Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Feb. 11, 2017, Mystery Photo

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1973 film “Bad Charleston Charlie,” released by International Cinema Corporation, presented by Reno Carell, in association with Bad Charleston Charlie Associates. It was produced by Ross Hagen, directed by Ivan Nagy, with Ross Hagen, Kelly Thordsen, Hoke Howell, Dal Jenkins,  Carmen Zapata, Mel Berger,  John Carradine, Ken Lynch, Jon Dalk, Tony Lorea, Claire Hagen and Paul Gregory White. It was photographed by Michael Neyman, written by Ross Hagen, Ivan Nagy and Stan Kamber from an original story by Ross Hagen and Ivan Nagy.

“Bad Charleston Charlie” is not available on DVD or Blu-ray. The VHS copies are quite rare and usually go for a lot of money on EBay.

So obscure that it isn’t even rated on “Rotten Tomatoes,” “Bad Charleston Charlie,” is in the genre of Le Bad Filme, but it lacks the auteur self-importance of anything from Ed Wood Jr. (it seems to have been improvised on the spot) so it will never attain the cult status of “Plan 9 From Outer Space.” I wrote about the film years ago and someone commented in shock that it had ever been released on cassette, which piqued my interest. It took years, but I recently found a copy at a reasonable price. I dubbed it to DVD for my personal use and if anyone is interested in the cassette, I am entertaining offers.

A word about the photography by Michael Neyman. It’s awful. Fortunately, “Bad Charleston Charlie” seems to have been Neyman’s last film as a director of photography.

Twenty years after the release of “Bad Charleston Charlie,” director Ivan Nagy had some inconveniences with the law over allegations that he was recruiting young women for a call girl ring.

“Bad Charleston Charlie” was premiered May 8, 1973, as a benefit for the Reiss-Davis Clinic and Oak Hill School at the Avco Center Theater in Westwood with Angie Dickinson as host.

May 11, 1973, Bad Charleston Charlie

May 10, 1973, Kevin Thomas
May 10, 1973: Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times calls “Bad Charleston Charlie” “not merely bad, but terrible.”

Feb. 6, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery gent.

Update: This is Ken Lynch.

Feb. 7, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have this mystery gent.

Update: This is Mel Berger.

Brain Trust roll call: Anne Papineau (Monday’s mystery gent) and Tucson Barbara (Monday’s mystery gent/wrong movie).

Feb. 8, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have a mystery two-fer. Our mystery gent….

Update: This is Hoke Howell.

Feb. 8, 2017, Mystery Photo
And a mystery lady….

Update: This is Carmen Zapata.

Feb. 9, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Thursday ….


Feb. 9, 2017, Mystery Photo
… we have this not terribly mysterious chap. I have cropped out the leading man. You get to see him tomorrow.

Update: This is John Carradine, who was either staggering drunk while filming and improvised his lines or did a masterful performance of being staggering drunk and improvising his lines.

Brain Trust roll call: Tucson Barbara (mystery movie, Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Dewey Webb (Wednesday’s mystery guest) and L.C. (mystery movie and Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests).

Feb. 10, 2017, Mystery Photo
And for Friday…..

Feb. 10, 2017, Mystery Photo

… these are our two mystery leading men. No, seriously. These are the two leads in the film. Really.

Update: This is writer/producer Ross Hagen and Kelly Thordsen.

Brain Trust roll call for Friday: Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery gent), Tucson Barbara (Thursday’s mystery gent), Don Danard (Thursday’s mystery gent), Anne Papineau (mystery movie, Thursday’s mystery gent), Victory H. Brown (Thursday’s mystery gent), Howard Decker (Thursday’s mystery gent), Patricia van Hartesveldt (Thursday’s mystery gent), Dewey Webb (mystery movie) and Mandie Marie (Thursday’s mystery gent).

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

  1. Anne Papineau says:

    Ken Lynch?


  2. Candy Cassell says:

    I was also going to guess Jerry Orbach, or perhaps Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan the last time I saw him in concert.


  3. Susan says:

    It looks like Walt Disney but I think it’s an actor with the same profile.


  4. tucsonbarbara says:

    Ken Lynch in “Seven Ways from Sundown”

    I think.


  5. Patricia van Hartesveldt says:

    Slim Pickens?


  6. Bruce Reznick says:

    “Scarecrow” or “Fat City”?


  7. tucsonbarbara says:

    Bad Charleston Charlie

    Tuesday – Mel Berger
    Wednesday – Hoke Howell and Carmen Zapata


  8. Dewey Webb says:



  9. David Inman says:

    “Hard Times” with Charles Bronson?


  10. Dewey Webb says:

    Carmen Zapata


  11. LC says:

    Bad Charleston Charlie (1973) w/Mel Berger, Carmen Zapata, Hoke Howell…Wow! Where did you come up with this?


  12. Mike Hawks says:

    John Carradine in ?????


  13. tucsonbarbara says:

    David, Keith, and Robert Carradine’s daddy, John


  14. Don Danard says:

    The “not terribly mysterious chap” is John Carradine, late in his career when he seemed to do anything as long as it paid.


  15. Anne Papineau says:

    John Carradine in “Bad Charleston Charlie”


  16. Howard Decker says:

    John Carradine today. I could look up the movies he made to figure out what this one is, but he claimed to make more films than anyone else. Drat.


  17. Patricia van Hartesveldt says:

    Thursday: John Carradine?


  18. Dewey Webb says:

    Bad Charleston Charlie


  19. mandymarie20 says:

    Thursday has to be John Carradine


  20. Dewey Webb says:

    Ross Hagen and some actor who’s even more obscure. . .if that’s possible. A new low in Friday “gimmes.”


  21. tucsonbarbara says:

    Ross Hagen and Kelly Thorsden


  22. Ross Hagen and Kelly Thordsen in BAD CHARLESTON CHARLIE.


  23. Howard Decker says:

    The director of this…ahem…gem is Ivan Nagy a former celeb (still) photographer. One of his other films was “Trailer Trash Teri.” Ahem…he was at one time Heidi Fleiss’ boyfriend. Love The Times’ review of this thing.


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