Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)


This week’s mystery movie has been the 1928 MGM film “The Wind,” starring Lillian Gish, Lars Hanson, Montagu Love, Dorothy Cumming, Edward Earle, William Orlamond, Carmencita Johnson, Laon Ramon and Billy Kent Schaefer, with a screenplay by Frances Marion adapted from the novel by Dorothy Scarborough. It was directed by Victor Seastrom.

It is available on DVD from Amazon Spain.


Dec. 14, 1928, The Wind

“The Wind” opened Dec. 14, 1928, in Los Angeles, having been held by MGM for a year, presumably to reshoot the ending.

In the Nov. 5, 1928, New York Times, critic Mordaunt Hall said:

Yesterday afternoon’s rain was far more interesting than the Capitol Theatre’s current screen, offering, “The Wind,” an adaptation of a story by Dorothy Scarborough. The rain was real, and in spite of the lowering skies there was life and color around you. In the picture, the wind, whether it is a breeze or a cyclone, invariably seems a sham, and Lillian Gish, the stellar light in this new film, frequently poses where the wind is strongest; during one of the early episodes she does her bit to accentuate the artificiality of this tale by wearing the worst kind of hat for a wind.

In the Dec. 15, 1928, Los Angeles Times movie critic Edwin Schallert said:

The plot of the picture is in its way logical enough, though some of the circumstances test the imagination considerably…. Photographically, for example, there are some scenes which are decidedly mechanical and Miss Gish’s acting has the fault at times of being theatrical. However there is very much to commend the production pictorially, and as a whole Miss Gish’s acting has a splendid vitality. It is all the more regrettable on this account that the melodrama of certain situations is overemphasized, with the resulting loss of a certain finer reality.

Oct. 17, 2016, Mystery Photo


For Monday, we have a mystery gent.

Update: This is William Orlamond.



Oct. 18, 2016, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Dorothy Cumming.

Oct. 19, 2016, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have a mystery gent.

Update: This is Montagu Love.

Brain Trust roll call: Anne Papineau (mystery movie and mystery guests), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and mystery guests) and Mary Mallory (mystery movie and mystery guests).

Oct. 20, 2016, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, we have this intense gent, who says: “All will become clear by Friday.”

Update: This is Lars Hanson.

Brain Trust roll call: Sheila (mystery movie and mystery guests), Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Anne Papineau (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery guest) and Ellen (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guest).

Oct. 21, 2016, Mystery Photo

And for Friday, we have a non-mystery woman who is apparently caught in the Santa Anas.

Update: This is Lillian Gish.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery guest), Anne Papineau (Thursday’s mystery guest — very funny), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guest), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and mystery guests) and Bob Hansen (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guest).


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

  1. Mary Mallory says:

    Jim Welch?


  2. Sheila says:

    O.P. Heggie?


  3. Anne Papineau says:

    James Finlayson?


  4. aryedirect says:

    A relatively young, Bert Mustin?


  5. mandymarie20 says:

    No idea, but it looks like someone playing ‘Cookie’ on a wagon train.


  6. Anne Papineau says:

    William Orlamond and Dorothy Cumming in “The Wind.”


  7. MIKE HAWKS says:

    William Orlamond and Dorothy Cumming make this THE WIND 1928.


  8. Sheila says:

    William Orlamond, Dorothy Cumming, Montagu Love in ‘The Wind’.


  9. Mary Mallory says:

    Montagu Love.


  10. Anne Papineau says:

    Montagu Love


  11. MIKE HAWKS says:

    We are all in love with Montague Love.


  12. Ellen says:

    Today’s (Wednesday’s) mystery gent is Montague Love. The photo is from 1928’s “The Wind.”


  13. Mary Mallory says:

    Lars Hanson today.


  14. Benito says:

    Bruce Dern! Or his daddy.


  15. Anne Papineau says:

    Lars Hanson, Den Svenska Cowboy


  16. Mike Hawks says:

    Lars Hanson.


  17. THE WIND
    Monday: William Orlamond
    Tuesday: Dorothy Cumming
    Wednesday: Montagu Love
    Thursday: Lars Hanson


  18. Bob Hansen says:

    Thursday’s gentleman is Lars Hanson, in the movie The Wind from 1928. The female star was Lillian Gish!


  19. Ed says:

    Friday is Zazu Pitts. Is the movie Greed?


  20. Mary Mallory says:

    Miss Lillian Gish today.


  21. tucsonbarbara says:

    The movie is what “they” call Maria. 🙂

    Victor Seastrom, Dorothy Cumming, Montague Love, Lars Hanson, and Lillian Gish


  22. beachgal says:

    Friday – Lilian Gish – The Wind


  23. beachgal says:

    Monday – William Orlamond


  24. Mike Hawks says:

    Good morning Miss Lillian Gish.


  25. Benito says:

    Lars Hanson plus Lillian Gish equals the tragic THE WIND [1928]. Shown on TCM occasionally.


  26. Anne Papineau says:

    It’s kind of striking how similarly Zazu and Lillian Gish photograph. I think even D.W. Griffith mentioned it.


  27. Dewey webb says:

    Lillian Gish in Thw Wind


  28. Patricia van Hartesveldt says:

    Friday: Lillian Gish in “The Wind?”


  29. mandymarie20 says:

    Lillian GIsh for Friday. An appropriate picture because I think the film is ‘The Wind’.


  30. Gary Martin says:

    My source says that the wind swept Lilian Gish is appearing in Wind with Lars Hanson, ya, and Montagu Love.


  31. Howard Decker says:

    Lillian Gish in advice to the Lovelorn?


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