Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

The Man Who Talked Too Much
This week’s mystery movie has been the 1940 Warner Bros. film “The Man Who Talked Too Much,” with George Brent, Virginia Bruce, Brenda Marshall, Richard Barthelmess, William Lundigan, George Tobias and John Litel. The screenplay was by Walter DeLeon and Earl Baldwin, from a play by Frank J. Collins, photography by Sid Hickox, art direction by Hugh Reticker, gowns by Howard Shoup, makeup by Perc Westmore, music by H. Roemheld, arrangements by Ray Heindorf and musical direction by Leo F. Forbstein. Directed by Vincent Sherman.

”The Man Who Talked Too Much” has never been commercially released, as far as I can determine. It does air on TCM occasionally.

Writing in the New York Times (June 29, 1940), Bosley Crowther said:

“The Man Who Talked Too Much” talks too much too. For a straight gangster picture, which should be fast and concise, it is ponderously slow and windy and as transparent as a goldfish bowl. There are two identically suspenseful sequences, at the beginning and at the end, when innocent men linger painfully in the shadow of the electric chair while people rush around madly to save them. And that’s about all the suspense there is.

June 11, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: Long-suffering Irish mother No. 1 is Lottie Williams.

June 12, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have another mystery woman.

Update: Long-suffering Irish mother No. 2 is Mary Gordon.

Note to Gary: This is the long-suffering Irish mother you’re thinking of. Our mystery movie has several of them.

June 13, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday …. Hey, wait a minute, Lefty…. Be a pal.

Update: Lefty – yes, the character is named Lefty – is Marc Lawrence.

Brain Trust roll call: Sheila (Tuesday’s mystery Irish mother), Howard Mandelbaum (Tuesday’s mystery Irish mother), Megan, Thom and Lee (Tuesday’s mystery Irish mother — you guys keep changing it up on me!) Mike Hawks (Tuesday’s mystery Irish mother) and Don Danard (Tuesday’s mystery Irish mother).

Note to Gary: Apparently the costume department only had one Irish mother’s hat. And no, they weren’t!

Note to Mike Hawks: Have fun and hurry back!

June 14, 2018, Mystery Photo

Thursday’s mystery guest is having some grapefruit.

Update: This is Richard Barthelmess.

Brain Trust roll call: Benito (Wednesday’s mystery gunman), Don Danard (Wednesday’s mystery gunman), B.J. Merholz (Wednesday’s mystery gunman), Jenny M. (Wednesday’s mystery gunman), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Monday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Sue Slutzky (Tuesday’s mystery Irish mother and Wednesday’s mystery gunman), Megan, Thom and Lee (Wednesday’s mystery gunman), Sylvia E (Tuesday’s mystery Irish mother and Wednesday’s mystery gunman) and Bob Hansen (Wednesday’s mystery gunman).

June 15, 2018, Mystery Photo
For Friday, we have the leads in the final scene….

Update: This is George Brent, William Lundigan, Brenda Marshall and Virginia Bruce.

June 15, 2018, Mystery Photo
Here’s a better look.

Update: William Lundigan and Brenda Marshall.

June 15, 2018, Mystery Photo

And a bonus mystery guest who provides laughs for an upbeat ending.

Update: George Brent, Henry Armenta and Virginia Bruce.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie, Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery Irish mothers, Wednesday’s mystery gunman and Thursday’s mystery grapefruit guy), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery grapefruit guy), Anne Papineau (Thursday’s mystery grapefruit guy), David Inman (Thursday’s mystery grapefruit guy), Sue Slutzky (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery Irish mother and Thursday’s mystery grapefruit guy), Rick (Wednesday’s mystery gunman), Thom, Lee and Megan (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery grapefruit guy) and Sylvia E (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery Irish mother and Thursday’s mystery grapefruit guy).

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

  1. Gary says:

    This is Mary Gordon as the quintessential long-suffering Irish mother in Angels With Dirty Faces …or some such similar thing.

