Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Blondie of the Follies
This week’s mystery movie has been the 1932 MGM film “Blondie of the Follies,” with Marion Davies, Robert Montgomery, Billie Dove, Jimmy Durante, James Gleason, Zasu Pitts, Sidney Toler, Douglass Dumbrille, Sarah Padden, Louise Carter, Clyde Cook and the Rocky Twins. The story was by Frances Marion, dialogue by Anita Loos, music by Dr. William Axt, gowns by Adrian and photography by George Barnes. The film was directed by Edmund Goulding.

”Blondie of the Follies” was the last film of Billie Dove, who retired from the screen when she was still in her 20s after making nearly 50 pictures, mostly in the silent era. The Los Angeles Times did a brief story on her in 1990 in which she refers to an affair with Howard Hughes and says she is working on an autobiography, which was apparently unpublished.

For some reason (and it is easy to speculate why), the Los Angeles Times did not review “Blondie.” The New York Times said (Sept. 2, 1932): “Frances Marion has dug down into the scenario grab bag and brought up the one about the chorus girl and the wealthy playboy, wherein their pure love is blighted for ever so long amid the cocktails and the sin-laden trappings of Broadway.”

This is a pre-code movie involving chorus girls backstage in scanty costumes and wealthy titans of finance, so “Blondie” gets relatively racy at times. James Gleason, as Blondie’s father, wonders if he is too old-fashioned for being upset with her after she is out all night (ahem, ahem).

“Blondie of the Follies” is available from Warner Archive for $21.99.

May 16, 2016, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery woman busy in the kitchen.

Update: This is Sarah Padden.

May 17, 2016, Mystery Photo

Tuesday’s guest is a mystery French maid. Her non-mysterious companion has been attacked by a black bar.

May 17, 2016, Mystery Photo

Here’s another image from the same scene.

Update: I was hoping the Brain Trust would be able to identify this actress. She has a relatively large and recurring role as the French maid Madelon, – at least as big as Zasu Pitts’ part – but was not credited.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie, mystery actress), Sheila (mystery actress) and Lee Ann — minus Thom and Megan — (mystery actress).

May 18, 2016, Mystery Photo

And for Wednesday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Billie Dove in her final film.

Brain Trust roll call: Wally (Monday’s mystery woman).

May 19, 2016, Mystery Photo

Thursday’s mystery woman is being very nautical.

Update: This is Marion Davies.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie and mystery actress), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery actress) and Dan Nather (mystery movie).

May 20, 2016, Mystery Photo

And for Friday, Thursday’s mystery woman has a non-mysterious companion.

Update: A very young Robert Montgomery and Marion Davies.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery woman), David Inman (Thursday’s mystery woman), Benito (Thursday’s mystery woman), Jenny M. (Thursday’s mystery woman), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery woman), Megan, Lee Ann and Thom (mystery movie, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery women) and Mandy Marie (Thursday’s mystery woman).

About lmharnisch

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

  1. B.J. Merholz says:

    Connie Gilchrist?


  2. Care-worn Sarah BLONDIE OF THE FOLLIES.


  3. Gary Martin says:

    Connie Gilchrist in Chicken Every Sunday.


  4. DeweyWebb says:

    Cooking With Paula Deen


  5. Sheila says:

    Sarah Padden?


  6. Lee Ann says:

    Is this by any chance Sarah Padden? (I’ll leave Thom and Megan out of this guess since I’m not sure it’s right!)


  7. Susan says:

    I find it amusing that stray hairs back in the day signified either an unkept or hard working woman. Today it’s a very intentional part of many women’s hairdo.


  8. Wally says:

    Monday is Sarah Padden


  9. Mary Mallory says:

    Billie Dove today?


  10. Mary Mallory says:



  11. Dan Nather says:

    I gotta hazard a guess before today’s picture is posted: BLONDIE OF THE FOLLIES?


  12. Mary Mallory says:

    Marion Davies today. Louise Carter Monday?


  13. David Inman says:

    Marion Davies today?


  14. Benito says:

    A young Marion Davies today


  15. Jenny M says:

    Marion Davies


  16. Megan, Lee Ann and Thom says:

    Today’s guest is Marion Davies, and the movie is Blondie of the Follies.


  17. Megan, Lee Ann and Thom says:

    And Billie Dove for Tuesday.


  18. mandymarie20 says:

    Thursday is Marion Davies (I think)


  19. Mary Mallory says:

    Finally Robert Montgomery today. I’m surprised so few people knew Davies.


  20. beachgal says:

    Friday is Robert Montgomery and Marion Davies – maybe in Blondie of the Follies


  21. Gary Martin says:

    I’m confused: this looks like Robert Montgomery and Miriam Hopkins. Did they make a film together?


  22. Anne Papineau says:

    Robert Montgomery and Marion Davies in “Ever Since Eve”


  23. LC says:

    I believe this is Blondie of the Follies (’32) w/Marion Davies, Robert Montgomery, Douglas Dumbrille, Zasu Pitts…


  24. Candy Cassell says:

    In the 1930s, definitely Robert Montgomery, and perhaps Miriam Hopkins?


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