Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Hallelujah, June 30, 2018, mystery movie
This week’s mystery movie has been the 1929 MGM picture “Hallelujah,” with Daniel L. Haynes, Nina Mae McKinney, William Fountaine, Harry Gray, Fanny Belle DeKnight, Everett McGarrity, Victoria Spivey, Milton Dickerson, Robert Couch, Walter Tait and the Dixie Jubilee Singers. Scenario by Wanda Tuchock, treatment by Richard Schayer, dialogue by Ransom Rideout, art direction by Cedric Gibbons, wardrobe by Henrietta Frazer, photography by Gordon Avil, story and direction by King Vidor.

“Hallelujah” is available on DVD from Warner Archive.

I don’t usually quote the entire New York Times review of a film, but there is no way to get the full effect of this critique without reading it in its entirety. From Aug. 21, 1929:


June 24, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery lad.

Update: After some research, this lad has been established as William Tait.

June 26, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have a mysterious, fashionably dressed man. Our leading man has been cropped out and will appear Friday.

Update: This is William Fountaine.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie — the mystery child is in the movie but probably in another role).

June 27, 2018, Mystery Phoo

For Wednesday, we have a mystery couple.

Update: This is Fanny Belle DeKnight and Harry Gray.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Tuesday’s mystery gent), Mary Mallory (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery child and Tuesday’s mystery gent), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery gent), Patrick (mystery movie, mystery director and Tuesday’s mystery gent), Sylvia E (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery child and Tuesday’s mystery gent).

June 28, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, we have a mystery gent.

Update: This is Everett McGarrity.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery couple), Harried Costumer (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery lad and Tuesday’s mystery gent), Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery woman), Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery gent), Patrick (Wednesday’s mystery couple), Sylvia E (mystery movie, mystery director and all mystery guests), Dan Nather (mystery movie and mystery director) and Anne Papineau (half-credit. She’s in the movie but has another role).

June 29, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Friday….

Update: This is  Nina Mae McKinney and Daniel L. Haynes.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery gent), Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery woman and Monday’s mystery lad), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery gent), Patrick (Thursday’s mystery gent), Sylvia E (Thursday’s mystery gent) and Anne Papineau (mystery movie and mystery director).

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

  1. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Matthew ‘Symie’ Beard in HALLELUJAH.


  2. Mary Mallory says:

    Allen Hoskins.


  3. aryedirect says:

    Billy Thomas Jr., AKA Buckwheat


  4. Diane Ely says:

    Don’t know who he is, but what a cute kid!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    William Fountaine as Hot Shot.


  6. Mary Mallory says:

    Hallelujah (1929). Walter Fountaine today and Walter Tait yesteday.


  7. MIKE HAWKS says:

    William Fountaine in HALLELUJAH.


  8. Patrick says:

    Tuesday: William Fountaine in King Vidor’s Hallelujah from 1929.


  9. SylviaE says:

    I think the movie is Hallalujah!

    Monday’s kid – still looking for the name, but I’ve found a photo that I think includes him
    Tuesday – William E. Fountaine

    I hope I’m on the right trail.
    this is fun!


    • SylviaE says:

      For Monday – found a photo that identifies the cute kid as Walter Tait (if I’m right about the movie.)


      • SylviaE says:

        Thanks for the confirmation.

        The movie is Hallalujah! 1929 directed by King Vidor

        Monday – Walter Tait
        Tuesday – William E. Fountaine (mysterious leading man must be Daniel L. Haynes)
        Wednesday – Fanny Belle DeKnight and Harry Gray

        Thanks for this gem. Never heard of it. I’m looking forward to the history about the film you’ll send on Saturday.

        My dad was a fan of the Jubilee singers.


  10. Mary Mallory says:

    Harry Gray and Fanny Belle DeKnight.


  11. I feel like I’ve never learned the proper rules for this game, but, in order of how I thought it out:
    Movie: “Hallelujah”
    Grownup: William Fountaine, in “Hallelujah” costume
    Kid: the youngest of “the Johnson children;” I think it’s Walter Tait


  12. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Fanny Belle DeKnight at left.


  13. B.J. Merholz says:

    Rex Ingram so probably Green Pastures.


  14. Chrisbo says:

    Is Wednesday’s gent Rex Ingram?


  15. Don Danard says:

    I think the gentleman with the top hat is Rex Ingram.


  16. Benito says:

    Rex Ingram today?


  17. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Monday: Milton Dickerson
    Wednesday: Victoria Spivey, Harry Gray.


  18. Anne Papineau says:

    On Wednesday, Rex Ingram in “The Green Pastures”?


  19. Patrick says:

    Wednesday: Fanny Belle DeKnight and Harry Gray


  20. Megan says:

    Is it Cabin in the Sky?


  21. Dan Nather says:

    Could this be King Vidor’s HALLELUJAH?


  22. Anne Papineau says:

    On Wednesday, Madame Sul Te Wan?


  23. Mary Mallory says:

    Everitt McGarrity.


  24. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Fanny Belle DeKnight is yesterday’s matriarch. Today’s lad is Walter Tait.


  25. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Everett McGarrity.


  26. Patrick says:

    Thursday: Everett McGarrity


  27. SylviaE says:

    Thursday – Everett McGarrity


    • SylviaE says:

      Friday – Nina Mae McKinney and Daniel L. Haynes

      Again, really looking forward to your Saturday rundown.
      Thanks for this one.


      • SylviaE says:

        Whoah! What a review. I appreciate very much your including the entire article and a glimpse into the writer’s time and the influence on his attitude because of it. I also look forward to finding this movie and viewing it with its powerful performances.


      • lmharnisch says:

        You really can’t summarize a review like that. It’s available via streaming and it’s at my local video store in the 626.


  28. Anne Papineau says:

    King Vidor’s “Hallelujah”?


  29. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Nina Mae McKinney and Daniel L. Haynes.


  30. Mary Mallory says:

    Nina Mae mcKinney and Daniel L. Haynes.


  31. Patrick says:

    On Friday, Nina Mae McKinney and Daniel L. Haynes are locked in fond embrace.


  32. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Nina Mae McKinney & Daniel Haynes.


  33. Don Danard says:

    Is the bearded man Clinton Rosemond?


  34. Dan Nather says:

    It’s gotta be Daniel Haynes and Nina Mae McKinney today . . .


  35. Gary says:

    It’s late Friday evening. Still I am publicly wondering if this is Rex Ingram in The Green Pastures? Not saying just wondering.


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