Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)


Oct. 14,, 2017, Mystery Photo
This week’s mystery movie has been the obscure 1939 Paramount film “The Great Victor Herbert,” with Allan Jones, Mary Martin, Walter Connolly, Lee Bowman, Susanna Foster, Judith Barrett, Jerome Cowan and John Garrick. The screenplay was by Russel Crouse and Robert Lively, from a story by Robert Lively and Andrew L. Stone. Photography was by Victor Milner, with art direction by Hans Dreier and Ernst Fegte, costumes by Edith Head and interior decorations by A.E. Freudeman. All music was by Victor Herbert, music supervisor was Phil Boutelje, music scorer was Arthur Lange, vocal arrangements by Max Terr, orchestra directed by Arthur Kay, musical numbers staged by LeRoy Prinz. The film was produced and directed by Andrew L. Stone.

“The Great Victor Herbert” has never been released commercially. It’s available from Zeus for $9.99. It was Walter Connolly’s last film and Mary Martin’s first film.


Writing in the New York Times (Dec. 7, 1939), B.R.C. said:

That exhaustless fount of romantic melody, the late Victor Herbert, is said to have been an artist of infinite physical exuberance and personal charm, a bon vivant, a man of the world. Perhaps it is just as well, therefore, that “The Great Victor Herbert,” at the Paramount, should have a diffident afterword to the effect that it is not an attempt to portray the life of Victor Herbert. If we think of it just as a Paramount musical picture, with an album of twenty-eight Victor Herbert melodies in its score—and beautiful and sweetly nostalgic they are, indeed—we shall feel more tolerant toward the distorted portrait it presents of the master, who suffers as only a music master can suffer at the hands of a light-opera librettist.

Oct. 9, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Susanna Foster.

Oct. 10, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have another mystery woman.

Update: This is Mary Currier.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and mystery actress).

Oct. 11, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have a mystery girl with a (not terribly) mysterious gent.

Update: This is Sandra Lee Richards and Walter Connolly.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Tuesday’s mystery woman).

Oct. 12, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, we have a (totally not) mysterious gent – and Back of the Hat Woman.

Update: This is Jerome Cowan and Mary Martin as Back of the Hat Woman.

Brain Trust roll call: David Inman (Wednesday’s mystery gent), Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery girl and mystery gent), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Mary Mallory (mystery movie and Monday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Sheila (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Anne Papineau (Wednesday’s mystery gent), Dan Nather (Wednesday’s mystery gent), Benito (Wednesday’s mystery gent) and Tucson Barbara (Wednesday’s mystery gent).

Oct. 13, 2017, Mystery Photo

And for Friday……

Update: This is Allan Jones and Mary Martin.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Tuesday’s mystery woman and Thursday’s mystery gent), Roget-L.A. (Thursday’s mystery gent), Anne Papineau (mystery movie, Thursday’s mystery gent), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery gent and Back of the Head Lady), Chrisbo (Thursday’s mystery gent), Tucson Barbara (mystery movie and Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests), Diane Ely (Thursday’s mystery gent), Dan Nather (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery gent — and no, I doubt you have ever seen this — hence the lousy print), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery gent and Back of the Head Lady), L.C. (mystery movie and mystery cast) and Rick Scott (Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery gents).

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

  1. Susanna Foster in THE GREAT VICTOR HERBERT.


  2. Anne Papineau says:

    Joan Fontaine, or maybe not.


  3. mary mallory says:

    Scarlett Empress.


  4. David Inman says:

    Walter Connolly today.


  5. Sandra Lee Richards, Walter Connolly.


  6. Mike Hawks says:

    Susanna Foster, Mary Currier, Sandra Lee Richards and Walter Connolly in THE GREAT VICTOR HERBERT.


  7. mary mallory says:

    Walter Connolly today.


  8. Sheila says:

    Sandra Lee Richards and Walter Connolly, ‘The Great Victor Herbert’ for Wednesday?


  9. mary mallory says:

    THE GREAT VICTOR HERBERT. Susanna Foster Monday, Judith barrett yesterday, Sandra Lee Richards today.


  10. Anne Papineau says:

    Walter Connolly on Wednesday


  11. Dan Nather says:

    I think that’s Walter Connolly today; don’t know who the slightly creepy little girl is. Man, I know I’ve seen this film, but I can’t think of the title! I’m probably going to be kicking myself by Saturday . . .


  12. Benito says:

    Walter Connolly, best known as Claudette Colbert’s dad in It Happened One Night. PS thought that was Carole Lombard on Monday


  13. tucsonbarbara says:

    Wednesday’s gent looks like Walter Connolly.


  14. mary mallory says:

    Mary Currier Tuesday and Jerome Cowan today.


  15. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Thursday: Jerome Cowan


  16. Anne Papineau says:

    Jerome Cowan in “The Great Victor Herbert”


  17. Mike Hawks says:

    Jerome Cowan and Mary Martin.


  18. Chrisbo says:

    Jerome Cowan on Thursday?


  19. tucsonbarbara says:

    The Great Victor Herbert

    Monday – Judith Barrett
    Tuesday – Mary Currier
    Wednesday – Sandra Lee Richards (w/ Walter Connolly)
    Thursday – Jerome Cowan


  20. Diane Ely says:

    Looks like Jerome Cowan on Thursday.


  21. Dan Nather says:

    Jerome Cowan today, which makes this THE GREAT VICTOR HERBERT, a film I don’t think I’ve ever seen. Hmmm . . .


  22. Jerome Cowan, Mary Martin.


  23. LC says:

    The Great Victor Herbert (1939) w/Susanna Foster, Mary Martin, Walter Connolly, Allan Jones & Lee Bowman.


  24. LC says:

    oops and Jerome Cowan!


  25. Rick Scott says:

    Wednesday’s gent was Walter Connelly. Thursday was Jerome Cowan.


  26. mary mallory says:

    Allan Jones and Mary Martin, and she was back of the head yesterday.


  27. Mike Hawks says:

    Allan Jones and Mary Martin.


  28. Benito says:

    Allan Jones today so its The Great Victor Herbert. Overshadowed by great movies that year


  29. Alan Warren says:

    Walter Connolly and Jerome Cowan in the great Victor Herbert?


  30. tucsonbarbara says:

    Friday – Jack’s dad and Larry’s mom. 🙂


  31. Allan Jones & Mary Martin.


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