Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Feb. 24, 2018, Mystery Photo
This week’s mystery movie has been the 1944 RKO film “Government Girl,” with Olivia de Havilland, Sonny Tufts, Anne Shirley, Jess Barker, James Dunn, Paul Stewart, Agnes Moorehead, Harry Davenport, Una O’Connor and Sig Ruman. The screenplay was by Dudley Nichols, adapted by Budd Schulberg from a story by Adela Rogers St. John. The photography was by Frank Redman, special effects by Vernon L. Walker, art direction by Albert S. D’Agostino, set decoration by Darrell Silvera and Al Fields, gowns by Edward Stevenson, music by Leigh Harline and musical direction by C. Bakaleinikoff. The associate producer was Edward Donahoe. The film was produced and directed by Dudley Nichols.

The DVD is available from Warner Archive.


Writing in the New York Times (Jan. 7, 1944), Bosley Crowther said:

Dudley Nichols is a first-class screen-writer; at least, he has written some first-class films. But his initial crack at directing has not found him up to that style. His “Government Girl,” which came yesterday to the Palace, via RKO, is a muddled and curiously uneven attempt to make several kinds of sport out of wartime crowded conditions and general government confusion in Washington. In some spots, his film is amusing. In long stretches, it is hopelessly dull. It betrays liberal borrowing from several sources. Mr. Nichols is no director—yet.

Feb. 19, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery gent.

Update: This is Donald Kerr.

Feb. 20, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have a dapper mystery gent.

Update: This is Jess Barker.

Brain Trust roll call: Mike Hawks (Monday’s mystery gent), Don Danard (Monday’s mystery gent) and Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (Monday’s mystery gent).

Feb. 21, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have a mystery gent with impressive lapels.

Update: This is Paul Stanton.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery guest), Jenny M. (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery guest), Mary Mallory (mystery movie and Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests) and Roget-L.A. (Tuesday’s mystery guest).

Feb. 22, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, we have a mystery woman doing a bit of reading.

Update: This is Olivia de Havilland.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery gent), Sheila (Wednesday’s mystery gent), Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery gent), Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery gent), Don Danard (Wednesday’s mystery gent), B.J. Merholz (Wednesday’s mystery gent) and Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (mystery movie and Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery gents).

Feb. 23, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Friday, we have three incredibly unmysterious people and Thursday’s mystery reader.

Update: This is Sonny Tufts, Olivia de Havilland, Sig Ruman and Agnes Moorehead.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery reader) and Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery reader). Mary Mallory (she’s in the movie but in another role).


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

  1. mary mallory says:

    Clinton Sundberg.


  2. mary mallory says:



  3. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Donald Kerr.


  4. Don Danard says:

    Today it’s Donald Kerr.


  5. Lee Ann, Megan and Thom says:

    Donald Kerr for today.


  6. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Monday: Donald Kerr in GOVERNMENT GIRL
    Tuesday: Jess Barker


  7. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Jess Barker in GOVERNMENT GIRL.


  8. Jenny M says:

    Jess Barker in Government Girl.


  9. Mary Mallory says:

    Donald Kerr Monday and Jess Barker today in GOVERNMENT GIRL.


  10. Rogét-L.A. says:

    I believe Tuesday’s dapper mystery gent is Jess Barker.


  11. mary mallory says:

    Paul Stanton.


  12. Sheila says:

    Paul Stanton for Wednesday.


  13. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Paul Stanton


  14. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Paul Stanton.


  15. Don Danard says:

    Wednesday’s Mystery Man looks like Paul Stanton.


  16. Lee Ann, Megan and Thom says:

    Government Girl with Paul Stanton for today and Jess Barker for Tuesday.


  17. mary mallory says:

    Anne Shirley.


  18. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Olivia De Havilland.


  19. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Olivia DeHavilland.


  20. SylviaE says:

    Thursday (what little we can see) reminds me of Joan Leslie, but I can’t find a movie that fits, so I’m guessing that’s it’s probably not her.



    • lmharnisch says:

      You’re right. It’s not her. 🙂


      • SylviaE says:

        You’re very kind.

        Okay – the film is Government Girl (1943)
        M – I’m not sure
        T – Jess Barker
        W – Paul Stanton
        Th – Olivia de Havilland
        F – Sonny Tufts, Olivia de Havilland , Agnes Moorehead and Sig Ruman

        Again – thanks for a great puzzle.


  21. mary mallory says:

    Sonny Tufts, Olivia DeHavilland, Sig Rumann, Agnes Moorehead.


  22. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Sonny Tufts, Sig Rumann & Agnes Moorhead.


  23. Benito says:

    Sig Ruman in better company than usual!


  24. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Sonny Tufts, Olivia de Havilland, Sig Ruman, Agnes Moorehead.


  25. Friday, the lady on the right – is it Agnes Moorehead?


  26. Howard Decker says:

    SONNY TUFTS!?!? (as Bogart famously said….)


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