Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

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This week’s mystery movie has been the 1945 20th Century-Fox film “Hangover Square,” with Laird Cregar, Linda Darnell, George Sanders, Glenn Langan, Faye Marlow and Alan Napier, with a screenplay by Barre Lyndon from the novel by Patrick Hamilton. Music by Bernard Herrmann, photography by Joseph La Shelle, art direction by Lyle Wheeler and Maurice Ransford, set decorations by Thomas Little and Frank E. Hughes, costumes by Rene Hubert and Kay Nelson. Produced by Robert Bassler, directed by John Brahm.

”Hangover Square” is available from Amazon on a newly released Blu-ray and DVD.

An unsigned New York Times review (Feb. 8, 1945) said:

When he is not absorbed in composing a concerto, Laird Cregar is a hard-working homicidal maniac in “Hangover Square,” the period horror piece which opened yesterday at the Roxy. Twentieth Century-Fox burned up a plushy replica of a rich, turn-of-the-century English home to give the film a “hot” ending. It might be observed, too, that the studio also gleefully put the torch to everything except the title of the Patrick Hamilton novel in making this picture, for any resemblance between screen version and the original would be more than “accidental”—it would be miraculous.

Dec. 4, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have Mystery Cat Movie No. 1, a mystery Siamese cat on the lap of our mystery guest.

Update: This is a mystery Siamese on the lap of Laird Cregar as he plays the piano.

Dec. 5, 2017, Mystery Photo

While we’re on the subject, here’s another kitty in Mystery Cat Movie No. 2 – and yes, there is a connection. (Don’t worry, I’ll get back to Mystery Cat Movie No. 1 soon enough).

Update: This is the cat befriended by Alan Ladd’s character in “This Gun for Hire.”

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Mystery Cat Movie No. 1 and mystery cat-loving pianist), Tucson Barbara (Mystery Cat Movie No. 1 and mystery cat-loving pianist), Sarah (Mystery Cat Movie No. 1), Mark Vieira (Mystery Cat Movie No. 1 and mystery cat-loving pianist), Sylvia E (Mystery Cat Movie No. 1 and mystery cat-loving pianist) and L.C. (Mystery Cat Movie No. 1 and mystery cast).

Dec. 6, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we return to Mystery Cat Movie No. 1 for a mystery gent.

Update: This is Francis Ford, brother of director John Ford.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Mystery Cat Movie No. 2 and the connection to Mystery Cat Movie No. 1), Sheila (Mystery Cat Movie No. 2), Anne Papineau (Mystery Cat Movie No. 1, Mystery Cat Lover), Sylvia E. (Mystery Cat Lover) and Mary Mallory (Mystery Cat Movie No. 2).

Dec. 7, 2017, Mystery Photo
For Thursday, we have a mystery chap with pince-nez glasses.

Update: This is Alan Napier.

Dec. 7, 2017, Mystery Photo

We also have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Linda Darnell.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery gent), Alan Warren (Mystery Cat Movie No. 1), L.C. (Mystery Cat Movie No. 2 and mystery cast) and Dan Nather (Mystery Cat Movie No. 2).

Dec. 8, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Friday, we have our mystery pianist, who is not playing the Moszkowski etude “Sparks” or Scriabin’s “Toward the Flame.”

Update: Laird Cregar plays Bernard Hermann’s “Concerto Macabre.”

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Mystery Cat Movie No. 1, the connection to Mystery Cat Movie No. 2, and Thursday’s mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests), Don Danard (Thursday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (Mystery Cat Movie No. 1, Mystery Cat Movie No. 2, the connection between the two movies, and Thursday’s mystery guests), Chrisbo (Thursday’s mystery chap), Tucson Barbara (Thursday’s mystery guests), Mandy Marie (Thursday’s mystery woman), Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (Mystery Cat Movie No. 1 and Thursday’s mystery guests) and Ed (Thursday’s mystery woman).

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

  1. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Laird Cregar in HANGOVER SQUARE.

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  2. tucsonbarbara says:

    Laird Cregar in “Hangover Square”

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  3. mary mallory says:

    THAT DARN CAT. My grandmother and I laughed and laughed through this film.

