Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

'Possessed' 1931
Meet Mystery Movie No. 1, the 1931 MGM film “Possessed,” directed by Clarence Brown, with Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Wallace Ford, Skeets Gallagher, Frank Conroy, Marjorie White, John Miljan and Clara Blandick. The 1931 “Possessed” was adapted from the play “The Mirage” by Edgar Selwyn with additional dialogue and continuity by Lenore Coffee. Art direction by Cedric Gibbons, gowns by Adrian and photography by Oliver T. Marsh.

The 1931 “Possessed” is available from Warner Archive for $15.19

'Possessed' 1947

Mystery Movie No. 2 was the 1947 Warner Bros. picture “Possessed” with Joan Crawford, Van Heflin, Raymond Massey, Geraldine Brooks, Stanley Ridges, John Ridgely, Moroni Olsen and Gerald Perreau. The screenplay was by Silvia Richards and Ranald MacDougall, adapted from a story by Rita Weiman. Photography was by Joseph Valentine, art direction by Anton Grot, set decoration by Fred M. MacLean. Wardrobe by Bernard Newman, Crawford’s wardrobe by Adrian. Music by Franz Waxman, directed by Curtis Bernhardt.

The 1947 “Possessed” is also available from Warner Archive on DVD for $16.69 and Blu-ray for $18.59.

Aug. 15, 2016, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery woman. She doesn’t seem to approve of such carrying on.

Update: This is Clara Blandick from the 1931 “Possessed” (and yes, she played Auntie Em in “Wizard of Oz.”)

Aug. 16, 2016, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, all aboard the Streetcar Named Confusion. Don’t worry. By Friday, this will make sense.

Update: This is Ralph Dunn in the 1947 “Possessed.”

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Monday’s mystery woman), Tim Doherty, (Monday’s mystery woman), Anne Papineau (Monday’s mystery woman), Patrick (Monday’s mystery woman), Norman Desmond (Monday’s mystery woman), Chrisbo (Monday’s mystery woman), Jenny M (Monday’s mystery woman), Dan Nather (Monday’s mystery woman/wrong movie), June (Monday’s mystery woman), Mike Hawks (Monday’s mystery woman), Susanne Annette Stone (Monday’s mystery woman), Sue Slutzky (Monday’s mystery woman), Skretvedt (Monday’s mystery woman), Howard Mandelbaum (Monday’s mystery woman), Dan (Monday’s mystery woman), David Inman (Monday’s mystery woman), Megan (Monday’s mystery woman), Sheila (Monday’s mystery woman), Roget-L.A. (Monday’s mystery woman), Bob Hansen (Monday’s mystery woman), Dewey Webb (Monday’s mystery woman) and Mandy Marie (Monday’s mystery woman).

Aug. 17, 2016, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have a mystery gent. I have cropped out our mystery leading lady,who will make her appearance Friday.

Update: This is Skeets Gallagher in the 1931 “Possessed.”

Brain Trust roll call: Don Danard (Tuesday’s mystery gent), Rhebag (Monday’s mystery woman), Gary Martin (Monday’s mystery woman) and LC (Monday’s mystery woman.

Note to Dan: You’re right, but the correct answers aren’t posted until Saturday.

Aug. 18, 2016, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, we have this mystery gentleman….

Update: This is Wallace Ford in the 1931 “Possessed.”

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And also these two mystery gentlemen. You may think that they have nothing in common, but they do, as we will see tomorrow.

Update: This is Stanley Ridges and Don McGuire in the 1947 “Possessed.”

Brain Trust roll call: Sheila (Wednesday’s mystery gent), Mary Mallory (half of the mystery movies and Wednesday’s mystery guest), Mike Hawks (half of the mystery movies, Wednesday’s mystery guest), Howard Mandelbaum (half of the mystery movies, Wednesday’s mystery guest), Candy Cassell (Monday’s mystery woman) and Dan Nather (Wednesday’s mystery woman).

Aug 19, 2016, mystery photo

And for Friday, it looks like our leading lady is about to board the Streetcar Named Confusion….

Joan Crawford (makeup by Perc Westmore) in the 1947 “Possessed.”

Aug. 18, 2016, Mystery Photo
Or is she getting on this the mystery train?

Update: Skeets Gallagher and Joan Crawford in the 1931 “Possessed.”

Brain Trust roll call: Sheila was the first to untangle our double-barreled mystery movies, followed by Mike Hawks, Mary Mallory, Howard Mandelbaum, David Inman and Dan Nather.

Also (forgive me if I missed anybody, the bookkeeping is particularly difficult this week): Mary Mallory (Tuesday’s mystery gent, Thursday’s mystery gents), Sheila (Thursday’s mystery gents No. 1 and 2), B.J. Merholz (mystery movie No. 2, Thursday’s mystery gents No. 2. and 3), Mike Hawks (Tuesday’s mystery gent, Thursday’s mystery gents), Anne Papineau (Thursday’s mystery gent No. 1), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery gents), Jenny M (Thursday mystery gent’s No. 1 and 2), David Inman (Thursday mystery gent No. 2, Wednesday’s mystery gent),   Don Danard (Thursday’s mystery gents), Gary Martin (mystery movie No. 2), Dan Nather (Tuesday’s mystery gent, Thursday’s mystery gent No. 2) and LC (mystery movie No. 1, mystery cast).

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

  1. Tim Doherty says:

    Clara Blandick?

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  2. APapineau says:

    Clara Blandick?

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  3. Patrick says:

    Clara Blandick?

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  4. miss clara blandick!

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  5. Chrisbo says:

    Is that Clara Blandick?

