Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Jan. 27, 2018, Mystery Photo

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1932 Warner Bros. picture “Winner Take All,” with James Cagney, Marian Nixon, Guy Kibbee, Dickie Moore, Virginia Bruce, Alan Mowbray, Esther Howard, Clarence Muse, Clarence Wilson, Ralf Harold and John Roche. The film was based on a story by Gerald Beaumont, adapted by Robert Lord and Wilson Mizner, photographed by Robert Kurrle, with art direction by Robert Haas. The film was directed by Roy Del Ruth.

The movie is available on DVD from Warner Archive.

Writing in the New York Times (June 18, 1932) W.H. said:

After having been highly successful in his portrayals as a gangster, a gambler, a taxicab driver, a confidence man and an automobile racer, James Cagney, the stormy petrel of the Warner Brothers’ Studio, turns his attention, in “Winner Take All,” the current picture at the Strand, to impersonating a prizefighter, who prefers blondes but marries a brunette. The story of this new film is more than slightly callous and one that depends chiefly for entertainment on its obstreperous comedy.

Jan. 22, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Charlotte Merriam.

Jan. 23, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have a mystery gent.

Update: This is Julian Rivero.

Jan. 24, 2018, Mystery Photo
For Wednesday, we have a mystery gent in a white coat….

Jan. 24, 2018, Mystery Photo

…. Here’s a better look. We have cropped out the leading man due to his lack of mysteriousness.

Update: This is George “Gabby” Hayes before he became a comedy sidekick in Westerns.

Jan. 25, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, we have a returning mystery guest in a newsboy cap and a non-mysterious companion.

Update: This is Clarence Muse and Guy Kibbee.

Brain Trust roll call: Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery gent), Dan Nather (mystery movie and Monday’s, Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests) and Don Danard (Wednesday’s mystery guest).

Jan. 26, 2018, Mystery Photo
For Friday ….

Update: This is Dickie Moore, James Cagney and Marian Nixon.

Jan. 26, 2018, Mystery Photo

… and in a more agitated state.

Update: This is Virginia Bruce and James Cagney.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie and Monday’s, Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests and Thursday’s Mystery Guest No. 2), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Monday’s, Tuesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guests), Benito (Thursday’s Mystery Guest No. 2), Sylvia E. (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guests), Tucson Barbara (mystery movie and Thursday’s Mystery Guest No. 2), L.C. (mystery movie and mystery cast) and Dan Nather (Thursday’s mystery guests).

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

  1. Timothy says:

    Minna Gombell?


  2. Dan Nather says:

    I’m gonna go with my second guess, Minna Gombell. (I knew Natalie Moorhead was wrong almost as soon as I thought of her.)


  3. mary mallory says:

    Joan Marsh.


  4. mary mallory says:

    Mike Mazurki.


  5. MIKE HAWKS says:

    George “Gabby” Hayes in ????


  6. SylviaE says:

    Monday – Dorothy Mackaill?


  7. Dan Nather says:

    The movie is WINNER TAKE ALL (1932) — one of my favorite pre-code James Cagney pictures!
    Monday’s gal is Charlotte Merriam, Tuesday’s pug is Julian Rivero, and George “Gabby” Hayes (sans whiskers) today.


  8. Don Danard says:

    I’d say The Mystery Gent in the white coat is George Hayes in his pre-“Gabby” days.


  9. Sheila says:

    Morgan Wallace for Wednesday?


  10. mary mallory says:

    WINNER TAKE ALL. Charlotte Merriam Monday, Julian Rivero Tuesday, Charles Coleman yesterday, and the Kibbers, Guy Kibbee, today.


  11. mary mallory says:

    George “Gabby” Hayes yesterday.


  12. Guy Kibbee and Clarence Muse in WINNER TAKE ALL.


  13. Monday: Charlotte Merriam
    Tuesday: Julian Rivero
    Wednesday: Jay Eaton


  14. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Clarence Muse, Guy Kibbee in WINNER TAKE ALL.


  15. Benito says:

    The ubiquitous Guy Kibbee today


  16. SylviaE says:

    Winner Take All – 1932

    A lot of “I thinks” this week for me.

    Monday – Virginia Bruce??
    Tuesday – not sure
    Weds – Selmer Jackson? (I think the ‘cropped out for lack of mysteriousness guy’ is James Cagney)
    Thurs – Clarence Muse and Guy Kibbee

    Thank you again for all the great character actors you include. Nice to see them.


  17. tucsonbarbara says:

    Guy Kibbee in Winner Take All


  18. LC says:

    Winner Take All (1932) w/ James Cagney, Marion Nixon, Guy Kibbee, Virginia Bruce, Clarence Muse, ….


  19. Dan Nather says:

    Clarence Muse and Guy Kibbee on Thursday.


  20. mary mallory says:

    Mr. Cagney with Dickie Moore and Virginia Bruce.


  21. mary mallory says:

    Clarence Muse with the Kibbers on WEdnesday.


  22. Wednesday: John Roche
    Friday: Dickie Moore, James Cagney, Marian Nixon
    Virginia Bruce, Cagnery


  23. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Dickie Moore, James Cagney, Marian Nixon, Virginia Bruce.


  24. beachgal says:

    Friday we have the star Jimmy Cagney with Marion Nixon and Dickie Moore.


  25. Dan Nather says:

    The one and only James Cagney, with Dickie Moore and Marian Nixon in photo #1, and with Virginia Bruce in photo #2. What a wallop!


  26. Howard Decker says:

    Looks like Winner Take All with Jimmy Cagney.


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