Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Sept. 2, 2017, Mystery Photo
This week’s mystery movie has been the 1949 Walter Wanger film “Reign of Terror” later retitled “The Black Book,” with Robert Cummings, Richard Basehart, Richard Hart, Arlene Dahl, Arnold Moss, Norman Lloyd, Charles McGraw, Beulah Bondi and Jess Barker. The story and screenplay were by Philip Yordan and Aeneas MacKenzie, music by Sol Kaplan, photography by John Alton, art direction by Edward Ilou, orchestrations by George Parrish, conducted by Charles Previn. The film was produced by William Cameron Menzies, who did storyboards for the film, and directed by Anthony Mann. It was shot using the sets from the 1948 Walter Wanger film “Joan of Arc” as a way to recoup some of the financial losses from that movie.

The movie, which lapsed into public domain, is available on DVD from many sources, including TCM.


Writing in the New York Times (Oct. 17, 1949), A.W. said:

Since the events attendant on the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror were, to put it mildly, lively, the producers of “The Black Book” can hardly be blamed for choosing the period for purposes of filming. And, the period piece which clattered into the Globe on Saturday is simply good, old-fashioned action melodrama in which the horses, villains and the guillotine are not spared and which seems closer to standard Hollywood writing than it is to Thomas Carlyle. Suffice it to say that the derring-do is constant, hectic and familiar even if the history is obscure.

Aug. 28, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we finally find out what Back of the Head Guy looks like!

Aug. 28, 2017, Mystery Photo


Humph. A bit blurry, I would say.

Update: This is Charles Gordon.

Aug. 29, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have a mystery gent. Ignore Top of the Head Guy, who will make his appearance later in the week.

Update: This is Wilton Graff.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guest).

Aug. 30, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have a rather disreputable mystery gent.

Update: This is Arnold Moss.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Tuesday’s mystery guest), Mary Mallory (mystery movie and Back of the Head Guy) and Benito (mystery movie).

Aug. 31, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, we have a not terribly mysterious guest. I have cropped out our even less mysterious leading man, who will make his bow tomorrow. (ps. Mary Mallory points out that he is being honored at Cinecon tonight).

Update: This is Norman Lloyd.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guest), Sheila (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guest), L.C. (mystery movie and mystery cast) and Don Danard (Wednesday’s mystery guest).

Sept. 1, 2017, Mystery Photo
For Friday, we have this menacing mystery guest.

Update: This is Richard Basehart.

Sept. 1, 2017, Mystery Photo
And this somewhat mysterious lady.

Update: This is Arlene Dahl.

Sept. 1, 2017, Mystery Photo

And this totally unmysterious leading man.

Update: This is Robert Cummings.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery guest), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guest), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guest), Don Danard (Thursday’s mystery guest), Tucson Barbara (mystery movie, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests), Roget-L.A. (Thursday’s mystery guest), Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (mystery movie and Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests), Patrick (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guest), Beachgal (mystery movie, Monday’s Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests) and Jenny M. (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guest).

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

  1. Eve says:

    That’s not Doug, Jr., in Catherine the Great, is it?


  2. Charles Gordon in REIGN OF TERROR (THE BLACK BOOK).


  3. Mary Mallory says:



  4. Mary Mallory says:

    REIGN OF TERROR with Robert Cummings in the top hat.


  5. Benito says:

    Wild guess: Jess Barker in Reign Of Terror aka The Black Book?


  6. Mary Mallory says:

    Arnold Moss today.


  7. Mike Hawks says:



  8. Gary Martin says:

    How about The Young Mr. Pitt.


  9. Sheila says:

    Wednesday is Arnold Moss in ‘The Black Book’.


  10. Anne Papineau says:

    Madame Sans-Gêne?


  11. LC says:

    The Black Book (Reign of Terror) 1949 w/Richard Basehart, Robert Cummings, Norman Lloyd, Arlene Dahl, & Arnold Moss.


  12. Don Danard says:

    I believe “the disrebutable mystery gent” is Arnold Moss.
    (And that’s a name I’d almost forgotten!!)


  13. Mary Mallory says:

    Norman Lloyd, who’s being honored at Cinecon tonight!


  14. Over a century of distinction: Norman Lloyd.


  15. Mike Hawks says:

    Norman Lloyd says “Ha!, I am still alive”


  16. Don Danard says:

    The “not terribly Mystery Guest is Norman Lloyd. I think he’s planning to blow something up!!


  17. tucsonbarbara says:

    Reign of Terror

    Monday – Lex Barker
    Tuesday – not sure, but back-of-the-head guy is Robert Cummings
    Wednesday – Arnold Moss
    Thursday – Norman Lloyd and Bob Cummings


  18. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Thursday: Norman Lloyd


  19. Lee Ann, Megan, and Thom says:

    Our guess is “Reign of Terror” with Wednesday’s guest being Arnold Moss and Thursday’s star Norman Lloyd.


  20. Patrick says:

    Norman Lloyd in Reign of Terror from 1949.


  21. Patricia van Hartesveldt says:

    Thursday: Jack Albertson?


  22. beachgal says:

    Wed is Arnold Moss – the movie is Tony Mann’s Reign of Terror


  23. beachgal says:

    Thurs is Norman Lloyd


  24. Jenny M says:

    Norman Lloyd in Reign of Terror (Black Book)


  25. beachgal says:

    Tues is Wilton Graff


  26. beachgal says:

    Monday is Charles Gordon who’s about to be murdered


  27. Don Danard says:

    The Friday mystery guest looks like a young Richard Basehart.


  28. Mary Mallory says:

    Richard Basehart gets it in the end! Arlene Dahl romances Mr. Cummings in the film.


  29. Gary says:

    This would be Reign of Terror with “Uncle Bob”. I would like to know who is the Thursday guest. I swear I have seen him in a Fellini film doing a pantomime routine.


  30. B.J. Merholz says:

    If today is Norman Lloyd and yesterday is Arnold Moss, then Mystery Photo has unleashed a Reign of Terror.


  31. Anne Papineau says:

    “El Reinado Del Terror”


  32. beachgal says:

    Friday we have Richard Basehart, Arlene Dahl and Robert Cummings


  33. Howard Decker says:

    Reign of Terror, AKA The Black Book. Arlene Dahl. Mmmmm.


  34. Richard Basehart, Arlene Dahl, Robert Cummings.


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