Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

July 13, 2019, Crime Doctor's Diary.

This week’s mystery movie was the 1949 Columbia picture “The Crime Doctor’s Diary,” with Warner Baxter, Stephen Dunne, Lois Maxwell, Adele Jergens, Robert Armstrong, Don Beddoe and Whit Bissell.

Screenplay by Edward Anhalt, story by David Dressler and Edward Anhalt, based on the radio program “Crime Doctor” by Max Marcin. Photography by Vincent Farrar, art direction by Harold MacArthur, editing by Jerome Thoms, set decoration by George Montgomery, musical direction by Mischa Bakaleinikoff. Produced by Rudolph C. Flothow,  directed by Seymour Friedman.

“The Crime Doctor’s Diary” is available on DVD on the gray market.

Here is 30 seconds of “My Little Brass French Horn.” Can you stand it?

July 8, 2019, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery gent. And, as incredible as it may seem, he does not approve of such goings-on.

Update: This is Billy Nelson.

July 9, 2019, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Nancy Valentine (as seen in “-30-”) in her film debut.

July 10, 2019, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have a mystery woman who approves of stripes!

Update: This is Adele Jergens.

July 10, 2019, Mystery Photo
And we have Oh Him.

Update: This is Don Beddoe.

July 11, 2019, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, we have this mystery woman.

This is Claire Carleton.

July 11, 2019, Mystery Photo
And this mystery gent.

Update: This is Robert Armstrong.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery Oh Him), Sue Slutzky (Wednesday’s mystery Oh Him), B.J. Merholz (Wednesday’s mystery Oh Him), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Gary (Wednesday’s mystery woman), David Inman (Wednesday’s mystery Oh Him), Jenny M. (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Don Danard (Wednesday’s mystery guests), Thom and Megan (mystery movie and all mystery guests) and Sylvia E. (Wednesday’s Oh Him).

Warning: This week’s mystery movie has a plot device of an incredibly annoying – and very catchy – song. Hint: It involves the word “toot.”

For Friday, we have our semi-mysterious leading lady.

Update: This is Lois Maxwell (yes, Miss Moneypenny). She was originally cast in “The Lone Wolf and His Lady,” but replaced by June Vincent and put in “Crime Doctor’s Diary.”

July 12, 2019, Mystery Photo

Here is our non-mysterious tunesmith singing the annoying little number that runs through this movie. Toot! Toot!

Update: This is Whit Bissell.

July 12, 2019, Mystery Photo

And also this non-mysterious gent. Look at those lapels!

Update: This is Warner Baxter.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Chrisbo (Thursday’s mystery jungle explorer), Benito (Thursday’s mystery jungle explorer) and Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests).

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

  1. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Jack Lambert.


  2. B.J. Merholz says:

    I don’t know…I’ve probably got the wrong man and the wrong race, but I’m guessing James Millican.


  3. Sylvia E. says:

    Hmmm….I think Monday’s guy is playing a bartender. Still on the hunt.


  4. Don Danard says:

    My only comment is “I have no idea!!”


  5. Mary Mallory says:

    Lyn Wilde.


  6. Gary says:

    Harlow Wilcox and Barbara Pepper.


  7. Jenny M says:

    Beverly Michaels


  8. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Monday: Frank Hyers


  9. Mary Mallory says:

    Doe Beddoe.


  10. Sue Slutzky says:

    Wednesday: Don Beddoe


  11. B.J. Merholz says:

    Don Beddoe


  12. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Monday: Billy Nelson in The Crime Doctor’s Diary (1949)
    Tuesday: Nancy Valentine
    Wednesday: Adele Jergens, Don Beddoe


  13. Gary says:

    Adele Jergens and …uh…


  14. David Inman says:

    Don Beddoe today.


  15. Jenny M says:

    Adele Jergens and Don Debbie in The Crime Doctor’s Diary.


  16. Don Danard says:

    Latest entries…..Adele Jergens and Don Beddoe.


  17. Thom and Megan says:

    Our movie is The Crime Doctor’s Diary, with Adele Jergens and Don Beddoe for today, and Billy Nelson for Monday, and maybe Nancy Valentine for Tuesday.


  18. Sylvia E. says:

    I think Wednesday’s ‘Oh him’ guy is Don Beddoe.

    Still on the hunt.


  19. Mary Mallory says:

    CRIME DOCTOR’S DIARY. Billy Nelson Monday, Nancy Valentine Tuesday, Adele Jergens Wednesday, Claire Carleton and Robert Armstrong today. I hope we also get Whit Bissell!


  20. Chrisbo says:

    Well, that’s Robert (Carl Denham/ Max O’Hara) Armstrong on Thursday, but as to which one of his 160+ films, I cannot hazard a guess.


  21. Bruce Reznick says:

    Is Wednesday Frank Nelson? (Oh him, oh yes?)


  22. Benito says:

    Late career Robert Armstrong, of King Kong fame. Guessing its GIRL WITH AN ITCH 1958, but maybe thats RASH …


  23. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Claire Carlton, Robert Armstrong.


  24. Mary Mallory says:

    Lois Maxwell, Whit Bissell (yay!), and good old Warner Baxter.


  25. Gary says:

    Warner Baxter in The Crime Doctor something. The others remain semi mysterious. Familiar, but semi mysterious.


  26. Don Danard says:

    Whit Bissell (what a great name) and Warner Baxter today.


  27. Sylvia E. says:

    Movie – The Crime Doctor’s Diary 1949
    Mon. – Billy Nelson
    Tues. – not sure which ‘operator’ this is, but I think it’s Nancy Valentine
    Weds. – Adele Jergens / Don Beddoe
    Thurs. – The woman, I think, is Claire Carleton / Mystery man is Robert Armstrong
    Fri. – Lois Maxwell, Whit Bissell (the key for me) and Warner Baxter.

    The tune is “A Little Brass French Horn” according to IMDB. I also found a nice story summary at the immortalephemora web site.
    Looking forward to Saturday’s breakdown.



  28. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Lois Maxwell, Whit Bissell, Warner Baxter.


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