Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1943 RKO picture “The Seventh Victim” and there’s a bit of a story to go with it. On Sunday, I had dinner at Musso and Frank with Mary Mallory and Alexa Foreman, formerly head researcher at TCM, who was in town for the TCM Classic Film Festival. The restaurant was packed with TCM fans and we happened to see Eddie Muller of the Film Noir Foundation and his wife, and (to do a bit of name-dropping) Quentin Tarantino. Over dinner, I asked Mary and Alexa to suggest this week’s mystery movie. They came up with several movies that aren’t in the Daily Mirror vaults, but then hit on “The Seventh Victim” and so here we are.

“The Seventh Victim” stars Tom Conway, Jean Brooks, Isabel Jewell and Kim Hunter in her screen debut, with Evelyn Brent, Erford Gage, Ben Bard, Hugh Beaumont, Chef Milani and Marguerita Sylva. It was photographed by Nicholas Musuraca, with art direction by Albert S. D’Agostino and Walter E. Keller. It was produced by Val Lewton, written by Charles O’Neal and DeWitt Bodeen and directed by Mark Robson.

It’s available on DVD with “Shadows of the Dark” from Amazon.

Bosley Crowther of the New York Times (Sept. 18, 1943)  said: “Maybe it isn’t essential that a plain horror picture make sense, but, at least, the patron is entitled to know what the heck is going on. This writer claims, with modest candor, to have an average amount of brains and we make it a point to pay attention whenever reviewing a film. But, brother, we have no more notion of what “The Seventh Victim” at the Rialto, is about than if we had watched the same picture run backward and upside down.”

“The Seventh Victim” opened in Los Angeles on Dec. 23, 1943, at the Hawaiian, 5939 Hollywood Blvd., in a Val Lewton double bill with “Ghost Ship” starring Richard Dix. Grace Kingsley, who reviewed the movie for the Los Angeles Times noted: “Indeed, loud screams greeted several creepy sequences.”

Dec. 22, 1943, The Seventh Victim
And as others have pointed out, “Seventh Victim” reuses sets from “The Magnificent Ambersons.”


Here’s the staircase in “The Magnificent Ambersons” …

The Seventh Victim

…as it appears in “The Seventh Victim” at a girls school.

May 2, 2016, Mystery Photo

We start our mystery week with this mystery woman. Happy Monday!


Update: This is Ottola Nesmith.

May 3, 2016, Mystery Photo



And for Tuesday, we have this mystery woman.

Update: This is Elizabeth Russell.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and mystery guest).

May 4, 2016, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have this mystery woman.

Update: This is Marianne Mosner.

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Google Image Search Fail: Bob Dylan and Che Guevara.

Brain Trust roll call: Mike Hawks (mystery movie and mystery guests), Sheila (mystery movie and mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Tuesday’s mystery guest), Don Danard (Tuesday’s mystery guest), Jenny M (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mystery guest), Sarah (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mystery guest), Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (mystery movie and mystery guests) and Bob Hansen (mystery movie and mystery cast).

May 5, 2016, Mystery Photo

Continuing ladies’ week, we have another mystery woman for Thursday.

Update: This is Barbara Hale.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery woman), Dewey Webb (Tuesday’s mystery woman) and Barbara Klein (mystery movie, Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery women).
May 6, 2016, Mystery Photo

And to wrap up women’s week, we have a final mystery lady with a mystery male companion.

Update: Hugh Beaumont and Kim Hunter.

Brain Trust roll call: Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery woman), Dewey Webb (mystery movie, Thursday’s mystery woman), Jenny M. (Thursday’s mystery woman), Barbara Klein (Thursday’s mystery woman), Don Danard (Thursday’s mystery woman),  Gary Martin (Thursday’s mystery woman), Victor H. Brown (Thursday’s mystery woman), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery woman), Patrick (mystery movie and mystery guests) and Maricatrin (Thursday’s mystery woman).

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

  1. Gary Martin says:

    It’s amazing how much she looks like Beulah Bondi.


  2. Creepy Ottola Nesmith in THE SEVENTH VICTIM.


  3. B.J. Merholz says:

    An unusually attractive Minerva Urecal?


