Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Feb. 2, 2019, Mystery Photo

This week’s mystery movie was the 1943 MGM film “Du Barry Was a Lady,” with Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Gene Kelly, Virginia O’Brien, “Rags” Ragland, Zero Mostel, Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra, Donald Meek, Douglass Dumbrille, George Givot and Louise Beavers. Produced by Arthur Freed. Directed by Roy Del Ruth.

Screenplay by Irving Brecher, adaptation by Nancy Hamilton, additional dialogue by Wilkie Mahoney, based on the play produced by B.G. DeSylva and written by Herbert Fields and B.G. DeSylva with music and lyrics by Cole Porter,  words and music by Cole Porter, additional songs by Lew Brown, Ralph Freed, Burton Lane, Roger Edens, E.Y. Harburg, musical adaptation by Roger Edens, musical direction by Georgie Stoll, orchestration by George Bassman, Leo Arnaud, Alec Stordahl and Sy Oliver, musical presentation by Merrill Pye, dance direction by Charles Walters. Photographed in Technicolor, director of photography Karl Freund, Technicolor color director Natalie Kalmus, associate Henri Jaffa,  recording director Douglas Shearer, art director Cedric Gibbons, set decorations by Edwin B. Willis, associate Henry Grace, costume supervision by Irene, associate Shoup, men’s costumes by Gile Steele, makeup by Jack Dawn, special effects by Warren Newcombe, film editor Blanche Sewell,

“Du Barry Was a Lady” is available on DVD from Amazon.

Writing in the New York Times (Aug. 30, 1943), Bosley Crowther was uncharacteristically effusive in his praise:

With a good bit of soap and water applied to the necessary spots and then with a job of refinishing so that the whole thing shines like new, Metro has made a film version of “Du Barry Was a Lady,” the musical show, which it set down yesterday at the Capitol for the delight of the multitudes. And, take it from us, that’s the purpose which it is certain to fulfill, for Metro has given it the luster of a million dollars in gold.

Was “Singin’ in the Rain” making an in joke about “Du Barry Was a Lady” when Cosmo Brown (Donald O’Connor) comes up with the idea of the leading man getting hit in the head and fantasizing a costume picture. I like to think so.

Jan. 28, 2019, Mystery Photo

Dear Brain Trust: I received word last week of the loss to cancer of one of our prolific, knowledgeable and veteran contributors, Lee Ann of the trio of solvers Lee Ann, Megan and Thom, who moved with us from latimes.com to the ladailymirror in 2011. I have never met most of you, but I look forward to your answers every week and devote much thought to selecting a movie and the various images. More than one of you has written to me privately thanking me for the mystery movie and telling me how this little quiz has helped them get through a hard time in their lives.

Please join me in sending our deepest condolences to Megan and Thom

Megan and Thom write: Thank you for everyone’s condolences. It’s not quite the same doing this without her. We really appreciate your caring remarks.

For Monday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Virginia O’Brien.

Jan. 28, 2019, Mystery Photo

And for Tuesday we have this dapper gent with a microscopic bowtie.

Update: This is “Rags” Ragland.”

Brain Trust roll call: Suzanne Stone (Monday’s mystery singer), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery singer and mystery song) Anne Papineau (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery singer and mystery song), Dan Nather (Monday’s mystery singer), David Inman (Monday’s mystery singer), Sheila (Monday’s mystery singer), Tim A. Doherty (Monday’s mystery singer), Moviepas (Monday’s mystery singer), Robert Morrissey (Monday’s mystery singer), Bob Hansen (wrong movie but right mystery co-star and Monday’s mystery singer), Meredith Ponedel (Monday’s mystery singer), Benito (Monday’s mystery singer), Jenny M. (Monday’s mystery singer), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery singer), Claire (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery singer), E. Yarber (Monday’s mystery singer) and L.C. (mystery movie, mystery singer and mystery song).

Jan. 30, 2019, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, a mystery seer.

Update: This is Zero Mostel.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery singer, mystery song and Tuesday’s mystery gent), Joe Vogel (Monday’s mystery singer), Dan Nather (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery gent), Sheila (Tuesday’s mystery gent), Don Danard (Tuesday’s mystery gent), Mike Hawks (Tuesday’s mystery gent), Jenny M. (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery gent), Anne Papineau (Tuesday’s mystery gent), Howard Mandelbaum (Tuessday’s mystery gent), David Inman (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery gent), Benito (Tuesday’s mystery gent; nope, but other mystery cuties await), Sue Slutzky (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery singer and Tuesday’s mystery gent), and Thom and Megan (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery singer and Tuesday’s mystery gent).

Jan. 31, 2019, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, we have a mystery saxophone player…

Update: This is Don Bodice.

Jan. 31, 2019, Mystery Photo
… a mystery hot trumpet player …

Update: This is Ziggy Elman.

Jan. 31, 2019, Mystery Photo

and a mystery trombonist. I believe they are playing “The Royal Firewater Music.”

