Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Last Angry Man
This week’s mystery movie was the 1959 film “The Last Angry Man,” with Paul Muni, David Wayne, Betsy Palmer, Luther Adler, Claudia McNeil, Joby Baker, Joanna Moore, Nancy R. Pollock, Billy Dee Williams, Robert F. Simon and Dan Tobin. Screenplay by Gerald Green and Richard Murphy from a novel by Gerald Green. Photographed by James Wong Howe, edited by Charles Nelson, art direction by Carl Anderson, set decoration by William Kiernan, costume design by Jean Louis, music by George Duning. Produced by Fred Kohlmar and directed by Daniel Mann.

“The Last Angry Man” was released on VHS, but is not commercially available on DVD. A 16 millimeter print is for sale on EBay.

“The Last Angry Man” was Paul Muni’s last film, and his first Hollywood movie since “Angel on My Shoulder” in 1946. He had previously appeared in “Stranger on the Prowl,” produced in 1952 in Italy. “The Last Angry Man” was the first to be produced by Fred Kohlmar as an independent under contract with Columbia. According to the New York Times, Glenn Ford was originally cast as Woodrow Thrasher, the role ultimately played by David Wayne, but Ford would not accept the role, resulting in a $676,876 lawsuit from Columbia. Jack Lemmon was later cast as Ford’s replacement.

Writing in the New York Times (Oct. 23, 1959), Bosley Crowther said:

Simple goodness and charity have such rare currency in entertainment realms these days that it is pleasing and refreshing to come across them, even in a simple, sentimental, old-fashioned film. And that, we are bound to tell you, is the kind of film Fred Kohlmar’s “The Last Angry Man” is — simple, sentimental and old-fashioned, but full of goodness and charity.

March 25, 2019, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery woman. Our leading man has been cropped out due to his utter lack of mysteriousness.

Update: This is Cicely Tyson.

March 26, 2019, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have a mystery woman. She does not approve of such goings-on.

Update: This is Nancy R. Pollock.

Brain Trust roll call: Pat in Michigan (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery woman), Arye Michael Bender (Monday’s mystery woman) and Sylvia E. (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery woman and cropped-out leading man.

March 26, 2019. Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have a mystery gent doing something mysterious.

Update: This is Joby Baker.

Brain Trust roll call: Bob Hansen (Monday’s mystery woman).

March 28, 2019, Mystery Photo
For Thursday, we have a not terribly mysterious guest. The leading man has been cropped out due to his lack of mysteriousness. He will appear Friday.

Update: This is Billy Dee Williams in his screen debut. Godfrey Cambridge also made his debut in this film.

Brain Trust roll call: Jenny M. (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guest), Sylvia E. (Wednesday’s mystery guest) and L.C. (mystery movie and mystery cast).

March 29, 2019, Mystery Photo

And for Friday, our non-mysterious leading man.

Update: This is Paul Muni.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Jenny M. (Thursday’s mystery guest), Sylvia E. (Thursday’s mystery guest) and Thom and Megan (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guest).

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

  1. Pat in Michigan says:

    Cicely Tyson in “The Last Angry Man”.

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  2. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    The lady has a mustache.

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  3. Arye Michael Bender says:

    It is entirely possible that this is the young Cicely Tyson made up to look creepy. Though I doubt it.

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  4. Sylvia E says:

    The Last Angry Man 1959

    Monday has a young Cecily Tyson ‘left on a porch’ and our mystery cropped out guy is Paul Muni.

    Looking forward to the Saturday breakdown on this one.

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  5. Bob Hansen says:

    Is Monday’s woman Cicely Tyson? Don’t know the movie.

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  6. Jenny M says:

    Joby Baker in The Last Angry Man.

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  7. Anne Papineau says:

    On Wednesday, Anthony Perkins?

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  8. Sylvia E says:

    Weds. – Joby Baker

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  9. Bruce Reznick says:

    Dick Gautier before a nose job?

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  10. LC says:

    The Last Angry Man (1959) w/Cicely Tyson, Joby Baker, Paul Muni, David Wayne, Betsy Palmer,…

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  11. Mary Mallory says:

    THE LAST ANGRY MAN. Cicely Tyson and Paul Muni hidden Monday, Nancy R. Pollock Tuesday, Joby Baker Wednesday, and Billy Dee williams for Thursday.

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  12. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    THE LAST ANGRY MAN
    Monday: Cicely Tyson
    Tuesday: Nancy R. Pollock
    Wednesday: Joby Baker
    Thursday: Billy Dee Williams

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  13. Jenny M says:

    Billy Dee Williams

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  14. Sylvia E. says:

    Thurs. – shows a very young Billy D. Williams. I sooo hope you’ll include the wonderful actress who plays his mother in this film. Cropped out Mystery guy is Paul Muni again.

    Tuesday’s ‘balcony’ lady really has me stumped. Hmmmm….

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  15. Thom and Megan says:

    The Last Angry Man with Billy Dee Williams for today.

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  16. Mary Mallory says:

    Mr. Muni today.

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  17. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Paul Muni in his last film role.

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  18. MIKE HAWKS says:

    Joby Baker, Billy Dee Williams and Paul Muni. THE LAST ANGRY MAN.

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  19. Gary says:

    I don’t recognize any of these folks. Shall I turn in my card?

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  20. Sylvia E. says:

    Friday – Paul Muni

    Looking forward to Saturday’s rundown and to finding out the name of Tuesday’s actress.

    This was fun. Thanks

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  21. Don Danard says:

    Paul Muni in “The Last Angry Man” on Friday.

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  22. Benito says:

    What a cast!

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