Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Jan. 20, 2018, The Reckless Moment
This week’s mystery movie has been the 1949 Columbia film “The Reckless Moment,” with James Mason, Joan Bennett, Geraldine Brooks, Henry O’Neill, Shepperd Strudwick, David Bair and Roy Roberts. The screenplay was by Henry Garson and Robert W. Sodeberg, adapted by Mel Dinelli and Robert E. Kent, from a Ladies Home Journal story “The Blank Wall” by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding. The photography was by Burnett Guffey, art direction by Cary Odell, set decoration by Frank Tuttle, gowns by Jean Louis, musical score by Hans Salter and musical direction by Morris Stoloff. The producer was Walter Wanger and the director was Max Opuls (Ophuls).

“The Reckless Moment” is available on DVD from Amazon, but you will need an all-region player to watch it.

Writing in the New York Times (Dec. 30, 1949), Bosley Crowther said:

Although it is rather well staged, with credible location settings in Balboa and Los Angeles, it is a feeble and listless drama with a shamelessly callous attitude. The heroine gets away with folly, but we don’t think this picture will.

Harrison's Reports, Oct. 22, 1949

Harrison’s Reports, Oct. 22, 1949, said: “A rambling thriller that promises more than it delivers.”

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Showmen’s Trade Review, Oct. 22, 1949,  said: “This is in no sense a great picture, but it good solid entertainment.”

Jan. 15, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Frances E. Williams.

Jan. 16, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Kathryn Card.

Brain Trust roll call: Bob Hansen (mystery movie) and Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery woman).

Jan. 17, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have a dapper mystery gent – around the Daily Mirror HQ we have been calling him an “anchor man.”

Update: This is Shepperd Strudwick

Brain Trust roll call: Earl Bobert (mystery movie), Howard Mandelbaum (Tuesday’s mystery woman), Mary Mallory (mystery movie and Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests),  Pat in Michigan (mystery movie and Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (Tuesday’s mystery guest), Jenny M. (Tuesday’s mystery guest), Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (Tuesday’s mystery guest), L.C. (mystery movie and mystery cast) and Anne Papineau (mystery movie and Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests).

Jan. 18, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, we have a mysterious, headstrong young woman who is seeing yesterday’s mystery cad and whose mother (coming tomorrow) is terribly old-fashioned and simply doesn’t understand, and…. well, you get the idea.

Update: This is Geraldine Brooks.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery cad), Anne Papineau (Wednesday’s mystery cad), Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery cad), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery cad), B.J. Merholz (Wednesday’s mystery cad), McDee (mystery movie, mystery director and Wednesday’s mystery cad), Floyd Thursby (Wednesday’s mystery cad), Jenny M. (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery cad), Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery woman and Wednesday’s mystery cad), Patrick (mystery movie and Monday’s, Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Sue Slutzky (mystery movie and Monday’s, Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Sylvia E (mystery movie and Monday’s, Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Roget-L.A. (Tuesday’s mystery woman) and Tucson Barbara (mystery movie and Monday’s, Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests).

Jan. 19, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Friday, our mystery guests discuss George Kaplan.

Update: Our leads, Joan Bennett and James Mason.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery woman), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery woman), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery woman), Tucson Barbara (Thursday’s mystery woman), Jenny M. (Thursday’s mystery woman), Benito (Wednesday’s mystery cad), Patrick (Thursday’s mystery woman), Sarah (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery cad), Sylvia E. (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Don Danard (Wednesday’s mystery cad), Sue Slutzky (Thursday’s mystery woman), David Inman (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (Thursday’s mystery woman) and Anne Papineau (Thursday’s mystery woman).

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

  1. Bob Hansen says:

    I think this is the classic, under-rated film “The Reckless Moment”. I wish I could remember the name of this wonderful actress who played a very important role in the film.

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  2. Frances E. Williams in THE RECKLESS MOMENT.

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  3. Earl Boebert says:

    “This Reckless Moment” AKA “The Blank Wall”?

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  4. mary mallory says:

    THE RECKLESS MOMENT. Frances E. Williams Monday and Kathryn Card today.

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  5. Pat in Michigan says:

    Monday’s guest is Frances E. Williams. For Tuesday, we have Kathryn Card. The film is “The Reckless Moment”.

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  6. Mike Hawks says:

    Kathryn Card for tuesday.

