Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

April 14, 2018, Mystery Photo
This week’s mystery movie was the 1941 RKO picture “Father Takes a Wife,” with Adolph Menjou, Gloria Swanson, John Howard, Desi Arnaz, Helen Broderick, Florence Rice, Neil Hamilton, Grady Sutton, George Meader, Mary Treen and Ruth Dietrich. The screenplay was by Dorothy and Herbert Fields, the musical director was Roy Webb, photography by Robert de Grasse, art direction by Van Nest Polglase and Albert d’Agostino, Miss Swanson’s gowns by Rene Hubert, other wardrobe by Edward Stevenson, set decoration by Darrell Silvera, jewelry designed by Laykin and Co., dialogue director Peter Godfrey. Produced by Lee Marcus and directed by Jack Hively.

This was Swanson’s first movie since she retired from the screen after making “Music in the Air” in 1934. Her next film was “Sunset Boulevard.”

“Father Takes a Wife” is available on a Region 2 DVD from Amazon.

Writing in the New York Times (Sept. 5, 1941), Bosley Crowther said:

It is doubtful if Gloria Swanson could have hit upon a more complimentary vehicle to end a seven-year absence from the screen than “Father Takes a Wife.” For scenarists Dorothy and Herbert Fields have provided the silent film queen with an amusing comedy which permits her to run the familiar gamut without ever taxing her capabilities as an actress…. “Father Takes a Wife” is the sort of thing which puts you in a good mood even though you realize that many of the situations are somewhat labored.

April 9, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery gent.

Update: This is Cliff Bragdon.

April 10, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have a mystery gent.

Update: This is Frank Reicher.

Brain Trust roll call: Thom, Lee Ann and Megan (Monday’s mystery guest – ps. you guys are really messing with my mind here).

April 11, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have a mystery gent. His companion has been cropped out due to an utter lack of mysteriousness.

Update: This is Desi Arnaz in his second film.

Brain Trust roll call: B.J. Merholz (Tuesday’s mystery captain), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Don Danard (Tuesday’s mystery captain), Shelia (Tuesday’s mystery captain), Megan, Lee Ann and Thom (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery captain), Mike Hawks (Tuesday’s mystery captain) and Sue Slutzky (Monday’s mystery gent and Tuesday’s mystery captain).

April 12, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, we have this mystery couple.

Update: This is Helen Broderick and Grant Withers.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie and Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests and half-credit on Wednesday’s mystery guest), B.J. Merholz (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guest), Sue Slutzky (mystery movie, Wednesday’s mystery guest and Wednesday’s cropped-out guy due to lack of mysteriousness), Thom, Megan and Lee Ann (Wednesday’s mystery guest — you guys keep messing with my mind, but that’s OK) and Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery guest).

April 13, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Friday, our mystery guest is getting her hair done.

Update: This is Gloria Swanson.

April 13, 2018, Mystery Photo
And we also have…

Update: This is Grady Sutton.

April 13, 2018, Mystery Photo
And also….

Update: This is Adolphe Menjou.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests), Don Danard (Thursday’s mystery gent), Gary (Thursday’s mystery woman), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Monday’s Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests), Thom Megan and Lee Ann (Thursday’s mystery guests — very funny, you guys) and Sue Slutzky (Thursday’s mystery guests).

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

  1. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Tammany Young in STAGE MOTHER.


  2. Thom, Lee Ann and Megan says:

    Today’s guest is Cliff Bragdon who played Sebastian Lipke in The Saint in New York.


  3. mary mallory says:

    Matt McHugh.


  4. Rogét-L.A. says:

    I want to say Louie Anderson, but that can’t be right.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    James Donlan.


  6. aryedirect says:

    Looks like the magnificent mug of Mickey Deems. Therefore, the film must be “The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre”.


  7. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Monday Cliff Bragdon
    Tuesday: Frank Reicher


  8. Don Danard says:

    Tuesday’s Mystery Man is Frank Reicher.


  9. Sheila says:

    Frank Reicher for Tuesday.


  10. Megan, Lee Ann, and Thom says:

    Is this Frank Reicher in “Father Takes a Wife”?


  11. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Frank Reicher.


  12. Sue Slutzky says:

    Monday: Cliff Bragdon


  13. Sue Slutzky says:

    Tuesday: Frank Reicher


  14. mary mallory says:

    FATHER TAKES A WIFE. Cliff Bragdon Monday, Frank Reicher yesterday, Jack Braggs and an unseen Desi Arnaz today.


  15. B.J. Merholz says:

    Could that be Desi Arnaz in Father Takes a Wife?


  16. Sue Slutzky says:

    Wednesday: Desi Arnaz (talking to Adolphe Menjou). The movie is “Father Takes A Wife.”


  17. Thom, Megan, and Lee Ann says:

    Desi’s got a lotta splainin to do!


  18. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    John Howard.


  19. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    No, it’s Desi Arnaz disguised!


  20. mary mallory says:

    Helen Broderick and Grant Withers.


  21. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Helen Broderick, Grant Withers.


  22. Don Danard says:

    Today, the man on the ladies left is Grant Withers.


  23. Gary says:

    Thursday: Helen Broderick and I wanna say Elliot Reid …but I am unsure of that.


  24. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Cliff Bragdon, Desi Arnaz, Helen Broderick, Grant Withers in FATHER TAKES A WIFE.


  25. Benito says:

    Charlotte Greenwood today? Normally she has one leg up in the air


  26. Thom, Megan, and Lee Ann says:

    Thursday’s guests are Broderick Crawford’s mother and Loretta Young’s first husband.


  27. Sue Slutzky says:

    Thursday’s duo: Helen Broderick and Grant Withers.


  28. mary mallory says:

    Gloria Swanson in hiding, good old Grady Sutton, and Adolphe Menjou via still.


  29. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Florence Rice & Gloria Swanson; Grady Sutton; Adolphe Menjou.


  30. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Gloria Swanson, Grady Sutton & Adolph Menjou.


  31. Benito says:

    Grady Sutton today in Father Takes A Wife 1941. Gloria coming soon


  32. Sue Slutzky says:

    Friday’s guests are: Gloria Swanson, Grady Sutton and Adolphe Menjou. Great cast!


  33. Anne Papineau says:

    Lacking confidence but is this “Father Takes a Wife”?


  34. Don Danard says:

    Clinton Sundberg leaving the room. Adolph Menjou wondering what’s going on.


  35. Don Danard says:

    I have to admit I’d never heard of Cliff Bragdon. I checked him in the IMDb and he had 3 credits.
    I’m surprised anybody knew him!!!


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