getting cataract surgery! I had it last year, and it really rocked my world. You’ll see more detail, deeper colors, and more distance (depending on what kind of lenses you select) than you ever saw before. Honest, you won’t believe it — I didn’t, at first. Just remember to do everything the doctors tell you, take your eye drops on schedule, and you’ll be all right . . .


  5. Dan Nather says:

    As for the photo, I really don’t have any ideas. I think I should know the guy in the turban; something in me says Lawrence Olivier. However, the guy with the monocle in the background is driving me crazy — I’ve seen him before, BUT I CANNOT THINK OF HIS NAME! ARRGH!


  6. stevo3 says:

    too all mystery movie buffs and Larry. have a safe and happy thingsgiving


  7. Don Danard says:

    Martin Garralaga (spelling?)


  8. Gretchen says:

    Darn it, Benito knows the face but not the name. It’s an “Oh. Him” situation. Godspeed on the surgery, Larry.


  9. Sure I’m wrong but I wanted to send a ‘ get well’. Anthony Caruso.


  10. E. Yarber says:

    I just came out of an eye exam Friday. Wishing you the best this week. I suppose I would be mistaken to identify the pic as a vastly atypical role for May Robson.


  11. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Martin Garralaga in “The Great Sinner.”
    (Wishing you a speedy recovery)


  12. Don Danard says:

    Larry, I had cataract surgery a few years back and came thru’ it with flying colours.
    Get ‘er done boy!


  13. Barbara Klein says:

    I think Oh Him Guy is Whit Bissell, Top of the Head Guy could be Fritz Kortner, and the Mystery Guy might be Charles Marsh. If I’m right – which is pretty iffy – the movie would be Somewhere in the Night.

    Also (and again, only if I’m right), kudos for redefining death as “otherwise occupied,” regarding May Robson. 🙂


  14. Barbara Klein says:

    I almost forgot – good luck on your surgery.


  15. Anne Papineau says:

    Wishing all possible best with your surgery. Regarding mystery matters, might that be a turbaned Martin Garralaga on Monday and a baton-wielding Leonid Kinskey on Tuesday?


  16. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    I’d know that jawline anywhere! Leonid Kinskey.


  17. Floyd Thursby says:

    Mr. Tuesday sure looks like Leonid Kinskey, but did they ever cast him in a well-dressed part?


  18. Good luck on your surgery.


  19. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Frank Morgan.


  20. Mary Mallory says:

    WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER. Clifford Brooke Monday, Leo Mostovoy yesterday, and Frank Morgan today.


  21. Mike Hawks says:

    My first thought yesterday was Leonid Kinskey and I know I am right. Therefore, when we add Frank Morgan this is THE GREAT SINNER.


  22. Sheila says:

    Frank Morgan in ‘The Great Sinner’ for Wednesday? Hope your surgery went well!


  23. Benito says:

    Sergeant Pepper on Tuesday?


  24. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Could Wednesday’s mystery chap be Frank Morgan?


  25. Don Danard says:

    Today’s Mystery Man looks like Frank Morgan hiding under some facial hair. Perhaps wishing he’d stayed in Oz.


  26. Anne Papineau says:

    “The Great Sinner,” on Wednesday it’s The Wizard, Frank Morgan, portraying, according to IMDB, Aristide Pitard. What a great name.


  27. Mary Mallory says:

    THE GREAT SINNER. Martin Garralaga Monday and Manfred Inger yesterday.


  28. Megan says:

    Frank Morgan for Wednesday? I hope you recuperate quickly.


  29. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Walter Huston.


  30. Don Danard says:

    Must be Walter Huston today.


  31. Mike Hawks says:

    Walter Huston says Happy Thanksgiving!


  32. Rick says:

    Frank Morgan on Wednesday


  33. LC says:

    This would be The Great Sinner (1949) w/Walter Huston, Ava Gardner, Gregory Peck, Ethel Barrymore, Leonid Kinskey…


  34. Barbara Klein says:

    Another guess:

    The Great Sinner

    Monday – Martin Garralaga
    Tuesday – Manfred Inger
    Wednesday – Frank Morgan
    Thursday – Walter Huston


  35. Walter Huston. The Great Sinner?


  36. Mary Mallory says:

    The beautiful Ava Gardner today.


  37. Mike Hawks says:

    Who would like to gamble with Ava Gardner.


  38. The Friday Lady may be Julie Newmar.


  39. Gary Martin says:

    Nothing like cataract surgery and false teeth to make a person feel new again. I highly recommend both! As for the mystery film I suspect that it is The Great Sinner, aka The Gambler, with Leonid Kinski, Martin Garralaga and Ava.


  40. Benito says:

    Guessing it’s THE GREAT SINNER (1949), and Leonid Kinskey as the bushy band leader. Ava G is lovely, as always


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