Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

March 4, 2017, Mystery Photo
This week’s mystery movie has been the 1952 RKO film “Blackbeard, the Pirate,” with Robert “Yarr” Newton, Linda Darnell, William Bendix, Keith Andes, Torin Thatcher, Irene Ryan, Alan Mowbray, Richard Egan, Skelton Knaggs, Dick Wessel, Anthony Caruso, Jack Lambert, Noel Drayton and Pat Flaherty.

The screenplay was by Alan LeMay from a story by DeVallon Scott, with music by Victor Young, photography by William E. Snyder, art direction by Albert S. D’Agostino and Jack Okey, set decorations by Darrell Silvera and John Sturtevant, costumes by Michael Woulfe, musical direction by C. Bakaleinikoff and makeup by Mel Berns. Dialogue direction was by Hal A. “Yarr” Long. The movie was produced by Edmund Grainger and directed by Raoul Walsh.

It is available on DVD from multiple sources.

Dec. 24, 1952, Blackbeard the Pirate

Dec. 24, 1952: “Blackbeard, the Pirate” opens in Los Angeles. Christmas moviegoers could chose between this or “Bwana Devil,” “Million Dollar Mermaid,” “Hans Christian Andersen,” “Pony Soldier” and “My Cousin Rachel.”

Film critic John L. Scott, writing in the Los Angeles Times (Dec. 25, 1952) said:

Robert Newton, the talented Englishman, gets his teeth into the role of Blackbeard and shakes it like a puppy worrying a rag doll. With evident delish, Newton growls and grimaces, hollers and hams it up mightily and, I might add, in the best old-time tradition of pirate acting.

An “old-time tradition of pirate acting?” No that’s what he said. Really. Yarrrrr.

Writing in the New York Times (Dec. 26, 1952), HHT said:

Old Saint Nick got a ferocious but unmemorable nudging from “Blackbeard the Pirate” yesterday at Loew’s State. This R. K. O. swashbuckler offers a lusty rogues gallery in opulent Technicolor, with little occasion for rejoicing, however. For while this piracy package streamlines history with salty good-naturedness, the material afforded Robert Newton, Linda Darnell, William Bendix and Keith Andes holds few pattern deviations.

Feb. 27, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have this coy mystery guest.

Update: This is Irene Ryan.

March 4, 2017, Mystery Photo
Update: A pre-“Beverly Hillbillies” Irene Ryan and Robert “Yarr” Newton.


For Tuesday, we have a mystery gent.

Update: This is Skelton Knaggs.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and mystery coy lady), Timothy (mystery movie and mystery coy lady), Markhn (mystery coy lady) and The Starlight Studio (mystery coy lady).

March 1, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have two mystery chaps who look much alike.

Update: This is Robert “Yarr” Newton, left, and an unidentified character who calls himself “the King of Spain.”  His resemblance to Blackbeard does not end well.

Brain Trust roll call: Sheila (Tuesday’s mystery guest), Howard Mandelbaum (Tuesday’s mystery guest), Mike Hawks (Tuesday’s mystery guest), Don Danard (Tuesday’s mystery guest) and Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (mystery movie and mystery guests).

March 2, 2017, Mystery Photo

And for Thursday, a mystery gent.

Update: This is Keith Andes.

Brain Trust roll call: Timothy (Tuesday’s mystery guest), Don Danard (Wednesday’s mystery pirate), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery coquette), Tucson Barbara (mystery movie and mystery guests), Jenny M (mystery movie and mystery pirate) and Howard Mandelbaum (mystery pirate and possibly mystery lookalike).

March 3, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Friday, we have our mystery leading lady and her mysterious rapscallion father.

Update: This is Torin Thather and Linda Darnell. And yes, she is utterly wasted in this movie.

Brain Trust roll call: Tucson Barbara (Thursday’s mystery gent), Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s pirate and Thursday’s mystery gent), Don Danard (Thursday’s mystery gent), Jenny M. (Thursday’s mystery gent), Lee Ann Megan and Thom (Wednesday’s mystery pirate, Thursday’s mystery gent) and Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery gent).


