Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

May 19, 2018, Mystery Photo
This week’s mystery movie has been the 1932 Paramount picture “Million Dollar Legs,” with Jack Oakie, W.C. Fields, Andy Clyde, Lyda Roberti, Susan Fleming, Ben Turpin, Hugh Herbert, George Barbier and Dickie Moore. By Joseph L. Mankiewicz and Henry Myers, photographed by Arthur Todd. Directed by Edward Cline.

“Million Dollar Legs” is available on DVD from TCM.

July 9, 1932, Million Dollar Legs

L.N. of The New York Times wrote (July 9, 1932):

A hopefully mad sort of picture went on yesterday at the Paramount, where a series of comedians conducted themselves with a total lack of dignity. They made bad puns, took part in the Olympic Games and casually parodied the drama of a more serious day than this.

As most people have noticed, IMDB includes Hobart Bosworth in the cast as “Olympics Starter.” (Bosworth is listed as “Olympics Official” in the AFI catalog). Sid Saylor, listed in The New York Times  (1932) as “Starter at Games,” is listed as “Olympics Weightlifting Official” in IMDB and “Referee at Weightlifting Competition” in the AFI catalog. The diving competition judge, alas, is unidentified.

Here are some better shots. Is this Bosworth?

May 19, 2018, Million Dollar Legs

May 19, 2018, Mystery Photo


The “Klopstokian Love Song,” as performed by Jack Oakie in “Million Dollar Legs.”

May 14, 2018, Mystery Photo
For Monday, we have a mystery gent.

Update: This is Eddie Dunn. You may recognize him …

… as the unfortunate chauffeur getting advice on car repairs from W.C. Fields in “The Bank Dick.”

May 15, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have a dignified mystery gent.

Update: I gave credit for Herbert Evans, but I believe the fellow below, with Hugh Herbert, is Herbert Evans.

May 19, 2018, Mystery Photo
Tuesday’s mystery gent is indeed part of the household of Mata Machree, but I suspect he is another actor, not Evans.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Monday’s mystery gent), Don Danard (Monday’s mystery gent), Mike Hawks (Monday’s mystery gent) and Howard Mandelbaum (Monday’s mystery gent).

May 16, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have mystery woman on a train.

Update: This is Lyda Roberti.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery gent).

May 17, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, our mystery leading man has arrived at the train station.

Update: This is Charles R. Moore and Jack Oakie.

May 17, 2018, Mystery Photo

And our mystery leading woman is competing in the diving event….

May 17, 2018, Mystery Photo

Update: Susan Fleming, possibly with Hobart Bosworth.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie and Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Anne Papineau (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery guest) and Sue Slutzky (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guest).

May 18, 2018, Mystery Photo

And for Friday…..

Update: This is George Barbier and W.C. Fields

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery gents and mystery leading woman; unsure about Thursday’s mystery judge), Benito (Thursday’s mystery leading man), Mike Hawks (mystery movie, mystery blonde bombshell, mystery leading woman and mystery leading man), Floyd Thursby (Thursday’s mystery leading man), Don Danard (Thursday’s mystery leading man), Beach Gal (mystery movie and mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery gents and mystery leading woman; unsure about Thursday’s mystery judge), Su Slutzky (Thursday’s mystery leading man and leading woman), Patrick (mystery movie), Sylvia E (mystery movie and mystery guests — except Tuesday), Gary (mystery leading man/wrong movie) and Bruce Reznick (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery leading man).

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

  1. mary mallory says:

    Eddie Dunn today.


  2. Don Danard says:

    Looks like a young Eddie Dunn.


  3. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Eddie Dunn.


  4. aryedirect says:

    At first I thought he was a young Charles Middleton, but now I’m leaning toward Warren Hymer.


  5. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Eddie Dunn.


  6. Mary Mallory says:



  7. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Herbert Evans as the butler of Mata Machree, “the hottest thing in all Klotpstokia.” From MILLION DOLLAR LEGS.


  8. Mary Mallory says:

    Lyda Roberti today and MILLION DOLLAR LEGS. Herbert Evans the butler yesterday.


  9. Anne Papineau says:

    Lyda Roberti?


  10. Benito says:

    Guessing Marjorie White in Women Haters? Poor kid


  11. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Lyda Roberti.


  12. Sue Slutzky says:

    Wednesday: Lyda Roberti?


  13. Megan says:

    I remember that hat. What an unfortunate design. I can’t remember the movie, though.


  14. Sue Slutzky says:

    The movie is “Million Dollar Legs” from 1932. I don’t know who the first two actors are.


  15. Mary Mallory says:

    Jack Oakie with Charles R. Moore, and Susan Fleming ready to swim. Is that Hobart Bosworth’s back?


  16. Benito says:

    Jack Oakie looks jolly today


  17. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Lyda Roberti, Jack Oakie and Susan Fleming in MILLION DOLLAR LEGS. Soon to be seen at Cinecon 2018.


  18. Floyd Thursby says:

    Jack Oakie for Thursday.


  19. Don Danard says:

    Jack Oakie just arrived by train.


  20. beachgal says:

    Thurs leading man is Jack Oakie. Our leading lady on Thurs is Susan Fleming. Our film this week is Million Dollar Legs.


  21. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Charles R. Moore & Jack Oakie. Susan Fleming, future wife of Harpo Marx.


  22. Sue Slutzky says:

    Jack Oakie and Susan Fleming for Thursday.


  23. Lorenzo says:

    Thursday’s mystery guest reminds me of Joe Devlin.


  24. Patrick says:

    Million Dollar Legs from 1932. Expect to see W. C. Fields tomorrow.


  25. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    I’m guessing Hobart Bosworth, billed as Olympic Starter, is the overdressed gentleman with the poolside teammates.


  26. SylviaE says:

    Million Dollar Legs – 1932
    Mon. – Eddie Dunn
    Tues – Hobart Bosworth (maybe – not sure)
    Weds.- Lyda Roberti
    Thurs. – Jack Oakie, Charles R. Moore (nice to see him – thanks) and our swimmer is Susan Fleming

    I’m guessing that Friday will be W.C. Fields, yes?


  27. Gary says:

    How about Ginger Rogers and Jack Oakie in Sitting Pretty.


  28. Bruce Reznick says:

    Jack Oakie (Thursday) in Million Dollar Legs? If so, W C Fields on Friday.


    • Bruce Reznick says:

      This is my annual correct guess. I saw this (I think) at Caltech’s Cinematech in the early 1970s, which means that I’m getting old!


      • lmharnisch says:

        I happened to catch it on TV back in the 1970s. Recorded it on VHS and treasured the cassette for years as the movie was never commercially released. What a strange film. Delighted it’s finally out on DVD.


  29. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    George Barbier, W.C. Fields.


  30. Mary Mallory says:

    Good old George Barbier with W. C. Fields.


  31. Mary Mallory says:

    Hobart Bosworth plays the starter in the film, and he was an older man with white hair at that time.


  32. MIKE HAWKS says:

    George Barbier, W.C. Fields.


  33. beachgal says:

    Friday we have our co-star, W.C. Fields and George Barbier


  34. Diane Ely says:

    Oh is this Million Dollar Legs?


  35. Mary Mallory says:

    Yes, that is Hobart Bosworth, Saylor was only 37 when the film was made.


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