Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

'I See a Dark Stranger'

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1946 film “I See a Dark Stranger,” with Deborah Kerr, Trevor Howard, Raymond Huntley, Michael Howard, Norman Shelley, Brenda Bruce, Brefni O’Rorke, James Harcourt, Liam Redmond and W. O’Gorman, by Frank Launder, Sidney Gilliat and Wolfgang Wilhelm. The film was written and produced by Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat. Production design by David Rawnsley, photographed by Wilkie Cooper, art direction by Norman Arnold and edited by Thelma Myers. Music by William Alwyn, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Muir Mathieson. Directed by Frank Launder.

Bosley Crowther, reviewing the film for the New York Times (April 4, 1947) said:

That talent for richly combining melodrama and comedy, which writers Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat so delightfully displayed in their scripts for Hitchcock’s “The Lady Vanishes” and Carol Reed’s “Night Train,” has been deftly applied by those gentlemen to the writing, production and direction of their own film, a British honey entitled “The Adventuress,” which opened at the Victoria yesterday. Since that is a recommendation quite sufficient for lots of folks, we wouldn’t blame you for dropping this paper right now and rushing down to get a seat.”

Grace Kingsley, reviewing the film for the Los Angeles Times (Dec. 26, 1947) said:

Important chiefly because of the outstanding talents and beauty of Heroine Deborah Kerr, J. Arthur Rank’s English production, “The Adventuress,” which opened yesterday at the Esquire Theater, is nevertheless sufficiently exciting to hold any spectator. Perhaps, ironically, the film’s chief fault is to be found in too many close-ups of the star, which at times seem to halt the story action.

“I See a Dark Stranger” is available on DVD from Amazon for $13.90.

“I See a Dark Stranger” was released as “The Adventuress” in the U.S. It opened Dec. 25, 1947, in Los Angeles.

Oct. 3, 2016, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery gent.

Update: This is William G. O’Gorman.

Oct. 4, 2016, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have a second mystery gent.

Update: This is Brefni O’Rorke.

Oct. 5, 2016, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have two disreputable mystery chaps. They say: “Thursday’s mystery guest will be a cinch.”

Update: Raymond Huntley, left, and David Ward.

Oct. 6, 2016, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, our mystery gent has a pint and a pipe.

Update: This is Trevor Howard.

Oct. 7, 2016, Mystery Photo


And for Friday, we have the only mystery woman of the week.

Update: This is Deborah Kerr.

Brain Trust roll call: Beachgal (Thursday’s mystery guest), Mary Mallory (mystery movie, Thursday’s mystery guest), Sheila (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guest), Sarah (Thursday’s mystery guest), Victor H. Brown (Thursday’s mystery guest), Don Danard (Thursday’s mystery guest), Gary Martin (Thursday’s mystery guest), Jenny M. (mystery movie, Thursday’s mystery guest), Mike Hawks (mystery movie/mystery movie’s alternative title, Thursday’s mystery guest), Cindy Cassell (Thursday’s mystery guest), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guest), Benito (Thursday’s mystery guest, wrong movie), Tucson Barbara (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guest), LC (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery guest and Thursday’s mystery guest) and B.J. Merholz (mystery movie).


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

  1. B.J.Merholz says:

    It’s either Arthur Hunnicutt or that other guy.


  2. If Tuesday gent isn’t Everett Sloane it’s his twin brother.


  3. Gary Martin says:

    And if this isn’t Donald McBride it’s his twin brother.


  4. Sheila says:

    David Hoffman on Wednesday?


  5. B.J.Merholz says:

    Norman Lloyd asking for a drag?


  6. Laura C. says:

    For Wednesday – is the man on the left Emile Meyer?


  7. beachgal says:

    Thurs is Trevor Howard


  8. Sheila says:

    Trevor Howard in ‘I See a Dark Stranger’?


  9. Mary Mallory says:



  10. Sarah says:

    It a movie that stars Trevor Howard!


  11. Thursday it’s Trevor Howard.


  12. Don Danard says:

    Today it’s Trevor Howard.


  13. Gary Martin says:

    Trevor Howard.


  14. Jenny M says:

    Trevor Howard in I See a Dark Stranger.


  15. Mike Hawks says:

    Trevor Howard in I SEE A DARK STRANGER a.k.a. THE ADVENTURESS.


  16. Candy Cassell says:

    Thursday’s gent is the fabulous Trevor Howard. So many great faces earlier in the week!


  17. Trevor Howard in I SEE A DARK STRANGER.


  18. Benito says:

    Craggy Old Trevor Howard looks young today. Based on those shady guys I guess the movie is THEY MADE ME A FUGITIVE


  19. tucsonbarbara says:

    I See a Dark Stranger – Trevor Howard

    I’m not sure who the other mystery guests are, but I’m guessing tomorrow’s will be Deborah Kerr. 🙂


  20. LC says:

    I See a Dark Stranger (1946) w/Deborah Kerr, Trevor Howard, William O’Gorman, Liam Redmond…


  21. B.J.Merholz says:

    You present a sorry batch of Dark Strangers this week..


  22. beachgal says:

    Friday is Deborah Kerr and the movie is I See A Dark Stranger


  23. Mary Mallory says:

    Deborah Kerr today.


  24. Don Danard says:

    A young Deborah Kerr today.


  25. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Friday’s mystery woman is Deborah Kerr, but that’s all I know.


  26. Mike Hawks says:

    Deborah Kerr looks a bit surprised.


  27. Gary Martin says:

    DK. I see a Dark Stranger.


  28. Benito says:

    Deborah Kerr, circa 1946? Yes, please.


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