Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + +)

Dec. 12, 2015, Mystery Photo
This week’s mystery movie has been the 1938 Warner Bros. picture “Men Are Such Fools,” with Wayne Morris, Priscilla Lane, Humphrey Bogart, Hugh Herbert, Johnnie Davis, Penny Singleton, Mona Barrie, Marcia Ralston and Gene Lockhart. The movie was directed by Busby Berkeley from a screenplay by Norman Reilly Raine and Horace Jackson, based on a Saturday Evening Post story by Faith Baldwin.

As far as I can tell, “Men Are Such Fools” has never been released on VHS or DVD. It aired on TCM in 2011 during a Busby Berkley birthday tribute.

Dec. 12, 2015, Mystery Photo
If you look quickly you will see the Tower and Rialto theaters on Broadway during a car chase.

The Tower and Rialto theaters on Broadway, via Google Street View.

Dec. 8, 2015, Mystery Photo

Alas, I have to switch mystery movies this week. I am usually quite careful about keeping records of which films I have used, but I neglected to note that the picture I planned for this week’s feature was a repeat from several years ago.

Update: This is Johnnie Davis.

So I’m swapping movies. For Tuesday, we have a new mystery guest and a new mystery movie.



Dec. 9, 2015, Mystery Photo

And for Wednesday, we have a mystery woman. I have cropped out her entirely unmysterious companion.

Update: This is Renie Riano (credited as Reine Riaino).

Brain Trust roll call: Mike Hawks (mystery guest), Patrice Roe (mystery guest), Anne Papineau (mystery movie and mystery guest), Mary Mallory (mystery guest/wrong movie), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery guest), Dewey Webb (mystery guest), Don Danard (mystery guest and mystery studio), David Inman (mystery guest),  Rick Scott (mystery guest), Bob Hansen (mystery guest), Suzanne Annette Stone (mystery guest, mystery studio) and Tim Doherty (mystery guest).

Dec. 10, 2015, Mystery Photo

And for Thursday, a mystery woman with pearls.

Update: This is Marcia Ralston.

Brain Trust roll call: Julie Merholz (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Roget-L.A. (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Mike Hawks (mystery movie, Wednesday’s mystery guest), Anne Papineau (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Don Danard (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie, Wednesday’s mystery guest), Sheila (mystery movie and mystery guests), Lee Ann Megan and Thom (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Dewey Webb (mystery movie,Wednesday’s mystery guest) and Vince Keenan (Wednesday’s mystery guest).

Dec. 11, 2015, Mystery Photo


And for Friday, we have two mystery police officers and a mystery woman.

Update: This is Priscilla Lane with Edward Gargan, left, and  Edgar Dearing.

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

Note to Vince Keenan: You’re right, but the answers aren’t posted until Saturday.

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

  1. Mike Hawks says:

    Johnnie Davis.


  2. aryedirect says:

    Looks like Sterling Holloway doing a Dick Shawn impression before Dick Shawn was old enough to do himself.


  3. Anne Papineau says:

    Johnnie Davis in “Men are Such Fools”


  4. Mary Mallory says:

    Is it Johnnie Davis from HOLLYWOOD HOTEL?


  5. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Johnnie Davis


  6. dewey webb says:

    Johnnie Davis


  7. Don Danard says:

    I’m pretty sure this is Johnnie “Scat” Davis, an comic from the thirties. Showed up in a number of Warner Brothers features.


  8. Could this be a younger than usual Jack Oakie?


  9. beachgal says:

    Is Tues Sterling Holloway?


  10. Rick Scott says:

    Johnny “Scat” Davis


  11. Bob Hansen says:

    Looks like Johnny “Scat” Davis. I haven’t a clue what the movie is.


  12. Trumpeter and Warner Bros. star Johnnie Davis, who introduced “Hooray For Hollywood” in “Hollywood Hotel”


  13. Lee Rivas says:

    Sterling Price Holloway Jr.


  14. Lee Rivas says:

    Sterling Price Holloway Jr. as Horace De Vibill in “The Untouchables” on TV?


  15. Tim Doherty says:

    Johnnie Scat Davis?


  16. CatM says:

    Luther Adler?


  17. juliemerholz says:

    Renie Riano


  18. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Wednesday’s mystery woman is Renie Riano.


  19. Mike Hawks says:

    Renie Riano in MEN ARE SUCH FOOLS.


  20. Anne Papineau says:

    Renie Riano on Wednesday?


  21. Don Danard says:

    Today it’s Renie Riano of the Jiggs and Maggie series.


  22. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Renie Riano in “Men Are Such Fools.”


  23. Sheila says:

    Johnnie Davis and Renie Riano, ‘Men Are Such Fools’.


  24. Chrisbo says:

    Rags Ragland Tuesday, Agnes Moorehead today?


  25. Diane Ely says:

    For Tuesday, a young Shemp Howard?
    Wednesday, an also young Ellen Corby?


  26. Bruce says:

    Is Tuesday Harpo without his wig?


  27. Lee Ann, Megan and Thom says:

    Is Wednesday’s lady Renie Riano?


  28. Dewey Webb says:

    Renie Riano in Men Are Such Fools


  29. Vince Keenan says:

    Could that be Johnnie ‘Scat’ Davis?


  30. Vince Keenan says:

    Could it be Johnnie “Scat” Davis?


  31. Mary Mallory says:

    Renie Riano Tuesday and Marcia Ralston today so MEN ARE SUCH FOOLS. Bogart in the suit Tuesday.


  32. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Marcia Ralston.


  33. Mike Hawks says:

    Marcia Ralston.


  34. Anne Papineau says:

    Marcia Ralston?


  35. Vince Keenan says:

    Is is Johnnie “Scat” Davis?


  36. Mary Mallory says:

    Priscilla Lane and Edgar Dearing on the right.


  37. Mike Hawks says:

    Ed Gargan, Priscilla Lane and Edgar Dearing. What a threesome.


  38. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Edward Gargan, Priscilla Lane, Edgar Dearing


  39. Don Danard says:

    Well, the officer driving is Edgar Dearing and the other one is …. gimme a minute or two and I’ll think of it !!!


  40. Don Danard says:

    The police officer beside the driver is Edward Gargan.


  41. Candy Cassell says:

    Could Friday´s lady be the talented Priscilla Lane?


  42. Bob Hansen says:

    I see Priscilla Lane on Friday.


  43. Benito says:

    Notable for 1. Humphrey Bogart’s bathing suit scene. 2. Wayne Morris became an ace pilot in WW2.


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