Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

July 28, 2018, Mystery Photo
This week’s mystery movie has been the 1949 Warner Bros. picture “The Girl From Jones Beach,” with Ronald Reagan, Virginia Mayo, Eddie Bracken, Dona Drake, Henry Travers, Lois Wilson, Florence Bates, Jerome Cowan, Helen Westcott, Paul Harvey, Lloyd Corrigan, Gary Gray and Myrna Dell.

The screenplay was by I.A.L. Diamond from a story by Allen Boretz, photography by Carl Guthrie, art direction by Stanley Fleischer, dialogue direction by John Maxwell, set decoration by William Kuehl, special effects by William McGann and Edwin DuPar, wardrobe by Leah Rhodes, makeup by Perc Westmore and orchestrations by Leonid Raab. Music by David Buttolph, produced by Alex Gottlieb and directed by Peter Godfrey.

“The Girl From Jones Beach” is available on DVD from Warner Archive.

I picked the “The Girl From Jones Beach” because of its summer theme, but it has a notable history. In 1948, Warner Bros. suspended Lauren Bacall, originally cast in the lead, for refusing to make the picture, which was to star Dennis Morgan. At first, studio sources told the New York Times that Bacall had no objections to the picture, but wanted a vacation after making “Key Largo.”

Irritated by Warners’ claims, Bacall went on the record with the New York Times (April 25, 1948) saying that she refused the picture because “I’m not a bathing beauty” but she also tore into the project.

“The script is bad,” she said. “It’s labeled a comedy but I don’t think it’s funny. As a picture, I feel it’s completely wrong. When it comes out, I think I’ll be justified. As for jeopardizing the jobs of 200 people, Warners has laid off five times that many people in the last six months. Let’s face it. They have the interests of Warner Bros. at heart and I have the interests of me at heart, and we just aren’t getting together.”

Warners suspended Bacall again for refusing to make “Blowing Wild,” a remake of “Torrid Zone” originally retitled “Sacramento Sal.”

Writing in the New York Times (July 30, 1949), Bosley Crowther said:

The brand of humor concocted in I.A.L. Diamond’s script is not of a lofty order. Indeed, it is noticeably low. And it may be because the competition is not of an overwhelming sort. Eddie Bracken’s frenzied performance of a scatter-brained promotion man is largely composed of wide-eyed ogles at dames. And Dona Drake’s girlish clowning of his sweetheart is mostly a matter of acting bored….

As a comedy actress Miss Mayo is no better than a rather weak script. But as a model for bathing apparel — well, do you or do you not like bathing suits?

July 23, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery woman She does not approve of such goings-on.

Update: This is Dona Drake.

Jly 24, 2018, Mystery Photo
For Tuesday, we have a mystery woman. Ignore Back of the Head Guy, who will make an appearance later in the week.

Update: This is Helen Westcott and Back of Head Guy Eddie Bracken.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and mystery woman) and Gary (mystery studio).

July 25, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have a mystery woman who would not approve of such goings-on – IF she knew what was going on (she does not).

Update: This is Myrna Dell.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Tuesday’s mystery woman), Jenny M. (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mystery woman), Gary (mystery movie, mystery guests and Back of the Head Guy).

July 26, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, we have a mystery guest (he does not approve of such goings-on) and another shot of Posterior of the Cranium Gentleman.

Update: This Eddie Bracken (Back of the Head Guy) and Chester Clute.

July 26, 2018, Mystery Photo
We also have a mystery lad (Are those pictures supposed to be family photos? You WB prop guys are sure a bundle of laffs).

Update: This is Gary Gray.

July 26, 2018, Mystery Photo
And our mystery lad’s mystery mom.

Update: This is Lois Wilson.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery woman, Tuesday’s Posterior of the Cranium Gentleman), Benito (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery woman and mystery leading man to be seen tomorrow) and Gary (Wednesday’s mystery woman and by email a photo of all 12 women who would not approve of such goings-on — if they knew what was going on).

July 27, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Friday, our leading man and leading lady approve of such goings-on.

Update: Ronald Reagan and Virginia Mayo.

July 27, 2018, Mystery Photo
Our mystery second leads….

Update: This is Dona Drake and Eddie Bracken.

Brain Trust roll call: Suzanne Stone (Monday’s mystery woman), David Inman (Thursday’s mystery bill collector), Mary Mallory (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery woman, mystery Posterior of the Cranium gentleman, Thursday’s mystery lad and Thursday’s mystery woman), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guests), Gary (Thursday’s mystery guests), Tucson Barbara (mystery movie, mystery Posterior of the Cranium gentleman, Thursday’s mystery lad and Thursday’s mystery woman), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery lad, mystery bill collector and mystery woman), Sue Slutzky (Thursday’s mystery bill collector) and Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (Thursday’s mystery bill collector).

