Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)


This week’s mystery production has been the TV series “Johnny Staccato,” starring John Cassavetes, which aired 27 episodes on NBC in the 1959-1960 season. The mystery episode was “Fly Baby, Fly,” featuring Cassavetes,  Gena Rowlands (his wife), Howard Freeman, Dort Clark, Nesdon Booth, Ingrid Goude, Jan Brooks, Mike Steele and Dennis Sallas. It was directed by Robert B. Sinclair, written by Philip S. Goodman, with music by Elmer Bernstein and photography by Ray Cory. The series was produced by Everett Chambers and the executive producer was William Frye.

Other episodes feature such familiar faces famous character actors as Ted de Corsia, Elisha Cook Jr., Lloyd Corrigan and, according to IMDB, Snub Pollard.

Writing in the Los Angeles Times (Sept. 10, 1959), Cecil Smith said Johnny Staccato “is almost a carbon copy of  of Peter Gunn. The jazz blares, the liquor flows, the girls wait breathlessly for the slightest gesture of affection from Johnny Staccato.” Smith called Cassavetes “one of the best actors in television” and praised the show’s “great jazz music scored by Elmer Bernstein and played by such marvels as Red Norvo, Barney Kessel, Shelley Mann, etc.” (Note: Smith also disliked “Tightrope,” but praised Mike Connors.)

The TV series was made about the same time that Cassavetes was directing “Shadows,” which began as an improvised acting exercise and grew into a film shot over 12 weeks in New York.

Cassavetes told Charles Champlin (Aug. 27, 1984): “When I started making films, that was exactly what I wanted to do, make Frank Capra pictures. But I’ve never been able to make anything except these crazy, tough pictures. It’s not intentional. You just are what you are.”

“Johnny Staccato” is available on DVD from Amazon and random episodes are on

 June 13, 2016, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Ingrid Goude.

June 14, 2016, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have a mystery gent.

Update: This is Howard Freeman.

June 15, 2016, Mystery Photo

And for Wednesday, another mystery gent.

Update: This is Dort Clark.

Brain Trust roll call: B.J. Merholz (Tuesday’s mystery guest), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery production and mystery guests), Don Danard (Tuesday’s mystery guest) and Mike Hawks (mystery production and mystery guests).

June 15, 2016, Mystery Photo

And for Thursday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is a very young Gena Rowlands, who had previously appeared on Broadway in “Middle of the Night” (1956-57) with Edward G. Robinson, directed by Joshua Logan with a script by Paddy Chayefsky.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery production and mystery guests), Roget-L.A. (Wednesday’s mystery guest) and Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery guest).


For Friday we have the mystery leading man.

Update: This is the intense John Cassavetes.

Brain Trust roll call: David Inman (Thursday’s mystery woman/wrong production), Jenny M. (Thursday’s mystery woman), Beachgal (Thursday’s mystery woman), Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery woman), Anne Papineau (Thursday’s mystery woman), Roget-L.A. (mystery production and Thursday’s mystery woman), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery woman) and Benito (Thursday’s mystery woman).

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

  1. Anne Papineau says:

    Sally Kellerman?


  2. Candy Cassell says:

    May Britt?


  3. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Dolores Dorn?


  4. Benito says:

    Diane Mcbain?


  5. Mary Mallory says:

    John Mills today?


  6. Monday: Ingrid Goude from TV show “Johnny Staccato” (1959). Epiosode: “Fly Baby, Fly”
    Today: Howard Freeman


  7. Don Danard says:

    I think today’s Mystery Man is Howard Freeman.


  8. David Inman says:

    Joanna Moore on Monday?


  9. Mike Hawks says:

    Ingrid Goude and Howard Freeman from episode Fly Baby, Fly of JOHNNY STACCATO 1959.


  10. Earl Boebert says:

    Gaby Rodgers on Monday?


  11. Diane Ely says:

    Cliff Norton on Tuesday?


  12. Mary Mallory says:

    The “Fly Baby Fly” episode of “Johnny Staccato.” Ingrid Goude Monday, Howard Freeman yesterday, and Dort Clark today.


  13. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Wednesday’s mystery gent is Dort Clark


  14. David Inman says:

    Gena Rowlands today? Is this “The High Cost of Loving”?


  15. Jenny M says:

    Gena Rowlands


  16. beachgal says:

    Thurs is Jena Rowlands I think.


  17. Mary Mallory says:

    Gena Rowlands. I decided to click on the Mystery Title because I didn’t see a new + sign, and saw that a new photo had been added.


  18. Anne Papineau says:

    Thursday … Gena Rowlands?


  19. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Thursday’s mystery woman looks like Gena Rowlands. If so, then these images are probably from an episode of the series Johnny Staccato, which currently plays on Get TV.


  20. Sarah says:

    Merry Anders on Thursday.


  21. Benito says:

    Gena Rowlands today, on a plane, in a train…


  22. Mary Mallory says:

    Mr. Rowlands, John Cassavettes, today.


  23. B.J. Merholz says:

    John Cassavetes as Johnny Staccato?


  24. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Friday’s mystery leading man is John Cassavetes.


  25. Candy Cassell says:

    Thursday’s lady is Gena Rowlands, and Friday’s gentleman is her real-life husband John Cassavetes.


  26. beachgal says:

    Fri is John Cassavetes


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