Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Aug. 4, 2018, Mystery Photo
This week’s mystery movie has been the 1957 RKO picture “Escapade in Japan,” with Teresa Wright, Cameron Mitchell, Jon Provost, Roger Nakagawa, Philip Ober, Kuniko Miyake, Susumu Fujita, Katsuhiko Haida and Tatsuo Saito. It was written by Winston Miller, filmed in Technirama by William Snyder, with music by Max Steiner, art direction by George W. Davis and Walter Holscher, set decoration by Shinz Isa. William Dozier was in charge of production, produced and directed by Arthur Lubin.

The movie is available on dubious DVDs, and is often passed off as a Clint Eastwood movie based on a few moments of screen time. My copy (recorded off TCM years ago) has fairly crummy color that I had to adjust for posting on the Web.

Writing in the New York Times (Dec. 24, 1957), A.W. said:

Call it coincidental, but “Escapade in Japan,” which slipped into the Little Carnegie yesterday, is gratifyingly reminiscent of “The Happy Road” of last summer, which, with the aid of a pair of charming youngsters, roamed over France and struck blows for brotherly love. “Escapade,” which employs a couple of winning little boys — an American and a Japanese — not only takes a viewer on a Cook’s tour of Nippon but also strikingly shows the effects of mutual respect and admiration. It makes for a simple but delightful junket.

This has been a fun week – for me, anyway. Howard Mandelbaum wrote of seeing the film at a kiddie matinee in the 1950s. And Gary shared an interesting reminiscence of working with Teresa Wright. I don’t think anybody is going to call this a landmark of cinema. It’s loaded with the painfully awful dialogue that adults write for children and sounds nothing like the way kids talk. The boys are always, always, always hungry and much of the plot concerns them in various ploys to get food. It’s also badly dated in its portrayal of Japan – even the usually reliable Max Steiner resorts to generic gongs and cymbals. It’s essentially a 1950s travelogue of exotic Japan with a story line to string it together.

July 30, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery woman.

July 30, 2018, Mystery Photo

This is a case of such goings-off rather than such goings-on.

Update: This is Mari Maki.

July 31, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Kuniko Miyake.

Aug. 1, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have a mystery gentleman.

Update: This is This is Tatsuo Saito.

Brain Trust roll call: Gary (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery woman).

Aug, 2, 2018, Mystery Photo
For Thursday, we have three adorable young people with various degrees of mysteriousness.

Update: This is This is Hideko Koshikawa, Roger Nakagawa and Jon Provost.

Aug. 3, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Friday …

Update: Pilot to tower: Play “Misty” for me.

Aug. 3, 2018, Mystery Photo
Also, a not terribly mysterious couple … (they most certainly do not approve of such goings-on).

Update: Cameron Mitchell and Teresa Wright.

Brain Trust roll call: Lorenzo (mystery movie and Thursday’s Mystery Child No. 3), Tucson Barbara (mystery movie and mystery guests), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Thursday’s Mystery Child No. 3), Jenny M. (mystery movie and Thursday’s Mystery Child No. 3), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery children), Anne Papineau (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery lads), Gary (Monday’s mystery stripteuse and Thursday’s mystery Child No. 3), Sylvia E (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery stripteuse and Thursday’s mystery children), Mary Mallory (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery stripteuse, Tuesday’s mystery woman and Thursday’s mystery children) and Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery lads).

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

  1. Sarah says:

    And it looks like the figures in the background do not approve of such goings-off!


  2. Mary Mallory says:

    Sadicko Hidari today.


  3. SylviaE says:

    A wild guess for Monday – the actress in the foreground may be Kinuyo Tanaka. It kind of looks like her.


  4. Gary says:

    Kuniko Miyake.


  5. Gary says:

    Escapade in Japan


  6. Lorenzo says:

    The young boy on the right in Thursday photo reminds me of Jon Provost and the 1957 movie Escapade in Japan.


  7. tucsonbarbara says:

    Escapade in Japan

    Monday – Mari Maki
    Tuesday – Kuniko Miyake
    Wednesday – Tatsuo Saito
    Thursday – Hideko Koshikawa, Roger Nakagawa, and Jon Provost


  8. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Jon Provost in ESCAPADE IN JAPAN 1957.


  9. Jenny M says:

    Jon Provost in Escapade in Japan.


  10. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Hideko Koshikawa, Roger Nakagawa, Jon Provost in ESCAPADE IN JAPAN.


  11. Anne Papineau says:

    Roger Nakagawa and Jon Provost in “Escapade in Japan”


  12. Gary says:

    On Thursday we have Jon Provost and his friends but I am unable to decipher from the Data Base which names are theirs. Nor is Wikipedia any help.On Monday I believe the actress is Mari Maki.


  13. SylviaE says:

    “Aha Thursday” (kind of)

    The movie is Escapade in Japan 1957

    Mon – I think is Mari Maki (because in IMdB she’s the only stripper char. mentioned)
    Tues – I think is Ayako Hidawa
    Wed – I think is Frank Tokunaga
    Thurs – Jon Provost, Roger Nakagawa and Hideko Koshikawa (the only names I’m positive about)

    I’m wondering if Friday will bring not only the main adult cast, but possibly one of the “pilots” in a ‘before he became famous’ role? Hope so.

    Tough but fun puzzle. Thanks.


  14. Mary Mallory says:

    ESCAPADE IN JAPAN. Mari Maki Monday, Kuniko Miyaki Tuesday, Jon Provst and Hidako Koshikawa today.


  15. Mary Mallory says:

    Roger Nakagama today as well.


  16. Lee Ann, Thom, and Megan says:

    Escapade in Japan with Jon Provost and Roger Nakagawa for today.


  17. tucsonbarbara says:

    I guess Friday’s mystery people will be Theresa Wright and Cameron Mitchell, maybe with Philip Ober thrown in for good measure. 🙂


  18. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Clint Eastwood; Cameron Mitchell & Teresa Wright.


  19. Mary Mallory says:

    Clint Eastwood in photo #1, along with Cameron Mitchell and Teresa Wright today.


  20. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Hello to Clint, Cameron and Miss Wright.


  21. Benito says:

    Clint Eastwood is “Dumbo Pilot (uncredited)” in Escapade in Japan 1957, per imdb.


  22. SylviaE says:

    Cameron Mitchell and Teresa Wright

    Ya-a-a-a-y! Thank you for including “the pilot before he became famous” Clint Eastwood.

    Looking forward to hearing who Tues’ and Weds’ guests are.


  23. Patricia van Hartesveldt says:

    Friday: Pilot on the right is Clint Eastwood. Second photo: Cameron Mitchell and Theresa Wright Movie is Escapade in Japan.


  24. Anne Papineau says:

    Clint Eastwood at the helm.


  25. LC says:

    Well, I don’t think I have ever seen or heard of this one, Escapade in Japan w/Jon Provost, Cameron Mitchell, Clint Eastwood and Teresa Wright.


  26. Gary says:

    Cameron Mitchell and Teresa Wright. In 1979 I had the pleasure of working on a film, The Rocking Chair Rebellion, with Teresa Wright. Off camera she was just as you see her on camera. She was a charming woman and a true professional. My memory of the experience remains vivid because the assistant cameraman would try to engage her in conversation during the down moments regarding her experiences in having worked with Alfred Hitchcock. Graciously she would answer his questions but in such a way as to not further the conversation. A complete bore, it took him some time to get with the program. I considered it one of her best performances.


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