Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Sept. 16, 2017, Mystery Photo
This week’s mystery movie has been the 1952 MGM picture “The Prisoner of Zenda” and, as many people pointed out, it is not as good as the Ronald Colman version (1937).

This version of “Zenda” stars Stewart Granger and Deborah Kerr, with Louis Calhern, Jane Greer, Lewis Stone, Robert Douglas, James Mason, with a screenplay by John L. Balderston and Noel Langley, adapted by Wells Root from the novel by Anthony Hope and the dramatization by Edward Rose. Music by Alfred Newman, adapted by Conrad Salinger, photography by Joseph Ruttenberg, art direction by Cedric Gibbons and Hans Peters, set decoration by Edwin B. Willis and Richard Pefferle, costumes by Walter Plunkett, hair styles by Sydney Guilaroff and makeup by William Tuttle. It was produced by Pandro S. Berman and directed by Richard Thorpe.

“The Prisoner of Zenda” is available on DVD from Amazon.

Writing in the New York Times (Nov. 5, 1952), Bosley Crowther said:

Men may come and men may go—as Presidential candidates or what—but there seems to be no termination to the longevity of “The Prisoner of Zenda” of Anthony Hope. This original Ruritanian romance, which was published first in 1894 and has already had three expensive and historic productions in films, is now in its fourth regeneration on the Capitol Theatre’s screen, by courtesy of the bold and munificent escort service of M-G-M. And decked but this time in Technicolor, with Stewart Granger as its brave, swashbuckling star, it looks quite as youthful and unblushing as if it bore not the slightest trace of age.

Sept. 11, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery gent.

Update: This is Jay Adler.

Sept. 12, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have …“Oh, Her.”

Update: This is Kathleen Freeman.

Brain Trust roll call: Dan Nather (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guest), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guest), B.J. Merholz (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guest), Don (Monday’s mystery guest), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guest), Robert Morrissey (Monday’s mystery guest), Arye Michael Bender (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guest), Patrick (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guest) and David Inman (Monday’s mystery guest).

Sept. 13, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have two mystery chaps.

Update: This is Robert Coote and Louis Calhern.

Brain Trust roll call: David Inman (mystery movie and Tuesday’s “Oh Her”), Mary Mallory (mystery movie and Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (Tuesday’s “Oh Her”), Patrick (Tuesday’s “Oh Her”), Gary (mystery movie and Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests), Beachgal (mystery movie and Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests), Benito (Tuesday’s “Oh Her”), Roget-L.A. (Tuesday’s “Oh Her”), Don Danard (Tuesday’s “Oh Her”), Pat in Michigan (mystery movie and Tuesday’s “Oh Her”), Jenny M. (Tuesday’s “Oh Her”), Tucson Barbara (mystery movie, Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests), Sheila (Tuesday’s “Oh Her”), Patricia van Hartesveldt (Tuesday’s “Oh Her”), Chrisbo (Tuesday’s “Oh Her”), Howard Mandelbaum (Tuesday’s “Oh Her”), Sarah (Tuesday’s “Oh Her”), John O’Dowd (Monday’s mystery gent), Bruce Reznick (Tuesday’s “Oh Her”), L.C. (mystery movie and mystery cast), Bob Hansen (Tuesday’s “Oh Her”) and Dan Nather (Tuesday’s “Oh Her”).

Sept. 14, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, we have a not terribly mysterious woman and an equally non-mysterious gent rocking a Prussian hairstyle.

Update: This is Jane Greer and James Mason.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery gents), Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery gents), Benito (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery gent), Howard Mandelbaum  (Wednesday’s mystery gents), Tucson Barbara (Wednesday’s mystery gents), Chrisbo (mystery movie and Wednesday’s Mystery Guest No. 2), Patrick (Wednesday’s mystery guests), Jenny Lerew (mystery movie, Tuesday’s “Oh Her” and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Anne Papineau (mystery movie, Tuesday’s “Oh Her” and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Rick (mystery movie, Tuesday’s “Oh Her” and Wednesday’s mystery gents), Dan Nather (Wednesday’s mystery gents) and Howard Decker (mystery movie, Tuesday’s “Oh Her.”)

Note to Beachgal: They are in the movie, but not in those roles.

Sept. 15, 2017, Mystery Photo

And for Friday, our leading lady and our leading man in one of his dual roles (just like last week’s “Lady of the Night” get it?).

Update: This is Deborah Kerr and Stewart Granger.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery gent), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guests), Roget-L.A. (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guests), Beachgal (Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests), Anne Papineau (Thursday’s mystery guests), Patrick (Thursday’s mystery guests), Tucson Barbara (Thursday’s mystery guests) and Don Danard (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guests).

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

  1. Dan Nather says:

    I would have gotten here sooner, but I just had to check the DVD to make sure! The movie is the 1952 version of THE PRISONER OF ZENDA with Stewart Granger and Deborah Kerr, and I believe the mystery gent is Jay Adler.

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  2. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Jay Adler in THE PRISONER OF ZENDA (1952).

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  3. B.J. Merholz says:

    Could be Jay Adler in the Prisoner of Zenda.

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  4. Don says:

    Looks like Jay Adler.

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  5. Mike Hawks says:

    Jay Adler in THE PRISONER OF ZENDA 1952.

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  6. Robert Morrissey says:

    That’s Jay Adler – I don’t remember ever seeing him in color!

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  7. aryedirect says:

    A member of the esteemed Adler acting family, here is Stella and Luther’s brother, Jay. Guessing at the picture based on his costume. Could it be ‘The Prisoner of Zenda’ as a station master?

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  8. Patrick says:

    Jay Adler in The Prisoner of Zenda from 1952.

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  9. Lee Ann says:

    Oh my gosh, it is Carmen Puliafito!!!!!!!

