Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Thunder Rock

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1942 Charter Film production “Thunder Rock,” an unusual British film that deals with a lighthouse on Lake Michigan north of Milwaukee, with Michael Redgrave, Barbara Mullen, James Mason and Lilli Palmer, from a screenplay by Jeffrey Dell and Bernard Miles based on a play by Robert Ardrey. It was photographed by Mutz Greenbaum, with art direction by Duncan Sutherland, music by Hans May, special effects by Tom Howard and Fred Ford, produced by John Boulting and directed and edited by Roy Boulting.

A review by P.P.K. in the New York Times (Sept. 15, 1944) says:

In the picture “Thunder Rock,” which came to the World yesterday, the social-conscious young journalist, as played by Michael Redgrave, falters much and fumbles much, but the story indicates that eventually he finds his true course. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the picture itself. The film, produced by Charter Films Ltd., starts out promisingly but very quickly begins straying down tortuous paths, and before the long journey is finished it becomes irritrievably lost.

A review by G.K. in the Los Angeles Times (Oct. 21, 1944) called “Thunder Rock” “one of most noteworthy pictures to come out of England.”

“Thunder Rock” is available from Amazon UK for £9.99 (check compatibility with your DVD player before ordering).

Oct. 20, 1944, Thunder Rock
“Thunder Rock” opened in Los Angeles on Oct. 20, 1944, at the Esquire Theater, and was advertised in the Los Angeles Times.

Sept. 5, 2016, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a puzzled mystery guest.

Update: This actor, alas, remains unidentified. He plays a character named Jimmy.

Sept. 6, 2016, Mystery Photo


For Tuesday, we have a mystery woman. And yes, she is in the same film as Monday’s mystery guest.

Update: This is Barbara Mullen.

Sept. 7, 2016, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Lilli Palmer.

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

Sept. 8, 2016, Mystery Photo


For Thursday, we have some mystery folks and yes, this is still the same movie.

Update: This is Michael Redgrave, playing foreign correspondent David Charleston, and a group of unidentified actors in an extremely caustic sequence showing Charleston’s increasing concern over the rise of the Nazism, and Britons’ complete disinterest in world affairs.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery woman), Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery woman), Jenny M. (Wednesday’s mystery woman) and Victor H. Brown (Tuesday’s mystery woman).

Sept. 9, 2016, Mystery Photo

And for Friday, we have a totally non-mystery guest in this quite unusual mystery movie.

Update: A young James Mason (he’s in his early 30s here) is a bit worse for wear after tangling with Michael Redgrave.

Brain Trust roll call: Sheila (mystery movie, Wednesday’s mystery guest), Patrick (mystery movie, Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (mystery movie, Thursday’s mystery guest), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guest) and Megan (mystery movie and Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests).

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

  1. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Jeremy Spenser.


  2. mandymarie20 says:

    A skinny Walter Tetley


  3. Sheila says:

    Barbara Mullen for Tuesday.


  4. Mike Hawks says:

    Lilli Palmer in ????


  5. Jenny M says:

    Lilli Palmer


  6. Tuesday lady very like Barbara Mullen.


  7. Sheila says:

    Lilli Palmer, ‘Thunder Rock’.


  8. tucsonbarbara says:

    Guessing here – Wednesday, June Haver in “Where do we Go from Here?”


  9. Mary Mallory says:

    Anna Sten yesterday and THE MAN I MARRIED.


  10. Patrick says:

    Michael Redgrave, Lilli Palmer and Barbara Mullen in Thunder Rock from 1942.


  11. Mike Hawks says:

    Michael Redgrave in THUNDER ROCK.


  12. Sybille Binder and Michael Redgrave.


  13. No, it’s not Sybille Binder. She’s in the period scenes.


  14. Bob Hansen says:

    Is Thursday’s young lady Constance Dowling?


  15. Megan says:

    This week’s movie is Thunder Rock, with Michael Redgrave today, Lilli Palmer for Wednesday, and Barbara Mullen for Tuesday. (I haven’t been around this week because I’m still getting used to teaching this semester.)


  16. Mike Hawks says:

    Enter James Mason.


  17. Jenny M says:

    James Mason in Thunder Rock.


  18. Gary Martin says:

    Easy? It’s either James Mason or Farley Granger but it is not both.


  19. tucsonbarbara says:

    “Thunder Rock”

    Monday – David Walbridge
    Tuesday – Barbara Mullen
    Wednesday – Lilli Palmer
    Thursday – Olive Sloane, Jean Shepherd, Gerard Heinz, Victor Beaumont
    Friday – James Mason


  20. LC says:

    Would this be Thunder Rock w/Michael Redgrave, Lili Palmer, James Mason, Barbara Mullen?


  21. Alan Warren says:

    Thunder Rock?


  22. Benito says:

    Saw this on TCM, which seldom shows it.


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