This week’s mystery movie has been “Die Buchse der Pandora” or “Pandora’s Box,” the 1929 Nero film directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst from a screenplay by Ladislaus Vajda, photographed by Gunther Krampf, with Louise Brooks, Fritz Kortner, Franz Lederer, Carl Goez, Krafft-Raschig, Alice Roberts, Daisy d’Ora, Gustav Diessl, Michael v. Newlinsky and Siegfried Arno.
The earliest showing I can find in Los Angeles is a 1962 revival at UCLA in which “Pandora’s Box” was screened in a series with “Fires on the Plain,” “The Cousins,” “Sunset Boulevard” and “M.” The earliest screening I can find in New York is a 1959 showing at the High School of Fashion Industries auditorium.
The movie is available in a Criterion Collection edition.
For Monday, we have a mystery gent.
Update: This is Gustav Diessl.
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And for Tuesday, we have a mystery woman.
Google image search will be no help whatsoever.
Update: This is Daisy d’Ora.
Brain Trust roll call: Anne Papineau (Monday’s mystery guest), Floyd Thursby (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery guest), Krystyna Tuzen (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guest), Amy Condit (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery guest) and Bob Hansen (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery guest).
I simply cannot resist two mystery gents in newsboy hats.
And as before, Google image search will be of no use. Although it forced me to scrap the mystery guest I originally planned for today.
Update: These gents are Michael Von Newlinsky and Franz Lederer.
Brain Trust roll call: Anne Papineau (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery guest).
And for Thursday, we have a mystery gent with a monocle.
Update: This is Fritz Kortner and Franz Lederer
And Google image search will be of no use – although I had to throw out a couple of other images before finding this one. Suffice it to say that this is not William Powell, Peter Lorre, Joseph Cotten or Frank Sinatra.
Brain Trust roll call: Sheila (mystery movie and mystery guests), Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery guest) and Anne Papineau (Wednesday’s mystery guests).
And for Friday….
Update: Louise Brooks.
Brain Trust roll call: Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery gent), Patrick (Thursday’s mystery gent/wrong movie), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie with mystery guests) and Anne Papineau (Thursday’s mystery guest).