Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Dec. 16, 2016, Mystery Photo
This week’s mystery movie – which turned out to be one of the most difficult I have ever posted – was the 1934 British musical “Evergreen.” The film stars Jessie Matthews, Sonnie Hale, Betty Balfour, Barry Mackay, Ivor Maclaren, Hartley Power, Patrick Ludlow, Betty Shale and Marjorie Brooks.  It was directed by Victor Saville, from a script by Emlyn Williams, scenario by Marjorie Gaffney, based on the  play by Benn W. Levy, adapted for the screen from Charles B. Cochran’s production at the Adelphi Theatre, London. Lyrics and music by Harry M. Woods, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Choreography by Buddy Bradley, photography by Glen MacWilliams, art direction by Alfred Junge.

Writing in the New York Times (Jan. 11, 1935), Andre Sennwald said:

At the risk of damning the Music Hall’s new photoplay with faint praise, it is imperative to report at once that “Evergreen” is the most pleasurable musical comedy yet offered us by the ambitious British screen industry. Both in its suave and expert technical arrangement and in its superb Rodgers and Hart songs, this Gaumont-British screen edition of Benn W. Levy’s London play is a considerable joy. In addition it is fortunate in the presence of Jessie Matthews, a nimble and winning dryad of song and dance, who deserves to be better known to American film audiences. A joyous and captivating nymph, she is the feminine counterpart of Fred Astaire. If Hollywood has the welfare of its customers at heart, it will immediately team her with Mr. Astaire in what should certainly be the perfect partnership.

Writing in the Los Angeles Times (Jan. 19, 1935), Philip K. Scheuer said:

“Evergreen” goes a bit quaint at times, especially in those moments when it presumes to be hotcha. And yet Miss Matthews could hold her own in the front line of our best choruses at that. Perhaps these scenes just look quaint because we know they come from afar. The dance ensembles are undoubtedly a bit dated, from the Hollywood standpoint.

“Evergreen” is available from Amazon and in a Region 2 format.


For Monday, our mystery guest is pouring Champagne into a lady’s shoe. Guess what happens next.

Update: This is Patrick Ludlow.

Dec. 13, 2016, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have a mystery guest and a mystery companion who does not approve of such goings-on.

Update: This is Sonnie Hale and Marjorie Brooks.

Dec. 14, 2016, Mystery Photo

And for Wednesday, we have this mystery bloke.

Update: This is Barry MacKay.

Dec. 15, 2016, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, we have another mystery chappy. He’s the leading lady’s “Eternal Admirer.”
Dec.15, 2016, Mystery Photo

And he ages a bit through the film.

Update: This is Ivor Maclaren.

Dec. 15, 2016, Mystery Photo

And bye the bye, here’s Tuesday’s mystery gent with some lovely mystery companions.

Dec. 15, 2016, Mystery Photo
I say, what’s this?

Dec. 15, 2016, Mystery Photo

And this?

Dec. 15, 2016, Mystery Photo

Bless you, TCM, for showing classic movies – uncut!

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

Dec. 16, 2016, Mystery Photo
And here is our leading lady from across the pond.

Dec. 16, 2016, Mystery Photo
And here she is later in the film.

Update: This is Jessie Matthews.

DEc. 16, 2016, Mystery Photo
What if Busby Berkeley directed “Metropolis?” It might look like this.

Dec. 16, 2016, Mystery Photo
Brain Trust roll call: Mike Hawks (mystery movie, Wednesday’s mystery bloke) and Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests).

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

  1. B.J.Merholz says:

    He puts it on and goes dancing.


  2. aryedirect says:

    Looks like the movies’ most popular drunk, Jack Norton. OR, the youngest Charlie Ruggles I’ve ever seen.


  3. Don Danard says:

    Guess what happens? He realizes it’s his own shoe!!!


  4. Mary Mallory says:

    Anna Neagle.


  5. Dewey webb says:

    Kay Kyser


  6. Benito says:

    Today’s prig looks like Joseph Forte, best known as Dr. Carroll in REEFER MADNESS. Or, Margaret Hamilton in male drag…


  7. tucsonbarbara says:

    Alice White?


  8. Anne Papineau says:

    Robert Woolsey on Tuesday?


  9. Laura C. says:

    Could Tuesday’s mystery man be Sid Silvers?


  10. Benito says:

    Colin “It’s Alive!” Clive today?


  11. Barry McKay in EVERGREEN.


  12. Monday: Patrick Ludlow
    Tuesday: Sonnie Hale and Marjorie Brooks


  13. Mike Hawks says:

    Barry MacKay in EVERGREEN.


  14. Ivor McLaren, Sonnie Hale and ladies of the chorus.


  15. B.J.Merholz says:

    I think you’re having too much fun.


  16. Mary Mallory says:

    Anton Walbrook yesterday


  17. Mary Mallory says:

    Bebe Daniels in A SOUTHERN MAID. Clifford Mollison Tuesday, Lupino Lane Thursday.


  18. The Dancing Divinity, Jessie Mathews.


  19. Mike Hawks says:

    Jessie Matthews.


  20. tucsonbarbara says:



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