Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Aug. 12, 2017, Seven Days Ashore

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1943 RKO film “Seven Days Ashore,” with Wally Brown, Alan Carney, Marcy McGuire, Dooley Wilson, Gordon Oliver, Virginia Mayo, Amelita Ward, Elaine Shepard, Marjorie Gateson, Alan Dinehart, Miriam LaVelle, Margaret Dumont, Freddie Slack and Orchestra and Freddie Fisher — Colonel Corn and His Band. The screenplay was by Edward Verdier, Irving Phillips and Lawrence Kimble, from an original story by Jacques Deval. The musical director was our old friend C. Bakaleinikoff, with songs by Mort Greene and Lew Pollack, orchestra arrangements by Gene Rose, and dance direction by Charles O’Curran. Photography was by Russell Metty, art direction by Albert S. D’Agostino and set decorations by Darrell Silvera and William Stevens. “Seven Days Ashore” was produced and directed by John H. Auer.

It is not commercially available on DVD and was apparently never released on VHS.

Juy 6, 1944, Seven Days Ashore
July 6, 1944: “Seven Days Ashore” opens as the second half of a bill with “Days of Glory.”

Writing in the New York Times (April 26, 1944), P.P.K. said:

Seven days can be a long time. You begin getting the general idea upon seeing “Seven Days Ashore,” which came to the Palace yesterday. The ingredients of an agreeable — not stupendous, but agreeable — picture are there. Why the ingredients fail to jell is a matter that RKO might take up with the various cooks who ran off this corn-crusted potpourri.

In reviewing “Days of Glory” (July 8, 1944), Los Angeles Times critic Edwin Schallert said:

The audience seems to get a goodly quota of enjoyment out of the additional “Seven Days Ashore. Miss McGuire puts plenty of zip into her songs. Alan Dinehart is responsible for some good quips. Laughs are rather well generated.

Aug. 7, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery captain.

Update: This is Emory Parnell.

Aug. 8, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have two images of mystery musicians. The mystery singer, above, is not Ernestine Schumann-Heink.

Update: This is Marcy McGuire.

Aug. 8, 2017, Mystery Photo

Then we have this mystery duo. They are not performing “Ionization” by Edgard Varese.

Update: Colonel Corn and His Band.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Monday’s mystery captain), Michael Ryerson (Monday’s mystery captain), Gary Martin (Monday’s mystery captain, wrong movie), Mike Hawks (Monday’s mystery captain), Lee Ann Megan and Thom (Monday’s mystery captain), Don Danard (Monday’s mystery captain), Floyd Thursby (Monday’s mystery captain) and Patrick (Monday’s mystery captain, wrong movie).

Aug. 9, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have these two debonair mystery chaps.

Update: This is Wally Brown and Alan Carney.

Brain Trust roll call: Mike Hawks (mystery movie), Michael Ryerson (mystery chanteuse, wrong movie), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie, mystery chanteuse, mystery musicians) and Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (mystery movie and mystery chanteuse).

Aug. 10, 2017, Mystery Photo
For Thursday…. hey wait, how did you get in here?

Update: Why Mrs. Claypool!

Aug. 10, 2017, Mystery Photo

You too! What are you doing here?

Update: This is Dooley Wilson.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery duo), Don Danard (Wednesday’s mystery duo), Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery duo), Floyd Thursby (mystery movie and half of mystery duo), Jenny Lerew (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery gent — Jenny’s mystery cousin!) and Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (Wednesday’s mystery duo).

Agu. 11, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Friday, we have this mystery duo…

Update: This is Elaine Shepard and Gordon Oliver.

Aug. 11, 2017, Mystery Photo

… and these mystery violinists.

Update: This is Amelita Ward and Virginia Mayo. Trivia note: They both appear in “The Best Years of Our Lives.”

Brain Trust roll call: Benito (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guests), Michael Ryerson (mystery movie and mystery guests), Tucson Barbara (mystery movie and mystery guests), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guests), Mary Mallory (mystery movie and mystery guests), Gary Martin (showing no need for brain supplements — mystery movie), Don Danard (Thursday’s mystery guests), L.C. (mystery movie and mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests), Bruce Reznick (mystery movie, mystery musicians and Thursday’s mystery guests) and Patrick (mystery movie).

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

  1. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Emory Parnell.


  2. Howard Mandelbaum says:



  3. Gary Martin says:

    It’s my favorite train conductor Emory Parnell in Foreign Correspondent . And I didn’t need the brain supplements!


  4. Mike Hawks says:

    Emory Parnell.


