Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)


This week’s mystery movie has been the 1932 MGM picture “Polly of the Circus,” with Marion Davies, Clark Gable, C. Aubrey Smith, Raymond Hatton, David Landau, Ruth Selwyn, Maude Eburne, Little Billy, Guinn Williams, Clark Marshall and Lillian Elliott. From a play by Margaret Mayo with a score by Dr. William Axt, adapted by Carey Wilson, dialogue by Laurence E. Johnson, art direction by Cedric Gibbons, gowns by Adrian, photography by George Barnes. Directed by Alfred Santell.

“Polly of the Circus” is available on DVD from Warner Archive.

Writing in the New York Times (March 26, 1932), Mordaunt Hall said:

It is undoubtedly a film with its moments, but it occasionally slips from grace through the interpolation of an odd conception of humor. Also there are unconvincing sequences and a general straining of points to gain an effect.

April 30, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery gent and some mystery companions.

Update: This is Ruth Selwyn and Little Billy.

May 1, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have a less than pleased mystery gent.

Update: This is Raymond Hatton.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie, mystery woman and mystery Little Person), Mary Mallory (mystery Little Person), Mike Hawks (mystery Little Person), Johnny Yuma (mystery Little Person), Megan — in a rare solo appearance sans Lee Ann and Thom — (mystery Little Person) and Sue Slutzky (mystery Little Person).

Note to Benito: Yes, but which one?

May 2, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have a mystery gent.  Sorry about the poor quality of the image, but the original print is funky.

Update: This is Jack Baxley.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery woman and Tuesday’s mystery gent), Don Danard (Tuesday’s mystery guest), Mike Hawks (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery woman and Tuesday’s mystery guest), Howard Mandelbaum (Tuesday’s mystery gent), Sue Slutzky (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery guest) and Megan, Lee Ann and Thom (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery woman and Tuesday’s mystery gent).

May 3, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, a not terribly mysterious gent.

Update: This is C. Aubrey Smith.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery ringmaster), Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery ringmaster), Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery ringmaster), Sue Slutzky (Monday’s mystery woman and Wednesday’s mystery ringmaster) and Benito (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery Little Person).

May 4, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Friday, Thursday’s non-mysterious guest has two utterly unmysterious companions.

Update: This is Smith with Clark Gable and Marion Davies.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery cleric), Don Danard (Thursday’s mystery cleric), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery cleric), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery cleric), Beachgal (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Thom, Megan and Lee Ann — switching it up again, I see (Wednesday’s mystery ringmaster and Thursday’s mystery cleric), Sue Slutzky (Thursday’s mystery cleric) and Sylvia E (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery cleric).

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

  1. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Ruth Selwyn and ‘Little Billy’ Rhodes in POLLY OF THE CIRCUS(1932).


  2. mary mallory says:

    “Little” Billy Rhodes.


  3. Sarah says:

    Going out on a big limb, I’m guessing Karl Kosiczky and Gladys George in “They Gave Him A Gun” (1937).


  4. Don Danard says:

    Is it Harry Earles?


  5. MIKE HAWKS says:

    “Little Billy” Rhodes.


  6. E. Yarber says:

    There’s a small number of actors who could fit this bill. Perhaps Harry Earles?


  7. Benito says:

    Munchkin alert!


  8. ‘Little Billy’ Rhodes & Marion Davies


  9. Megan says:

    Billy Rhodes for today (if Mom or Dad haven’t submitted it yet).


  10. Sue Slutzky says:

    Is Monday’s gent “Little Billy” Rhodes?


  11. mary mallory says:

    POLLY OF THE CIRCUS. Ruth Selywn on Monday and Raymond Hatton today.


  12. Don Danard says:

    The Less than Pleased gentleman today is Raymond Hatton.


  13. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Ruth Selwyn from yesterday and Raymond Hatton today make this POLLY OF THE CIRCUS.


  14. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Raymond Hatton.


  15. Sue Slutzky says:

    Tuesday’s guest is Raymond Hatton. The movie is “Polly of the Circus.”


  16. Sue Slutzky says:

    Is the woman in Monday’s photo Polly Ward?


  17. Megan, Lee Ann, and Thom says:

    Today’s churchgoer is Raymond Hatton in Polly of the Circus, with Ruth Selwyn yesterday.


  18. mary mallory says:

    Jack Baxley.


  19. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Jack Baxley.


  20. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Jack Baxley.


  21. Sue Slutzky says:

    Is Monday’s female guest Ruth Selwyn?


  22. Sue Slutzky says:

    Wednesday’s guest: Jack Baxley


  23. Benito says:

    Little Billy Rhodes on Monday? If so, maybe the movie is Polly of the Circus


  24. mary mallory says:

    C. Aubrey Smith.


  25. Don Danard says:

    Today it’s Sir C. Aubrey Smith.


  26. MIKE HAWKS says:

    C. Aubrey Smith.


  27. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    The indomitable C. Aubrey Smith.


  28. beachgal says:

    Is Thurs pastor C. Aubrey Smith?


  29. beachgal says:

    Is this week’s film Polly of the Circus?


  30. Thom, Megan and Lee Ann says:

    It looks like the ringmaster from Wednesday is Jack Baxley. The actor on Thursday is C Aubrey Smith.


  31. Sue Slutzky says:

    Thursday’s wonderful mystery guest is C. Aubrey Smith.


  32. SylviaE says:

    I’m guessing that Thursday is C. Aubrey Smith.

    Would the movie be “Polly of the Circus” ….maybe???


  33. beachgal says:

    Friday we have our stars, Marion Davies and Clark Gable with C. Aubrey Smith


  34. mary mallory says:

    Clark Gable and Marion Davies getting married by C. Aubrey.


  35. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Clark & Marion are hooking up.


  36. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Clark Gable, Marion Davies, C. Aubrey Smith.


  37. Sue Slutzky says:

    Clark Gable and Marion Davies


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