Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Dec. 31, 2016, Mystery Photo
This week’s mystery movie has been the 1938 Twentieth Century-Fox film “Mr. Moto Takes a Chance.”

The film is available on DVD from Amazon.

An unsigned review in the New York Times (June 13, 1938) says:

If you are familiar with the singsong repartee and the perhaps slightly monotonous charm of ???Ma Moto, as impersonated by Peter Lorre, you will have learned to expect from this small Japanese secret agent all that he gives you in the latest chapter of his biography, entitled “Mr. Moto Takes a Chance,” at the Globe. But there must be people in the world who never heard of Mr. Moto and for the benefit of these late comers we might as well explain, first of all, that Mr. Moto is bullet proof.

Dec. 26, 2016, Mystery Photo


For Monday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Rochelle Hudson.

Dec. 27, 2016, Mystery Photo



For Tuesday, we have some mystery chaps with a movie camera.

Update: This is Robert Kent and Chick Chandler.

Brain Trust roll call: Benito (Monday’s mystery aviatrix/wrong movie), Suzanne Stone (Monday’s mystery aviatrix), Robert Morrissey (Monday’s mystery aviatrix), Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery aviatrix), Dewey Webb (Monday’s mystery aviatrix/wrong movie) and Bob Hansen (Monday’s mystery aviatrix).

This week’s mystery movie comes from guest host Earl Boebert, a longtime member of the Brain Trust who recently published a book on the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Dec. 28, 2016, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have this impressive mystery guest.

Update: This is J. Edward Bromberg.

Brain Trust roll call: Mike Hawks (mystery movie and mystery guests), Don Danard (one of Tuesday’s mystery guests), Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (Tuesday’s mystery guests) and L. Pots (Monday’s mystery aviatrix).

Dec. 29, 2016, Mystery Photo

And for Thursday, we have this mystery guest.

Update: This is George Regas.

Brain Trust roll call: Don Danard (Wednesday’s mystery gent), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Monday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Benito (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guest), B.J. Merholz (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guest) and Lee Ann Megan and Thom (Wednesday’s mystery guest).

Dec. 30, 2016, Mystery Photo

And for Friday, a mask conceals one of the most famous faces in Hollywood.

Update: This is Peter Lorre.



Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guest), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guest), Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (Thursday’s mystery guest) and L.C. (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery aviatrix).


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

  1. Benito says:

    Guessing it’s Rochelle Hudson in PIRATES OF THE SKIES 1939. A different still says she is Dorothy Arnold so that’s my 2nd guess.


  2. Candy Cassell says:

    This appears to be a pretty pilot at the wheel of a plane, wearing a fabric helmet (stylish but not much protection), the straps perhaps of a parachute, and a lit torch — not in the British sense of a flashlight turned on, but an actual flaming torch!!! Can’t wait for the next installment.


  3. Don Danard says:

    I don’t know who she is but I hope to hell she knows what’s she doing!!!!


  4. Suzanne Stone says:

    Rochelle Hudson?


  5. Robert Morrissey says:

    This looks like Rochelle Hudson to me. She was in a lot of very good movies!


  6. Lee Ann, Megan, and Thom says:

    Rochelle Hudson in Mr. Moto Takes a Chance.


  7. Mary Mallory says:

    WOMEN IN THE WIND. Sally SAge.


  8. Dewey webb says:

    Rochelle Hudson


  9. Dewey webb says:

    Pirates Of THe Skies


  10. Bob Hansen says:

    Monday’s lady might be Rochelle Hudson.


  11. Mike Hawks says:

    I thought that was Rochelle Hudson. Therefore, the movie is MR. MOTO TAKES A CHANCE with Robert Kent and Chick Chandler.


  12. Don Danard says:

    Looks like Don McGuire (?) and Chick Chandler today.


  13. Dewey webb says:

    Lucky Devils


  14. Lee Ann, Megan and Thom says:

    Tuesday’s intrepid cameraman and friend are Robert Kent and Chick Chandler.


  15. l. pots says:

    Rochelle Hudson


  16. Sheila says:

    Virginia Grey?


  17. Don Danard says:

    Looks like J. Edward Bromberg today.


    Monday: Rochelle Hudson
    Wednesday: J. Edward Bromberg


  19. Gary Martin says:

    Monday: Linden Travers?


  20. Mike Hawks says:

    J. Edward Bromberg.


  21. Anne Papineau says:

    Saeed Jaffrey?


  22. Benito says:

    J. Edward Bromberg in brownface in Mr. Moto Takes A Chance 1938?


  23. B.J.Merholz says:

    Okay, I took a couple of chances and was wrong. This is J. Edward Bromberg in Mr. Moto Takes a Chance. The rest are now obvious.


  24. Lee Ann, Megan and Thom says:

    The ruler of Tong Moi is J. Edward Bromberg.


  25. Mike Hawks says:

    George Regas.


  26. Howard Decker says:

    Methinks the Monday lady is wearing a cotton (not nylon) parachute harness so this would be the 1930s maybe. Cotton is okay but nylon is stronger and safer.


  27. Lee Ann, Megan and Thom says:

    George Regas for Thursday.


  28. LC says:

    This is Rochelle Hudson in Mr. Moto Takes A Chance w/Peter Lorre.


  29. Despite make-up, bulging eyes give Peter Lorre away.


  30. Mike Hawks says:

    Mr. Moto a.k.a. Peter Lorre.


  31. Rogét-L.A. says:

    I think I recognize Friday’s image as Peter Lorre in “Mr. Moto Takes a Chance” (1938).


  32. Lee Ann, Megan and Thom says:

    For Friday, an old pilgrim from the Himalayas with a slight knowledge of true magic–Peter Lorre.


  33. beachgal says:

    Fri is Peter Lorre – movie is Mr. Moto Takes A Chance


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