Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Sept. 22, 2018, Mystery Photo
This week’s mystery movie was the 1944 MGM picture “Barbary Coast Gent,” with Wallace Beery, Binnie Barnes, John Carradine, Bruce Kellogg, Frances Rafferty, Chill Wills, Noah Beery Sr., Henry O’Neill and Ray Collins.

It was produced by Orville O. Dull, screenplay by William R. Lipman, Grant Garrett and Harry Ruskin, from an original story by William R. Lipman and Grant Garrett. Photography by Charles Salerno Jr., musical score by David Snell, art direction by Cedric Gibbons and William Ferrari, set decoration by Edwin B. Willis and Glen Barner, costume supervision by Irene and Kay Dean, makeup by Jack Dawn, directed by Roy Del Ruth.

“Barbary Coast Gent” has never been commercially released on DVD or VHS, but can be found on the gray market.

Writing in the New York Times (Sept. 29, 1944), A.W. said:

Metro, apparently aware that Wallace Beery has been absent too long from the Old West, one of his favorite habitats, has resettled him in the wide-open spaces in “Barbary Coast Gent,” the Globe’s new tenant. For Beery fans, it couldn’t have been a more felicitous move, as Mr. Beery’s elephantine coyness and rasping basso fit this vehicle like the tarpaulin on a prairie schooner. If, on occasion, it takes a long time getting places, blame it on the plot, which is bland and easy going and sets this item in the 1880s, when even Westerners took things easier.

Sept. 17, 2018, Mystery Photo

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

Update: This is George Reed.

Sept. 18, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have a mystery chanteuse.

Update: This is Frances Rafferty.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Monday’s mystery guest), Robert Morrissey (Monday’s mystery guest) and Mike Hawks (Monday’s mystery guest).

Sept. 19, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have this rustic gent. He approves of such goings-on.

Update: This is mystery gent emeritus Ray Collins.

Brain Trust roll call: Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery chanteuse), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests), Mary Mallory (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery chanteuse) and Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (mystery movie and Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests).

Sept. 20. 2018, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, we have a mystery gent…

Update: This is Bruce Kellogg.

Sept. 20. 2018, Mystery Photo
… also a mystery woman.

Update: This is Binnie Barnes.

Brain Trust roll call: B.J. Merholz (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery rustic gent), Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery rustic gent), Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery rustic gent), Gary (Wednesday’s mystery rustic gent), Jenny M. (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery rustic gent), Don Danard (Wednesday’s mystery rustic gent), David Inman (Wednesday’s mystery rustic gent) and L.C. (mystery movie and mystery cast).

Mary Mallory: He’s in the movie but in a different role.

Sept. 21, 2018, Mystery Photo
For Friday …

Update: This is Barnes and Louise Beavers.

Sept. 21, 2018, Mystery Photo
… also…

Update: Mystery gent emeritus John Carradine.

Sept. 21, 2018, Mystery Photo
… and also …

Update: This is Chill Wills.

Sept. 21, 2018, Mystery Photo
… and finally.

Update: Wallace Beery. This looks like a process shot. Some of the location shooting was done in Borger, Calif., according to the AFI listing. IMDB also lists Lone Pine as a location.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s rustic gent and Thursday’s mystery guests), Roget-L.A. (mystery movie, Wednesday’s rustic gent and Thursday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests) and Don Danard (Tuesday’s mystery chanteuse and Thursday’s mystery woman).

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

  1. Mary Mallory says:

    George H. Reed.


  2. Robert Morrissey says:

    I think it may be George Reed, who had a good part in Green Pastures, and played many small roles in other movies. I can’t be sure, though….


  3. MIKE HAWKS says:

    George Reed.


  4. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Frances Rafferty in BARBARY COAST GENT.


  5. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Monday: George Reed
    Tuesday: Frances Rafferty


  6. Mary Mallory says:

    Martha O’Driscoll in REAP THE WILD WIND.


  7. Mary Mallory says:

    Oops, Frances Rafferty and Barbary Coast Gent.


  8. Lee Ann, Thom and Megan says:

    Barbary Coast Gent with Frances Rafferty for today, and George Reed for Monday.


  9. Mary Mallory says:

    Noah Beery today.


  10. B.J. Merholz says:

    Ray Collins, Barbary Coast Gent.


  11. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Ray Collins.


  12. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Ray Collins.


  13. Gary says:

    Ray Collins?


  14. Jenny M says:

    Ray Collins in Barbary Coast Gent.


  15. Don Danard says:

    The Rustic Gent is Ray Collins.


  16. LC says:

    Barbary Coast Gent (1944) w/George Reed, Frances Rafferty, Ray Collins, Wallace Beery, Binnie Barnes, John Carradine,…


  17. Mary Mallory says:

    Ray Collins yesterday and Bruce Kellogg and Binnie Barnes today.


  18. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Wednesday’s rustic gent is Ray Collins. Thursday’s mystery gent is Bruce Kellogg and the mystery woman is Binnie Barnes. The mystery movie is Barbary Coast Gent (1944).


  19. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Bruce Kellogg and Binnie Barnes.


  20. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Bruce Kellogg; Binnie Barnes.


  21. Don Danard says:

    I’m guessing the Mystery Woman is Binnie Barnes.


  22. Don Danard says:

    Is the Mystery Chanteuse Frances Rafferty?


  23. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Binnie reappears along with Louise Beavers, Chill Wills, John Carradine and Mr. Wallace Beery.


  24. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Binnie Barnes, Louise Beavers; John Carradine; Chill Wills; Wallace Beery.


  25. Mary Mallory says:

    Today from top: Binnie, Louise Beavers, John Carradine, Chill Wills, and Wallace Beery.


  26. Mary Mallory says:

    And is that Lone Pine behind Beery?


  27. SylviaE says:

    Barbary Coast Gent 1944
    Mon – George Reed (a treat to see him included – thanks)
    Tues – Frances Rafferty
    Weds – Ray Collins (made me laugh – amazing what roles actors play ‘pre-Perry Mason’
    Thurs – Bruce Kellogg? and Binnie Barnes
    Fri – Binnie Barnes and Louise Beavers
    John Carradine, Chill Wills and Wallace Beery

    A lot of fun. Thanks.


  28. Gary says:

    This would be Barbary Coast Gent with Wallace Beery, Binnie Barnes and the aforementioned Ray Collins. This was difficult as everyone looked So Young!


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