Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)


June 25, 2016, Mystery Photo

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1934 MGM picture “Sadie McKee,” with Joan Crawford, Gene Raymond, Franchot Tone, Edward Arnold and Esther Ralston. The movie was produced by Lawrence Weingarten from a screenplay by John Meehan, adapted from a story by Vina Delmar. It was directed by Clarence Brown with songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed. Photography was by Oliver T. Marsh and the film was edited by Hugh Wynn, and gowns by Adrian.

Mordaunt Hall wrote in the New York Times (May 19, 1934): “Miss Crawford assuredly does well by her part, but even so the incidents in which she appears often are hardly edifying. It is in fact an exasperating type of motion picture.”

The movie’s theme song, “All I Do Is Dream of You,” is a torch song that was used in “Singin’ in the Rain” under much different circumstances.

“Sadie McKee” is available on DVD in volume 2 of The Joan Crawford Collection.

Vina Delmar in the trailer for “Sadie McKee.”
“Sadie McKee” was adapted from Delmar’s story, which was serialized in Liberty magazine.


A copy of Liberty magazine with the first installment of “Sadie McKee,” listed on EBay as Buy It Now for $15.

The casting notices for “Sadie McKee” provide interesting reading. The Los Angeles Times reported (Jan. 20, 1934) that Clark Gable was up for the lead, which would have made “Sadie” a much different picture. One of the most difficult roles to cast was crooner Tommy Wallace, eventually given to Gene Raymond. Joan Crawford and Franchot Tone were an item, but didn’t marry until 1935. She divorced Douglas Fairbanks Jr. in May 1933.

June 13, 1934, Sadie McKie

The film opened in Los Angeles on June 13, 1934.

June 20, 2016, Mystery Photo
For Monday, we have a mystery police officer who knows what time it is.

Update: This is Tom Mahoney.

Brain Trust roll call: Mark A. Vieira, (Monday’s mystery guest). Mark’s new book, “Into the Dark: The Hidden World of Film Noir,” is at fine bookstores and well worth your attention. It lists at $40 from Running Press.  It is also available at Book SoupLarry Edmunds, Skylight Books and Vroman’s in Pasadena.



June 21, 2016, Mystery Photo

Here is a three-image sequence showing for today’s mystery guest.

June 21, 2016, Mystery Photo

Image No. 2

June 21, 2016, Mystery Photo

And image No. 3

Update: This is Charles Williams, being tweaked by Edward Arnold.


June 22, 2016, Mystery Photo

And for Wednesday, we have a mystery chap.

Update: This is Samuel S. Hinds, the subject of a Hollywood Heights post by Mary Mallory.

Brain Trust roll call: Mike Hawks (Tuesday’s mystery guest).

June 23, 2016, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, our mystery gent is astonished by some stage money.

Update: This is Akim Tamiroff.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery gent, Tuesday’s Back of the Head Guy/wrong movie), Roget-L.A. (Wednesday’s mystery gent), B.J. Merholz (Wednesday’s mystery gent), Anne Papineau (Wednesday’s mystery gent), Mike Hawks (mystery movie, Monday’s and Wednesday’s mystery gents and Back of the Head Guy), Sheila (Wednesday’s mystery gent), Don Danard (Wednesday’s mystery gent), Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery gent), Patrick (Wednesday’s mystery gent), Bob Hansen (Wednesday’s mystery gent) and David Inman (Wednesday’s mystery gent).


June 24, 2016, Mystery Photo

And for Friday…..

Update: Lovers in real life, Franchot Tone and Joan Crawford.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie, Monday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests), Sheila (Thursday’s mystery guest), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guest), Benito (Thursday’s mystery guest), B.J. Merholz (Thursday’s mystery gent, wrong movie), Floyd Thursby (Thursday’s mystery gent), Don Danard (Thursday’s mystery gent), Jenny M. (Thursday’s mystery gent), David Inman (Thursday’s mystery gent, wrong movie), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Monday’s, Tuesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests) and Bob Hansen (Thursday’s mystery guest).

