Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Oct. 22, 2017, Mystery Photo
This mystery movie has been the 1930 RKO film “Conspiracy,” by Robert Baker and John Emerson (note that IMDB says they are uncredited. Oops). With Bessie Love, Ned Sparks, Hugh Trevor, Ivan Lebedeff, Rita LaRoy, Gertrude Howard, Otto Matiesen (sic), Walter Long, Donald MacKenzie and Jane Keckley. Directed by Christy Cabanne, produced by William LeBaron. Scenery and costumes by Max Ree, screenplay by Beulah-Marie Dix, photography by Nick Musuraca.

Oct. 22, 2017, Biltmore
I was interested in “Conspiracy” primarily because of this establishing shot of the Biltmore. What’s especially interesting is that this seems to be an early example of a zoom shot. And I have no idea how they pulled it off.

Oct. 22, 2017, Biltmore Hotel
Here it is in mid-zoom.

And dissolve to…..

There are much better shots of the Biltmore in “For the Defense,” a Paramount picture, also from 1930.

The DVD is available from Warner Archive for $17.99.

Oddly enough, neither the New York Times or the Los Angeles Times reviewed “Conspiracy.” At least I can’t find any mention of it in either paper.

Oct. 16, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Gertrude Howard.

Oct. 17, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have three mystery guests.

Update: This is Gladden James, Lucille Ward and Oscar Apfel.

Brain Trust roll call: Tucson Barbara (mystery movie and mystery guest).

Oct. 18, 2017, Mystery Photo
For Wednesday, we have two mystery gents.

Update: This is Hugh Trevor and James Bradbury Sr.

Brain Trust roll call: Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests), Mary Mallory (Tuesday’s mystery gent No. 2) and Tucson Barbara (Tuesday’s mystery guests).

Oct. 19, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, we have a mystery gent. You would recognize him easily if you could hear his voice.

Update: This is Ned Sparks, but his strange “writer’s” costume makes him hard to recognize.

Brain Trust roll call: Tucson Barbara (Wednesday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s Mystery Guest No. 1) and Mary Mallory (mystery movie, Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests and Wednesday’s Mystery Guest No. 1).

For Friday, we have a pair of mystery guests…. A mystery gent….

Update: This is Otto Matieson (Matiesen).

Oct. 20, 2017, Mystery Photo

… and a mystery woman.

Update: This is Bessie Love.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery gent), Tucson Barbara (Thursday’s mystery gent) and Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery gent).

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

  1. tucsonbarbara says:

    Gertrude Howard in “Conspiracy.”


  2. aryedirect says:

    Here’s an odd, but honest, guess. Eddie (Rochester) Anderson in drag.


  3. Mike Hawks says:

    Gertrude Howard on monday and at left Gladden James today in CONSOLATION MARRIAGE.


  4. mary mallory says:

    Looks like Oscar Apfel on far right.


  5. Don Danard says:

    Is it Madie Norman?


  6. Mike Hawks says:

    Looking closer I see that Oscar Apfel is at left today which means the film is CONSPIRACY and the lady in the center is Lucile Ward.


  7. tucsonbarbara says:

    Gladden James and Lucille Ward. Not sure who the second gent is; maybe Oscar Apfel.


  8. tucsonbarbara says:

    Hugh Trevor and James Bradbury, Sr.


  9. Mike Hawks says:

    At left Hugh Trevor.


  10. Mary Mallory says:

    CONSPIRACY. Gertrude Hwoard Monday, Gladden James and lucille Ward with Apfel yesterday, and Hugh Trevor and Otto Mateson today.


  11. mary mallory says:

    Ned Sparks today.


  12. tucsonbarbara says:

    Ned Sparks


  13. Mike Hawks says:

    Ned Sparks.


  14. Diane Ely says:

    Alastair Sim on Thursday?


  15. mary mallory says:

    That looks nothing like Ivan Lebedeff and of course it’s Bessie Love.


  16. tucsonbarbara says:

    Otto Matieson, Bessie Love, and the uncredited Fulton F. Foxx


  17. A TOUGHIE!
    Monday: Gertrude Howard
    Tuesday: Gladden James, Lucille Ward, Oscar Apfel
    Wednesday: Ned Sparks
    Thursday: Hugh Trevor, Walter Long
    Friday: Otto Matieson, Bessie Love


  18. Mike Hawks says:

    Otto Matieson and Bessie Love.


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