Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1970 film “The Boys in the Band,” with Kenneth Nelson, Frederick Combs, Cliff Gorman, Laurence Luckinbill, Keith Prentice, Peter White, Reuben Greene, Robert La Tourneaux and Leonard Frey. Written and produced by Mart Crowley, photographed by Arthur J. Ornitz, production design by John Robert Lloyd, costumes by W. Robert La Vine, set decorations by Phil Smith, editing by Carl Lerner and Gerald Greenberg, directed by William Friedkin.

“The Boys in the Band” is available on DVD from Amazon.

Writing in the New York Times (March 18, 1970), Vincent Canby said:

“The Boys in the Band” is a well made play, a little too well made, too mechanical to be especially interesting. Not as obvious, perhaps, is the fact that many conventions of contemporary stage direction (so evident in both the play and the film), as well as the mannerisms of a certain kind of fake‐elegant, American homosexual, are patterned after fashions set 30 or 40 years ago on the Broadway stage.

Thus one can understand why William Friedkin, the director, has transferred the play’s consciously archaic theatricality so faithfully to the screen—with the original Off Broadway cast, and almost every line of bitchy, fake‐elegant dialogue, intact. Friedkin, who directed the very pleasant “The Night They Raided Minsky’s” and the extremely intelligent film adaptation of Pinter’s “The Birthday Party,” was not hired to improve “The Boys in the Band,” but to preserve it.

Clive Barnes’ original 1968 review of the Off-Broadway play is here.



For Monday, we have a mystery gent.

This mystery gent, alas, remains unidentified. Several members of the Brain Trust thought he was Michael Blodgett, but I’m afraid not.

May 22, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have a mystery gent.

Update: This is Reuben Greene.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum, Jenny M., B.J. Merholz and Megan Gledhill identified Monday’s mystery gent as the same actor. Unfortunately, even though he has lines and solo screen time, he isn’t listed anywhere. I think you’re right, and I’ll give you credit but I will defer the final decision until people identify the mystery movie.

May 23, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have a mystery gent.

Update: This is Robert La Tourneaux.

May 24, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, we have this mystery gent …

Update: This is Cliff Gorman.

May 24, 2018, Mystery Photo
… and this mystery gent.

Update: This is Peter White.

Brain Trust roll call: Roget-L.A. (mystery movie and Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests, and he withdraws his guess on Monday’s mystery guest), Mary Mallory (mystery movie and Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests) and E. Yarber (mystery movie and Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests).

For Friday, we have the rest of the mystery cast.

May 25, 2018, Mystery Photo

Update: This is Leonard Frey.

May 25, 2018, Mystery Photo

Update: This is Laurence Luckinbill.

May 25, 2018, Mystery Photo

Update: This is Keith Prentice.

May 25, 2018, Mystery Photo

Update: This is Kenneth Nelson and Frederick Combs.

Brain Trust roll call: “Megan Gledhill” (mystery movie and Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests), Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery gent and Thursday’s mystery gent with the rose), Gary (mystery movie), B.J. Merholz (Thursday’s mystery gent with the rose), Patrick (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery gent with the rose), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests), E. Yarber (right movie/wrong actors) and L.C. (mystery movie).

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

  1. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Michael Blodgett.


  2. Jenny M says:

    Michael Blodgett


  3. B.J. Merholz says:

    Michael Blodgett?


  4. Lawrence W Platt says:

    Andrew Jordt Robinson


  5. Michael Blodgett, novelist and actor, famed for his “Groovy” live beach TV show of the late Sixties. He was the last husband of Merdeith Baxter Birney.


  6. Mary Mallory says:

    Michael Dorn today.


  7. B.J. Merholz says:

    Another guess: Al Freeman, Jr.


  8. Mary Mallory says:

    Lloyd Haynes.


  9. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Tuesday: Reuben Greene | Wednesday: Robert La Tourneaux | Mystery movie: The Boys in the Band (1970)


  10. MIKE HAWKS says:



  11. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Tuesday: Reuben Greene in THE BOYS IN THE BAND
    Wednesday: Robert La Tourneaux
    (Monday’s grease monkey is not Michael Blodgett, but rather an unknowable New York-based extra).


