Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Jul 1, 2017, Mystery Photo
This week’s mystery movie has been the 1958 Anthony Mann film “God’s Little Acre,” starring Robert Ryan, Aldo Ray, Buddy Hackett, Jack Lord, Fay Spain, Vic Morrow, Helen Westcott, Lance Fuller, Rex Ingram, Michael Landon, Russell Collins, Davis Roberts, Janet Brandt and introducing Tina Louise. Music by Elmer Bernstein, photography by Ernest Haller, production design by John S. Poplin Jr. set dressing by Lyle B. Reifsnider. The prop master was Max Miller, and the dialogue coach was Janet Brandt. Costumes by Sophia Stutz, makeup by Maurice Seiderman, hairstyles by Helene Parrish, lighting by Lloyd Garnell (don’t usually see a credit for lighting technician). The film was directed by Anthony Mann and produced by Sidney Harmon. The screenplay was by Philip Yordan “based on the world’s best selling novel by Erskine Caldwell.” The film was preserved by the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

You might think I’m on a kick of doing 1950s films with schlocky theme songs. This one is even worse than “Until They Sail.” It may even be worse than the title song for “Home Before Dark,” which is saying something.

The film is available on DVD from TCM for $11.55.

July 1, 2017, God's Little Acre
“God’s Little Acre” introduced Tina Louise, who had starred as Appassionata Von Climax in the Broadway show “Li’l Abner.”

 


It’s hard to imagine the controversy surrounding this film, which received a “B” from the Legion of Decency.  On April 28, 1958, the Los Angeles Times’ Philip K. Scheuer called it “the bawdiest bash ever to emanate from Hollywood.”

A.H. Weiler of the New York Times (Aug. 14, 1958) said:

THE primitive, ribald Georgia rustics of Erskine Caldwell’s “God’s Little Acre” have been a long time emerging from the pages of his twenty-five-year-old super-best-seller, but they arrived yesterday on the screen of more than 100 local theatres impressively alive and full of sex, vitality and bucolic humor. Although they still are as far from the country-club set as possible, the denizens of “God’s Little Acre” have been treated with dignity and intelligence in a folk comedy that is actually funny, realistic and rarely a lampoon.

June 26, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Fay Spain.

June 27, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have a mystery gent.

Update: This is Rex Ingram.

Brain Trust roll call: Michael Ryerson (Mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guest), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guest), Suzanne Annette Stone (Monday’s mystery guest), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guest), Benito (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guest), Jenny M. (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guest) and Don Danard (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guest).

June 28, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Helen Westcott.

Brain Trust roll call: Michael Ryerson (Tuesday’s mystery guest), Howard Mandelbaum (Tuesday’s mystery guest), Mary Mallory (mystery movie and Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests), B.J. Merholz (mystery movie and Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests), Don Danard (Tuesday’s mystery guest), Mike Hawks (Tuesday’s mystery guest), Jenny M. (Tuesday’s mystery guest) and Sue Slutzky (mystery movie and Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests).

June 29, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, we have this astonished mystery guest.

Update: This is Michael Landon.

Brain Trust roll call: Michael Ryerson (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Jenny M. (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (mystery movie and all mystery guests) and Sue Slutzky (Wednesday’s mystery guest).

June 30, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Friday, we have some mystery menfolk….

Update: Vic Morrow, Robert Ryan and Jack Lord.

June 30, 2017, Mystery Photo
…. and another mystery fellow …

Update: Robert Ryan and Buddy Hackett.

June 30, 2017, Mystery Photo
…. and …

Update: Aldo Ray and Tina Louise.

Brain Trust roll call: Michael Ryerson (Thursday’s mystery albino), Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery albino), Benito (Thursday’s mystery albino and mystery albino’s night job), David Inman (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery albino), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery albino), Jenny M (Thursday’s mystery alibno),  Lorenzo (mystery movie, Thursday’s mystery albino), Sue Slutzky (Thursday’s mystery albino), Pat in Michigan (mystery movie, Thursday’s mystery albino), Roget-L.A. (Thursday’s mystery albino) and Beachgal (mystery movie and all mystery guests).

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

  1. This is Fay Spain.

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  2. With outdoor tub gotta think Darli’ Jill, God’s Little Acre (1958).

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  3. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Fay Spain as Darlin’ Jill in GOD’S LITTLE ACRE.

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  4. Mike Hawks says:

    Fay Spain in GOD’S LITTLE ACRE.

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  5. Benito says:

    Fay Spain flirts with her unlikely swain Buddy Hackett in GOD’S LITTLE ACRE 1958

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  6. Whoever she is, she’s in Lily St. Cyr’s bathtub.

