Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Nov. 12, 2016, Mystery Photo
This week’s mystery movie has been the 1928 MGM film “The Viking,” with Pauline Starke, Donald Crisp, LeRoy Mason, with a screenplay by Jack Cunningham from Ottilie A. Liljencrantz’s “The Thrall of Leif the Lucky.” The film was produced by Herbert T. Kalmus, photographed by George Cave and edited by Aubrey Scotto with settings by Tec-Art. The supervising art director was Carl Oscar Born, color art director Natalie Kalmus, with associate artists Jack Holden, Andre Chotin and Lewis W. Physioc. It was directed by R. William Neill.

“The Viking” was released on DVD by Warner Archive, but was apparently discontinued.

Writing in the New York Times (Nov. 29, 1928), Mordaunt Hall said:

Although the figures often look as if they had stepped out of an opera comique, there is something compelling about “The Viking,” an all-Technicolor production launched last evening in the cozy Embassy Theatre. The story is based on Ottilie A. Liljencrantz’s novel “The Trail of Lief the Lucky,” which concerns the hardy Norsemen who are supposed to have crossed the Atlantic one thousand-odd years ago and landed on this country’s soil.

The prismatic effects in this production may not always be the desired quality, especially when it concerns fire and water, but they are none the less agreeable. There is the glint of metal and the flashing of semi-precious stones on the wristbands of the horned or wing helmeted, flaxen-haired warriors of bygone ages. Occasionally there are scenes that are like beautiful paintings, but here and there the colors, while they do not fringe or mix, are not quite true.

Nov. 7, 2016, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery gent.

Update: This is Lon Poff.

Nov. 8, 2016, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have a mystery gent.

Update: This is Anders Randolph.

Nov. 9, 2016, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have a mystery gent.

Update: This is LeRoy Mason.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and mystery guests).

Nov. 10, 2016, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Pauline Starks.

Brain Trust roll call: Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guest), Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Dan Nather (mystery movie and mystery guests) and Don Danard (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guest).

Nov. 11, 2016, Mystery Photo

And for Friday, we have a mystery gent with a steel fedora.

Update: This is Donald Crisp.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie and mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery woman), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery woman) and Bob Hansen (mystery movie).

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

  1. B.J.Merholz says:

    Hmm. Could it be Josef Somer?


  2. Dewey webb says:

    Monday: older Anderson Cooper
    Tuesday: Andrew Duggan lookalike


  3. Anne Papineau says:

    On Tuesday, Brando, post-embalming?
    Just spit-balling.


  4. Benito says:

    Angus Scrimm (Phantasm) on Monday?


  5. Anders Randolph in THE VIKING (1928)
    Monday: Lon Poff


  6. Mike Hawks says:

    LeRoy Mason in THE VIKING 1928.


  7. Dan Nather says:

    LeRoy Mason in the early two-color Technicolor feature THE VIKING (1928). That means Lon Poff on Monday, and Anders Randolf as Eric the Red on Tuesday.


  8. Don Danard says:

    Wednesday’s Mystery Man resembles LeRoy Mason in “The Vikings”.


  9. Earl Boebert says:

    Marcello Mastroianni (or his stand-in) in “House of Ricordi” (or something else).

    (If you’re going to grasp at straws, grab a bunch :-))


  10. Dewey Webb says:

    Some foreign film shot in WeirdColor


  11. Mary Mallory says:

    THE VIKING. Lon Poff Monday, Leroy Mason yesterday, and Pauline Starke today.


  12. Mike Hawks says:

    Pauline Starke.


  13. Bob Hansen says:

    Is this The Viking from 1928?


  14. Mary Mallory says:

    Scottish Donald Crisp as a Viking.


  15. Mike Hawks says:

    Donald Crisp whoops it up.


  16. Don Danard says:

    Donald Crisp today, I’d say.


  17. Sheila says:

    Donald Crisp in ‘The Viking’. Boy, that was hard!


  18. mandymarie20 says:

    The initial photograph had me thinking of the complete wrong era. Now I’m thinking it’s one of the first technicolor films, 1928’s ‘The Vikings’. Tuesday – Anders Randolf. Wednesday – Leroy Mason. Thursday – Pauline Starke. Friday – Donald Crisp. Monday for me is just a guess, Lon Poff.


  19. Dan Nather says:

    Pauline Starke on Thursday, Donald Crisp today!


  20. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Donald Crisp.


  21. Dan Nather says:

    THE VIKING was announced, but not released, by the Warner Archive. When it happened, I wrote to them, and they said they were having problems with the original elements and couldn’t settle on a release date yet. I’m still waiting . . .


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