Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1962 film “Advise and Consent,” starring Henry Fonda, Charles Laughton, Don Murray, Walter Pidgeon, Peter Lawford, Gene Tierney, Franchot Tone, Lew Ayres, Burgess Meredith, Eddie Hodges, Paul Ford, George Grizzard, Inga Swenson “and the voice of Frank Sinatra.” Also with Edward Andrews, Paul McGrath, Will Geer, Betty White, Tom Helmore, Rene Paul, Paul Stevens, Russ Brown, Malcolm Atterbury, Janet Jane Carty, Hilary Eaves, Michele Montau, J. Edward McKinley, William Quinn, Tiki Santos, Raoul De Leon, Chet Stratton, Larry Tucker, Bettie Johnson, John Granger, Sid Gould, Meyer Davis and his orchestra, White House Correspondents Assn., White House Press Photographers Assn., Irv Kupcinet, Robert C. Wilson, Alan Emory, Jessie Stearns Buscher, Milton Berliner, Allen W. Cromley, William Knighton, the Hon. Guy M. Gillette and the Hon. Henry Fountain Ashurst.   Truly a massive cast.

Music was by Jerry Fielding, production design by Lyle Wheeler, photography (in Panavision) by Sam Leavitt, set decoration by Eli Benneche, furs by Sol Schulman and diamond jewelry by Harry Winston. Miss Tierney’s clothes designed by Bill Blass, titles by Saul Bass, lyrics for “The Song From Advise and Consent” by Ned Washington, distributed by Columbia Pictures. Based on the novel by Allen Drury, screenplay by Wendell Mayes, produced and directed by Otto Preminger.

“Advise and Consent” is available on DVD from Amazon.


Writing in the New York Times (June 7, 1962), Bosley Crowther said:

Without even giving the appearance of trying to be accurate and fair about the existence of a reasonable balance of good men and rogues in government, Mr. Preminger and Wendell Mayes, his writer, taking their cue from Mr. Drury’s book, have loaded their drama with rascals to show the types in Washington. Their intense and deliberate projection of a cynical attitude toward the actions of politicians extends right up to the President of the United States, whom they frankly portray in this fiction as a man of peculiar principles. He is made (in a tasteless portrayal of a sick, testy man by Franchot Tone) to be tolerant of cheap conniving and the telling of lies under oath.

Oh, such innocent times.

Sept. 25, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Betty Murray, wife of Don Murray.

Sept. 26, 2017, Mystery Photo


For Tuesday, we have a mystery gent on the right. I have cropped out two actors who will appear later in the week.

Update: This is George Grizzard.

Brain Trust roll call: David Inman (mystery movie).

Sept. 27, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have two mystery guests and a rather interesting letter.

Update: This is John Granger and Don Murray.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests), Roget-L.A. (Tuesday’s mystery guest), Jenny M. (Tuesday’s mystery guest), Benito (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery guest), B.J. Merholz (Tuesday’s mystery guest), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery guest), Sarah (Tuesday’s mystery guest — believe it), Tucson Barbara (mystery movie and Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests), Rick Scott (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery guest), McDee (Tuesday’s mystery guest), Patricia Van Hartesveldt (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery guest) and L.C. (mystery movie and mystery cast).

Sept. 28, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, we have three mystery ladies. Well, somewhat mysterious.

Update: This is Hilary Eaves, Gene Tierney and Michele Montau.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery guest No. 2), Roget-L.A. (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guest No. 2), Jenny M. (mystery movie, Wednesday’s mystery guests), Tucson Barbara (Wednesday’s mystery guest No. 2), Patrick (mystery movie, Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Richard Wegescheide (mystery movie), Lee Ann Megan and Thom (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mystery guest and Wednesday’s mystery guest No. 2) and Bob Hansen (Wednesday’s mystery guest No. 2)

Sept. 29, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Friday, we have the two non-mystery gents cropped out of Tuesday’s photo, plus another non-mysterious gent.

Update: This is Paul Ford, Walter Pidgeon and Charles Laughton.

Sept. 29, 2017, Mystery Photo
… and a few more non-mysterious gents …

Update: This is Burgess Meredith and Henry Fonda.

Sept. 29, 2017, Mystery Photo

… and a non-mysterious mystery lady …

Update: This is Betty White in her first feature film!

Sept. 29, 2017, Mystery Photo

… yes, the mystery movie is a bonanza of non-mysterious guests …

Update: This is Lew Ayres and Don Murray.

Sept. 29, 2017, Mystery Photo

…. And also.

Update: This is Franchot Tone.

Brain Trust roll call: Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mystery gent), Mary Mallory (mystery movie, Wednesday’s mystery guest No. 2 and Thursday’s mystery women), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery woman No. 2), Roget-L.A. (Thursday’s mystery women), Gary (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mystery guest and as a bonus our mystery guest’s Broadway credits), Sarah (mystery movie), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery women), B.J. Merholz (mystery movie) and Tucson Barbara (Thursday’s mystery women).

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

  1. Lili St Cyr or Fay Spain. Yeah, I know.


  2. David Inman says:

    “Advise and Consent” just leaps out at me for some reason.