Update: This is Tommy Dorsey.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery  swami), Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery swami), Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery swami), Anne Papineau (Wednesday’s mystery swami), Sue Slutzky (Wednesday’s mystery swami), Dan Nather (Wednesday’s mystery swami and Monday’s mystery song), Olga Stewart (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery singer and Tuesday’s mystery fellow) and Lee Ann, Thom and Megan (Wednesday’s mystery swami).

 

Feb. 1, 2019, Mystery Photo

For Friday, we have this non-mysterious woman…

Update: Lucy!

Feb. 1, 2019, Mystery Photo

A non-mysterious mystery gent…

Update: Gene Kelly.

Feb. 1, 2019, Mystery Photo

… One of the most non-mysterious villains in film and his non-mystery comic foil.

Update: This is Douglass Dumbrille and Red Skelton.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery trombonist and mystery hot trumpeter), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery trombonist and mystic trumpeter), Earl Boebert (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery trombonist), Beach Gal (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery novelty singer and novelty song, Tuesday’s mystery gent, Wednesday’s mystery swami, Thursday’s mystery sax player — impressive! — mystery trombonist and mystery hot trumpeter) and peering into the future for Friday’s mystery guests), Jenny M. (Thursday’s mystery trombonist and mystic trumpeter), Dan Nather (Thursday’s mystery sax player — impressive! — mystery trombonist and mystic trumpeter), Sue Slutzky (Thursday’s mystery trombonist and mystic trumpeter), E. Yarber (mystery movie, Wednesday’s mystery swami and Thursday’s mystery trombonist) and Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery trombonist, mystic trumpeter and mystery novelty song).

Jenny M. says: Sorry and sad hear the passing of Lee Ann. She was in the class of people who enjoyed and loved the movies of the “golden age.” We will miss her.

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

  1. suzanne stone says:

    Virginia O’Brien, know for her deadpan singing style.

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  2. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Virginia sings “Salome,” in DU BARRY WAS A LADY. “No matter how you slice it, boy, it’s still Salome.”

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  3. Anne Papineau says:

    Was ever impressed by the depth of knowledge displayed by Lee Ann. She will be greatly missed.

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  4. Anne Papineau says:

    On Monday, Virginia “Miss Deadpan” O’Brien sings Salome from “DuBarry was a Lady”

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  5. Dan Nather says:

    Not entirely sure, but . . . Virginia O’Brien?

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  6. David Inman says:

    Virginia O’Brien?

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  7. Sheila says:

    Virginia O’Brien. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of a dear community member.

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  8. Tim A Doherty says:

    Virginia O’Brien?

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  9. moviepas says:

    The deadpan MGM singer-comedienne Virginia O’Brien.

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  10. Robert Morrissey says:

    The one, the only Virginia O’Brien!

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  11. Bob Hansen says:

    Monday’s guest is Virginia O’Brien, and I think thr movie is As Thousands Cheer from 1943. The star of it was Gene Kelly.

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  12. Meredith Ponedel says:

    Isn’t that Virginia O’Brien?

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  13. Benito says:

    Virginia O’Brien today? Love her deadpan style

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  14. Jenny M says:

    Virginia O’Brien

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  15. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Virginia O’Brien in DuBARRY WAS A LADY.

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  16. Claire says:

    So very sorry to hear this. ❤

    Virginia O’Brien in DUBARRY WAS A LADY.

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  17. E. Yarber says:

    As a sporadic commenter, I appreciated Lee Ann and the regulars.

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  18. E. Yarber says:

    As for this week, I think you’re opening with Virginia O’Brien

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  19. Mary Mallory says:

    Deep condolences to Thom and Megan on her loss. Kudos to her skill in identifying obscure characters actors in our small world of vintage film fans.

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  20. Sue Slutzky says:

    So sorry to hear of Lee Ann’s passing. I offer my sympathy to her friends and family.

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  21. LC says:

    Sincere sympathy to Thom and Megan, although I did not know Lee Ann I would like to believe that she received great comfort and joy from L.H’s mysteries.

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  22. LC says:

    Today’s photo is Virginia O’Brien singing Salome in DuBarry Was a Lady. Also with Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Gene Kelly…

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  23. Dan Nather says:

    Even though we never met, I always enjoyed seeing Lee Ann, Megan & Tom’s collaborated comments here. My condolences to Megan and Thom on Lee Ann’s passing.

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  24. Mary Mallory says:

    Virginia O’Brien on Monday and Rags Ragland for “Tuesday’s photo making it DUBARRY WAS A LADY.

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  25. Mary Mallory says:

    Virginia O’Brien sings “Salome.”

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  26. Joe Vogel says:

    The woman looks like Virginia O’Brien, but I don’t know that O’Brien is obscure enough to rate a mystery woman entry. She’s one of my favorites from that era. The guy looks vaguely familiar, but I haven’t a clue who he is.

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  27. Dan Nather says:

    For today, that’s Rags Ragland, and the movie is DUBARRY WAS A LADY.

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  28. Sheila says:

    Rags Ragland for Tuesday.

