Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

July 22, 2017, Fast Workers

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1933 MGM picture “Fast Workers,” with John Gilbert, Robert Armstrong, Mae Clarke, Muriel Kirkland, Vince Barnett, Virginia Cherrill, Muriel Evans, Sterling Holloway, Guy Usher, Warner Richmond and Robert Burns, based on the play “Rivets” by John W. McDermott, with continuity by Karl Brown and Ralph Wheelwright, dialogue by Laurence Stallings, art direction by Cedric Gibbons and photography by Peveral (Peverell) Marley. It was directed and produced by Tod Browning.

“Fast Workers” is available on DVD from Warner Archive for $17.99.

Note: It is merely coincidence that “In Fast Company” was a recent mystery movie, but we shall avoid mystery movies with “Fast” in the title for a while.

Writing in the New York Times (March 20, 1933), A.D.S. said:

In his new picture John Gilbert is a dashing riveter with an enormous talent for persuading young women to make fools of themselves. A temperamental and sometimes sullen lover, he drinks freely in after-midnight dives, punches men he does not like, mistreats his women, deceives his friends and shows himself to he an intolerable braggart. It requires witty writing to make an audience feel any affection for such a character, and there is little wit in “Fast Workers.” The suspicion grows, watching Gunner Smith at his increasingly moronic tricks, that in real life the Gunner would be pitched from a convenient skyscraper by his outraged fellow-workers for one-tenth the things he does in the picture.

July 17, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery gent.

Update: This is Otto Hoffman.

July 18, 2017, Mystery Photo

July 18, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have a mystery movie within a mystery movie.

Update: This is Joan Crawford and Neil Hamilton in “Laughing Sinners.”

July 19, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have a mystery hat check girl. I have cropped out Back of the Head Guy, who will appear later in the week.


Update: This mystery guest is a bit ambiguous. Mae Clarke addresses her as “Nona” in the film, but imdb doesn’t list a character by that name. Several people said Virginia Cherrill, who plays Virginia, or Muriel Evans, who plays a nurse. I haven’t time this morning to scan through the DVD to look for her, so I’ll leave it as inconclusive for now. But for comparison, here is Virginia Cherrill with Charlie Chaplin in “City Lights.”

City Lights

Brain Trust roll call: David Inman (mystery actor in mystery movie within a mystery movie) and Anne Papineau (mystery actor in a mystery movie within a mystery movie).


July 20, 2017, Mystery Photo
For Thursday we have these two mystery guests ….

Update: This is Bob “Bazooka” Burns and Sterling Holloway


July 20, 2017, Mystery Photo

…. and a mystery gent in a newsboy  ….. hey, wait just a minute! What’s that white building on the left?

Update: Robert “King Kong” Armstrong.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery man in Tuesday’s mystery movie within a mystery movie) and Bob Hansen (mystery man in Tuesday’s mystery movie within a mystery movie).


July 21, 2017, Mystery Photo

And for Friday….

Update: John Gilbert in his last film at MGM and Mae Clarke.

Brain Trust roll call: David Inman (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and mystery guests), Mary Mallory (mystery movie and mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and mystery guests), Sarah (mystery movie and mystery guests), Don Danard (two-thirds of Thursday’s mystery guests), Charles Kjelland (one of Thursday’s mystery guests), Dan Nather (mystery movie, our mystery director and Thursday’s mystery guests), Jenny M. (mystery movie and two-thirds of Thursday’s mystery guests), Benito (one of Thursday’s mystery guests), beachgal (mystery movie and mystery guests), Sue Slutzky (mystery movie and mystery guests), Richard Wegenscheide (mystery movie and two-thirds of Thursday’s mystery guests), Tucson Barbara (mystery movie and mystery guests), L.C. (mystery movie and mystery cast), Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (mystery movie and two-thirds of Thursday’s mystery guests) and Michael Ryerson (mystery movie and two-thirds of Thursday’s mystery guests).


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

  1. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Ivan Simpson.


  2. Benito says:

    Looks like John Miljan playing a perjorious pretend paraplegic in Camera Sleuth 1951, a Pete Smith Specialty short. I prefer the Dogville shorts…


  3. Mary Mallory says:

    “Tiny Newlan?


  4. Benito says:

    Correction: perjorious pretend paraplegic PLAINTIFF


  5. Benito says:

    Correction: perjorious pretend paraplegic PLAINTIFF


  6. Larry Platt says:

    I’m pretty sure that’s Lucius V. Burlingame, who got his start as a supernumerary in 1903 with Feinbaum’s Yiddish Players & Fancy Jugglers. Best role: the saucy shaygetz Worthington Bremmer who yearned for the zaftig Miriam Schottenstein (played by Eva Goetz). He did well in the talkies, his most memorable roles as Captain “Biff” Underwood, the plucky airline pilot in “Crime Syndicate of the Air” (1934) and Sandor Nesbit, the fast-talking fight manager in “Larceny in the Ring” (1936). I believe he’s still alive, though quite frail.


  7. Gary Martin says:

    Even tho it’s Monday I have to say Royal Dano.


  8. David Inman says:

    Neil Hamilton on Tuesday, maybe?