  5. Lee Ann, Megan, and Thom says:

    Is this Emory Parnell?


  6. Don Danard says:

    Today’s Mystery Captain is Emory Parnell.


  7. Floyd Thursby says:

    Emory Parnell for Monday.


  8. Larry Platt says:

    Robert Homans


    • lmharnisch says:

      Alas, I’m afraid not.


      • Larry Platt says:

        I meant his twin, Harold Homans. Robert and Harold were Siamese twins, surgically separated at age ten. Unknown to directors and casting agents, they played the same parts interchangeably in the same pictures and split their wages (50-50!). Alas (as you would say), their deception was discovered in 1943 during the filming of the war story, “The Guts in the Bottom of the Trench Were My Twin Brother’s.” They never worked again, and were sorely missed in the Monogram cafeteria. I believe they’re still waiting tables at Musso & Frank’s.


  9. Patrick says:

    Emory Parnell in Foreign Correspondent.


  10. Howard Mandelbaum says:



  11. Mary Mallory says:



  12. Mike Hawks says:



  13. Well the bug-eyed singer today looks like Marcy McGuire making this Sing Your Way Home (1945).


  14. Gary Martin says:

    How about Sing Your Way Home?


  15. Marcy Maguire in SEVEN DAYS ASHORE. Also, Freddie Fisher as Colonel Corn, with his band)


  16. Mary Mallory says:

    Howard Freeman Monday and Vaughan Monroe drumming on the guy’s head.


  17. Lee Ann, Megan, and Thom says:

    Is it Seven Days Ashore with Marcy McGuire?


  18. Wally Brown and Alan Carney.


  19. d says:

    Today it’s Wally Brown and Alan Carney.


  20. Mike Hawks says:

    Alan Carney and Wally Brown.


  21. Floyd Thursby says:

    Wednesday has Alan Carney on the right so it is probably “Seven Days Ashore.”


  22. Jenny Lerew says:

    My cousin Emory Parnell on Monday playing yet another captain(way late with this!)…Seven Days Ashore?


  23. Lee Ann, Megan, and Thom says:

    Wally Brown and Alan Carney are our guests for today.


  24. Benito says:

    Margaret Dumont AND Dooley Wilson? Wow. Seven Days Ashore 1942.


  25. Okay then, on Wednesday we have Wally Brown and Alan Carney, Thursday we find Margaret Dumont (where’s Groucho when we need him?) and Dooley Wilson, coupled with Emory Parnell on Monday and Marcy McGuire on Tuesday makes this Seven Days Ashore (1944) leaving Friday for Virginia Mayo? Surely not Gordon Oliver(?) Although either of Lawrence Tierney or Dorothy Malone would be fun.


  26. tucsonbarbara says:

    “Seven Days Ashore”

    Emory Parnell, Marcy McGuire, Margaret Dumont, Dooley WIlson


  27. Mike Hawks says:

    Margaret Dumont and Dooley Wilson.


  28. Mary Mallory says:

    SEVEN DAYS ASHORE. Emory Parnell Monday, Marci McGuire Tuesday, Wally Brown and Alan Carney Wednesday, and Margaret Dumont and Dooley Wilson today.


  29. Gary Martin says:

    If it’s not Seven Days Ashore, then I give up.I suppose I do need the brain supplements.


  30. d says:

    The wonderful Margaret Dumont today along with Dooley Wilson at the piano.


  31. LC says:

    Seven Days Ashore (1944) w/Emory Parnell, Margaret Dumont, Marcy McGuire, Dooley Wilson, Wally Brown…


  32. Margaret Dumont & Dooley Wilson.


  33. Bruce Reznick says:

    Seven Days Ashore, because of Margaret Dumont and Dooley Wilson on Thursday (thank you IMDb’s “credited with”; is this considered cheating?), and Tuesday might be George Rock, on leave from the Spike Jones band.


  34. Patrick says:

    Seven Days Ashore from 1944.


  35. Mary Mallory says:

    Gordon Oliver and Elaine Shepard, and Amelita Ward and Virginia Mayo.


  36. Elaine Shepard and Gordon Oliver. Amelita Ward and Virginia Mayo. Not to be confused with SEVEN DAYS’ LEAVE (1942), also featuring jitterbug Marcy McGuire. She’s still with us.


  37. Mike Hawks says:

    Marcy McGuire for tuesday. Along with Elaine Shepard, Gordon Oliver, Emelita Ward, Virginia Mayo today.


  38. don says:

    The Mystery Violinist on the right of the still is Virginia Mayo.


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