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  7. Jenny M says:

    Faye Spain in God’s Little Acre.

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  8. aryedirect says:

    Could be Tuesday in a hot, hot tub in ‘The Serial’.

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  9. Don Danard says:

    A guess. Is it Fay Spain in “God’s Little Acre”?

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  10. Tuesday, Rex Ingram adds a little class to the proceedings.

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  11. Mary Mallory says:

    Rex Ingram today and Fay spain yesterday in GOD’S LITTLE ACRE.

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  12. B.J. Merholz says:

    That’s Fay Spain in Lily’s bathtub. And Rex Ingraham in God’s Little Acre.

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  13. Don Danard says:

    Today’s Guest is Rex Ingram.

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  14. Mike Hawks says:

    Rex Ingram.

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  15. Jenny M says:

    Rex Ingram

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  16. Sarah says:

    It’s James Baskett today.

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  17. Lorenzo says:

    Could Tuesday’s guest be James Baskett.

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  18. Sue Slutzky says:

    Monday’s bather is Fay Spain. Tuesday’s guest is Rex Ingram. The movie is God’s Little Acre, 1958.

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  19. Helen Westcott for Wednesday.

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  20. Mary Mallory says:

    Helen Westcott.

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  21. Mike Hawks says:

    Helen Westcott.

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  22. Jenny M says:

    Helen Westcott

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  23. Lee Ann, Megan, and Thom says:

    Fay Spain for Monday, Rex Ingram for Tuesday, and Helen Westcott for today in God’s Little Acre.

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  24. Sue Slutzky says:

    Helen Westcott is Wednesday’s guest.

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  25. And Thursday is Michael Landon apparently squeezing a little more mileage out of Barbara Stanwick’s wig from Double Indemnity.

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  26. Mary Mallory says:

    Michael Landon.

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  27. Benito says:

    Michael Landon, boy albino. Night job: Teen werewolf.

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  28. David Inman says:

    “God’s Little Acre”? Fay Spain on Monday, Rex Ingram on Tuesday, Helen Westcott on Wednesday and Michael Landon today.

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  29. Mike Hawks says:

    Michael Landon.

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  30. Jenny M says:

    Michael Landon

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  31. Lorenzo says:

    Thursday’s guest Michael Landon in God’s Little Acre.

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  32. Sue Slutzky says:

    Thursday’s guest… Michael Landon.

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  33. Pat in Michigan says:

    Thursday’s guest is a jarringly blonde Michael Landon, making this film “God’s Little Acre”.

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  34. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Thursday: a young, blonde Michael Landon?

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  35. beachgal says:

    Thurs is Michael Landon and the movie this week is God’s Little Acre.

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  36. beachgal says:

    Monday is Faye Spain. Tues is Rex Ingram. Wed is Helen Westcott.

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  37. Mary Mallory says:

    1) Vic Morrow, Robert Ryan, Jack Lord
    2) Ryan, Buddy Hackett
    3) Aldo Ray, Tina Louise

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  38. Well, for Friday first we have Vic Morrow, Robert Ryan and Jack Lord, then we have Robert Ryan and Buddy Hackett and then finally we come to Aldo Ray extra-martially schmoozing with Tina Louise. Whew, it’s hot in here.

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  39. That would be ‘extra-maritally’ if that’s a word.

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  40. Rogét-L.A. says:

    God’s Little Acre (1958) with Robert Ryan, Buddy Hackett, and Tina Louise

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  41. Mike Hawks says:

    Vic Morrow, Robert Ryan, Jack Lord, Buddy Hackett, Aldo Ray and Tina Louise.

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  42. beachgal says:

    Fri – photo #1, Vic Morrow, Robert Ryan and Jack Lord. Photo #2 Robert Ryan and Buddy Hackett. Photo #3, Tina Louise and Aldo Ray.

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  43. Vic Morrow, Robert Ryan, Jack Lord; Ryan and Buddy Hackett; Aldo Ray and Tina Louise.

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  44. Sue Slutzky says:

    Friday’s guests: Threesome – 1: Vic Morrow, 2: Robert Ryan, 3: Lance Fuller… then Robert Ryan and Buddy Hackett, then Aldo Ray and Tina Louise

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  45. Howard Decker says:

    Well, it’s sort of a Gilligan’s Island castaways go searching for gold on a Georgia cotton farm, AKA God’s Little Acre. Fay Spain and Robert Ryan are in the mix and of course Tina Louise. You should not be watching this tr*sh. What would your grandmother think? Heavens to Betsy.

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