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  7. Jenny M says:

    Kathryn Card

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  8. Lee Ann, Megan and Thom says:

    Kathryn Card for today.

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  9. LC says:

    The Reckless Moment (1949) w/Frances E. Williams, Kathryn Card, Joan Bennett, James Mason, Shepperd Strudwick, Geraldine Brooks, & Roy Roberts.

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  10. Anne Papineau says:

    On Monday, Frances Williams in “The Reckless Moment”

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  11. Anne Papineau says:

    Kathryn Card

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  12. mary mallory says:

    John Shepperd, later Shepperd Strudwick.

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  13. Anne Papineau says:

    Shepperd Strudwick

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  14. Mike Hawks says:

    Sheppard Strudwick in THE RECKLESS MOMENT.

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  15. B.J. Merholz says:

    Shepperd Strudwick

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  16. mcdee says:

    Shepperd Strudwick on Weds. in Max Orphuls’ The Reckless Moment from 1949. James Mason and Joan Bennett should be along soon.

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  17. Floyd Thursby says:

    Wednesday is Sheppard Strudwick.

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  18. Jenny M says:

    Shepperd Strudwick in the Reckless Moment

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  19. Lee Ann, Megan and Thom says:

    Frances E Williams is the star from Monday in The Reckless Moment. Wednesday’s star is Shepperd Strudwick.

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  20. Patrick says:

    Frances E. Williams, Kathryn Card and Shepperd Strudwick in The Reckless Moment from 1949.

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  21. Sue Slutzky says:

    Monday – Frances E. Williams, Tuesday – Kathryn Card, Wednesday – Shepperd Strudwick, and the movie is 1949’s “The Reckless Moment”

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  22. SylviaE says:

    Movie – The Reckless Moment
    Mon – Frances E. Williams
    Tues – Kathryn Card
    Weds – Shepperd Strudwick

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  23. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Tuesday’s mystery woman looks like Kathryn Card.

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  24. tucsonbarbara says:

    Wednesday – Shepperd Strudwick

    Is the movie The Reckless Moment?

    Monday – Frances E. Williams
    Tuesday – Kathryn Card

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  25. mary mallory says:

    Geraldine Brooks. I hope Mr. Mason appears with Ms. Bennett tomorrow.

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  26. Mike Hawks says:

    Geraldine Brooks.

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  27. tucsonbarbara says:

    Geraldine Brooks

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  28. Jenny M says:

    Geraldine Brooks

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  29. Benito says:

    Shepperd Strudwick of CONGO MAISIE fame, today

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  30. Patrick says:

    Geraldine Brooks on Thursday.

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  31. Sarah says:

    Thanks to Shepperd Strudwick, I know this movie is “The Reckless Moment” (1949).

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  32. SylviaE says:

    Movie – The Reckless Moment
    Mon – Frances E. Williams
    Tues – Kathryn Card
    Weds – Shepperd Strudwick
    Thurs – Geraldine Brooks

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  33. Don Daynard says:

    Wednesday,s mystery man is Shepherd Strudwick.

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  34. Sue Slutzky says:

    Thursday’s guest: Geraldine Brooks

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  35. David Inman says:

    “The Reckless Moment”! I should’ve known that way before today. Geraldine Brooks today, Shepperd Strudwick yesterday, Kathryn Card Tuesday, Frances E. Williams on Monday.

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  36. Lee Ann, Megan and Thom says:

    Thursday’s star is Geraldine Brooks.

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  37. Anne Papineau says:

    Geraldine Brooks

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  38. mary mallory says:

    Finally Joan Bennett and Mr. James Mason.

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  39. Mike Hawks says:

    Joan & James discuss THE RECKLESS MOMENT.

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  40. Joan Bennett, James Mason.

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  41. Anne Papineau says:

    Joan and James on Friday

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  42. beachgal says:

    Wed is Shepperd Strudwick. Friday we have our stars, Joan Bennett and James Mason — the film is The Reckless Moment.

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  43. SylviaE says:

    This week was another fun run. Thanks so much for including Frances E. Williams among the mystery guests. I think it’s great that you spotlight so many wonderful character actors.

    Last, but not least: Friday has Joan Bennett and James Mason.

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  44. tucsonbarbara says:

    Joan Bennett and James Mason

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  45. Sue Slutzky says:

    Friday: Joan Bennett and James Mason

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