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?
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.
For Tuesday, we have a mystery woman.
Update: This is Nancy Valentine (as seen in “-30-”) in her film debut.
For Wednesday, we have a mystery woman who approves of stripes!
Update: This is Adele Jergens.
And we have Oh Him.
Update: This is Don Beddoe.
For Thursday, we have this mystery woman.
This is Claire Carleton.
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.”
Here is our non-mysterious tunesmith singing the annoying little number that runs through this movie. Toot! Toot!
Update: This is Whit Bissell.
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).