Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)


This week’s mystery movie has been the 1933 RKO picture “Professional Sweetheart,” directed by William A. Seiter, written by Maurine Watkins, photographed by Edward Cronjager, with Ginger Rogers, Norman Foster,  Zasu Pitts, Frank McHugh, Allen Jenkins, Gregory Ratoff, Franklin Pangborn, Lucien Littlefield, Edgar Kennedy, Frank Darien and Sterling Holloway.

As far as I can tell, it has never been commercially released on VHS or DVD.

July 28, 1933, Professional Sweetheart

“Professional Sweetheart” opened in Los Angeles on July 28, 1933, at the RKO Hillstreet, as advertised in the Los Angeles Times.  It was paired with the comedy short “Divorce Courtship,” with Joseph Cawthorn. “Professional Sweetheart” ran for a week and was replaced by “Moonlight and Pretzels,” with Mary Brian, Roger Pryor, Lillian Miles and Leo Carrillo.

A review by F.S.N. for the New York Times (July 14, 1933) said:

Miss Rogers has rarely been more entertaining, and Norman Foster is a properly open-minded, radio-struck mountaineer. Gregory Ratoff as Ipswick; Frank McHugh and Franklin Pangborn as his assistants; Zasu Pitts as a sob-sister; Edgar Kennedy as Kelcey, and Allen Jenkins and Lucien Littlefield complete a cast which brought grins and chuckles from an amused audience yesterday.

Philip K. Scheuer of the Los Angeles Times said (July 31, 1933):

Wary of the heat, the RKO Hillstreet Theater has booked a film which would be no tax on its audience in “Professional Sweetheart,” which screened yesterday. Nothing about this innocuous comedy could possibly cause one to run a temperature unless it be the sight of Ginger Rogers, the leading lady, scampering about in her under things. Let it be said without delay that Miss Rogers is an elegant scamperer.

Aug. 22, 2016, Mystery Photo


For Monday, we have a mystery gent.

Update: This is Lucien Littlefield.


Aug, 23, 2016, Mystery Photo


For Tuesday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Mary MacLaren.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guest), Sheila (mystery guest/wrong movie), Patrick (Monday’s mystery guest), Mark A. Vieira (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guest), Mike Hawks (Monday’s mystery guest) and Patrick (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guest).

Aug. 24, 2016, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have a theme going: Mystery women on the phone.

Update: This is June Brewster.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Tuesday’s mystery woman), Mike Hawks (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mystery woman), Patrick (Tuesday’s mystery woman) and Sheila (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery woman).

Aug. 25, 2016, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, a couple of mugs in monkey suits.

Update, this is Gregory Ratoff and Edgar Kennedy.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery phone woman) and Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery phone woman).

Aug. 26, 2016, Mystery Photo

And for Friday….

Update: Franklin Pangborn and Ginger Rogers.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie and mystery guests), Sheila (Thursday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests), Benito (Thursday’s mystery guest No. 2), Bob Hansen (Thursday’s mystery guest No. 1) and B.J. Merholz (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guests).

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

  1. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Lucien Litttlefield in PROFESSIONAL SWEETHEART.


  2. Sheila says:

    Lucien Littlefield in ‘Are You Listening?’


  3. David Inman says:

    Not sure of the guy, but is the movie “Say It with Songs”?


  4. Don Danard says:

    Looks like a youngish Hobart Cavanaugh


  5. Patrick says:

    For Monday, Lucien Littlefield.


  6. Lucien Littlefield in Professional Sweetheart (1933 – RKO Radio Pictures)


  7. Mike Hawks says:

    Lucien Littlefield.


  8. Patrick says:

    Professional Sweetheart from 1933.


  9. aryedirect says:

    … with a microphone the size of a Speed Graphic. (Wish I knew the actor’s name, but I’ll bet he was the inspiration for Tweety…


  10. Mike Hawks says:

    And Mary MacLaren makes this PROFESSIONAL SWEETHEART 1933.


  11. Patrick says:

    Tuesday = Mary MacLaren.


  12. Sheila says:

    Mary MacLaren, ‘Professional Sweetheart’.


  13. Anne Papineau says:

    Simone Simone?


  14. Mike Hawks says:

    June Brewster.


  15. Mary Mallory says:

    Gregory Ratoff and Edgar Kennedy today.


  16. Sheila says:

    Gregory Ratoff and Edgar Kennedy for Thursday.


  17. Mary Mallory says:

    PROFESSIONAL SWEETHEART. Lucien Littlefield Monday, Mary MacLaren Tuesday, and June Brewster yesterday.


  18. Mike Hawks says:

    Gregory Ratoff and Edgar Kennedy.


  19. Gregory Ratoff & Edgar Kennedy.


  20. Benito says:

    Edward Kennedy in a tux today. He didn’t NEED a telephone to be heard far away.


  21. Bob Hansen says:

    I think the guy on the left (Thursday) is Gregory Ratoff.


  22. B.J. Merholz says:

    I don’t know, but it looks to me like Edgar Kennedy is angling to be Gregory Ratoff’s Professional Sweetheart.


  23. Mary Mallory says:

    Good old Frankie and Ginger Rogers.


  24. Mike Hawks says:

    Franklin Pangborn and Ginger Rogers.


  25. beachgal says:

    Friday is Ginger Rogers and Frank Pangborn in Professional Sweetheart


  26. beachgal says:

    Monday is Lucien Littlefield


  27. beachgal says:

    Wen is June Brewster


  28. beachgal says:

    Tues is Mary MacLaren


  29. beachgal says:

    Thurs is Gregory Ratoff and Edgar Kennedy


  30. Candy Cassell says:

    Ahhh, the incredibly talented Ginger Rogers for today, beside one of the terrific character actors who acted with her in those wonderful 1930s and 1940s movies. Perhaps Eric Rhoads?


  31. Anne Papineau says:

    Franklin Pangborn and Ginger Rogers in “Professional Sweetheart”


  32. Ratoff, Kennedy and Pangborn, gotta be Professional Sweetheart (1933).


  33. Diane Ely says:

    Friday: A very young Burns & Allen?


  34. Franklin Pangborn and Ginger Rogers.


  35. LC says:

    Professional Sweetheart (1933)


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