Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Jan.5, 2019, Mystery Photo

This week’s mystery movie was the 1956 Columbia picture “Earth vs. the Flying Saucers,” with Hugh Marlowe, Joan Taylor, Donald Curtis, Morris Ankrum, John Zaremba, Tom Browne Henry, Brandon Rhodes and Larry Blake.

Screenplay by Bernard Gordon and George Worthing Yates, screen story by Curt Siodmak, suggested by “Flying Saucers From Outer Space” by Maj. Donald E. Keyhoe. Photography by Fred Jackman Jr., technical effects by Ray Harryhausen, art direction by Paul Palmentola, film editing by Danny D. Landres, set decoration by Sidney Clifford, special effects by Russ Kelley, music conducted by Mischa Bakaleinikoff. Produced by Charles H. Schneer,  executive producer Sam Katzman, directed by Fred F. Sears.

“Earth vs. the Flying Saucers” is available on DVD from TCM.

N.Y. Times, 1956
New York Times film critic M.E.: “Clap on your space suit and speed to the Paramount.”

Jan. 5, 2019, Mystery Photo
I love the crazy military agencies in this movie, like the “Air Intelligence Command” …

Jan. 5, 2019, Mystery Photo
… and especially the “Hemispheric Defense Command.” I mean, really?

Dec. 31, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have an incredulous mystery guest.

Update: I went through the cast looking for guys with dimpled chins. I assumed this was Don Marlowe, but the Brain Trust correctly pointed out this is Duke Green.

Jan. 1, 2019, Mystery Photo

And for Tuesday, we have another perplexed mystery gent. He probably does not approve of such goings-on. If he understood them (which he does not).

Update: This is Larry Blake.

Brain Trust roll call: Don Danard (Monday’s incredulous mystery gent).

I mistakenly credited Dan Nather, who hadn’t submitted a guess. Don/Dan, since I have never met either of you I sometimes get you mixed up!

Jan. 2, 2019, Mystery Photo
For Wednesday, we have this mystery guest.

Update: This is Donald Curtis.

Jan. 2, 2019, Mystery Photo

And here is our leading man, who will return Friday.

Update: This is Hugh Marlowe in a space invader’s helmet.

Brain Trust roll call: Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery motorcycle cop), Sarah (mystery movie) and Sue Slutzky (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery gent and Tuesday’s mystery motorcycle cop).

Jan. 3, 2019, Mystery Photo

For Thursday ….

Jan. 3, 2019, Mystery Photo

Update: This is John Zaremba.

Jan. 3, 2019, Mystery Photo
Also, this mystery guest emeritus…

Update: This is Morris Ankrum, last seen in 2014 as Jefferson Davis in mystery movie “Tennessee Johnson.”

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Earl Boebert (mystery movie and mystery cast), Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery guests), Sue Slutzky (Wednesday’s mystery guests), Benito (mystery movie) and Lee Ann, Megan and Thom (mystery movie, Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests).

Jan. 4, 2019, Mystery Photo

For Friday …

Jan. 4, 2019, Mystery Photo


Update: This is Joan Taylor and Hugh Marlowe.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Monday’s mystery fellow and Thursday’s mystery guests), Don Danard (Thursday’s mysterious brain-zapped general), Chrisbo (mystery movie), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mysterious brain-zapped general), Don Danard (Wednesday’s mystery officer), Sue Slutzky (Thursday’s mystery guests) and Sylvia E (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mystery motorcycle cop, Wednesday’s mystery officer and space helmet model, Thursday’s mystery guests and predicting Friday’s mystery guests).

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

  1. Don Danard says:

    I’ll say it’s long-time Republic studios stuntman Duke Green.


  2. MIKE HAWKS says:



  3. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Pat Flaherty.


  4. Sarah says:

    I’ll take a chance by guessing “Earth vs the Flying Saucers.”


  5. Sue Slutzky says:

    Happy new year Larry! The movie is Earth vs. the Flying Saucers. Not sure, but is Monday’s guest Duke Green? Tuesday is Larry Blake.


  6. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Earth vs. The Flying Saucers
    Tuesday: Larry Blake
    Wednesday: Donald Curtis, Hugh Marlowe


  7. Earl Boebert says:

    Earth vs. The Flying Saucers. Hugh Marlowe, Joan Taylor, and a bunch of spinning hubcaps. 1956, a very good year for that sort of thing.


  8. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Donald Curtis and Hugh Marlowe.


  9. Sue Slutzky says:

    Wed: #1 is Donald Curtis, #2 is Hugh Marlowe.


  10. Benito says:

    Earth vs The Flying Saucers. Pew! Pew!


  11. Lee Ann, Thom and Megan says:

    Earth vs. the Flying Saucers with Larry Blake for Tuesday, Donald Curtis and Hugh Marlowe for Wednesday.


  12. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Monday: Duke Green


  13. Bruce Reznick says:

    Zombies of the Stratosphere, but with Leonard Nimoy coming up on Friday?

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  14. Mary Mallory says:

    THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL. House Peters Jr. Tuesday, Lock Martin yesterday, and Lawrence Dobkin today.


  15. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    John Zaremba, Morris Ankrum.


  16. Don Danard says:

    The some-what bedraggled Officer is Morris Ankrum.


  17. Chrisbo says:

    Earth vs. the Flying Saucers


  18. MIKE HAWKS says:

    #2 thursday mystery man is Morris Ankrum.


  19. Don Danard says:

    Wednesday’s Mystery Officer is Donald Curtis I believe.


  20. Sue Slutzky says:

    Thursday: 1- John Zaremba, 2- Morris Ankrum


  21. SylviaE says:

    The Thursday space ship looks like it’s from The Day the Earth Stood Still 1951 – but maybe that’s too well known a movie. Will keep hunting.


  22. SylviaE says:

    Okay! Earth vs the Flying Saucers 1956

    Monday – Guy Way (I think)
    Tuesday – Larry J. Blake (I think)
    Wednesday – not sure about the military guy / is that Hugh Marlowe in a spaceman suit?
    Thursday – John Zaremba and Morris Ankrum
    Friday will include Hugh Marlowe and Joan Taylor

    Heading back into ‘research land’


  23. SylviaE says:

    Earth vs the Flying Saucers 1956

    Monday – Guy Way (I think)
    Tuesday – Larry J. Blake (I think)
    Wednesday – the military guy is Donald Curtis (I think)
    and I’ve found that is indeed Hugh Marlowe in a ‘special’ suit that he made himself! Impressive.
    Thursday – John Zaremba and Morris Ankrum
    Friday will include Hugh Marlowe and Joan Taylor

    Looking forward to tomorrow and Saturday’s rundown.


  24. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Hugh Marlowe and Joan Taylor save the planet.


  25. Mary Mallory says:

    earth vs. the flying saucers. Charles Evans Monday, Larry Blake Tuesday, Clark Howat Wednesday, Morris Ankrum Thursday, and Hugh Marlowe and Joan Taylor today.


  26. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Joan Taylor and Hugh Marlowe.


  27. Sue Slutzky says:

    Last, but not least, Hugh Marlowe and Joan Taylor.


  28. beachgal says:

    I’m late to the party this week. Our movie is The Earth vs the Flying Saucers.
    For Friday, our stars are Hugh Marlow and Joan Taylor.
    Thurs – we have Morris Ankrum in photo #3.
    Wed we have Donald Curtis as our Major – and I assume it’s Hugh Marlow in the alien get up.
    Tues. motorcycle cop is Larry J. Blake
    Monday we probably have Guy Way


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