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  29. Don Danard says:

    Likely incorrect but is it Rags Ragland?

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  30. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Rags Ragland.

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  31. Jenny M says:

    Rags Ragland in Du Barry Was a Lady.

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  32. Anne Papineau says:

    On Tuesday, Rags Ragland?

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  33. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Rags Ragland.

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  34. SylviaE says:

    Wow! A lot of the brain trust recognized the singer, the movie AND the song. Impressive.
    I’m still on the hunt.
    Monday’s singer looks like Ginny Simms.

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  35. David Inman says:

    Rags Ragland today, so I’m guessing “Du Barry Was a Lady.”

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  36. Benito says:

    Rags Ragland today, probably in PANAMA HATTIE. Hope we see cutie pies Ann Sothern and Marsha Hunt soon

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  37. Sue Slutzky says:

    Monday – Virginia O’Brien, Tuesday – Rags Ragland. Movie – Du Barry Was A Lady.

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  38. Thom and Megan says:

    Thank you for everyone’s condolences. It’s not quite the same doing this without her. We really appreciate your caring remarks.
    Our mystery movie is Du Barry was a Lady with Virginia O’Brien for Monday and Rags Ragland today.

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  39. Mary Mallory says:

    Zero Mostel.

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  40. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Zero Mostel

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  41. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Zero Mostel.

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  42. Anne Papineau says:

    Zero Mostel!

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  43. Sue Slutzky says:

    Zero Mostel today.

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  44. Dan Nather says:

    Zero Mostel on Wednesday. And as long as you’re giving extra credit, is the mystery song “Salome”?

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  45. Lee Ann, Thom, and Megan says:

    Wednesday’s swami is Zero Mostel.

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  46. Mary Mallory says:

    I don’t think that’s Buddy Morrow on sax, but not sure. Ziggy Ellman trumpet player and Mr. Tommy Dorsey playing the trombone.

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  47. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Ziggy Elman, Tommy Dorsey and a friend.

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  48. Earl Boebert says:

    Tommy Dorsey on Thursday, and the costumes indicate “Du Barry Was A Lady.”

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  49. beachgal says:

    Dubarry Was A Lady is our film
    Monday = Virginia O’Brien singing Salome
    Tues = Rags Ragland
    Wed = Zero Mostel
    Thurs on sax is Don Lodice; on trumpet is Ziggy Ellman, on trombone is Tommy Dorsey. They are performing Katie Went to Haiti
    Tomorrow we should see our stars Lucille Ball, Gene Kelly and Red Skelton

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  50. JennyM says:

    Trumpet- Ziggy Elman
    Trombone-Tommy Dorsey

    Sorry and sad hear the passing of Lee Ann. She was in the class of people who enjoyed and loved the movies of the “golden age.” We will miss her.

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  51. Dan Nather says:

    For Thursday: Tommy Dorsey on trombone, Ziggy Elman on trumpet, and probably Don Lodice on tenor sax.

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  52. Sue Slutzky says:

    I’m not 100% sure about the sax player, but I think it’s Jimmy Dorsey. On trumpet, Ziggy Elman and on trombone, Tommy Dorsey?

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  53. E. Yarber says:

    This week is just dripping away. The movie is “Du Barry Was a Lady,” and that’s Zero Mostel as the seer and Tommy Dorsey on trombone. More than that I cannot say… too busy drying my galoshes.

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  54. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    “Katie Went to Haiti” with Ziggy Elman (trumpet); Tommy Dorsey (trombone).

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  55. Mary Mallory says:

    Today it’s Lucille Ball, Gene Kelly, Douglas Dumbrille (yay) and Red Skelton.

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  56. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Lucille Ball; Gene Kelly; Douglas Dumbrille, Red Skelton.

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  57. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Lucille Ball, Gene Kelly, Douglass Dumbrille and Red Skelton fill out the cast.

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  58. beachgal says:

    For Friday, as predicted, we have our stars, Lucille Ball, Gene Kelly and Red Skelton

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  59. Diane Ely says:

    Oh, now I know – DuBarry was a Lady.

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  60. Dan Nather says:

    And the stars of the show, from the top: Lucille Ball, Gene Kelly, Douglas Dumbrille and Red Skelton.

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  61. Thom and Megan says:

    In the first frame for Thursday we think is Jimmy Dorsey. in the second frame isZiggy Elman and the third frame is Tommy Dorsey. In the first frame on Friday is Lucille Ball, the second frame has Gene Kelly and in the third frame are Douhlass Dumbrille and Red Skelton.

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  62. Sue Slutzky says:

    Last, but not least: Lucille Ball, Gene Kelly, Douglass Dumbrille, and Red Skelton. Is Thursday’s sax player Don Bodice?

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  63. Don Danard says:

    Douglass Dumbrille with Red Skelton.

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  64. Earl Boebert says:

    Condolences to Thom and Megan on the loss of Lee Ann.

    “Whenever an elder dies, a library burns down.” It was wonderful that this forum gave her an opportunity to share her expertise.

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