Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

May 13, 2017, Mystery Photo

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1951 RKO picture “The Whip Hand,” with Carla Balenda, Elliott Reid, Edgar Barrier, Raymond Burr, Otto Waldis, Michael Steele, Lurene Tuttle, Peter Brocco, Lewis Martin, Frank Darien and Olive Carey. The screenplay was by George Bricker and Frank L. Moss from a story by Roy Hamilton. The photography was by Nicholas Musuraca, art direction by Albert S. D’Agostino and Carroll Clark, music by Paul Sawtell, and set decoration by Darrell Silvera and James Altwies. The producer was Lewis J. Rachmil. The movie was designed and directed by William Cameron Menzies.

The movie is available on DVD from Warner Archive for $21.99.

“The Whip Hand” opened in Los Angeles on Nov. 16, 1951, as the virtually ignored second half of a double bill with “The Blue Veil.” In reviewing “The Blue Veil” (Nov. 17, 1951) Los Angeles Times film critic Edwin Schallert gave “The Whip Hand” one paragraph, calling it “an exciting spy thriller” and “a good film of the type,” but failed to include its title. Schallert says Stanley Rubin produced the film and wrote the screenplay, though Rubin had his name taken off the film after it was extensively reworked on the orders of Howard Hughes.

The New York Times did not review “The Whip Hand” as far as I can determine.

May 8, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Monday we have a mystery gent.

Update: This is G. Pat Collins.

May 9, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have this rustic mystery chap. I have cropped out our leading man, who will appear Friday.

Update: This is Frank Darien.

Brain Trust roll call: Don Danard (Monday’s mystery guest) and Mike Hawks (Monday’s mystery guest).

May 10, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have two mystery guests. They do not approve of such goings-on.

Update: This is Peter Brocco, left, and Michael Steele.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie, Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery guest) and Don Danard (Tuesday’s mystery guest).

May 11, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, our leading lady.

Update: This is Carla Balenda.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery gents) and Don Danard (Wednesday mystery guest No. 1).

May 12, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Friday, we have a couple of non-mysterious guests at a oddly deserted fishing lodge.

Update: This is Lurene Tuttle, Raymond Burr and Elliott Reid.

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

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

  1. Floyd Thursby says:

    In a nearby universe, this could be Shemp Howard.

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  2. Dan Nather says:

    Gotta be Henry Wilcoxon in . . . THE CRUSADES?

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  3. Don Danard says:

    G. “Pat” Collins. He shows up in a number of Cagney films.

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  4. Friedrich von Ledebur

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  5. Mary Mallory says:

    Irving Pichel.

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  6. Chrisbo says:

    H.B. Warner?

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  7. aryedirect says:

    Could be a very wet Tommy Lee Jones.

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  8. Mike Hawks says:

    G. Pat Collins.

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  9. Dan Nather says:

    Okay, I gotta guess: Randolph Scott?

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  10. Frank Darien in THE WHIP HAND.

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  11. Monday: G. Pat Collins.

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  12. Brian Hill says:

    Lon Chaney, Jnr.?

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  13. Mike Hawks says:

    Frank Darien in THE WHIP HAND.

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  14. Don Danard says:

    I think it’s Frank Darien today.

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  15. Gary Martin says:

    Monday is Tom Dugan.

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  16. Gary Martin says:

    The film is Cry Baby Killer.

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  17. Peter Brocco, Michael Steele.

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  18. Mary Mallory says:

    THE RACKET. John Daheim Monday.

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  19. Bruce Reznick says:

    Monday: Genghis Khan’s brother Don (he couldn’t keep on keepin’ on).
    (I smell a Nobel Prize in this.) But I ain’t going nowhere.

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  20. Don Danard says:

    The older of the two men looks like Peter Brocco.

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  21. Megan says:

    Is the mystery guest on the left Ed Lauter?

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  22. Dan Nather says:

    Wild guess: DIAL 1119?

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  23. Benito says:

    Lyle Bettger today?

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  24. Mike Hawks says:

    Carla Balenda.

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  25. Mary Mallory says:

    I WANT YOU. Kenner Kemp Monday, Walter Baldwin Tuesday, Don Hayden and Jimmy Ogg yesterday, and Dorothy McGuire today.

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  26. Mary Mallory says:

    WHIP HAND. Raymond Burr and Elliot Reed Today, Carla Balenda yesterday, and Stanley Blystone Monday.

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  27. Benito says:

    Raymond Burr and Elliot Reid [of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes] in WHIP HAND 1951. It isn’t paranoia if they’re really out to get you. Saw this on TCM.

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  28. Network radio stalwarts: Lurene Tuttle, Raymond Burr and Elliott Reid.

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  29. Candy Cassell says:

    Friday´s gentlemen are Raymond Burr and Elliott Reid, and I think the lady is Lureen Tuttle, from the 1950s. Like most of your movies, it gives me an appreciation for the fabulous character actors and great faces of Hollywood.

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  30. Mike Hawks says:

    Lurene Tuttle, Raymond Burr and Elliot Reid.

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  31. beachgal says:

    Thurs is Carla Balenda and the film is The Whip Hand.

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  32. beachgal says:

    Friday is Elliott Reid and Raymond Burr

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  33. beachgal says:

    Wed is Peter Brocco and ?

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  34. beachgal says:

    Tues is Frank Darien

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  35. beachgal says:

    Monday might be William Challee

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