Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

April 8, 2017, Spy in Black

This week’s mystery movie (and sadly, a fairly poor print) has been the 1939 British film “Spy in Black,” the debut of “the Archers”: director Michael Powell and writer Emeric Pressburger. It featured Conrad Veidt, Sebastian Shaw and Valerie Hobson, with Marius Goring, June Duprez, Athole Stewart, Agnes Laughlan, Helen Haye, Cyril Raymond, George Summers, Hay Petrie, Grant Sutherland, Robert Rendel, Mary Morris, Margaret Moffatt, Kenneth Warrington and our mystery guest from last week, Torin Thatcher.

The movie was produced by Irving Asher, based on a story by J. Storer Clouston, screenplay by Pressburger and scenario by Roland Pertwee. The supervising art director was Vincent Korda, with art direction by Frederick Pusey, photography by Bernard Browne, music by Miklos Rozsa and musical direction by Muir Mathieson.

The DVD is available from a number of sources on Amazon and Amazon UK. The Valerie Hobson Collection (out of print, apparently) supposedly has a sharp transfer of the film, judging by reviews on Amazon.

Oct. 16, 1939, U-Boat 29
Oct. 16, 1939: “Spy in Black” is to open in Los Angeles as “U-Boat 29” with “Rio,” as advertised in the Los Angeles Times.


Writing in the New York Times (Oct. 6, 1939), film critic Frank S. Nugent said:

The early arrival of a U-boat on Broadway was only to be expected after the vague alarms recently sounded off Massachusetts, the Grand Banks and Alaska. And of course the logical base for such a charming little visitor (it answers to the name of “U-Boat 29”) was the Globe, where land, air and underwater marvels are continuously on view, even in peace time. What didn’t necessarily follow but what fortunately does, is the fact that “U-Boat 29” is the most exciting spy melodrama since the advent of the Second World War. The British may not have the Bremen, but they still have Conrad Veidt.

Writing in the Los Angeles Times (Oct. 18, 1939), film critic John L. Scott said:

Only difference between “U-Boat 29,” fictional screen play that opened yesterday and what actually happened recently at Scapa Flow is that in the film the submarine didn’t sink a British battleship. This picture, produced by Irving Asher in England, turns out to be as timely as the latest red hot wire dispatch from the battlefront.

April 3, 2017, Mystery Movie

For Monday, we have a mystery chap.

Update: This is Bernard Miles.

April 4, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have a mystery chap.

Update: This is Marius Goring.

Note: Three people identified our mystery movie from the first image. Most impressive!

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guest), Mary Mallory (Monday’s mystery guest), Victor H. Brown (Monday’s mystery guest), Patrick (Monday’s mystery guest), Jenny M. (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guest), Mike Hawks (mystery movie’s nation of origin, Monday’s mystery guest) and Sheila (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guest).

April 5, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have a mystery woman…

Update: This is Esma Cannon.

April 5, 2017, Mystery Photo
… and these mystery ladies.

Update: This is Margaret Moffatt, left, and June Duprez.

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

April 6, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, we have an especially mysterious mystery woman.

Update: This is Valerie Hobson.

Brain Trust roll call:  Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery women), Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery woman No. 3), Victor H. Brown (Wednesday’s mystery woman No. 1, wrong movie) and Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery women Nos. 2 and 3).
April 7, 2017, Mystery Photo

And for Friday, our leading man.

Update: This is Conrad “Maj. Strasser” Veidt.

Brain Trust roll call: Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery woman) and Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery woman).


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

  1. Bernard Miles in THE SPY IN BLACK. The eye!


  2. Mary Mallory says:

    Bernard Miles.


  3. Patrick says:

    Bernard Miles


  4. Jenny M says:

    Bernard Miles in The Spy in Black.


  5. Mike Hawks says:

    England definitely. Bernard Miles, perhaps.


  6. Dewey Webb says:

    Victor Kilian


  7. Don Danard says:

    Looks like a very young David Kossoff.


  8. Sheila says:

    Bernard Miles, The Spy in Black


  9. Mike Hawks says:

    Marius Goring in SPY IN BLACK.


  10. mary mallory says:



  11. Lee Ann, Megan, and Thom says:

    Bernard Miles for Monday, and Marius Goring for Tuesday.


  12. Esma Cannon, Margaret Moffatt, June Duprez.


  13. Mike Hawks says:

    June Duprez with hat.


  14. Wednesday mystery woman is Esma Cannon. Movie QUIET WEDDING.


  15. Lee Ann, Megan, and Thom says:

    The movie is the Spy in Black, with June Duprez and Margaret Moffat for today.


  16. Mike Hawks says:

    Valerie Hobson.


  17. beachgal says:

    Thurs is Loretta Young


  18. B.J.Merholz says:

    This is Thursday so I guess it could be Loretta Young.


  19. mary mallory says:

    THE CITADEL. Dilys Davies Mystery Lady #1 yesterday, Joyce Bland #2, and Nora Swinburne #3. Penelope Dudley WArd today.


  20. Mary Mallory says:

    Conrad Veidt. The Spy in Black.


  21. Don Danard says:

    Friday’s Leading Man is Conrad Veidt.


  22. Mike Hawks says:

    Women fight for Conrad Veidt.


  23. Benito says:

    Conrad “Major Strasser” Veidt!


  24. Conrad Veidt, in black.


  25. Benito says:

    Didn’t recognize June Duprez with clothes on…


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