Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s movie has been MGM’s saucy Pre-Code film “Flying High” (1931), with Bert Lahr, Charlotte Greenwood, Pat O’Brien, Kathryn Crawford, Charles Winninger, Hedda Hopper, Guy Kibbee and Herbert Braggiotti, with Gus Arnheim and his orchestra. Book, lyrics and music was by George G. “Buddy” De Sylva, Lew Brown, Ray Henderson and John McGowan, screenplay by A.P. Younger, additional dialogue by Robert E. Hopkins, adaptation by Charles F. Riesner, with dances created by Busby Berkeley. Additional songs and music by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh. Art direction was by Cedric Gibbons, gowns by Adrian and photography by Merritt B. Gerstad. Directed by Charles F. Riesner.

Note: Bert Lahr made his feature film debut in “Flying High.”   Kate Smith had the lead in the Broadway production, but was replaced by Greenwood for the film.

The DVD is available from Warner Archive.


Mordaunt Hall, writing in the New York Times (Dec. 12, 1931), said:

Bert Lahr has a busy time in the diverting pictorial translation of the musical comedy, “Flying High,” which breezed into the Capitol yesterday. Here there is comedy, a few songs and some excellent groupings of dancing girls. The general effect proved highly successful in provoking interest and laughter yesterday afternoon.

Among those who contribute to the gayety of this offering are Charlotte Greenwood, who delivers her usual riotous brand of fun; Pat O’Brien, who appears as the impecunious hero, Sport Wardell; Charles Winninger, who impersonates the comic Dr. Brown, and Kathryn Crawford, who plays the gentle and hopeful Eileen.

Dec. 18, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery gent.

Update: This is Richard Carle.

Dec. 19, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have a mystery gent.

Update: This is Herbert Braggiotti.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Monday’s mystery gent), Sheila (Monday’s mystery gent), Howard Mandelbaum (Monday’s mystery gent) and Mike Hawks (Monday’s mystery gent).

Dec. 20, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have two mystery women.

Update: This is Kathryn Crawford and Hedda Hopper.

Dec. 21, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, see if you can guess when our mystery movie was made….

Update: This is Charles Winninger.

Dec. 21, 2017, Mystery Photo

…. go ahead, take a guess.

Brain Trust roll call: David Inman (Wednesday’s Mystery Woman No. 2), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie, Wednesday’s mystery women), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery women), Mary Mallory (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery women), Gary (Wednesday’s mystery woman No. 2), Dan Nather (Monday’s mystery gent, wrong studio, right era) and Bob Hansen (Wednesday’s mystery woman No. 2).

Dec. 22, 2017, Mystery Photo

For Friday, we have a mystery couple.

Update: This is Charlotte Greenwood and Bert Lahr.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery doctor in saucy Pre-Code sketch), Mary Mallory (Tuesday’s mystery gent, Thursday’s mystery doctor in saucy Pre-Code sketch), Tucson Barbara (mystery movie, Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery doctor), Dan Nather (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery doctor) and Diane Ely (mystery movie’s era).

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

  1. mary mallory says:

    Richard Carle today.


  2. Sheila says:

    Richard Carle for Monday?


  3. Mike Hawks says:

    Richard Carle.


  4. David Inman says:

    Hedda Hopper as one of today’s mystery women.


  5. Kathryn Crawford and Hedda Hopper in FLYING HIGH.


  6. Mike Hawks says:

    Kathryn Crawford and Hedda Hopper in FLYING HIGH 1931.


  7. mary mallory says:

    HIS GLORIOUS NIGHT. Doris Hill and Hedda Hopper today.


  8. mary mallory says:

    FLYING HIGH instead. Kathryn Crawford with Hopper.


  9. Tuesday: Nick Copeland.


  10. Gary says:

    On the right: Hedda Hopper.


  11. Dan Nather says:

    I think Monday’s gent is Richard Carle, but everybody else gives me pause (so far). The film looks like a Paramount release from the early ’30s . . .


  12. Bob Hansen says:

    Is Wednesday’s woman-on-the-right Hedda Hopper?


  13. Doctor Charles Winninger taking Pre-Code liberties.


  14. mary mallory says:

    A young, young Charles Winninger in the pre-Code era. Herbert Braggiotti Tuesday.


  15. tucsonbarbara says:

    Flying High – 1931

    Richard Carle, Kathryn Crawford, Mildred Dixon, Charles Winninger


  16. Dan Nather says:

    Gosh, there’s enough girls there for a Wheeler and Woolsey picture . . .


  17. Mike Hawks says:

    Dr. Charles Winninger is having a good time.


  18. Diane Ely says:

    Looks like it was pre-Code.


  19. mary mallory says:

    The irrepressible Charlotte Greenwood with Bert Lahr.


  20. Ed says:

    Friday are Charlotte ray and Bert Lahr


  21. beachgal says:

    Friday looks like Bert Lahr with maybe Ruth Etting


  22. beachgal says:

    Is Monday’s guest Richard Carle


  23. beachgal says:

    Tues lady on the right looks like Heda Hopper


  24. Charlotte Greenwood and Bert Lahr full throttle.


  25. Gary says:

    Charlotte Greenwood and Bert Lahr in Flying High.


  26. Mike Hawks says:

    Charlotte Greenwood & Bert Lahr take off.


  27. tucsonbarbara says:

    Charlotte Greenwood and Bert Lahr


  28. Earl Boebert says:

    Friday: I haven’t a clue who they are, but that sure looks like an autogiro they’re sitting in.


  29. LC says:

    Flying High (1931) w/Richard Carle, Charles Winninger, Bert Lahr, Charlotte Greenwood, Pat O’Brien, Hedda Hopper, Kathryn Crawford,…


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