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  10. Gary says:

    hmmm. I want to say Phillip Van Zandt.

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  11. David Inman says:

    That’s Kathleen Freeman so this must be the 1952 “Prisoner of Zenda.”

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  12. mary mallory says:

    Jay Adler and Kathleen Freeman in THE PRISONER OF ZENDA, which is nowhere as good as the Colman ZENDA.

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  13. Mike Hawks says:

    Kathleen Freeman.

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  14. Patrick says:

    Kathleen Freeman on Tuesday.

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  15. Gary says:

    This would be Jay Adler and Kathleen Freeman (hardly a mystery!) in The Prisoner of Zenda (1952.)

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  16. beachgal says:

    Tues is Kathleen Freeman

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  17. Benito says:

    Kathleen Freeman in period costume

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  18. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Tuesday: Kathleen Freeman, without a doubt

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  19. beachgal says:

    I think Monday might be Jay Adler as the Customs man in the ’52 version of The Prisoner of Zenda

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  20. Don Danard says:

    Kathleen Freeman today.

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  21. Pat in Michigan says:

    Tuesday’s guest is Kathleen Freeman in “The Prisoner of Zenda”.

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  22. Jenny M says:

    Kathleen Freeman

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  23. Chrisbo says:

    Nora Marlowe Tuesday?

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  24. tucsonbarbara says:

    “Oh, Her” is the fabulous Kathleen Freeman

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  25. Sheila says:

    Kathleen Freeman for Tuesday.

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  26. Patricia van Hartesveldt says:

    Tuesday: Kathleen Freeman

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  27. Chrisbo says:

    In that case, perhaps it’s that OTHER “Oh her”: Kathleen Freeman

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  28. Sarah says:

    Kathleen Freeman, an ease “Oh, her” for Tuesday.

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  29. Bruce Reznick says:

    Looks like a young Kathleen Freeman. That sure narrows things down.

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  30. LC says:

    The Prisoner of Zenda (1952) w/Stewart Granger, Deborah Kerr, Louis Calhoun, Jay Adler, & Kathleen Freeman.

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  31. tucsonbarbara says:

    I think the movie is “The Prisoner of Zenda.”

    I’m gonna guess that Monday’s gent is Jay Adler.

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  32. Bob Hansen says:

    That’s Kathleen Freeman on Tuesday.

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  33. Dan Nather says:

    I think Tuesday’s gal is Kathleen Freeman.

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  34. mary mallory says:

    Robert Coote and Louis Calhern.

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  35. Mike Hawks says:

    Robert Coote and Louis Calhern.

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  36. beachgal says:

    Wen on the right is Alphonse Martell, on the left is George J. Lewis

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  37. Benito says:

    That old chestnut The Prisoner of Zenda 1952. PS Jay Adler is the hound dog on Monday

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  38. Robert Coote, Louis Calhern.

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  39. tucsonbarbara says:

    Robert Coote and Louis Calhern

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  40. Chrisbo says:

    Louis Calhern on Wednesday in The Prisoner of Zenda

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  41. Patrick says:

    Robert Coote and Louis Calhern on Wednesday.

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  42. Jenny Lerew says:

    Well, it’s Robert Coote on the left-Louis Calhern on the right? Yesterday was Kathleen Freeman, and from the two shot of Coote & Calhern, they’re recreating “The Prisoner of Zenda” and Niven and Smith looking down at Ronald Colman. Never seen this version!

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  43. Anne Papineau says:

    On Tuesday, Kathleen Freeman in “The Prisoner of Zenda.” On Wednesday, Louis Calhern and Robert Douglas.

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  44. Rick says:

    Oh her – Kathleen Freeman
    today Robert Coote Louis Calhern Prisoner of Zenda

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  45. Dan Nather says:

    Robert Coote and Louis Calhern today.

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  46. Howard Decker says:

    Prisoner of Zenda, 1952. Kathleen Freeman et al.

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  47. mary mallory says:

    Deborah Kerr and James Mason.

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  48. Jane Greer and James Mason.

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  49. Mike Hawks says:

    Jane Greer and James Mason.

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  50. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Thursday: I believe the woman on the left is Jane Greer and the gent on the right is James Mason. So, I’m guessing the mystery movie is The Prisoner of Zenda (1952).

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  51. beachgal says:

    Wen are Robert Coote and Louis Calhern
    Thurs we have Jane Greer and James Mason

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  52. Anne Papineau says:

    Jane Greer and James Mason.

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  53. Patrick says:

    Jane Greer and James Mason on Thursday.

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  54. tucsonbarbara says:

    Jane Greer and James Mason

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  55. Don Danard says:

    Just catching up….Robert Coote and Louis Calhern in The Prisoner of Zenda..on Wednesday.

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  56. mary mallory says:

    Deborah Kerr and Stewart Granger today. Ronald Colman was much, much better.

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  57. Patrick says:

    Deborah Kerr and Stewart Granger on Friday.

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  58. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Friday: Deborah Kerr and Stewart Granger

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  59. Mike Hawks says:

    Deborah Kerr and Stewart Granger get all cuddly.

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  60. Deborah Kerr, Stewart Granger.

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  61. beachgal says:

    Friday we have Stewart Granger and Deborah Kerr

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  62. Dan Nather says:

    Didn’t make it here on Thursday, when Jane Greer and James Mason were featured. Of course, that’s Stewart Granger and Deborah Kerr today.

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  63. tucsonbarbara says:

    Deborah Kerr and Stewart Grainger

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  64. Patricia van Hartesveldt says:

    Ah! Well, of course. Deborah Kerr and Stewart Granger join James Mason, Jane Greer and Kathleen Freeman in the 1952 version of Prisoner of Zenda. Not sure about the other folks, though.

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