Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Nov. 19, 2016, ZMystery Photo
This week’s mystery movie has been the 1943 film “The Kansan,” with Richard Dix, Jane Wyatt, Albert Dekker, Eugene Pallette, Victor Jory, Robert Armstrong, Beryl Wallace, Clem Bevans, Hobart Cavanaugh, Francis McDonald, Willie Best, Douglas Fowley, Rod Cameron, Eddy Waller and Ralphael Bennett. The screenplay was written by Harold Shumate from the story “Peace Marshal” by Frank Gruber. It was photographed by Russell Harlan, with music by Gerard Carbonara, art direction by Ralph Berger, edited by Carroll Lewis and set decoration by Emile Kuri. The song “Lullaby of the Herd” was by Foster Carling and Phil Ohman, sung by the King’s Men. The film was produced by Harry Sherman and directed by George Archainbaud. It was released through United Artists.

It is available on DVD from Amazon.


Writing in the Los Angeles Times (June 10, 1943) Edwin Schaller said:

Rough and ready is this western story, which is glorified by picturesque scenery, fast riding and the familiar six-shooter bombardment…. Notwithstanding its elements are not unusual, “The Kansan” is a good picture of the type. It will cause you to root for the hero, approve the guy who goes straight after being in league with the heavies, react most favorably to the quality which Miss Wyatt brings to the environment as heroine, for she certainly typifies class in this picture.

Writing in the New York Times (Oct. 1, 1943) T.S. said:

Another popgun chorus has arrived at the Rialto, with Richard Dix conducting, and it is called “The Kansan.” Not that the name matters much, for it is a strictly assembly-line Western, with all the cues in place. Mr. Dix, with a face that still looks as if it might have been carved out of Mount Rushmore, stalks the cow-town of Broken Lance, every inch a marshal. There is the usual crop of corrupt local bigwigs, the fracas over fences, mad pursuits with horsemen thundering across the skyline, and the final free-for-all in a barricaded Main Street—in short, the kind of Western in which the cast decreases almost as rapidly as a pay check on Saturday night.

Nov. 14, 2016, Mystery Photo
For Monday, we have a mystery gent.

Update: This is Willie Best.

Nov. 15, 2016, Mystery Photo
For Tuesday, we have two mystery gents.

This is Douglas Fowley and Francis McDonald.

Brain Trust roll call: Michael Ryerson (Monday’s mystery guest), Howard Mandelbaum (Monday’s mystery gent), James Scott (Monday’s mystery guest), Mary Mallory (Monday’s mystery guest), Mike Hawks (Monday’s mystery guest), Chrisbo (Monday’s mystery guest), Don Danard (Monday’s mystery guest), Gary Martin (Monday’s mystery guest), Mandy Marie (Monday’s mystery guest), B.J. Merholz (Monday’s mystery guest), Arye Michael Bender (Monday’s mystery guest), Tucson Barbara (Monday’s mystery guest), Joan Renner (Monday’s mystery guest), Anne Papineau (Monday’s mystery guest), Patrick (Monday’s mystery guest), Bob Hansen (Monday’s mystery guest), Veronyka (Monday’s mystery guest), Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (Monday’s mystery guest) and L.C. (Monday’s mystery guest).

Nov. 16, 2016, Mystery Photo
And for Wednesday, we have a murky mystery chap. This shows why I don’t do many Westerns. Even with a fair amount of digital hocus pocus, the images are usually terrible. A certain longtime actor, much beloved by the Brain Trust, is sadly unrecognizable in this print….

Update: This is Walter Baldwin.

Nov. 16, 2016, Mystery Photo
So here is he is, in a picture from the era in which you can see him plainly.

Update: This is a promotional picture for the “The Blackouts of 1944” with Jack Mulhall and Gloria Gilbert.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery bad guys), Mary Mallory (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery bad guys), B.J. Merholz (one of Tuesday’s mystery bad guys), Don Danard (Tuesday’s mystery bad guys), Jenny M (mystery movie and mystery guests), Sheila (one of Tuesday’s mystery bad guys), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery bad guys), Michael Ryerson (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery bad guys) and Patrick (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery bad guys).
Nov. 17, 2016, Mystery Photo
And for Thursday, Monday’s mystery guest has a mystery companion.

Update: Victor Jory and Willie Best.

Nov. 17, 2016, Mystery Photo

Look who I found!

