Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

July 9, 2016, Mystery Photo
This week’s mystery movie has been the 1944 Warner Bros. picture “The Doughgirls,” starring Ann Sheridan, Alexis Smith, Jack Carson, Jane Wyman, Irene Manning, Charlie Ruggles, Eve Arden and a large supporting cast of Warners players.  The screenplay was by James V. Kern and Sam Hellman, with additional dialogue by Wilkie Mahoney, adapted from the play by Joseph Fields. The film was photographed by Ernest Haller, with art direction by Hugh Reticker and set decorations by Clarence Steensen. The film was produced by Mark Hellinger and directed by James V. Kern.

The film is available on DVD from Warner Archive for $18.59.

A playbill for the Broadway production of “The Doughgirls” at the Lyceum Theatre, listed on EBay as Buy It Now for $14.11.

“The Doughgirls” was adapted from an extremely popular Broadway play, which opened Dec. 30, 1942, and closed July 29, 1944, receiving 671 performances. The show was also taken on tour and performed in Los Angeles at the Biltmore Theatre.  The film opened in Los Angeles on Nov. 23, 1944, at the Warners Hollywood, Downtown and Wiltern theaters with “Birth of the B-29.” The film was apparently not reviewed in the Los Angeles Times.

A review by P.P.K. in the New York Times (Aug. 31, 1944) said:

This picture, “The Doughgirls” which came to the Hollywood yesterday, is going to be easy to write about. The writing about it doesn’t require much thought, because, probably, the seeing it doesn’t require much thought. The spectator is required simply to sit there and wonder what’s going to turn up next, knowing that the chances are better than even he’ll enjoy whatever it happens to be.In one or two places the gag lines and gag sequences seem to be forced and, as happens in such cases, the entertainment is forced too. But such danger spots are quickly passed and the mad farce goes careening along its dizzy way.

Doughgirls, Nov. 23, 1944
“The Doughgirls” opens in Los Angeles, Nov. 23, 1944.

July 4, 2016, Mystery Photo

For Monday, our gent takes this mystery guest business seriously.

Update: This is the very puzzled justice of the peace, played by Walter De Palma.

July 5, 2016, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, a very dressy gent.

Update: This is Francis Pierlot.

July 6, 2016, Mystery Photo

And for Wednesday, we have an agitated mystery gent on the phone.

And you remember him as Eddie Mars in “The Big Sleep.” This is John Ridgely

Brain trust roll call: Don Danard (Tuesday’s mystery gent), Howard Mandelbaum (Tuesday’s mystery gent), Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (Tuesday’s mystery gent) and B.J. Merholz (Tuesday’s mystery gent).

July 7, 2016, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, we have a rather surprised gent.

Update: This is Oliver Blake, who also performed as Oliver Prickett.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie, Wednesday’s mystery guest), Mike Hawks (mystery movie, Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Jenny M (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Don Danard (Wednesday’s mystery guest) and Patrick (Tuesday’s mystery guest).

July 8, 2016, Mystery Photo

And for Friday, we have four mystery women.

Update: This is, from left, Barbara Brown, Jane Wyman, Ann Sheridan and Alexis Smith.

Brain Trust roll call: David Inman (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Jenny M. (mystery movie, Thursday’s mystery guest), Don Danard (Thursday’s mystery gent), Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (mystery movie, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guest) and Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guest).

July 9, 2016, Eve Arden
And an absolutely over the top performance by Eve Arden Sgt. Natalia Moskoroff.

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

  1. Benito says:

    Jo Anne Worley in Laugh In?


  2. Gary Martin says:

    Taylor Holmes?


  3. Don Danard says:

    The gentleman is Francois, or Francis, Pierlot.


  4. Lee Ann, Megan, and Thom says:

    Francis Pierlot for today’s guest.


  5. Mike Hawks says:

    Ferdinand Gottschalk


  6. B.J.Merholz says:

    Another stab: Francis Pierlot.


  7. Monday: Bill Kennedy
    Wednesday: John Ridgely


  8. Mike Hawks says:

    John Ridgley


  9. Mike Hawks says:

    Oops! Francis Pierlot yesterday which makes this DOUGHGIRLS 1944.


  10. Jenny M says:

    John Ridgely


  11. Don Danard says:

    Today it’s John Ridgely, one of the really good supporting players.


  12. Patrick says:

    Is Tuesday’s dressy gent Francis Pierlot?


  13. David Inman says:

    John Ridgely on Wednesday.


  14. Chrisbo says:

    Leonid Kinskey on Thursday?


  15. Jenny M says:

    Oliver Blake in The Doughgirls.


  16. Don Danard says:

    Today’s Open Mouth Mystery Man is Oliver Prickett, also billed as Oliver Blake.


  17. Lee Ann, Megan, and Thom says:

    For Wednesday, John Ridgely; for Thursday, Oliver Blake. Would that make this movie “The Doughgirls”?


  18. Mike Hawks says:

    Oliver Blake.


  19. Oliver Blake.
    Monday: Bennett Green


  20. Mary Mallory says:

    DOUGH GIRLS. William Frambes Monday, Francis Pierlot Tuesday, John Ridgeley Wednesday, Oliver Blake yesterday, and Barbara Brown, Jane Wyman, Ann Sheridan, and Alexis Smith today.


  21. Barbara Brown, Jane Wyman, Ann Sheridan, Alexis Smith.


  22. Gary Martin says:

    Jane Wyman, who I just saw in the Douglas Sirk films, Ann Sheridan, Alexis Smith, and Oliver Blake would make this The Dough Girls.


  23. beachgal says:

    Friday is Anne Sheridan, Alexis Smith and Jane Wyman in The Doughgirls


  24. Gary Martin says:

    I can recall that when I was quite young women would go through their day with their hair dobne up like this as if it were the most normal thing in the world …look at Ann Sheridan’s face!!


  25. Patrick says:

    Friday: Barbara Brown, Jane Wyman, Ann Sheridan and Alexis Smith in The Doughgirls from 1944.


  26. Mike Hawks says:

    Jane Wyman, Ann Sheridan, Alexis Smith and seated?


  27. LC says:

    The Doughgirls (1944) w/Jane Wyman, Ann Sheridan, Jack Carson, Alan Mowbray, Oliver Blake…


  28. Benito says:

    Ann Sheridan, Jane Wyman and Alexis Smith = THE DOUGHGIRLS (1944). Oddly, they also starred together in ONE MORE TOMORROW.


  29. mandymarie20 says:

    Friday’s girls – I don’t know the sitting one, but the standing ones from left to right are Jane Wyman, Ann Sheridan, and Alexis Smith.


  30. Don Danard says:

    Nobody asked, but Eve Arden did a double-take like nobody else!


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