  4. Candy Cassell says:

    It is not Beulah Bondi? The mystery lady also reminds me of Ruth Warrick, but the background looks like this lady is from a previous generation.


  5. aryedirect says:

    I admit, I don’t know her. But I got this itch that says she’s in The Big Sleep.


  6. Cary Moore says:

    Some uninformed person like myself has to venture Gale Sondergaard.


  7. Maricatrin says:

    Is it a woman’s prison picture?


  8. Earl Boebert says:

    OK, it’s been a while since I’ve even been able to hazard a swing and a miss:

    Edna Mae Oliver


  9. Mike Hawks says:

    THE SEVENTH VICTIM 1943 with Marguerita Sylva and Elizabeth Russell.


  10. Sheila says:

    Ottola Nesmith and Elizabeth Russell in ‘The Seventh Victim’.


  11. Elizabeth Russell.


  12. Don Danard says:

    First name that popped into my head this a.m. was Elizabeth Russell.


  13. Probably unlikely for a Monday but how about Aline Macmahon?


  14. Jenny M says:

    Elizabeth Russell


  15. Jenny M says:

    Movie is Seventh Victim.


  16. Sarah says:

    It’s Val Lewton’s “The Seventh Victim.” Elizabeth Russell in a bath robe was a high point cinched it!


  17. Lee Ann, Megan and Thom says:

    Today’s lady is Elizabeth Russell; I believe the movie is The Seventh Victim.


  18. Lee Ann, Megan and Thom says:

    Monday’s lady is Ottola Nesmith; the back-of-the-head lady is Jean Brooks.


  19. Maricatrin says:

    For Tuesday… Linda Watkins?


  20. Bob Hansen says:

    I believe that Tueday’s lady is Elizabeth Russell, and that the movie is The Seventh Victim from 1943. It stars Kim Hunter and maybe Hugh Beaumont. What a great movie!


  21. Chrisbo says:

    Gail Russell Wednesday?


  22. Dewey Webb says:

    Tuesday: Elizabeth Russell


  23. Barbara Klein says:

    The Seventh Victim – Ottola Nesmith on Mon and Elizabeth Russell on Tues


  24. Dewey Webb says:

    Monday–Mary Young


  25. Mike Hawks says:

    Barbara Hale.


  26. Dewey Webb says:

    Barbara Hale


  27. Jenny M says:

    Barbara Hale


  28. DeweyWebb says:

    The Seventh Victim


  29. Barbara Klein says:

    A very young Barbara Hale.


  30. Don Danard says:

    For thursday, it’s Barbara Hale. Always enjoyed her work.


  31. Gary Martin says:

    I think that’s Barbara Hale with the widow’s peak.


  32. Miss Thursday looks a lot like Barbara Hale.


  33. Barbara Hale in her third credited role.


  34. Patrick says:

    Thursday’s mystery woman is Barbara Hale in The Seventh Victim from 1943, with Ottola Nesmith and Elizabeth Russell.


  35. Maricatrin says:

    Barbara Hale today?


  36. LC says:

    The Seventh Victim (1943) w/Tom Conway, Jean Brooks, Marguerita Sylva, Kim Hunter, …


  37. LC says:

    And Barbara Hale.


  38. Mike Hawks says:

    Hugh Beaumont and Kim Hunter check out the weather report.


  39. Don Danard says:

    Hugh Beaumont this a.m. Wondering if his photo made it for the Mystery Contest!


  40. Gary Martin says:

    This is the young Kim Hunter so it must be The Seventh Victim.


  41. Barbara Klein says:

    Hugh Beaumont and Kim Hunter


  42. Hugh Beaumont and Kim Hunter.


  43. Candy Cassell says:

    Friday´s mystery actors are obviously Kim Hunter and Hugh Beaumont. Is Thursday´s mystery lady perhaps a young Barbara Hale? I have no idea what the movie is, but would love to watch it!


  44. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Thursday: Barbara Hale. Friday: Hugh Beaumont & Kim Hunter. Mystery Movie: The Seventh Victim (1943)


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