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  2. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Margaret Seddon.

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  3. Don Danard says:

    A guess. Helene Thimig?

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  4. Sue Slutzky says:

    Fay Holden?

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  5. E. Yarber says:

    Are we in the neighborhood of John Ford’s “Pilgrimage”?

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  6. Anne Papineau says:

    Lucile Watson?

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  7. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Bodil Rosing.

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  8. Sheila says:

    Mary Gordon for Tuesday.

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  9. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Mary Gordon

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  10. Megan, Thom, and Lee says:

    Our guess for today is Mary Gordon.

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  11. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Mary Gordon. I am off to Mostly Lost 7. Good luck everyone.

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  12. Gary says:

    In re: Monday/Tuesday. Not only do they use the same hair and make up person, they share a hat. I assume they were never on screen at the same time.

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  13. Don Danard says:

    Mystery Lady – Mary Gordon.

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  14. Benito says:

    Marc Lawrence today? Over 220 imdb credits

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  15. Don Danard says:

    I say it’s Marc Lawrence today.

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  16. Jenny M says:

    Marc Lawrence

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  17. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Monday: Lottie Williams in THE MAN WHO TALKED TOO MUCH (1940)
    Wed: Marc Lawrence

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  18. Sue Slutzky says:

    Is Tuesday’s guest Mary Gordon?

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  19. Sue Slutzky says:

    Wednesday: Marc Lawrence?

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  20. Megan, Thom, and Lee says:

    Marc Lawrence for today.

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  21. SylviaE says:

    I’m guessing that Tuesday is Mary Gordon.

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    • SylviaE says:

      And for Wednesday, Marc Lawrence (Laurence?)

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      • SylviaE says:

        I think it’s The Man Who Talked Too Much 1940
        Thurs. might be Richard Bathelmess
        Monday – maybe Lottie Williams

        Eager to see the rest of the story and if I’m right, Friday will be George Brent and Virginia Bruce.

        Thanks. This was fun.

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  22. Bob Hansen says:

    That’s Marc Lawrence on Wednesday, I believe.

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  23. Mary Mallory says:

    It’s Richard Barthelmess today.

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  24. Mary Mallory says:

    THE MAN WHO TALKED TOO MUCH. Lottie Williams Monday and Mary Gordon Tuesday.

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  25. Mary Mallory says:

    Marc Lawrence Wednesday and the back of George Brent on Tuesday.

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  26. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Richard Barthelmess, back at Warners, after the unfortunate eye surgery.

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  27. Anne Papineau says:

    Richard Barthelmess

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  28. David Inman says:

    Richard Barthelmess today?

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  29. Sue Slutzky says:

    A few days late, but is Monday’s guest Lottie Williams?

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  30. Sue Slutzky says:

    Thursday: Richard Barthelmess

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  31. Rick says:

    Wednesday – Marc Lawrence

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  32. Sue Slutzky says:

    Is the movie “The Man Who Talked Too Much”?

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  33. Thom, Lee and Megan says:

    Today we have Richard Barthelmess and the movie is “The Man Who Talked Too Much”.

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  34. Mary Mallory says:

    Yay! Thanks for throwing in Henry Armetta! George Brent in bed, with William Lundigan, Brenda Marshall, and Virginia Bruce surrounding him.

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  35. Gary says:

    I’m sorry to see that George Brent is not well. And that Henry Armetta brings him around. (William Lundigan looks too thin. Is he too not well?) Oh …The Man who talks too Much.

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  36. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    George Brent, William Lundigan, Brenda Marshall, Virginia Bruce and mirthful Henry Armetta.

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  37. Benito says:

    William Lundigan and Brenda Marshall aka Mrs Wm Holden in The Man Who Talked Too Much 1940

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  38. Sue Slutzky says:

    Friday: George Brent, William Lundigan, Brenda Marshall, Virginia Bruce and Henry Armetta

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