  3. Gary says:

    Shirley Anne Field.


  4. Candy Cassell says:

    High fashion mannequin from Bullock’s Wilshire circa 1958?


  5. Larry Platt says:

    I believe that’s Beverly La Ritz, dubbed “Queen of the Dress Extras” but more famous for having the best scream in all of Hollywood in the 1950s. You can hear her amazing vocals in such pictures as “I’ll Scream Tomorrow (Unless It’s a Friday)” (1954), “Invasion of the Motorpsychos” (1955), and “Commie Dwarfmen from the Ninth Dimension” (1959). In later years, she was a regular on a little-known television quiz show on the Dumont Network, “Guess What’s in My Pants!” Pinky Lee was the host, as I recall. All in all, a fine, fine talent.


  6. Monday: Betty Murray in ADVISE AND CONSENT.
    Tuesday: George Grizzard


  7. Charles Kjelland says:

    Don’t know the actors, but it looks like a TV show!


  8. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Tuesday’s mystery gent: George Grizzard?


  9. Jenny M says:

    George Grizzard


  10. Benito says:

    George Grizzard today. Guessing it’s Advise And Consent 1962?


  11. B.J. Merholz says:

    George Grizzard. And if it’s a movie, I guess From the Terrace.


  12. Mike Hawks says:

    George Grizzard in ADVISE AND CONSENT.


  13. Sarah says:

    I can’t believe I recognized George Grizzard today.


  14. tucsonbarbara says:

    Advise and Consent

    Monday – Betty (Mrs. Don) Murray
    Tuesday – George Grizzard


  15. Rick Scott says:

    Today looks like a young George Grizzard. Going to guess it’s from “Advise and Consent. “


  16. mcdee says:

    George Grizzard for Tuesday


  17. Patricia van Hartesveldt says:

    Tuesday: George Grizzard


  18. Patricia van Hartesveldt says:

    Advise and Consent?


  19. LC says:

    Advise and Consent (1962) w/George Grizzard, Walter Pidgeon, Franchot Tone, Henry Fonda, Lew Ayres, Gene Tierney, Don Murray, Charles Laughton, etc…


  20. John Granger and Don Murray.


  21. Mike Hawks says:

    Don Murray at right.


  22. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Wednesday: The mystery man on the right appears to be Don Murray. Could the mystery movie be Advise & Consent (1962)?


  23. Rogét-L.A. says:

    And I think Paul McGrath is the other guy in the photo.


  24. Jenny M says:

    John Granger and Don Murray in Advise and Consent.


  25. tucsonbarbara says:

    Wednesday – Don Murray and (maybe?) Chet Stratton


  26. Patrick says:

    George Gizzard, John Granger and Don Murray in Advise and Consent from 1962.


  27. Richard Wegescheide says:

    The movie is ‘Advise and Consent’.


  28. Lee Ann, Megan and Thom says:

    Don Murray on the right for today.


  29. Bob Hansen says:

    Wednesday’s guy on the right is Don Murray but I don’t know the other guy.


  30. Lee Ann, Megan and Thom says:

    George Grizzard for Tuesday in Advise and Consent.


  31. mary mallory says:

    ADVISE AND CONSENT. Inga Swenson Monday, Gene Tierney, Hilary Eaves, and Michele Montau today.


  32. mary mallory says:

    Don Murray Mystery guest #2 on Wednesday.


  33. Mike Hawks says:

    Gene Tierney front and center.


  34. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Thursday’s mystery ladies are: Hilary Eaves (I think), Gene Tierney (I know), and Michele Montau (pretty sure).


  35. Gary says:

    It has taken me two whole days to remember George Grizzard’s name. And I had seen him in many Broadway shows, i.e.:Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf original cast. This photo is from Advise and Consent.


  36. Sarah says:

    It’s Advice and Consent.


  37. Hilary Eaves, Gene Tierney, Michele Montau.


  38. tucsonbarbara says:

    Hilary Eaves, Gene Tierney, and Michele Montau


  39. mary mallory says:

    Paul Ford, Walter Pidgeon, and Charles Laughton in image one, Burgess Meredith and Henry Fonda in image 2, good old Betty white in image 3, Lew Ayres and Don Murray in image 4, and a statemanslike President in Franchot Tone.


  40. Mike Hawks says:

    Paul Ford, Walter Pidgeon, Charles Laughton, Burgess Meredith, Henry Fonda, Betty White, Lew Ayres, Don Murray and Franchot Tone.


  41. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Friday: Paul Ford, Walter Pidgeon, Charles Laughton, Burgess Meredith, Henry Fonda, Betty White, Lew Ayres, Don Murray, Franchot Tone


  42. tucsonbarbara says:

    Paul Ford, Walter Pidgeon, Charles Laughton, Burgess Meredith, Henry Fonda, Betty White, Lew Ayres, Don Murray, and Franchot Tone


  43. What a cast! Paul Ford, Walter Pidgeon, Charles Laughton; Burgess Meredith & Henry Fonda; Betty White; Lew Ayres & Don Murray; Franchot Tone.


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