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  6. Jenny M says:

    Clara Blandick

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  7. Dan Nather says:

    That’s Clara Blandick in an old-fashioned dress. And my movie sense says the film is TURN BACK THE CLOCK.

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  8. Gary Martin says:

    Ruth Donnelly?

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  9. June says:

    It is Clara Blandick.

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  10. Mike Hawks says:

    Clara Blandick before Oz.

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  11. Clara (Auntie Em) Blandick?

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  12. Sue Slutzky says:

    Clara Blandick

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  13. skretvedt1958 says:

    Clara Blandick, best known as Auntie Em in “The Wizard of Oz,” yes?

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  14. Dan says:

    Clara Blandick…

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  15. David Inman says:

    Clara “Auntie Em” Blandick today.

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  16. Megan says:

    Clara Blandick for Monday.

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  17. Sheila says:

    Clara Blandick.

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  18. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Clara Blandick?

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  19. Bob Hansen says:

    It’s Clara Blandick on Monday. Don’t know the movie yet!

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  20. dewey webb says:

    Clara Blandick

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  21. mandymarie20 says:

    This woman seems a bit like Auntie Em from ‘The Wizard of Oz’, so I’ll guess Clara Blandick.

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  22. Don Danard says:

    Today’s Bus Driver is Ralph Dunn

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  23. rhebag says:

    Clara Blandick

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  24. dewey webb says:

    James Burke

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  25. Gary Martin says:

    Oh. I mean Clara Blandick. (My spell checker says “Blandrick.”

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  26. Dan says:

    I’m surprised if this lady hasn’t been identified already. Everyone’s favorite auntie, Clara Blandick, the last listed human individual in the cast list of The Wizard of Oz. Seems like she was always barely listed or not credited in her scores of film appearances. I know there were all sorts of rules, written and unwritten about cast credits, but her experience in the Hollywood Dream Machine has always seemed particularly poignant.

    I tried to send this answer yesterday morning but never seem to register quite right…

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  27. LC says:

    Clara Blandick

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  28. Sheila says:

    Skeets Gallagher for Wednesday.

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  29. Mary Mallory says:

    Skeets Gallagher today.

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  30. Mary Mallory says:

    Gallagher and Blandick were in POSSESSED together, but that bus seems of a different era.

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  31. Gary Martin says:

    I think this is David Bruce so the film would be Can’t Help Singing.

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  32. Mike Hawks says:

    “Skeets” Gallagher in POSSESSED 1931.

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  33. Skeets Gallagher in POSSESSED (1931).

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  34. Candy Cassell says:

    I’ve just returned from a trip, so this is a late reply. I believe Monday’s mystery lady is the versatile Clara Blandick from so many 30’s and 40’s movies.

    Today’s (Wednesday’s) mystery gentlemen reminds me so much of British actor David Warner (those eyes!), but I’m sure that this movie was probably made about the time David Warner was born.

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  35. Dan Nather says:

    Skeets Gallagher on Wednesday?

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  36. Mary Mallory says:

    Wallace Ford by himself and what looks like Harry Carey Jr.

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  37. Sheila says:

    Wallace Ford and Stanley Ridges, in ‘Possessed’ 1931 and 1947, respectively.

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  38. B.J.Merholz says:

    Could Stanley Ridges and Don McGuire be Possessed?

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  39. Mike Hawks says:

    VERY CLEVER. tuesday is Ralph Dunn and today is Stanley Ridges and Don McGuire from POSSESSED 1947. And from POSSESSED 1931 is Wallace Ford. You little Devil you.

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  40. Anne Papineau says:

    Wallace Ford?

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  41. Mary Mallory says:

    Stanley Ridges/Don McGuire today with Joan in the bed for the 1947 POSSESSED. Streetcar driver Ralph dunn on Tuesday.

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  42. Wallace Ford. And from POSSESSED (1947), Stanley Ridges and Don McGuire.
    I’ve been cautious about naming Wade Boteler as Tuesday’s bus driver as IMDP credits him as a heckler. But IMDB makes mistakes.

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  43. Jenny M says:

    Wallace Ford and Stanley Ridges in Possessed.

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  44. Dewey webb says:

    James Ellison

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  45. David Inman says:

    Ah-HA! Wallace Ford today, and these scenes are from the two different movies Joan Crawford made titled “Possessed.”

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  46. David Inman says:

    And Skeets Gallagher on Wednesday?

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  47. Don Danard says:

    One of the Thursday Mystery Men is Wallace Ford. In the next photo, the doctor in the foreground is Stanley Ridges. The younger man is Don McGuire.

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  48. Gary Martin says:

    Is that Joan Crawford in the hospital bed? It’s not Possessed.

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  49. Dan Nather says:

    Larry, you sneak! These are two different movies, but they’re both titled POSSESSED, and they both star Joan Crawford! Monday and Wednesday’s guests are from the 1931 movie, and Tuesday and today’s guests are from the 1947 movie (not a remake!). That’s Ralph Dunn on Tuesday, and John Ridgely (I think) and Stanley Ridges today. Can’t ID the third guy in the second picture today. But, as you always say, all will become clear . . .

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  50. LC says:

    Possessed (1931)w/Wallace Ford, Joan Crawford & Clark Gable

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  51. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Joan Crawford in both vehicles, pun intended. Ralph Dunn does the driving in 1947.

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  52. Mary Mallory says:

    And finally Miss Crawford today, Possessed in more ways than one.

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  53. Mike Hawks says:

    SURPRISE! Joan Crawford.

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  54. Gary Martin says:

    Ah! It is Possessed …as well as Possessed. As for the star …see my separate email.

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  55. Benito says:

    Joan Crawford, guess it’s POSSESSED 1947. She’s a little TOO good at playing a psycho bitch…

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