  9. Mary Mallory says:

    Sullivan’s Travels?


  10. Anne Papineau says:

    For Tuesday, my guess is Neil Hamilton and Thelma Todd


  11. Dan Nather says:

    Could it be TAXI! (1932) with James Cagney and Loretta Young?


  12. Mary Mallory says:

    Neil Hamilton as the mystery man.


  13. Bob Hansen says:

    I think Tuesday’s guy is Neil Hamilton. I have no clue what the movie is.


  14. Mary Mallory says:

    Sterling Holloway on the right today.


  15. David Inman says:

    Robert Armstrong and Stanley Holloway are two-thirds of today’s trio, making this “Fast Workers.”


  16. Mike Hawks says:

    Otto Hoffman, Neil Hamilton, Joan Crawford, Sterling Holloway, Irene Franklin, Robert Armstrong in FAST WORKERS.


  17. Mary Mallory says:

    FAST WORKERS. Bob Burns with Holloway, Robert Armstrong last photo.


  18. Mary Mallory says:

    Muriel Evans on Wednesday.


  19. Mary Mallory says:

    Joan Crawford in second clip on Tuesday. Is that LA City Hall to the left of Armstrong?


  20. FAST WORKERS (1933)
    Otto Hoffman; Neil Hamilton and Joan Crawford; Virginia Cherrill; Bob Burns and Sterling Holloway; Robert Armstrong.


  21. Sarah says:

    Thank you for Sterling Holloway today. I’m guessing the film is “Fast Workers” (1933).


  22. Don Danard says:

    Irving Bacon and Sterling Holloway having a snort on the job.
    Next shot is Robert Armstrong. He’s up there making sure King Kong isn’t lurking around.
    That isn’t the movie, by the way.


  23. Charles Kjelland says:

    Looks like Sterling Holloway on the right today.


  24. Dan Nather says:

    Bob Burns and Sterling Holloway today! That means the film must be FAST WORKERS (1933), John Gilbert’s last film for MGM (which means we will probably see him and Mae Clarke tomorrow). This was also the last film Tod Browning directed at MGM . . .


    • Dan Nather says:

      Forgive me, NOT the last film Tod Browning directed at MGM — that was MIRACLES FOR SALE in 1939. But how in the world did I overlook films like MARK OF THE VAMPIRE and THE DEVIL DOLL? I’m too young to have a senior moment!


      • Dan Nather says:

        Oh, and that’s Robert Armstrong and the Empire State Building in today’s other photo. They also appeared together (more or less) in KING KONG. Interesting fact: FAST WORKERS and KING KONG were released eight days apart in March, 1933!


  25. Jenny M says:

    Thursday – Photo 1, Sterling Holloway on right. Photo 2, Robert Armstrong.

    Movie – Fast Workers


  26. mandymarie20 says:

    Constance Bennett on a Wednesday?


  27. Benito says:

    Sterling Holloway, then Broderick Crawford looking blue collar. Is that the Daily Planet building?


  28. beachgal says:

    This week’s mystery movie is Fast Workers.


  29. Sue Slutzky says:

    Mystery movie: “Fast Workers” 1933 Monday: Otto Hoffman, Tuesday: Joan Crawford and Neil Hamilton, Wednesday: ? Thursday: Pat Moriarity (?) and Sterling Holloway, 2nd photo: Robert Armstrong


  30. Richard Wegescheide says:

    Ok, Sterling Holloway as a construction worker. I’ll guess ‘Fast Workers’. I believe that is Robert Armstrong in the other pic. I haven’t seen this picture in a long long time.


  31. tucsonbarbara says:

    “Fast Workers”

    Monday – Otto Hoffman
    Tuesday – Joan Crawford and Neil Hamilton
    Wednesday – Muriel Evans (I think)
    Thursday – Sterling Holloway (holding milk bottle) and Robert Armstrong in newsboy hat


  32. LC says:

    This is Fast Workers (1933) w/ Robert Armstrong, Sterling Holloway, Mae Clark, John Gilbert. The film that they are watching is Laughing Sinners (1931)


  33. Lee Ann, Megan, and Thom says:

    Sterling Holloway and Robert Armstrong are two of our guests today, in “Fast Workers.”


  34. Well, I see a fresh faced Sterling Holloway on Thursday and also (next image) a pensive Robert Armstrong making this Fast Workers (1933).


  35. Don Danard says:

    The movie is “Fast Workers” from 1933 with, among others, Robert Armstrong, Sterling Holloway, Irving Bacon and Mae Clarke.


  36. Mary Mallory says:

    John Gilbert and Mae Clarke today.


  37. John Gilbert and Mae Clarke.


  38. Mike Hawks says:

    John Gilbert and Mae Clarke discuss the future of MGM and their careers.


  39. beachgal says:

    Fri. is John Gilbert and Mae Clarke


  40. Sue Slutzky says:

    Friday: John Gilbert and Mae Clarke


  41. Gary Martin says:

    Sterling Holloway out on a limb(beam).


  42. Dan Nather says:

    And there’s Jack and Mae, right on schedule. Hard to believe he had less than three years to live at this time — he was in really good shape in this picture . . .


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