Update: This is George Reeves.

Nov. 1`7, 2016, Mystery Photo
And this, just to clarify, this is the Brain Trust’s unofficial mascot with a lady caller.

Update: Jane Wyatt visits Jack Mulhall.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery guest, and our unofficial Brain Trust mascot), Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery guest, unofficial Brain Trust mascot), Don Danard (unofficial Brain Trust mascot), Stevo (Monday’s mystery guest), Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery guest, unofficial Brain Trust mascot), Gary Martin (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mystery bad guy), Michael Ryerson (unofficial Brain Trust mascot) and Ed (unofficial Brain Trust mascot).

Nov. 18, 2016, Mystery Photo

And for Friday, we have our hero and his leading lady.

Update: This is Jane Wyatt and Richard Dix.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery duo and the Brain Trust mascot), Sheila (half of Thursday’s mystery duo, mystery mascot), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery duo and the mystery gunman), Michael Ryerson (Thursday’s mystery duo, Brain Trust mascot), David Inman (Thursday’s mystery duo), Charles Kjelland (half of Thursday’s mystery duo), Gary Martin (Brain Trust mascot, mystery woman), B.J. Merholz (mystery movie, half of Thursday’s mystery duo), Alan Warren (mystery movie, Thursday’s mystery duo, Thursday’s mystery gunman), Don Danard (half of Thursday’s mystery duo, mystery gunman and mystery mascot, but alas, wrong movie), Anne Papineau (mystery movie, half of Thursday’s mystery duo), Benito (Thursday’s mystery duo), Mike Hawks (half of Thursday’s mystery duo), Tucson Barbara (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mystery guests, mystery mascot, Thursday’s mystery duo and mystery gunman) and Patrick (Thursday’s mystery duo, mystery gunman and mystery mascot).

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

  1. darkhouse1906 says:

    I FINALLY got one! Mantan Moreland!

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  2. Ken Jackson says:

    Stepin Fetchit/Theodore Perry?

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  3. Dan Nather says:

    Eugene Jackson in CIMARRON (1931)?

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  4. B.J.Merholz says:

    This is probably not Mantan Moreland in Sleepers West, but I hope it is because it would lead to another good Mystery Photo entry.

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  5. James Scott says:

    That’s Willie Best.

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  6. Mary Mallory says:

    Willie Best?

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  7. Mike Hawks says:

    Willie Best.

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  8. Chrisbo says:

    Willie Best?

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  9. Don Danard says:

    Today’s Mystery Man is Willie Best I believe.

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  10. Gary Martin says:

    I know it’s Monday but I still think it’s Willie Best.

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  11. mandymarie20 says:

    Willie Best

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  12. B.J.Merholz says:

    Okay. So it’s Willie Best in one of his many porter roles. For the sake of fun, I’ll guess At the Circus.

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  13. tucsonbarbara says:

    He looks like Willie Best, so that’s my guess.

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  14. Joan Renner says:

    Willie Best?

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  15. Anne Papineau says:

    William “Willie” Best?

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  16. Patrick says:

    Willie Best in something.

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  17. Bob Hansen says:

    I believe that’s Willie Best.

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  18. Veronyka says:

    Willie Best

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  19. Going with She Wouldn’t Say Yes (1945) with Rosalind Russell , Lee Bowman, Willie Best, Mantan Moreland and a bravura performance by Charlie Winninger.

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  20. Lee Ann, Megan, and Thom says:

    Willie Best is today’s guest, but it’s a little too early to say which film it is.

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  21. LC says:

    Willie Best

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  22. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Douglas Fowley, Francis McDonald in THE KANSAN (1943)

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  23. Mary Mallory says:

    THE KANSAN. Douglas Fowley and Francis McDonald.

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  24. B.J.Merholz says:

    Douglas Fowley in the black button up?

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  25. Don Danard says:

    Douglas Fowley and Francis McDonald today.

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  26. Jenny M says:

    Monday – Willie Best
    Tuesday – Douglas Fowley and Francis McDonald
    Movie – The Kansan

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  27. Sheila says:

    Francis MacDonald on Tuesday?

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  28. Mike Hawks says:

    Doug Fowley and Francis MacDonald make this THE KANSAN 1943.

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  29. Don says:

    Step-N-Fetchit

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  30. Sam Gorden says:

    Dudley Dickerson

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  31. Well today, Tuesday, we have Douglas Fowley and Francis McDonald making this The Kansan (1943) with Richard Dix and Jane Wyatt (after Shangri-La and before Jim Anderson).

