Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Nov. 3, 2018, Mystery Photo
This week’s mystery movie was the 1922 “The Toll of the Sea,” one of the earliest two-strip Technicolor features. Story by Frances Marion, directed by Chester M. Franklin, photographic direction by J.A. Ball, with Anna May Wong, Kenneth Harlan, Beatrice Bentley, Baby Moran, Etta Lee and Ming Young.

“Toll of the Sea” is available on DVD from Amazon.


New York Times, 1922

New York Times, 1922



For Monday, we have a mystery lad. Update: Make that mystery “lad.”

Update: This is “Baby” Priscilla Moran.

Oct. 30, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, our mystery “lad” has a mystery companion. Historical note: Our mystery movie may have one of the first “trouser roles” in cinema.

Update: This is Priscilla Moran and Beatrice Bentley.

Brain Trust roll call: Dan Nather (mystery movie), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and mystery child), Bob Hansen (mystery movie and mystery star) and Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (mystery movie and mystery child).

Oct. 31, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have two mystery women. They are amused by such goings-on.

Update: These are gossips Ming Young, left, and Etta Lee.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Tuesday’s mystery woman), Tucson Barbara (mystery movie and Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests), Mary Mallory (mystery movie, Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests, mystery director, mystery production company and interesting historical note), Anne Papineau (mystery movie and Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests), Dan Nather (Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests), Sarah (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery child), E. Yarber (mystery movie), Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (Tuesday’s mystery woman), Sylvia E. (mystery movie and Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests) and Sue Slutzky (mystery movie and Monday’s and Tuesdsay’s mystery guests).

Gary: Right technical process, wrong movie.

Nov, 1, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, our mystery leading man is about to engage in some seriously caddish behavior toward our mystery leading woman.

Update: This is Kenneth Harlan.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery gossips), Tucson Barbara (Wednesday’s mystery gossips), Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery gossips), Sue Slutzky (Wednesday’s mystery gossips), Beach Gal (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Anne Papineau (Wednesday’s mystery gossips), Sylvia E. (Wednesday’s mystery gossips) and Mike Hawks (mystery movie and all mystery guests).

Nov. 2, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Friday, we have our mystery leading lady rescuing Thursday’s mystery cad from the ocean. Maybe she should have left him there, as she could have avoided all the suffering she does in the rest of the picture.

Nov. 2, 2018, Mystery Photo

And here is our mystery leading lady, young and beautiful in a green outfit, and holding a red rose.

Update: This is Anna May Wong.

Brain Trust roll call: Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery cad), Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery cad and one of his NINE wives), Anne Papineau (Thursday’s mystery cad), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery cad), Tucson Barbara (Thursday’s mystery cad), Sue Slutzky (Thursday’s mystery cad), Beach Gal (Thursday’s mystery cad and today’s mystery leading lady), Sylvia E. (Thursday’s mystery cad and today’s mystery lady).

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

  1. Daniel E Nather says:

    I’m going to guess THE TOLL OF THE SEA, just to narrow it down.


  2. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Priscilla Moran in THE TOLL OF THE SEA (1922).


  3. Bob Hansen says:

    I believe the movie is Toll of the Sea from 1922, starring Anna May Wong. I don’t remember the little actor’s name though.


  4. Mary Mallory says:

    Leslie Phillips and THE MIKADO.


  5. Lee Ann, Thom and Megan says:

    Priscilla Moran in Toll of the Sea.


  6. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Beatrice Bentley.


  7. tucsonbarbara says:

    Is it “The Toll of the Sea” with Priscilla Moran and Beatrice Bentley (Monday and Tuesday)?


  8. Mary Mallory says:

    A silent I should I gotten first thing! THE TOLL OF THE SEA. Beatrice Bentley today and Priscilla Moran today and yesterday. Chester Franklin the director directed for Selznick Pictures (the company of David O. Selznick’s father) and editor Hal Kern would go on to edit GONE WITH THE WIND. Selznick and John Hay Whitney had a deal to make most of Selznick International Pictures in color so that they received stock in Technicolor.


  9. B.J. Merholz says:

    I thought you didn’t do colorized movies.


  10. Anne Papineau says:

    On Monday, Priscilla Moran in “The Toll of the Sea.” On Tuesday, Beatrice Bentley.


  11. Dan Nather says:

    Monday’s child is Priscilla Moran (playing a boy!); Tuesday adds Beatrice Bentley.


  12. Gary says:

    Initial research indicates Little Lord Fauntleroy, 1914, in a two color process.


  13. Sarah says:

    It’s “The Toll of the Sea” from 1922. And the mysterious “lad” is Priscilla Moran. I learned a lot about two color Technicolor!


  14. E. Yarber says:

    The Toll of the Sea?


  15. Lee Ann, Thom and Megan says:

    Beatrice Bentley for today.


  16. SylviaE says:

    Thanks for the clue.

    Toll of the Sea 1922
    (looking forward to Saturday and more about how this early color film was produced)

    Mon – Priscilla Moran
    Tues – Beatrice Bentley, Priscilla Moran (and Anna May Wong just O.S. to the right)


  17. Sue Slutzky says:

    Monday: Priscilla Moran (Baby Moran)


  18. Sue Slutzky says:

    The movie is Toll of the Sea, 1922


  19. Sue Slutzky says:

    Today’s mystery woman is Beatrice Bentley.


  20. B.J. Merholz says:

    I guess these stills fooled me.


  21. Mary Mallory says:

    Etta Lee and Ming Young.


  22. tucsonbarbara says:

    Ming Young and Etta Lee


  23. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Ming Young and Etta Lee.


  24. Sue Slutzky says:

    Are today’s guests Etta Lee and Ming Young?


  25. beachgal says:

    This week’s film is The Toll of the Sea.
    Monday’s child is Priscilla Moran
    Tues actress with the child from Monday is Beatrice Bentley


  26. Anne Papineau says:

    On Wednesday, might these be the gossips, Etta Lee and Ming Young?


  27. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Priscilla Moran, Beatrice Bentley, Etta Lee and Ming Young make this THE TOLL OF THE SEA.


  28. Mary Mallory says:

    Kenneth Harlan, Mr. Marie Prevost.


  29. Anne Papineau says:

    Kenneth Harlan no less!


  30. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Kenneth Harlan. One life but nine wives!


  31. tucsonbarbara says:

    If it’s Thursday, it must be Kenneth Harlan.


  32. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Kenneth Harlan


  33. Sue Slutzky says:

    Kenneth Harlan today.


  34. beachgal says:

    Thurs’ leading man is Kenneth Harlan and tomorrow we should see our leading lady, Anna May Wong


  35. tucsonbarbara says:

    Anna May Wong


  36. Mary Mallory says:

    Anna May Wong. rescuing poor Harlan.


  37. Gary says:

    Oh! Of course Toll of the Sea with Anna May Wong. …in the two color Technicolor process …I have been researching the two color Kinemacolor process. Drat! A wasted week!


  38. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Anna May Wong.


  39. beachgal says:

    Friday – mystery actress is Anna May Wong.


  40. Sue Slutzky says:

    Anna May Wong,


  41. Dan Nather says:

    Might as well wrap it up: Etta Lee and Ming Young on Wednesday, Kenneth Harlan on Thursday, and Anna May Wong today.


  42. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Anna May Wong.


  43. Anne Papineau says:

    On Friday, native Angeleno Anna May Wong


  44. LC says:

    The Toll of the Sea (1922)


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