Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

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This week’s mystery movie has been the 1947 Universal picture “Ride the Pink Horse,” with Robert Montgomery, Wanda Hendrix, Andrea King, Thomas Gomez, Fred Clark, Art Smith, Richard Gaines, Rita Conde, Iris Flores and Tito Renaldo. The screenplay is by Ben Hecht and Charles Lederer from the novel by Dorothy B. Hughes, art direction by Bernard Herzbrun and Robert Boyle, and set decorations by Russell A. Gausman and Oliver Emert. Photography is by Russell Metty and music by Frank Skinner. The producer was Joan Harrison and the director was Robert Montgomery.

Keenly sought by film noir fans, the movie was generally unavailable until the Criterion Collection released it on DVD and Blu-ray in 2015.

Writing in the New York Times (Oct. 9, 1947), Bosley Crowther said:

Nobody writing for movies likes more than ironic Ben Hecht to muse on the dizzy and eccentric rotations of the merry-go-round of life. And that is what he is doing, in a hard-boiled and often violent way, in the script which he and Charles Lederer wrote for “Ride the Pink Horse.” That is likewise what Robert Montgomery has intriguingly captured on the screen in this taut and macabre melodrama which came to the Winter Garden yesterday.

Oct. 2, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have two mystery women. Our leading man has been cropped out due to his lack of mysteriousness.

Update: This is Rita Conde and Iris Flores.

Oct. 3, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have this mystery gent. Our leading man has once again been cropped out due to his lack of mysteriousness.

Update: This is Martin Garralaga.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and mystery women), Mary Mallory (mystery movie and mystery women, plus non-mysterious leading man cropped out of image) and Mike Hawks (mystery movie and non-mysterious leading man cropped out of image).

Oct. 4, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have a distinguished mystery guest having some Danish pastries. As usual, our leading man has been cropped out due to his lack of mysteriousness.

Update: This is Art Smith

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Sheila (mystery movie, Wednesday’s mystery guest), Sarah (mystery movie), Jenny M. (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guest), Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery guest) and Dan Nather (mystery movie and all mystery guests).

Oct. 5, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, we have this mystery gent ….

Update: This is Thomas Gomez, who was nominated for an Academy Award for this role.

Oct. 5, 2017, Mystery Photo

… also this mystery woman.

Update: This is Andrea King.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s  mystery gent), Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s  mystery gent), B.J. Merholz (Wednesday’s  mystery gent), Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s  mystery gent),  Don Danard — you’re half-right and Dan Nather (Wednesday’s  mystery gent).

Oct. 6, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Friday, we have a group of mystery gents and our non-mysterious leading man….

Update: This is John Doucette, Howard Negley, Fred Clark and Richard Gaines.

This is a particularly good example of the challenges of lighting a scene when several characters are wearing hats with big brims.

Oct. 6, 2017, Mystery Photo
… and here he is with a not terribly mysterious companion.

Update: This is Robert Montgomery and Wanda Hendrix.

Brain Trust roll call: Dan Nather (Wednesday’s mystery gent and Thursday’s mystery gent), B.J. Merholz (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery gent), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests), Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guests), Beachgal (mystery movie and mystery guests), Benito (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery gent), Tucson Barbara (mystery movie and mystery guests), Patrick (mystery movie and Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests) and Rick Scott (mystery movie and Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery gents).

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

  1. Rita Corday and Iris Flores in RIDE THE PINK HORSE.

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  2. No, it’s Rita Conde!

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  3. Mary Mallory says:

    RIDE THE PINK HORSE. Iris Flores and Rita Conde today and Robert Montgomery as our mystery person.

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  4. Mike Hawks says:

    Why does Robert Montgomery want to RIDE THE PINK HORSE.

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  5. mary mallory says:

    Martin Garralaga.

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  6. Sheila says:

    Martin Garralaga, ‘Ride the Pink Horse’?

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  7. Sarah says:

    It’s Ride the Pink Horse (1947).

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  8. Don Danard says:

    Tuesday’s Mystery Gent is Pedro de Cordova.

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  9. Jenny M says:

    Martin Garalaga in Ride the Pink Horse.

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  10. Mike Hawks says:

    Martin Garralaga wishes to serve you a cool and refreshing beverage.

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  11. Dan Nather says:

    RIDE THE PINK HORSE (1947) with Robert Montgomery, who also directed. I think that’s Rita Conde and Iris Flores on Monday. Definitely Martin Garralaga today.

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  12. Benito says:

    Tuesday: Jimmy Durante’s Mexican brother?

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  13. mary mallory says:

    Art Smith.

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  14. Mike Hawks says:

    Art Smith.

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  15. Don Danard says:

    Looks like Art Baker this a.m.

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  16. Dan Nather says:

    Art Smith on Wednesday.

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  17. B.J. Merholz says:

    Thomas Gomez in Ride the Pink Horse.

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  18. mary mallory says:

    Thomas Gomez and Andrea King. You’ve used the wrong days under the identfied photos. No one has identified Thursday’s people yet.

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  19. Mike Hawks says:

    Say hello to Thomas Gomez and Andrea King.

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  20. beachgal says:

    Thurs we have Thomas Gomez and Andrea King. The film is Ride The Pink Horse.

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  21. beachgal says:

    I think possibly Monday’s lady on the left is Iris Flores.

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  22. Benito says:

    Thomas Gomez in Ride The Pink Horse 1947. PS Our lady today is un peu louche

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  23. tucsonbarbara says:

    Ride the Pink Horse

    Monday – Rita Conde, Iris Flores
    Tuesday – Martin Garralaga
    Wednesday – Art Smith
    Thursday – Thomas Gomez, Andrea King

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  24. Dan Nather says:

    Thomas Gomez and Wanda Hendrix today.

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  25. Patrick says:

    Martin Garralaga, Art Smith, Thomas Gomez and Andrea King in Ride the Pink Horse from 1947.

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  26. Rick Scott says:

    Wednesday is Art Smith. Thursday is Thomas Gomez in his Oscar-nominated role. The film is “Ride the Pink Horse.” Is Robert Montgomery far behind?

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  27. mary mallory says:

    Fred Clark and Richard Grandon in the first photo and Robert Montgomery and Wanda Hendrix in the last.

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  28. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Friday: Fred Clark, Robert Montgomery and Wanda Hendrix in Ride the Pink Horse (1947)

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  29. Mike Hawks says:

    John Doucette, Fred Clark, Richard Gaines, Mr. Montgomery and Wanda Hendrix.

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  30. tucsonbarbara says:

    John Doucette, Fred Clark, Robert Montgomery, Wanda Hendrix

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  31. beachgal says:

    Friday we have our leading stars, Robert Montgomery and Wanda Hendrix

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  32. Gary says:

    Ride the Pink Horse

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  33. John Douchette, Jimmy Ames, Fred Clark, Richard Gaines. Robert Montgomery, Wanda Hendrix.

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  34. Sorry. The second thug from the left is Howard Negley.

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