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

  1. David Inman says:

    Happy birthday! Other than that, I got nothing.


  2. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Dona Drake.


  3. B.J. Merholz says:

    Janis Paige?


  4. Jenny M says:

    Joan Evans?


  5. Howard Mandelbaum says:



  6. Gary says:

    It is a mystery why this woman is dressed and made up to look just like Janis Paige in Romance on the High Seas. I am curious if it is a Warner Bros. film as well.


  7. Mary Mallory says:

    William Bendix as back of the head guy?


  8. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Helen Westcott.


  9. Mary Mallory says:

    Edmund O’Brien.


  10. Jenny M says:

    Helen Westcott


  11. Gary says:

    Barbara Bates or a contemporary of the era.


  12. Jenny M says:

    The Girl from Jones Beach


  13. Gary says:

    Going for a Tuesday win: Dona Drake, Venus Am Strand, and BOHG Eddie Bracken in Girl from Jones Beach.


  14. Gary says:

    I mean Helen Westcott.


  15. Don Danard says:

    I’m with Inman!!


  16. I suppose appearances can be deceptive but it looks to me that Wednesday Woman would very much approve of what was going on so long as she was involved. BTW no idea who she is.


    • lmharnisch says:

      Our mystery woman assumes that she is “the one.” But in fact our leading man is lying to her and she is merely one of many. She would definitely not approve of such goings-on.


  17. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Myrna Dell. Back of the cranium: Eddie Bracken


  18. Mary Mallory says:

    Gloria DeHaven yesterday.


  19. Benito says:

    Is Monday’s girl Dona Drake? If so, guessing the movie is The Girl From Jones Beach 1949, and Ron Raygun will appear


  20. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Could Tuesday’s mystery woman be Nancy Olson?


  21. Gary says:

    For Wednesday: I believe this is Myrna Dell …with twelve choices and so many years gone by …this is not easy!


  22. David Inman says:

    Chester Clute today.


  23. Mary Mallory says:

    Gary Gray is the kid.


  24. Mary Mallory says:

    Lois Wilson today and THE GIRL FROM JONES BEACH. Ronald Reagan as back of the head guy on Tuesday.


  25. Mary Mallory says:

    Dona Drake Monday, Eddie Bracken as back of the head guy, Carol Brewster Wednesday, and Angi O’Poulos with Bracken.


  26. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Chester Clute appears in ?????


  27. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Add Gary Gray and Lois Wilson to make this GIRL FROM JONES BEACH 1949.


  28. Gary says:

    Chester Clute, Gary Gray, and Lois Wilson. Only a few years older than me, Gary Gray was my surrogate in the movies. I never missed a film if I knew he would be in it.


  29. tucsonbarbara says:

    The Girl From Jones Beach

    Monday – Helen Westcott (?)
    Tuesday – Dona Drake and Ronald Reagan
    Wednesday – Nancy Valentine (?)
    Thursday – Ronald Reagan, Paul Harvey, Gary Gray, Lois Wilson


  30. Diane Ely says:

    Mystery mom/knitting lady: Spring Byington?


  31. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Gary Gray and Lois Wilson.


  32. Sue Slutzky says:

    Is Thursday’s mystery man Chester Clute?


  33. Lee Ann, Thom, and Megan says:

    Chester Clute for today.


  34. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Almost forgot Chester Clute.


  35. Mary Mallory says:

    Ronald Reagan and Virginia Mayo and Dona Drake and Eddie Bracken. Helen Westcott Tuesday, and Chester Clute as the bill collector yesterday.


  36. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Mr. Reagan, Miss Mayo, Miss Drake and Mr. Bracken.


  37. beachgal says:

    Thurs, son is Gary Gray and his mom is Lois Wilson.
    Friday our stars, Ronald Reagan with Virginia Mayo and Eddie Bracken with Donna Drake in The Girl From Jones Beach.


  38. SylviaE says:

    Movie – The Girl from Jones Beach 1949
    Mon – I think is Alice Wallace w/ Eddie Bracken (back of the head guy)
    Tues – Helen Wescott
    Wed – I think is Myrna Dell
    Thur – Eddie Bracken (b.o.t.h. again) with Chester Clute
    kid is Gary Gray and knitting lady is Lois Wilson

    Fri – Ronald Reagan & Virginia Mayo
    Dona Drake and Eddie Bracken

    No “Thursday aha” moment, but still fun. Thanks.


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