Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + )

This week’s mystery film has been the 1959 French picture Deux hommes dans Manhattan or Two Men in Manhattan and I chose it to feature the Los Angeles Public Library’s new service of streaming films from the Criterion Collection. It’s provided by Kanopy and it’s free.

The plot of Two Men in Manhattan unravels about two-thirds of the way into the movie but the shots of New York (lots of hand-held camera filming on location) are interesting and it’s got a jazzy score.


Aug. 22, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Mardi, we have a mystery gent.

Update: This is Pierre Grasset.

Aug. 23, 2917, Mystery Photo

For Mercredi,  we have this mystery gent because I’m a sucker for eyeshades …..

Update: This fellow, alas, remains unidentified.

Aug. 23, 2017, Mystery Photo

…. also deux mystery femmes.

Update: This is Colette Fleury.

Aug. 24, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Jeudi, we have a mystery homme… And yes, he is wearing sunglasses indoors – at night – because it’s a French film.

Update: This is Jean Lara.

Aug. 25, 2017, Mystery Photo

… and another mystery homme.

Update: This is Jerry Mengo.

Aug. 25, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Vendredi, we have our mystery leading man in the New York subway. Quoi? A French movie shot in New York? Are you sure it’s French?

Update: This is the director, Jean-Paul Melville.

Aug. 25, 2017, Mystery Photo

Oui! I’m quite sure it’s a French film.

Update: This is Michele Bailly.

Aug. 25, 2017, Mystery Photo

We also have a dead mystery homme – well, the character is deceased, anyway.

Update: Our mystery UN delegate remains unidentified.

Brain Trust roll call: Gary Martin (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery homme).

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

  1. Candy Cassell says:

    Maybe Jack Kelly (from the original “Maverick” series)?


  2. Meredith Ponedel says:

    Christopher Plummer


  3. Arye Mic says:

    Dane Clark?


  4. Meredith Ponedel says:

    Can we have a hint? Is he a singer?


  5. Mike Hawks says:

    Is this Emile Meyer looking shady.


  6. beachgal says:

    Is Wed a young Catherine Deneuve?


  7. Mary Mallory says:



  8. Picking up on the clues you’ve dropped I guess with little hope that Monday it is Daniel Gelin.


  9. Gary Martin says:

    I believe this is Deux Hommes dans Manhattan which I just saw recently from Netflix …a short Melville retrospective.


  10. Gary Martin says:

    Pierre Grasset in an icon herring bone overcoat is an iconic image and a dead give away.


  11. Don Danard says:

    Sorry, but I don’t watch French films.
    We get too much French up here as it is!!


  12. Gary Martin says:

    Tuesday is Phillipe Gasset. Wednesday I don’t know (je ne cest pas) .Woman looking at camera Colette Fleury. Man in shades Jean Lara. Older man ( newspaper editor) Jerry Mengo. On the subway Jean Pierre Melville, also the director, in another great 50’s overcoat. And the stripper, Michelle Bailly. Like our heroes, I cannot find the dead man.


  13. Mary Mallory says:

    Jean Pierre Melville today and TWO MEN IN MANHATTAN.


  14. Mary Mallory says:

    Doh! I saw this a few years ago at the Film Noir Festival. Jean Lara Wednesday and Jerry Mengo yesterday.


  15. Mary Mallory says:

    Forgot Pierre Grassat Monday.


  16. TWO MEN IN MANHATTAN, the only dud in the canon of Jean-Pierre Melville. We see him as a straphanger. You must be repenting for posting Gladys Cooper early last week.


  17. Benito says:

    I saw Pierre Grasset somewhere before, Turns out it was RIFIFI, a classic caper movie…


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