Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Nov. 5, 2016, Mystery Photo
This week’s mystery movie has been the 1950 Universal International film “Woman on the Run,” with Ann Sheridan, Dennis O’Keefe, Robert Keith, John Qualen, Frank Jenks, Ross Elliott, Jane Liddell, Joan Fulton, J. Farrell MacDonald, Steven Geray, Victor Sen Yung, Rako Sato, Syd Saylor and Thomas P. Dillon. The screenplay was by Alan Campbell and Norman Foster from a story by Sylvia Tate published in American Magazine. The film was photographed by Hal Mohr, with art direction by Boris Leven, set decoration by Jacque Mapes and music by Emil Newman and Arthur Lange. The film was produced by Howard Welsch and directed by Norman Foster.

The Film Noir Foundation’s restoration of the movie, released in May 2016, is available from Flicker Alley in a Blu-ray/DVD package for $34.59 from Amazon.


“Woman on the Run” opened Oct. 28, 1950, in Los Angeles.

Philip K. Scheuer of the Los Angeles Times said (Oct. 30, 1950):

For a Hitchcock-type thriller … “Woman on the Run” is really quite a presentable little affair, directed (after one of the talkiest openings on record) with fair imagination by Norman Foster, who also collaborated on the screenplay. His roller-coaster finish, at any rate, demonstrates what applied cinematics can do to make the spectator breathe hard over a situation which, if he were thinking hard instead, would quickly establish itself as coming mighty close to preposterous.

Bosley Crowther of the New York Times (Nov. 30, 1950) said:

Since it never pretends to be more than it is, “Woman on the Run,” which began a stand at the Criterion yesterday, is melodrama of solid if not spectacular proportions. Working on what obviously was a modest budget, its independent producers may not have achieved a superior chase in this yarn about the search by the police and the fugitive’s wife for a missing witness to a gangland killing. But as a combination of sincere characterizations, plausible dialogue, suspense and the added documentary attribute of a scenic tour through San Francisco, “Woman on the Run” may be set several notches above the usual cops-and-corpses contributions from the Coast.


For Monday, we have a mystery gent.

Update: This is Thomas P. Dillon.

Nov. 1, 2016, Mystery Photo



For Tuesday, we have a mystery gent. Back of the head lady has been cropped out. She will appear on Friday.

Update: This is Steven Geray and Ann Sheridan.

Nov. 2, 2016, Mystery Photo

And for Wednesday, a mystery gent.

Update: This is Dennis O’Keefe.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Tuesday’s mystery guest), Howard Mandelbaum (Tuesday’s mystery guest), Don Danard (Tuesday’s mystery guest), Jenny M. (Tuesday’s mystery guest), Mike Hawks (Tuesday’s mystery guest), B.J. Merholz (Tuesday’s mystery guest), Gary Martin (Tuesday’s mystery guest), Roget-L.A. (Tuesday’s mystery guest), Mandymarie (Tuesday’s mystery guest), Sheila (Tuesday’s mystery guest) and Tucson Barbara (mystery movie and mystery guests, plus back of the head woman).

Nov. 3, 2016, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, we have a mystery dog and a mystery companion.

Update: This is Robert Keith.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guest), Gary Martin (mystery movie, Wednesday’s mystery guest and back of the head woman), Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery guest, wrong movie), Mike Hawks (mystery movie, Wednesday’s mystery guest and back of the head woman), Jenny M. (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guest), Don Danard (Wednesday’s mystery guest), McDee (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Tucson Barbara (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (mystery movie and mystery guests) and Bob Hansen (Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests).

Nov. 4, 2016, Mystery Photo

And here is our leading lady, formerly known as back of the head woman.

Update: This is Ann Sheridan.

Brain Trust roll call: Tucson Barbara (Thursday’s mystery guest), Ed (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Mary Mallory (mystery movie, back of the head woman and Thursday’s mystery guest), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guest, Laura C. (Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests, wrong movie), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie, Thursday’s mystery guest), Dewey Webb (Thursday’s mystery guest), Don Danard (Thursday’s mystery guest), Sheila (mystery movie, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests), Benito (Thursday’s mystery guest) and L.C. (Thursday’s mystery guest).

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

  1. Anne Papineau says:

    Broderick Crawford?


  2. Patrick says:

    Monday morning guess: Dick Elliott?


  3. E. Yarber says:

    Oliver Hardy’s evil twin.


  4. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Glenn Anders in THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI.


  5. Mary Mallory says:

    Danny Green and THE LADYKILLERS.


