Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Nov. 11, 2017, Mystery Photo

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1948 British film “No Orchids for Miss Blandish,” from the novel by James Hadley Chase, with Jack La Rue, Hugh McDermott, Linden Travers, Walter Crisham, Leslie Bradley, Zoe Gail, Jack Durant, Charles Goldner, Macdonald Parke, Lilly Molnar, Danny Green, Percy Marmont, Michael Balfour, Frances Marsden, Jack Lester, Halama and Konarski and Toy and Wyng. Photography by Gerald Gibbs, art direction by Harry Moore and music by George Melachrino. The film was written and directed by St. John L. Clowes.

The DVD is available from Amazon.

Writing in the New York Times (Feb. 23, 1951), Bosley Crowther said:

For days now the Globe Theatre has been warning that no one under 16 years will be admitted to “No Orchids for Miss Blandish,” which opened there yesterday. Such solicitude for the young is touching, indeed. But who’s going to protect us oldsters? We didn’t detect anything about this curious British melodrama which would necessarily turn a sensible teenager down the primrose path, but there is ample evidence on the Globe’s screen that “No Orchids for Miss Blandish” is an awkward attempt on the part of the English to imitate Hollywood’s gangster formula. Far better that this effort should not have been undertaken.

Nov. 6, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery gent.

Update: This is Jack Durant.

Nov. 7, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have a mystery gent.

Update: This is Bill O’Connor.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery comedian) and Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery comedian).

Nov. 8, 2017, Mystery Photo
For Wednesday, Tuesday’s mystery gent has a flashy mystery companion. Neither of them get along with …

Update: This is John O’Connor and Richard Neilson.

Nov. 8, 2017, Mystery Photo

… this sinister mystery chap.

Update: This is Walter Crisham.

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

Nov. 9, 2017, Mystery Photo

The mystery movie also has some mystery women, like this tough operator …

Update: This is Lilly (Lili) Molnar).

Nov. 9, 2017, Mystery Photo
… this chanteuse …

Update: This is Zoe Gail.


… and this lady with questionable taste in men.

Update: This is Frances Marsden.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery gents).

Nov. 10, 2017

For Friday, we have our mystery leading man and mystery leading lady. And a gun.

Update: This is Jack La Rue and Linden Travers.

Brain Trust roll call: Mike Hawks (Thursday’s tough mama) and Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests).

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

  1. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Jack Durant


  2. Howard Mandelbaum says:



  3. Jerry Colonna and a wild guess for the movie 52nd Street.


  4. Mike Hawks says:



  5. Ed says:

    Monday is Ernie Kovaks


  6. Richard Nielson & Walter Crisham.


  7. Diane Ely says:

    Wednesday’s Flashy Guy and Sinister Chap look like something out of Runyonland.


  8. Mike Hawks says:

    Todays first lady is Lilli Molnar.


  9. Lili Molnar as the matriarch of the Grissom Gang; Zoe Gail; Frances Marsden.


  10. Benito says:

    Raymond Burr, tough operator


  11. beachgal says:

    Is gent #3 (2nd photo) Reggie Nalder?


  12. Don Danard says:

    Well, finally there’s a face I recognize!!
    It’s Jack LaRue with the gun today.


  13. Mike Hawks says:

    Our stars Mr. LaRue and Miss Travers appear.


  14. Benito says:

    Jack La Rue and Lili Molnar, guess it’s NO ORCHIDS FOR MISS BLANDISH 1948. A Stockholm Syndrome movie


  15. Sarah says:

    Because I think I recognize Tommy Rafferty (I just watched “The Big Sleep”), this is 1944’s “Reckless Age.”


  16. Jack La Rue & Linden Travers.


  17. Howard Decker says:

    You expect us poor souls to recognize La Rue without his “Lash”? I am gobsmacked.


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