  12. Mary Mallory says:

    THE BOYS IN THE BAND. Cliff Gorman yesterday and Robert La Tourneaux today.


  13. Mary Mallory says:

    Oops Reuben Greene Tuesday.


  14. beachgal says:

    Wed looks like Jeff Conaway, but he didn’t make many films.


  15. mcdee says:

    Could Monday’s be Marjoe Gortner?


  16. SylviaE says:

    Dazed and Confused 1993
    Monday – Cole Hauser
    Tuesday – not sure (I found another image of this actor – not in this movie, but images for the char. he played in this movie don’t hook up to me – still searching: dazed and confused)
    Wednesday – Sasha Jenson


    • lmharnisch says:

      An interesting guess. But alas, I’m afraid not.


    • SylviaE says:

      Ha! I was wa-a-a-y off.
      Anyway….Thurs & Friday are the “Ah-ha” days as usual. This was fun. Thanks.

      Boys in the Band 1970
      M – don’t know
      T – Reuben Greene
      W – Robert LaTourneaux (also on Friday)
      Th – Cliff Gorman / Peter White
      F – Leonard Frey / Laurence Luckinbill / Keith Prentice / Kenneth Nelson & Frederick Combs


  17. E. Yarber says:

    Wednesday is Robert La Tourneaux in The Boys in the Band. His next project was Roger Corman’s last (at least for a long time), Von Richthofen and Brown, so there’s a peculiar career arc in going straight from early William Friedkin to late Corman. That would make Tuesday Rueben Greene, another relatively obscure actor, though I recently watched him in Elaine May’s Mikey and Nicky.


  18. Hi, Larry…It’s your friend Suzanne Stone of “Jeopardy!” I am on vacation, using my cousin’s Megan Gledhill’s computer. Glad to know I can participate (no need to correct the name). The latest mystery men are from 1970’s “The Boys In The Band” with Cliff Gorman (with rose), Peter White and as the cowboy hustler Robert la Tourneaux.


  19. Mary Mallory says:

    Cliff Gorman and Peter White.


  20. MIKE HAWKS says:

    BOYS IN THE BAND. Wednesday Robert La Tourneaux, today Cliff Gorman.


  21. Gary says:

    with the flower in the mouth and the hustler this is Boys in the Band.


  22. B.J. Merholz says:

    Cliff Gorman chewing up the scenery.


  23. Patrick says:

    Cliff Gorman as one of The Boys in the Band from 1970.


  24. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Bring on The Boys! Today: Leonard Frey and Peter White.


  25. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Sorry. Cliff Gorman.


  26. Don Danard says:

    The sweaty young man looks like Jay Thomas.


  27. E. Yarber says:

    Today we have Kenneth Nelson and Laurence Luckinbill. Interesting that this week most of the cast, aside from Luckinbill, are NY stage performers (from the original play) without many screen credits, so unless you remembered the movie you’d have little to work on with guesses.


  28. LC says:

    The Boys in the Band (1970)


  29. Mary Mallory says:

    Leonard Frey, Laurence Luckenbill, Keith Prentice, and Kenneth Nelson.


  30. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Leonard Frey; Laurence Luckinbill; Keith Prentice; Frederick Combs, Kenneth Nelson.


  31. Benito says:

    Looks like Cliff Gorman in The Boys In The Band.


  32. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Today #1 Leonard Frey, #2 Laurence Luckinbill, #4 Kenneth Nelson.


  33. Sarah says:

    Better late than never! It’s “The Boys in the Band” (1970).


  34. E. Yarber says:

    This is getting complicated. Thursday #1 is Cliff Gorman. Nelson is on the left in the bottom picture today. Leonard Frey is the top image Friday. Keith Prentice is one up from the bottom, and like many stage actors of the time daylighted in soaps, turning up on the final weeks of Dark Shadows when a lot of the established characters were offscreen making the DS features. Luckinbill is Friday pic #2, in the glasses. That must be Peter White in Thursday #2, then, and Frederick Combs with Nelson. Or maybe not. At least I didn’t try to guess who Monday was.


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