Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Feb. 6, 2016, Mystery Movie
This week’s mystery movie has been the 1921 picture “Seven Years Bad Luck,” starring Max Linder, sometimes called “the Charlie Chaplin of France,” who died in a double suicide with his wife on Oct. 31, 1925.  The movie was his first five-reel feature and his first film since being badly wounded while serving in the French army in World War I. It opened in Los Angeles at Tally’s Broadway.

The DVD is available from Amazon.

June 12, 1921, Los Angeles Times “Seven Years Bad Luck” at Tally’s Broadway, June 21, 1921.

Most people know the famous “mirror routine” in the Marx Bros. 1933 film “Duck Soup.”

Here is Linder’s 1921 version of the same gag.

A little romantic frolicking by the household staff knocks over a large mirror, which shatters.

'Seven Years Bad Luck'
Solution: The household cook is drafted to impersonate the master of the house, who has come home quite drunk from a party and now has a terrible hangover.

Max Linder 'Seven Years Bad Luck'
Stalling for time by pretending to clean the mirror.

Max Linder 'Seven Years Bad Luck'
And the shaving begins.

Max Linder 'Seven Years Bad Luck'
It was filmed in Los Angeles (note the palm tree).

Max Linder 'Seven Years Bad Luck'

And includes what appears to be the old Santa Fe train station.


For Monday, we have a stylish mystery gent.

Update: This is Ralph McCullough.


And for Tuesday, we have a man with a pipe.

Update: This is Hugh Saxon.

Feb. 3, 2016, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Alta Allen.

Feb. 4, 2016, Mystery Photo

And for Thursday, we have a couple of mystery gents doing something peculiar.

Update: This is Harry Mann.

Feb. 5, 2016, Mystery Photo

And for Friday…..

Update: This is Max Linder.

Feb. 5, 2016, Mystery Photo

About lmharnisch

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

  1. Dan Nather says:

    This looks like a silent movie . . . Malcolm McGregor?


  2. Barbara Klein says:

    Glenn Hunter?


  3. Candy Cassell says:

    Edgar Buchanan today?


  4. Sheila says:

    Mary Miles Minter?


  5. Chrisbo says:

    Mary Philbin on Wednesday?


  6. Mary Mallory says:

    Max Linder today and Three Days Bad Luck.


  7. Mary Mallory says:

    Make that SEVEN YEARS’ BAD LUCK.


  8. Mike Hawks says:

    Max Linder appears and now the big, bad mystery is solved in SEVEN YEARS BAD LUCK.


  9. Rick says:

    Max Linder today


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