Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Aug. 18, 2018, Mystery Photo

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1959 film “Gangster Story,” with Walter Matthau, Carol Grace, Bruce McFarlan (MacFarlane), Raiken BenAri (Raikin Ben-Ari), David Leonard, John Albright and Clegg Hoit (Hoyt). Screenplay by Paul Purcell, based on an original story by Richard Grey and V.J. Rhems (Rheims), music supervision by Alex (Alec) Compinsky, title song “The Itch for Scratch” written by Leonard Barr, Ronald Bloomberg and Ted Stanford. Photography by Max Glenn, produced by Jonathan Daniels and directed by Walter Matthau.

“Gangster Story” is available on Amazon.

“Gangster Story” was not reviewed by the New York Times. However a 1966 feature by Peter Bart headlined “The Ukrainian Cary Grant?” says he wrote, directed and produced “Gangster Story” to pick up an extra $2,500. “It’s the worst picture ever made,” Matthau said.

Aug. 13, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery gent. He says he’s OK with such goings-on, but he really doesn’t know what’s going on.

Update: This is Raikin Ben-Ari.

Aug. 14, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have a mystery woman. She has just discovered certain goings-on and does not approve.

Update: This is Carol Grace, Walter Matthau’s wife, in a rare screen appearance.

Aug. 15, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have a mystery gent.

Update: This is Bruce MacFarlane.

Aug. 16, 2018, Mystery Photo
This photo is titled: “Mystery guests playing pinochle.”

Update: This is Vic Tayback, right.

Aug. 16, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, we have some guests with various levels of mysteriousness.

Update: This is Clegg Hoyt and Tayback.

Aug. 17, 2018, Mystery Photo

Our mystery movie’s shout-out to Buena Park!

Aug. 17, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Friday, our mystery leading man/director is creatively framed by the photographer so that we can appreciate the mid-century cafe curtains.

Update: This is Walter Matthau.

Brain Trust roll call: Mike Hawks (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mystery woman and Thursday’s mystery security guard), Roget-L.A. (Thursday’s mystery security guard, wrong movie), B.J. Merholz (Thursday’s mystery crew cut guy, wrong movie), Jenny M. (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery security guard), Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (mystery movie, Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests and Thursday’s mystery security guard), Sylvia E. (mystery movie, Monday’s, Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests) and Mary Mallory (mystery movie, Monday’s, Tuesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests).

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

  1. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Luis Alberni.


  2. Gary says:

    Roberto Rai in Terminal Station aka Indiscretion of an American Wife.


  3. Mary Mallory says:

    Luis Alberni.


  4. Charles Kjelland says:

    Philip Over today?


  5. Mary Mallory says:

    Paul Bryar today.


  6. Mary Mallory says:

    Lawrence Tierney.


  7. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Carol Grace for tuesday and Vic Tayback as the cop today make this GANGSTER STORY.


  8. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Vic Tayback in T-Bird Gang (1959)


  9. B.J. Merholz says:

    Clegg Hoyt. And since Thursday is my last chance to hazard a guess, I’l try 13 West Street.


  10. Jenny M says:

    Cop is Vic Tayback.


  11. Jenny M says:

    Movie is Gangster Story.


  12. tucsonbarbara says:

    Thursday’s younger guy looks like Horst Buchholz.


  13. Lee Ann, Thom, and Megan says:

    Gangster Story with Vic Tayback today, Carol Grace for Tuesday, and Raikin Ben-Ari for Monday.


  14. SylviaE says:

    Thursday’s cop looks like a (very) young Vic Tayback

    I’ll keep tryin’


    • SylviaE says:

      Gangster Story 1959

      Mon – Raikin Ben-Ari
      Tues – Carol Grace (wife of the leading man/director)
      Bruce McFarlane
      Thurs – Vic Tayback, Clegg Hoyt (and I think John Albright – the only char. listed that I can’t make a match of – but it’s just a guess)

      Looking forward to Friday and the reveal of the leading man/director

      This was fun.


  15. Mary Mallory says:

    GANGSTER STORY. Raikin Ben-Ari Monday, Carol Grace Tuesday, Leonard Bremen Wednesday, and Clegg Hoyt and Vic Tayback today.


  16. Mary Mallory says:

    Walter Matthau today.


  17. beachgal says:

    Ah! It’s Gangster Story starring Friday’s leading man, Walter Matthau with Tues’s mystery lady, his will be wife, Carol Grace.


  18. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Our director Mr. Matthau enters the picture.


  19. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Monday: Raikin Ben-Ari
    Tuesday: Carol Grace
    Wednesday: Bruce MacFarlane
    Thursday: Vic Tayback
    Friday: Walter Matthau


  20. Don Danard says:

    Gee! I hope the furniture gets delivered!!


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