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

  1. Anne Papineau says:

    It’s almost tea time. Is this “The Stolen Jools?” Just spitballing.


  2. It looks like Tom Mahoney who plays a policeman in Dancing Lady, in the courtroom scene.


  3. Mary Mallory says:

    Frank Albertson today.


  4. Dan Nather says:

    Looks like J. Carroll Naish today . . .


  5. Mike Hawks says:

    Charles Williams.


  6. Mary Mallory says:

    Samuel S. Hinds today.


  7. Mary Mallory says:

    Is that Edward Arnold from the back on Tuesday? You Can’t Take it With You?


  8. Rogét-L.A. says:

    I think Wednesday’s mystery chap is Samuel S. Hinds


  9. B.J.Merholz says:

    Samuel S. Hinds


  10. Anne Papineau says:

    Samuel S. Hinds on Wednesday


  11. Mike Hawks says:

    Tom Mahoney on monday and Samuel S. Hinds today along with the back of Edward Arnold’s head make this SADIE McKEE 1934.


  12. Sheila says:

    Samuel S. Hinds for Wednesday.


  13. Don Danard says:

    Wednesday’s Mystery Chap is the always dependable Samuel S. Hinds.


  14. Don Danard says:

    Oops! That’s Hines, not Hinds.


  15. Patrick says:

    Our mystery chap on Wednesday is Samuel S. Hinds.


  16. Bob Hansen says:

    Samuel Hinds on Wednesday?


  17. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    A light went on in my head:
    Monday: Lee Phelps in YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU
    Tuesday: Wallis Clark


  18. David Inman says:

    Samuel S. Hinds today.


  19. Mary Mallory says:

    Akim Tamiroff today.


  20. Mary Mallory says:

    SADIE MCKEE. Tom Mahoney Monday.


  21. Mary Mallory says:

    Did SADIE MCKEE and Tom Mahoney for Monday go through?


  22. Sheila says:

    Akim Tamiroff for Thursday.


  23. Mike Hawks says:

    Akim Tamiroff.


  24. Benito says:

    Akim Tamiroff is dapper today


  25. B.J.Merholz says:

    Akim Tamiroff, possibly in Woman Trap?


  26. Floyd Thursby says:

    Thursday is Akim Tamiroff.


  27. Don Danard says:

    Akim Tamiroff today.


  28. Jenny M says:

    Akim Tamiroff


  29. David Inman says:

    Akim Tamiroff today. “The Great McGinty,” perhaps?


  30. Monday: Tom Mahoney
    Tuesday: Edward Arnold & Charles Williams


  31. Diane Ely says:

    Harold Peary for Thursday?


  32. Bob Hansen says:

    There’s Akim Tamiroff on Thursday!


  33. Mike Hawks says:

    Franchot Tone and Joan Crawford have a pleasant little meal.


  34. Anne Papineau says:

    Akim Tamaroff, with Franchot and Joan in “Sadie McKee”


  35. Mary Mallory says:

    Franchot and Joan today.


  36. beachgal says:

    Friday is Franchot Tone and Joan Crawford


  37. Jenny M says:

    Franchot Tone and Joan Crawford.


  38. Gary Martin says:

    I guess it’s Tom Mahoney, Akim Tamiroff , Joan and Franchot in Sadie McKee.


  39. Franchot Tone and Joan Crawford.


  40. Candy Cassell says:

    Friday is Franchot Tone and Joan Crawford. Could Wednesday’s mystery man be the same actor who played Peter Bailey (James Stewart’s father) in “It’s a Wonderful Life”? (I’d have to cheat to find the actor’s name.)


  41. beachgal says:

    Thurs is Akim Tamiroff, I think.


  42. beachgal says:

    Might this be Sadie McKee?


  43. Richard Wegescheide says:

    Friday is Francoise Tone and Joan Crawford. Friday always being the easy day. I don’t remember the picture however.


  44. Friday Franchot Tone and a lady .


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