Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1978 film “Fedora,” with William Holden, Marthe Keller, Jose Ferrer, Frances Sternhagen, Mario Adorf, Stephen Collins, Hans Jaray, Arlene Francis Gottfried John, Jacques Maury, Christine Mueller, Ellen Schwiers, Ferdy Mayne, Henry Fonda, Hildegard Knef and Michael York. Music by Miklos Rozsa, costumes by Charlotte Flemming, production design by Alexandre Trauner, photography by Gerry Fisher, screenplay by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond, from the story “Crowned Heads” by Thomas Tryon. Produced and directed by Billy Wilder.

The movie is available on DVD and Blu-ray from Amazon.


Writing in the New York Times (April 15, 1979) Janet Maslin said:

Billy Wilder’s “Fedora” is a fabulous relic, a grand old villa fallen slightly into disrepair. And if it seems outmoded, well, that is very much Mr. Wilder’s intention. “Fedora” is old-fashioned with a vengeance, a proud, passionate remembrance of the way movies used to be, and a bitter smile at what they have become.

It is rich, majestic, very close to ridiculous, and also a little bit mad. It seems exactly what Mr. Wilder wants it to be, perfectly self-contained and filled with the echoes of a lifetime; no one could mistake this for the work of a young man. Indeed, it has the resonance of an epitaph. That, too, seems a part of Mr. Wilder’s design.

Dec. 11, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a distinguished mystery guest.

Update: This is Ferdy Mayne.

Dec. 12, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have a mystery child and Back of the Head Woman.

Update: This is Christine Mueller and Marthe Keller.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Monday’s mystery guest).

Dec. 13, 2017, Mystery Photo

And for Wednesday, we have a mystery gent.

Update: This is Stephen Collins.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mystery child and Back of the Head Woman).

Dec. 14, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Hildegard Knef.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery gent), David Inman (Wednesday’s mystery gent), Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery gent), Pat in Michigan (mystery movie, mystery director and Wednesday’s mystery gent), Benito (Wednesday’s mystery gent), Tucson Barbara (Wednesday’s mystery gent), Roget-L.A. (Wednesday’s mystery gent, wrong movie), Beach Gal (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery director, Tuesday’s mystery child and Back of the Head Woman and Wednesday’s mystery gent), Mike Hawks (mystery movie, Back of the Head Woman and Wednesday’s mystery gent), Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (Wednesday’s mystery gent), Jenny M. (Wednesday’s mystery gent), Sylvia E. (Wednesday’s mystery gent) and L.C. (mystery movie and mystery cast).

Note to Lee Ann, Megan and Thom: This was a theatrical release, not a TV movie.

Dec. 15, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Friday, we have a mystery woman and a (not) mysterious companion.

Update: This is Marthe Keller and William Holden.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery woman), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery woman), Lee Ann Megan and Thom (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery woman), Mary Mallory (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery woman) and Tucson Barbara (mystery movie and Monday’s, Tuesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests). Note to Beachgal: (right movie/wrong actress).

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

  1. mary mallory says:

    Harold Gould.


  2. Arye Michael Bender says:

    Looks like Jeff Corey’s magnificent eyebrows. Could they be crowing his character face?


  3. Bruce Reznick says:

    “The Stunt Man”?


  4. Marthe Keller and unbilled child in FEDORA.


  5. Sorry, Christine Mueller. I thought it was a boy.


  6. David Inman says:

    Stephen Collins today.


  7. mary mallory says:

    Stephen Collins today.


  8. Pat in Michigan says:

    Wednesday’s guest is Stephen Collins. The film is Billy Wilder’s “Fedora”.


  9. Benito says:

    Steve Collins today, sans golden monkey


  10. tucsonbarbara says:

    Stephen Collins


  11. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Wednesday’s mystery gent is definitely Stephen Collins. Perhaps in “Brinks: The Great Robbery” (1976)?


  12. beachgal says:

    Wed is Stephen Collins and the movie is Fedora


  13. Mike Hawks says:

    Marthe Keller and Stephen Collins in FEDORA.


  14. Lee Ann, Megan, and Thom says:

    Stephen Collins for Wednesday. Is this a TV movie?


  15. Jenny M says:

    Stephen Collins


  16. Jersey says:

    Is it Christopher Lee??


  17. SylviaE says:

    Wednesday is Stephen Collins. Can’t figure out the picture.


  18. LC says:

    Fedora (1978)w/Marthe Keller, William Holden, Michael York, Stephen Collins, Henry Fonda, Jacques Maury, Jose Ferrer, …


  19. Mike Hawks says:

    Hildegard Knef


  20. beachgal says:

    Thurs is Marthe Keller


  21. Lee Ann, Megan, and Thom says:

    Fedora with Hildegarde Knef for today.


  22. mary mallory says:

    FEDORA. Hildegarde Neff today.


  23. tucsonbarbara says:


    Mon – Ferdy Mayne
    Tues – Marthe Keller
    Thurs – Hildegard Knef


  24. Marthe Keller and William Holden.


  25. mary mallory says:

    Gottfried Johns Monday, Christine Mueller and Ellen Schwiers Tuesday, and Marte Keller and William Holden today.


  26. Benito says:

    Bill Holden and Mathe Keller in Billy Wilder’s FEDORA 1978. Uneven reviews, great cast.


  27. Mike Hawks says:

    Marthe Keller and William Holden.


  28. beachgal says:

    Marthe Keller and Bill Holden on Friday


  29. tucsonbarbara says:

    Marthe Keller and William Holden


  30. kthursby says:

    Am I too late? Think the movie is Omen II, thanks to William Holden and the creepy kid. Wonder if Wednesday is a young Stephen Collins?


  31. SylviaE says:

    Okay, seeing the Friday shot of William Holden with Marthe Keller helped a lot. The movie is Fedora. Monday, I think is Ferdy Mayne (not sure I’ve spelled that right.)


  32. Gary says:

    There was an era in which I stopped going to movies. Why I don’t know. (Actually American movies were really awful in the 70’s and 80’s.) I would say that it was around this time. I have never seen any of these people before.


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