Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Feb. 10, 2018, The Show-Off
This week’s mystery movie has been the 1934 MGM film “The Show-Off,” with Spencer Tracy, Madge Evans, Henry Wadsworth, Lois Wilson, Grant Mitchell, Clara Blandick, Alan Edwards and Claude Gillingwater. The screenplay was by Herman J. Mankiewicz from a play by George Kelly, with art direction by David Townsend, interior decoration by Edwin B. Willis and photography by James Wong Howe. The film was directed by Charles F. Riesner and produced by Lucien Hubbard.

“The Show-Off” is not commercially available.


Writing in the New York Times (March 17, 1934), Mordaunt Hall said:

At the Capitol the principal attraction is the pictorial transcription of George Kelly’s successful old play, “The Show-Off,” with Spencer Tracy in the rôle created on the stage by the late Louis John Bartels. Although the film undoubtedly lacks the nimble wit and subtle shadings of the original, it still possesses a generous fund of laughable incidents. The story is, however, a slice of life that might have been equally as clever on the screen as the parent work, but those responsible for the adaptation and the direction were evidently too zealous in making unnecessary changes.

Feb. 5, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have an elegant mystery woman.

Update: This is Dora Clement.

Feb. 6, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have a mystery gent. Pay no attention to Back of the Head Guy, who will make his appearance Friday.

Update: This is Richard Tucker.

Feb. 7, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have a mystery gent – and Back of the Head Guy, sans chapeau.

Update: This is Henry Wadsworth.

Brain Trust roll call: Sheila (Tuesday’s mystery gent), Mary Mallory (Tuesday’s mystery gent/wrong movie) and Mike Hawks (Tuesday’s mystery gent).

Feb. 8, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, we have two mystery guests.

Update: This is Clara Blandick (Auntie Em in “Wizard of Oz”) and Grant Mitchell.

Brain Trust roll call: Sheila (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guest), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and all mystery guests) and Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Monday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests and Back of the Head Guy).

Feb. 9, 2018, Mystery Photo

And for Friday, Back of the Head Guy and a mystery companion.

Update: This is Spencer Tracy and Madge Evans.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie and Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests), Roget-L.A. (Thursday’s mystery woman), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guests), Chrisbo (Thursday’s mystery woman), B.J. Merholz (Thursday’s mystery gent), Jenny M. (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guests), Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Sue Slutzky (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Sylvia E (Thursday’s mystery woman), L.C. (mystery movie and mystery cast) and Cathy Courtney (Thursday’s mystery guests).

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

  1. Sheila says:

    Youngish Fay Bainter?


  2. mary mallory says:

    Ethel Grey Terry.


  3. Sheila says:

    Richard Tucker for Tuesday.


  4. mary mallory says:

    Richard Tucker today.


  5. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Richard Tucker.


  6. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Edward Keane


  7. Mary Mallory says:

    SHADOW OF THE LAW. Marion Shilling Monday and William Powell with Tucker today.


  8. Sheila says:

    Henry Wadsworth, ‘The Show Off’.


  9. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    THE SHOW-OFF (1934/ with Mystery Man Spencer Tracy)
    Monday – Dora Clement
    Tuesday – Richard Tucker
    Wednesday – William Wadsworth


  10. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Dora Clement, Henry Wadsworth and Mr. Spencer Tracy in THE SHOW-OFF 1934.


  11. mary mallory says:

    THE SHOW-OFF. Dora Clement Monday, Henry Wadsworth Wednesday, and Clara Blandick and Grant Mitchell today.


  12. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Clara Blandick, Grant Mitchell.


  13. Rogét-L.A. says:

    One of Thursday’s mystery guests appears to be Clara Blandick


  14. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Clara Blandick and Grant Mitchell.


  15. Chrisbo says:

    Clara Blandick on Thursday?


  16. Jenny M says:

    Clara Blandick and Grant Mitchell in The Show-Off.


  17. Don Danard says:

    Tuesday’s Mystery Man looks like Boyd Davis.


  18. Lee Ann, Megan and Thom says:

    The Show-Off with Dora Clement for Monday, Richard Tucker for Tuesday, Henry Wadsworth for Wednesday, and Clara Blandick and Grant Mitchell for today.


  19. Sue Slutzky says:

    Monday: Dora Clement, Tuesday: Richard Tucker, Wed: Henry Wadsworth, Thurs- Clara Blandick and Grant Mitchell. The movie is The Show-Off, 1934


  20. SylviaE says:

    Boy! A tough one. I’m not sure at all.

    Maybeeee…..Murder at Midnight????

    Tues – William Humphrey
    Thurs – Clara Blandick (if it is her, I had no idea Auntie Em was in so many murder mysteries!)

    I hold out hope for Friday’s leading man to help.


    • SylviaE says:

      Ha! This was fun, too – though I was completely off with the exception of Clara.

      Movie: The Show Off (1934)

      M – Dora Clement
      T – Richard Tucker
      W – Henry Wadsworth
      Th – Clara Blandick & Grant Mitchell
      F – Spencer Tracy & Madge Evans

      What a great cast! Thanks.


  21. LC says:

    The Show Off (1934) w/Lois Wilson, Clara Blandick, Grant Mitchell, Spencer Tracy…


  22. Are the last two Clara Blandick and Grant Mitchell?


  23. mary mallory says:

    Spence again and Madge Evans.


  24. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Spencer Tracy and Madge Evans.


  25. Sue Slutzky says:

    Friday is Spencer Tracy and Madge Evans


  26. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Spencer Tracy & Madge Evans.


  27. beachgal says:

    The movie is The Show Off – Wed is Henry Wadsworth. Thurs are Grant Mitchell and Clara Blandick. Friday are our stars Spencer Tracy and Madge Evans.


  28. mary mallory says:

    George Kelly, who wrote the play the film is based on, was Grace Kelly’s uncle.


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