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  4. Dan Nather says:

    Wow . . . this is tough. Don’t know too many B&W movies with Siamese cats. My first guess would be THE MASK OF DIMITRIOS.

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  5. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Is it Pyewacket from “Bell Book and Candle” (1958)?

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  6. Sarah says:

    Hangover Square (1945).

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  7. Gary says:

    Bell, Book, and Candle

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  8. thestarlightstudiosbcglobal.net says:

    It is the unnamed cat who moves in with George Harvey Bone (Laird Cregar) in John Brahm’s Hangover Square (1945 – Twentieth Century-Fox)

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  9. SylviaE says:

    The movie is Hangover Square and the lap the cat is sitting on belongs to Laird “Someone or other”. It also starred Linda Darnell. I’d never heard of the movie until you did this Movie Mystery. Thanks.

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  10. Bruce Reznick says:

    Kitty Argyle? (Socks not shown)

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  11. LC says:

    Hangover Square (1945) w/Laird Cregar, Linda Darnell, George Sanders & Alan Napier. Sorry don’t know the cat’s name 🙂

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  12. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    THIS GUN FOR HIRE is also graced by the refined menace of Laird Cregar.

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  13. David Inman says:

    Not really sure why, but today’s photo just screams “Criss Cross” to me.

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  14. Sheila says:

    Is Tuesday’s cat from ‘This Gun for Hire’?

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  15. Anne Papineau says:

    On Monday, Laird Cregar in “Hangover Square”

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  16. mary mallory says:

    THIS GUN FOR HIRE today.

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  17. mary mallory says:

    I MARRIED A WITCH with Veronica Lake on Monday.

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  18. Francis Ford glimpsed in the first moments.

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  19. Alan Warren says:

    Hangover Square

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  20. LC says:

    Cat #2 is from This Gun for Hire (1942) w/Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake and Laird Cregar, Robert Preston,….

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  21. Dan Nather says:

    Could Mystery Cat Movie #2 be THIS GUN FOR HIRE?

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  22. mary mallory says:

    HANGOVER SQUARE. Faye Marlowe Monday, Alan Napier and Linda Darnell today, Harry Allen yesterday.

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  23. Alan Napier and Linda Darnell.

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  24. Don Danard says:

    Thursday’s Mystery Folks are Alan Napier and Linda Darnell.

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  25. Mike Hawks says:

    Alan Napier and Linda Darnell in HANGOVER SQUARE. Which makes the bonus photo a scene from THIS GUN FOR HIRE also with our soon to be seen star Laird Cregar.

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  26. Mary Mallory says:

    And of course Laird Cregar is the connection between the two.

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  27. Chrisbo says:

    Is Thursday’s chap Alan Napier?

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  28. tucsonbarbara says:

    Alan Napier and Linda Darnell

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  29. mandymarie20 says:

    Linda Darnell on Thursday.

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  30. Lee Ann, Megan, and Thom says:

    Hangover Square with Alan Napier and Linda Darnell.

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  31. Ed says:

    Thursday is Linda Darnell

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  32. mary mallory says:

    A thin Laird Cregar.

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  33. Mike Hawks says:

    Burn ’em up Laird Cregar.

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  34. Don Danard says:

    I think today’s Mystery Pianist is Laird Cregar.

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  35. tucsonbarbara says:

    Laird Cregar

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  36. Chrisbo says:

    Oh now I get it. Laird Cregar in Hangover Square. It’s been too long since I’ve enjoyed this brilliant Bernard Herrmann score.

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  37. Gary says:

    Hmmm. I’m not even sure that she is Linda Darnell. Looks like she come in out of My Darling C. I remember the corral and the horses but I don’t recall any cats…or pianos.

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  38. mandymarie20 says:

    Hangover Square

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  39. mandymarie20 says:

    Friday – Laird Cregar
    Thursday – Linda Darnell and Alan Napier

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  40. Diane Ely says:

    A film set during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake & fire?

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  41. Richard Wegescheide says:

    Well Thursday is Alan Napier and, I believe, linda Darnell. The only picture I remember that pair in was ‘Forever Amber’.

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