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



  2. Timothy says:

    Irene Ryan? Blackbeard the Pirate?


  3. markhn says:

    Could it be Irene Ryan?


  4. Jenny M says:

    Mary Boland


  5. B.J.Merholz says:

    She looks like someone Tom Jones might have romped with.


  6. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Gloria Grahame?


  7. says:

    Irene Ryan


  8. Anne Papineau says:

    Irene Dunne? (I know. Not on a Monday).


  9. Dewey Webb says:

    Brenda de Banzie


  10. Sheila says:

    Skelton Knaggs for Tuesday.


  11. Dan Nather says:

    Maybe . . . Laura Hope Crews?


  12. The unique Skelton Knaggs.


  13. Mike Hawks says:

    Skelton Knaggs is our man for tuesday.


  14. Don Danard says:

    Today it’s Skelton Knaggs if memory serves me.


  15. Anne Papineau says:

    On Tuesday … Ellen Corby?


  16. Lee Ann, Megan, and Thom says:

    Skelton Knaggs in Blackbeard the Pirate for Tuesday, and (surprisingly) Irene Ryan for Monday.


  17. Don Danard says:

    Robert Newton today along with ???


  18. Benito says:

    Is it Tom Ewell on Tuesday?


  19. Mike Hawks says:



  20. Don Danard says:

    Part Two: Robert Newton along with “Slowly I Turn” Murray Leonard.


  21. tucsonbarbara says:

    Blackbeard, the Pirate

    Irene Ryan, Skelton Knaggs, Robert Newton


  22. stevo says:

    a long john silver movie ,I think


  23. Chrisbo says:

    Monday: Agnes Moorehead in The Adventures of Captain Fabien?


  24. Jenny M says:

    Robert Newton in Blackbeard the Pirate.


  25. Robert Newton and Noel Drayton.


  26. Mike Hawks says:

    Monday is Irene Ryan.


  27. tucsonbarbara says:

    Keith Andes


  28. Mike Hawks says:

    Yesterdays main pirate was Robert Newton while our thursday man is Keith Andes.


  29. Don Danard says:

    Keith Andes today.


  30. Jenny M says:

    Keith Andes


  31. Lee Ann, Megan, and Thom says:

    Robert Newton for Wednesday, and Keith Andes for today.


  32. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Keith Andes.


  33. Don Danard says:

    Today it’s Torin Thatcher and Linda Darnell.


  34. Mike Hawks says:

    Torin Thatcher and Linda Darnell.


  35. Mary Mallory says:

    BLACKBEARD THE PIRATE. Monday is Irene Ryan, Tuesday is Skelton Knaggs, Wednesday is Robert Newton and William Bendix, Thursday is Keith Andes, and today is Linda Darnell and Tobin Thatcher.


  36. Gary Martin says:

    Linda Darnell in Blackbeard the Pirate. She was a really beautiful woman and a far better actress than she was given credit for. I think the big studios during their time wasted more talent than they nurtured.


  37. Jenny M says:

    Torin Thatcher and Linda Darnell.


  38. Benito says:

    It’s unlikely that potato head Torin Thatcher begat lovely Linda Darnell, but so be it. Must be Blackbeard 1952.


  39. Patricia van Hartesveldt says:

    Wednesday: I think the mystery chap on the left is Robert Newton.
    Friday: Mystery woman is Linda Darnell.
    Blackbeard the Pirate (1952)?


  40. LC says:

    Blackbeard the Pirate (1952) w/ Linda Darnell, Robert Newton, Torin Thatcher, Irene Ryan, Keith Andes, William Bendix & Skelton Knaggs.


  41. tucsonbarbara says:

    Linda Darnell and Torin Thatcher


  42. mandymarie20 says:

    Friday is Linda Darnell


  43. mandymarie20 says:

    Want to say the film is Blackbeard, but not sure.


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