Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

'And One Was Beautiful'
This week’s mystery movie has been the 1940 MGM film “And One Was Beautiful,” with Robert Cummings, Laraine Day, Jean Muir, Billie Burke, Ann Morriss, Esther Dale, Charles Waldron, Frank Milan, Rand Brooks, Paul Stanton and Ruth Tobey. It was produced by Frederick Stephani, with a screenplay by Harry Clork from a story by Alice Duer Miller, musical score by Daniele Amfitheatrof, art direction by Cedric Gibbons with Harry McAfee, set decoration by Edwin B. Willis, photography by Ray June and editing by Conrad A. Nervig. It was directed by Robert B. Sinclair.

This movie has never been commercially released.

B.R. Crisler, writing in the New York Times (April 11, 1940), said:

With a title derived from Byron and a story from Alice Duer Miller, it is not surprising that Metro’s “And One Was Beautiful” should be literarily slick—so slick that it slides right into a conventional triangular pattern in which two sisters wrench and tug for seventy minutes over the same young man. The old Miller formula never ran straighter in the groove than it does in the Criterion’s current tenant. A good little sister meets a man whom bad little sister covets; bad little sister lines him up, but runs out on him when he needs a friend; good little sister stands by and gets him in the end. That’s the way it goes.

The film opened in Los Angeles on April 24, 1940, at Loew’s State and Grauman’s Chinese theaters as the second half of a double bill with “Johnny Apollo.” It was not reviewed.

Nov. 21, 2016, Mystery Photo
For Monday, we have a mystery gent.

Update: This is Wallis Clark.

Nov. 22, 2016, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have a mysterious young lady.

Update: This is Ruth Tobey.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Monday’s mystery judge), Jenny M. (Monday’s mystery judge) and Mike Hawks (Monday’s mystery judge).

Nov. 23, 2016, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Jean Muir.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mystery lass).

Nov. 24, 2016, Mystery Photo
For Thursday, we have a mystery mechanic and her mystery companion – and a mystery roadster.

Update: This is Rand Brooks and Laraine Day.

Brain Trust roll call: Sheila (mystery movie, mystery judge and Wednesday’s mystery woman), Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery woman), Mike Hawks (mystery movie, and Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests) and Tucson Barbara (mystery movie and Monday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests).

Nov. 25, 2016, Mystery Photo

And for Friday, our mystery prisoner has a visitor, Back of the Head Lady.

Update: This is Robert Cummings and Laraine Day.

Brain Trust roll call: Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery mechanic and mystery admirer), Jenny M. (mystery movie, Thursday’s mystery mechanic and mystery admirer), Don Danard (Thursday’s mystery mechanic and mystery admirer), Tucson Barbara (mystery lass, Thursday’s mystery mechanic and mystery admirer), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery mechanic and mystery admirer), Laura C. (Thursday’s mystery mechanic), Mary Mallory (mystery movie and mystery guests), Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (mystery movie and mystery guests).


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

  1. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Wallis Clark.


  2. Mary Mallory says:

    A Perry Mason episode?


  3. Gary Martin says:

    In the Howard Freeman vein.


  4. Jenny M says:

    Wallis Clark


  5. Mike Hawks says:

    Wallis Clark.


  6. Helen Tobey in ONE WAS BEAUTIFUL.


  7. Sheila says:

    Wallis Clark on Monday, Jean Muir on Wednesday, ‘And One Was Beautiful’?


  8. Mike Hawks says:

    Whoa! Ruth Tobey for tuesday and Jean Muir for today make this AND ONE WAS BEAUTIFUL 1940.


  9. tucsonbarbara says:

    And One Was Beautiful

    Monday – Wallis Clark
    Tuesday – Paula Lane
    Wednesday – Jean Muir


  10. Mike Hawks says:

    Rand Brooks and Laraine Day are tinkering around.


  11. Jenny M says:

    Rand Brooks and Laraine Day in And One Was Besutiful.


  12. Don Danard says:

    It’s Rand Brooks watching the gal do all the work on the car!


  13. tucsonbarbara says:

    Scarlett O’Hara’s unlucky first husband, Rand Brooks. 🙂


  14. tucsonbarbara says:


    Tuesday’s mystery girl is Ruth Tobey. 🙂


  15. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Rand Brooks & Laraine Day.


  16. Laura C. says:

    Is Thursday’s mystery mechanic lady Laraine Day?


  17. Mary Mallory says:

    Laraine day.


  18. Lee Ann, Megan, and Thom says:

    And One Was Beautiful is our movie, with Laraine Day and Rand Brooks for today, and Wallis Clark for Monday.


  19. Lee Ann, Megan, and Thom says:

    Ruth Tobey for Tuesday.


  20. Lee Ann, Megan, and Thom says:

    And Jean Muir for Wednesday.


  21. Mary Mallory says:

    AND ONE WAS BEAUTIFUL. Wallis Clark Monday, Jean Muir Wednesday, and Rand Brooks with Day today.


  22. Friday I spy Robert Cummings.


  23. Laraine Day and Robert Cummings.


  24. Mary Mallory says:

    Robert Cummings today and Paula Lane on Tuesday.


  25. Don Danard says:

    Bob Cummings today


  26. Laura C. says:

    Friday is Robert Cummings. I now recognize Wednesday as Jean Muir. That makes this 1940’s And One Was Beautiful.


  27. beachgal says:

    Wen is Jean Muir. Thurs = Laraine Day. Friday is Bob Cummings – the movie is And One Was Beautiful


  28. Mike Hawks says:

    Mr. Robert Cummings w/Ms. Day.


  29. Charles Kjelland says:

    Robert Cummings today.


  30. tucsonbarbara says:

    Since the mystery movie is a drama, Friday’s guest is Robert Cummings. Had it been a comedy, he’d be Bob Cummings. 😉


  31. Richard Wegescheide says:

    Friday is the easy one, which is Bob Cummings. I’ll guess ‘One was Beautiful’ because of the prison garb.


  32. Gary Martin says:

    Robert Cummings in Under Pup?


  33. LC says:

    And One Was Beautiful w/Robert Cummings, Laraine Day, Wallis Clark, Jean Muir…


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