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  32. Patrick says:

    Douglas Fowley and Francis McDonald in The Kansan from 1943.

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  33. Mary Mallory says:

    Walter Baldwin as the judge and our ebullient friend is Mr. Jack Mulhall. Beryl Wallace, Earl Carroll’s girlfriend, is in this picture!

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  34. Mike Hawks says:

    Our wednesday man in the courtroom looks like Walter Baldwin while the added photo is my man Jack Mulhall from the stage “KEN MURRAY’S BLACKOUTS”. We must look into this.

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  35. Don Danard says:

    Well, the guy today is Jack Mulhall but I don’t know the Lady.

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  36. stevo says:

    Monday willie best ??

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  37. Walter Baldwin and the irrepressible Jack Mulhall.

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  38. Gary Martin says:

    I think I see Douglas Fowley so I’m placing a guess of The Kansan …1943 …or so.

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  39. mandymarie20 says:

    Wednesday has to be John Litel

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  40. mandymarie20 says:

    ‘Gold is Where You Find It’

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  41. Well, for Wednesday you’ve got Jack Mulhall in the second, clearer picture but it’s hard to believe that’s him in the fuzzy shot even though he appears in The Kansan. Anyway Jack Mulhall.

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  42. Ed says:

    Thursday is Jack Mullhall

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  43. Mary Mallory says:

    Willie with Victor Jory, Albert Dekker looking through the wheel, and our friend Jack Mulhall in his sick room.

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  44. Sheila says:

    Our pal, Jack Mulhall! And Victor Jory.

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  45. Victor Jory & Willie Best; George Reeve as Jessie James.

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  46. On Thursday we have Willie Best whispering(?) in Victor Jory’s ear likely counseling caution. The guy crouching behind the wheel of a wagon which appears to be carrying an enormous watermelon is a mystery to me (Pierce Lyden?). Then we have Jack Mulhall chatting with a pretty girl who I hope is Beryl Wallace.

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  47. David Inman says:

    Victor Jory on Thursday, maybe with Willie Best?

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  48. Charles Kjelland says:

    Victor Jory today, don’t know the movie!

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  49. Gary Martin says:

    If that’s the way you play, give me points as well for Jack Mulhall. And what about side of the head woman Jane Wyartt?

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  50. B.J.Merholz says:

    I was thinking The Kansan, but I didn’t want to look it up, but I think Victory Jory seals it.

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  51. Alan Warren says:

    Willie Best. Victor Jory. George Reeves. The Kansan.

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  52. Don Danard says:

    It’s one of the Hopalong Cassidy dusters ..which all look alike…but the Mystery Guests are Victor Jory, George Reeves and Jack Mulhall. From “Bar 20” I think.

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  53. Anne Papineau says:

    On Thursday I’m seeing Victor Jory and Burt Reynolds in “The Kansan”

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  54. Benito says:

    Victor Jory on the left. Guessing thats Willie Best with him?

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  55. Mike Hawks says:

    Mr. Happy is Victor Jory.

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  56. tucsonbarbara says:

    The Kansan

    Tuesday – Douglas Fowley and Francis McDonald
    Wednesday – Jack Mulhall
    Thursday – Victor Jory (with Willie Best; also, a “found” George Reeves

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  57. Patrick says:

    Wednesday’s murky mystery chap is the unrecognizable Jack Mulhall. On Thursday we have Victor Jory and Willie Best, George Reeves who is about to see if someone is faster than a speeding bullet and an even less recognizable Jack Mulhall.

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  58. Could Thursday’s newcomer be Victor Jory?

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  59. Mary Mallory says:

    Richard Dix and Jane Wyatt today.

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  60. tucsonbarbara says:

    Jane Wyatt and Richard Dix

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  61. Mike Hawks says:

    Jane Wyatt and Richard Dix.

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  62. Don Danard says:

    Jane Wyatt and Richard Dix in “The Kansan”.

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  63. And for Friday we have Richard Dix and Jane Wyatt.

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  64. Dewey webb says:

    Sunshine Sammy,,Victor Jory, A Dog Named Boo?

    This one is a mystery!

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  65. John Campbell says:

    I believe that’s Willie Best.

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  66. Ed says:

    Friday is Richard Dix

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