  6. Mary Mallory says:

    Stephen Geray today.


  7. Mary Mallory says:

    The Unfaithful and Carey Harrison Monday.


  8. Don Danard says:

    Today’s Mystery Man is Steven Geray.


  9. Jenny M says:

    Steven Geray


  10. Mike Hawks says:

    Steven Geray.


  11. Dewey webb says:

    Jerry Hausner


  12. Gary Martin says:

    Steven (Stephen?) Geray.


  13. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Steven Geray on Tuesday?


  14. mandymarie20 says:

    Tuesday has to be Steven Geray. Loved him in ‘Gilda’.


  15. Sheila says:

    Steven geray for Tuesday?


  16. tucsonbarbara says:

    “Woman on the Run”

    Monday – Tom Dillon
    Tuesday – Steven Geray


  17. tucsonbarbara says:

    Oops! Forgot to add that back of the head lady would be Ann Sheridan. 🙂


  18. Mary Mallory says:

    Dennis O’keefe and WOMAN ON THE RUN. I had the right leading lady from yesterday’s film, the same one as in this one.


  19. Gary Martin says:

    Dennis O’Keeffe on Wednesday and so the back of the head person in the tweed coat would be The Woman on the Run, Ann Sheridan …giving one of her best performances …I believe she also produced the film.


  20. Dennis O’Keefe in “Mr. District Attorney” (1947)


  21. Mike Hawks says:

    WOMAN ON THE RUN with Dennis O’Keefe and lady from monday Ann Sheridan.


  22. Jenny M says:

    Dennis O’Keefe in Woman on the Run.


  23. Don Danard says:

    Dennis O’Keefe today.


  24. mcdee says:

    Dennis O’Keefe for Wednesday?


  25. tucsonbarbara says:

    I think that’s Dennis O’Keefe.


  26. Lee Ann, Megan, and Thom says:

    I knew The frame with Steve Geray was familiar, but I couldn’t place it at first. Tom Dillon fro Monday, Steve Geray (and Ann Sheridan) for Tuesday, and Dennis O’Keefe for Wednesday in Woman on the Run.


  27. Bob Hansen says:

    Wednesday’s gentleman is Dennis O’Keefe. Tuesday’s guest might be Steven Geray.


  28. tucsonbarbara says:

    Robert Keith


  29. Ed says:

    Wednesday is Dennis Okeefe


  30. Mary Mallory says:

    Robert Keith and back of the head woman is Ann Sheridan, star of both THE UNFAITHFUL and WOMAN ON THE RUN.


  31. Mike Hawks says:

    Robert Keith and friend.


  32. Laura C. says:

    Tuesday looks like Steven Geray (I can hear that vague Eastern European accent), and Wednesday is definitely Dennis O’Keefe.

    I guess the movie to be Mr. District Attorney (1947).


  33. Robert Keith in “Woman on the Run.”


  34. Dewey webb says:

    Robert Keith


  35. Don Danard says:

    Today’s Mystery Man is Robert Keith. Don’t know the name of the dog. How ’bout “Barky, the Wonder Dog”.


  36. Sheila says:

    Dennis O’Keefe, Robert Keith, ‘Woman on the Run’ 1950?


  37. Benito says:

    Robert Keith, once married to Hollywood Sign swan diver Peg Entwistle, father of Brian Keith!


  38. LC says:

    Robert Keith


  39. Mary Mallory says:

    Finally Ms. Ann Sheridan today.


  40. Mike Hawks says:

    Ann Sheridan smoked too much.


  41. Benito says:

    Late career Ann Sheridan. Spotted Steven Geray [SO DARK THE NIGHT, 1946] on Tuesday, so this is WOMAN ON THE RUN.


  42. Dewey webb says:

    aNn Sheridan, Just Across The Street


  43. Laura C. says:

    Doh – this is Woman on the Run (1950). I just watched this one a few months back, I can’t believe I mixed it up with Mr. District Attorney.


  44. Candy Cassell says:

    The absolutely gorgeous Ann Sheridan as Friday’s mystery lady, and perhaps Robert Keith on Thursday? (I recall him mostly for his roll in a memorable “Twilight Zone” — great face!)


  45. tucsonbarbara says:

    Ann Sheridan


  46. Alan Warren says:

    Ann Sheridan and Robert Keith in Woman on the Run?


  47. beachgal says:

    Woman on the Run – Ann Sheridan for Friday’s mystery actress


  48. Anne Papineau says:

    Ann Sheridan


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