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.
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.
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.
For Wednesday, we have a mystery gent.
Update: This is Bruce MacFarlane.
This photo is titled: “Mystery guests playing pinochle.”
Update: This is Vic Tayback, right.
For Thursday, we have some guests with various levels of mysteriousness.
Update: This is Clegg Hoyt and Tayback.
Our mystery movie’s shout-out to Buena Park!
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).