Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

The Half-Breed

This week’s mystery film has been the 1916 picture “The Half-Breed,” with Douglas Fairbanks, Frank Brownlee, George Beranger, Sam De Grasse, Jewel Carmen, Tom Wilson, Alma Rubens, Winifred Westover and Elmo Lincoln. It was directed by Allan Dwan, production supervisor was D.W. Griffith, photography by Victor Fleming, scenario and titles by Anita Loos, based on Bret Harte’s short story “In the Carquinez Woods.”

This film was the first to be restored by the San Francisco Film Festival and was shown at the festival in 2013.  As far as I can tell, the unrestored version is available on DVD, but I can’t find a DVD of the 2013 restoration.

'The Half-Breed'
We first see Fairbanks in this establishing shot.

Rob Byrne describes some of the restoration process.

June 12, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery guest and a mystery papoose.

Update: So far, this player is unidentified. I was hoping someone in the Brain Trust might recognize him.

June 13, 2017, Mystery Photo


June 13, 2017, Mystery Photo

Tuesday’s mystery guests debate the merits and evils of John Barleycorn.

Update: Frank Brownlee on the left. Our inebriated friend on the right is unidentified.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie).

June 14, 2017, Mystery Photo

And for Wednesday, we have this fashionable mystery gent with a most striking vest.

Update: This is George Beranger.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Tuesday’s Mystery Guest No. 1).

June 15, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, we have this sinister mystery gent …

Update: This is Sam De Grasse.


…. and this lovely mystery woman.

Update: This is Jewel Carmen.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery guest).

All will become clear with our leading man tomorrow.

June 16, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Friday, our leading lady and leading man. How did he do such fantastic stunts with such little feet?

Update: Douglas Fairbanks and Alma Rubens.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery guests) and Sue Slutzky (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mystery guest No. 1, Wednesday’s mystery guest and Thursday’s mystery guests). Note: Mary says the mystery film was shot in Calaveras County.

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

  1. Don Danard says:

    Just a wild guess. Is it “The Lash” with Richard Barthelmess?


  2. Mary Mallory says:



  3. Mary Mallory says:

    Frank Brownlee on the left.


  4. Anne Papineau says:

    George Siegmann?


  5. aryedirect says:

    Pure guess because the film I think it is from has been long lost. Henry B. Walthall in ‘Rescued From an Eagle’s Nest’?


  6. Mary Mallory says:

    George Beranger.


  7. Anne Papineau says:

    “Ramona”? Yes, I am guessing.


  8. Diane Ely says:

    I don’t know the name of the film, but judging from the background of Monday’s photo, I’m guessing that it was filmed in the vicinity of Walker Ranch, just east of Newhall.


  9. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Raymond Griffith in HANDS UP!


  10. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Tuesday: Charles K. French


  11. Mary Mallory says:

    Sam de Grasse and Jewel Carmen today. Per Tracey Goessel’s book, it was filmed in Calaveras County.


  12. Sue Slutzky says:

    The movie is “The Half Breed” from 1916. I’m not sure who Monday’s guest is. As for the others, here’s my best guess: Tues: Elmo Lincoln and Frank Brownlee, Wed: George Beranger, Thurs: Sam De Grasse and Jewel Carmen. Friday will undoubtably be Douglas Fairbanks.


  13. Lee Ann, Megan, and Thom says:

    It’s good to see Snidely Whiplash’s brother could get work, too.


  14. Mary Mallory says:

    Douglas Fairbanks with Alma Rubens. Why not show the iconic photo from the film? I think most people would know that.


  15. Sue Slutzky says:

    Friday: Douglas Fairbanks and Alma Rubens.


  16. Anne Papineau says:

    No clue. Mary Mallory if you’re reading this you’re AWESOME!


  17. d says:

    “How did he do such fantastic stunts with such little feet?”
    Now, That’s Funny!!!!!


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