Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Dec. 5, 2015, Mystery Photo
This week’s mystery film has been the 1941 Alexander Korda film “Lydia,” released through United Artists, directed by Julien Duvivier, with Merle Oberon, Alan Marshal, Joseph Cotton, Hans Jaray (“Yaray” in the screen credits), John Halliday, George Reeves, Sara Allgood and Edna May Oliver. The film was based on an original story by Duvivier and L. Bush-Fekete, with screenplay and dialogue by Ben Hecht and Samuel Hoffenstein. The production was designed by Vincent Korda and the photography was by Lee Garmes. The makeup (all the leads were heavily aged for the film) was by the House of Westmore. Music was by Miklos Rozsa.

Aug. 21, 1941, Lydia

The movie opened in Los Angeles on Aug. 21, 1941, and received a tepid review from Times critic Edwin Schallert, who said: “This reviewer found the production tedious in the telling. Especially, it would seem, cutting could be invoked in the later scenes…. How men will like the film, one can hardly say. Many will undoubtedly be bored by it.”

It is available on a Region 2 DVD from Amazon for $20.78.

Nov. 30, 2015, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery chap.

Update: This is John Halliday.



Dec. 1, 2015, Mystery Photo

And for Tuesday, we have another mystery chap.

Update: This is Hans Yaray/Jaray.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and guest), Mary Mallory (mystery guest), David Inman (mystery guest), Sheila (mystery guest), Don Danard (mystery guest), Jenny M (mystery guest), Benito (mystery guest),  Mike Hawks (mystery guest), Suzanne Annette Stone (mystery guest) and Bob Hansen (mystery guest).

Dec. 2, 2015, Mystery Photo


And for Wednesday, we have a mystery pipe smoker.

Update: This is Frank Conlan.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Tuesday’s mystery guest, wrong movie), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and guest) and Howard Mandelbaum (Tuesday’s mystery guest).

Dec. 3, 2015, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, we have a distinguished chap.

Update: This is Alan Marshal, aged by the House of Westmore.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery guest) and Mary Mallory (mystery movie).

Dec. 4, 2015, Mystery Photo


For Friday, here is a mystery fellow….

Update: This is George Reeves.

Dec. 4, 2015, Mystery Photo

And a mystery woman.

Update: And Merle Oberon.

Brain Trust roll call: Sheila (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guest), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guest) and Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guest). Mary Mallory, right movie, wrong actor, alas.

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

  1. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    John Halliday in “Lydia.”


  2. Sheila says:

    John Halliday


  3. Don Danard says:

    Today’s Mystery man is John Halliday.


  4. Jenny M says:

    John Halliday


  5. Benito says:

    John Halliday, best known as Kate Hepburn’s philandering father in THE PHILADELPHIA STORY.


  6. David Inman says:

    John Halliday (I left this earlier but it seems to have disappeared, so forgive me if I repeat myself).


  7. Mike Hawks says:

    Has John Halliday been sucking on a Lemon?


  8. Bob Hansen says:

    I see it’s John Halliday today, but I don’t know the movie.


  9. Mary Mallory says:

    Hans Jaray and DARK ANGEL.


  10. Mike Hawks says:

    Hans Jaray in LYDIA.


  11. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Hans Jaray.


  12. Monday gent has a look of a very worried John Litel .


  13. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Old codger Frank Conlan.


  14. I don’t know but today’s pic is a beaut. Seems like it could be Vladimir Sokoloff but I’m not confident.


  15. Mike Hawks says:

    Frank Conlan.


  16. ValleyDave says:

    Tuesday’s exotic mystery man could be Leo Carrillo, sans mustache and saddle.


  17. Sheila says:

    Alan Marshall for Thursday, ‘Lydia’?


  18. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Alan Marshal.


  19. Mary Mallory says:

    George Reeves today.


  20. Mike Hawks says:

    Alan Marshall looks a bit confused.


  21. Mary Mallory says:

    George Reeves and merle Oberon today.


  22. Mary Mallory says:

    Alan Marshal Thursday.


  23. Well George Reeves and Merle Oberon makes our pipe smoker Hans Jaray and the film Lydia (1941)


  24. Finally got one after a four week drought. Friday is George Reeves and star Merle Oberon in the 1941 film Lydia.


  25. Gary Martin says:

    Searching for her costars I have been made aware that I have never seen a movie in which Merle Oberon had a role of any description, starring or otherwise. Sometimes a person just falls through the cracks.


  26. Mike Hawks says:

    George Reeves and Merle Oberon discuss life and lunch.


  27. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    George Reeves and Merle Oberon.


  28. Don Danard says:

    For Friday, George Reeves and next photo, Merle Oberon.


  29. beachgal says:

    I see the light now! Friday is Merle Oberon and George Reeves in Lydia


  30. beachgal says:

    Tues – Hans Jaray


  31. Diane Ely says:

    Might Pipe Smoker Guy be H.B. Warner?


  32. Benito says:

    George Reeves and Merle Oberon in LYDIA [1941]. PS Exotic Betta St. John is in the credits. Must have been a child then


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