Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

July 30, 2016, Mystery Photo

This week’s mystery movie has been RKO’s first singing, talking and dancing picture, the 1929 film “Street Girl,” directed by Wesley Ruggles, with Betty Compson, John Harron, Jack Oakie, Ned Sparks, Guy Buccola, Joseph Cawthorn, Ivan Lebedeff, Doris Eaton, and Gus Arnheim and His Ambassadors.

The screenplay was by Jane Murfin based on the story “Scandals of Broadway: The Viennese Charmer” by W. Carey Wonderly, published in the March 1928 issue of Young’s Realistic Stories magazine. Art direction was by Max Ree, photography by Leo Tover, musical numbers by Oscar Levant and Sidney Clare and editing by Ann McKnight and William Hamilton. RKO also adapted the story for the the 1936 film “That Girl From Paris,” starring Lily Pons with a return by Jack Oakie, and the 1942 film “Four Jacks and a Jill.”

The film has never been released commercially on DVD (or VHS as far as I can determine).

Sept. 11, 1929, Street Girl
“Street Girl” opened in Los Angeles on Sept. 11, 1929, at the RKO Theatre (formerly the Hill Street), with Jack Benny as master of ceremonies. Adjusted for inflation, the top opening night ticket ($5) was $70 USD 2016.   Celebrities scheduled to attend included the stars of the picture, and Richard Dix, Bebe Daniels, Olive Borden, Ann Pennington, Kathryn Crawford, Marie Prevost, Mary Eaton, Carmelita Geraghty, Colleen Moore, Thelma Todd, Leatrice Joy, Sally Blane, Frank Faye, Rita LaRoy, Robert Z. Leonard, Gertrude Olmstead, Leonore Ulric, Norma Shearer, J. Grubb Alexander, Cecil B. De Mille and Joseph M. Schenck.

Although the stereotype of the early talking pictures is that they ended the careers of silent star, Compson expressed a different view in an interview with the Los Angeles Times (Sept. 22, 1929):


July 25, 2016, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a happy mystery guest.

Update: This is June Clyde.

July 26, 2016, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have a mystery gent.

Update: This is John Harron.

July 27, 2016, Mystery Photo

Wednesday’s gent is on the ’phone. (“Hello? Weren’t you a mystery guest last year?” “Why whatever do you mean?”)

Update: This is Joseph Cawthorn.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Tuesday’s mystery gent), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests) and Sheila (Tuesday’s mystery guest).

July 28, 2016, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, we have a mystery violinist.

Update: This is Betty Compson.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guest), Don Danard (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Dan Nather (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Sheila (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery guest) and Bob Hansen (Wednesday’s mystery guest).

Note to Dan Nather: Fear not; all will become clear by tomorrow.

July 29, 2016, Mystery Photo

These mystery gents come as a pair.

Mystery gent No. 1

Update: This is Jack Oakie.

July 29, 2016, Mystery Photo
And mystery gent No. 2

Update: This is Ned Sparks.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery woman), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery woman), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and mystery guests), Dan Nather (mystery movie and mystery guests), Bob Hansen (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery woman) and Sheila (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery woman).

About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
This entry was posted in Film, Hollywood, Mystery Photo and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

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

  1. B.J.Merholz says:

    She should have a dentist look into that upper right bicuspid.


  2. stanhope1929 says:

    Glenda Farrell?


  3. Pat in Michigan says:

    Peg Entwistle in “Thirteen Women”


  4. Karinnska says:

    Alice Faye?


  5. Mary Mallory says:

    John Harron today.


  6. Mary Mallory says:

    Dorothy Lee yesterday so LAUGH AND GET RICH.


  7. Mike Hawks says:

    John Harron for today and very likely June Clyde for monday should make this STREET GIRL 1929.


  8. Mary Mallory says:

    Claire Dodd and CROONER?


  9. Jenny M says:

    Monday, Una Merkel?


  10. Sheila says:

    John Harron for Tuesday.


  11. Mary Mallory says:

    WHITE ZOMBIE. Joseph Cawthorn today. Annette Stone, because it sure isn’t Madge on Monday.


  12. Don Danard says:

    The gentleman on the ‘phone is Joseph Cawthorn.


  13. Mike Hawks says:

    Who is Joseph Cawthorn talking to.


  14. Dan Nather says:

    Okay, that’s Joseph Cawthorn(e) today, but Monday and Tuesday’s mystery people are driving me crazy. I KNOW these people, but I can’t come up with the names . . .


  15. Sheila says:

    Joseph Cawthorn for Wednesday?


  16. Bob Hansen says:

    Wednesday’s guy is Joseph Cawthorn, I believe.


  17. Mary Mallory says:

    Betty Compson playing her violin today, the real star of the film.


  18. Mike Hawks says:

    Why does Betty Compson look sad.


  19. Betty Compson in STREET GIRL.
    Monday: June Clyde
    Tuesday: John Harron


  20. Dan Nather says:

    Ah! Betty Compson at the violin means this has to be STREET GIRL (1929), the first RKO production. That would mean that Monday’s gal is June Clyde and Tuesday’s gent is John Harron. No wonder this was bugging me so much — this was one of the first films I ever saw on VHS more than 30 years ago!


  21. Bob Hansen says:

    Today (Thursday) is Betty Compson. I think this is Street Girl from 1929.


  22. Sheila says:

    Betty Compson for Thursday–‘Street Girl’?


  23. Mary Mallory says:

    June Clyde Monday and Jack Oakie and Ned Sparks today. Who’d believe Ned as a singing/dancing type?


  24. Ned Sparks, never handsomer.


  25. Gary Martin says:

    With Ned Sparks, Jack Oakie, and Lilian Tashman I will have to guess that this is Too Much Harmony.


  26. Mike Hawks says:

    Jack Oakie and Ned Sparks appear before us.


  27. LC says:

    Hopefully, I will have better luck this week. Street Girl 1929 w/Betty Compson. John Harron, Jack Oakie & Ned Sparks.


  28. Dan Nather says:

    It’s gotta be Jack Oakie and Ned Sparks today.


Leave a Reply. Note: Your IP is logged with your comment so a fake name and email address are useless.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s