Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Green Fire

This week’s mystery movie was the 1954 MGM picture “Green Fire,” with Stewart Granger, Grace Kelly, Paul Douglas, John Ericson, Murvyn Vye and Jose Torvay.

Written for the screen by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts. Music by Miklos Rozsa. Photographed in Eastman Color, photographed by Paul Vogel, art direction by Cedric Gibbons and Malcolm Brown, edited by Harold F. Kress, color consultant Alvord Eiseman, assistant director Joel Freeman, lyrics for theme song “Green Fire” by Jack Brooks, recording supervisor Wesley C. Miller, set decorations by Edwin B. Wilis and Ralph Hurst, special effects by A. Arnold Gillespie and Warren Newcombe, Grace Kelly’s costumes by Helen Rose, hairstyles by Sydney Guilaroff, makeup by William Tuttle. Produced by Armand Deutsch. Directed by Andrew Marton.

“Green Fire” is available on DVD from Warner Archive.

Mary Mallory also has a book on Grace Kelly, “Living With Grace.”

“Green Fire” was made during a busy year for Grace Kelly. She told the New York Times: “I finished ‘Green Fire’ one morning at 11, went into the dubbing room at 1 and at 6 I left for France to make ‘To Catch a Thief.’ And I had only 10 days of rest between ‘The Bridges of Toko-Ri’ and ‘Country Girl.’ ”

Viewing the film in 2019, it seems like an old chestnut with a “by the numbers” script from the 1950s, when the studios were trying in vain to compete with television by producing wide-screen epics filmed in exotic locations. The cast and crew faced a number of challenges in filming in Colombia, according to news accounts of the time.

Of course some scenes involved movie trickery, like this establishing shot.

Aug. 3, 2019, Green Fire
And then there is the ghastly theme song, “Green Fire,” because in the 1950s, every movie, especially after “High Noon,” had to try for a hit theme song. “Green Fire” is almost as inane as the theme song to “Home Before Dark,” which is saying something.

That routine “by the numbers” script by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts? Why, yes, they wrote “White Heat.” They were also responsible for the clever TV series “The Rogues” (at least I remember it being clever), before unleashing “Charlie’s Angeles” on the world. They later reunited to write the notorious 1981 disaster “The Legend of the Lone Ranger.” Roberts died in 1984; Goff died in 1999.

Writing in the New York Times (Dec. 25, 1954), Bosley Crowther said:

In “Green Fire,” which Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer delivered to the Mayfair yesterday to add an appropriate spot of color to the holiday cinema fare, the boys have got themselves a lurid and generally engrossing adventure film, all about emerald mining in Colombia – and also about a fellow and a girl. In CinemaScope and Eastman Color, it looks particularly good.

The fellow, played by Stewart Granger, is a tough mining engineer who is bent upon snatching those beautiful emeralds from the heart of a mountain and will let nothing interfere. And the girl, played by lovely Grace Kelly, is the owner of a coffee plantation not too far away. She is bent upon staying in the coffee business, and likewise means to let nothing interfere.

July 29, 2019, Mystery Photo
For Monday, we have a mystery woman. She approves of such goings-on.

Update: This is Charlita. There are better shots of her in the movie, but they all show up on a Google image search. She’s also in “Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla,” which is not in the Daily Mirror vault – as yet, anyway.

July 30, 2019, Mystery Photo

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

Update: This is Nacho Galindo

Brain Trust roll call: Sylvia E. (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery woman).

July 31, 2019, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have this mystery guest….

Update: This is Rico Alaniz.

July 31, 2019, Mystery Photo

… also this mysterious padre. The leading lady has been cropped out due to her insufficient mysteriousness. She will appear Friday.

Update: This is Robert Tafur.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests) and Sylvia E. (Tuesday’s mystery guest).

Aug. 1, 2019, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, we have a mystery gent in a fedora…. and Back of the Head Guy.

Update: This is Stewart Granger (BOTHG) and Paul Douglas.

Aug. 1, 2019, Mystery Photo

We also have this mystery gent. The leading lady has been cropped out due to her lack of mysteriousness. She will appear Friday.

Update: This is John Ericson.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery priest) and Sylvia E. (Wednesday’s mystery guests).

Aug. 2, 2019, Mystery Photo

And for Friday, our leading lady and leading man.

Update: Our leads, Grace Kelly and Stewart Granger. There are better shots of them in the film, but they all show up in a Google image search.

Brain Trust roll call: Tucson Barbara (mystery movie, Wednesday’s mystery padre, Thursday’s mystery guests), Mary Mallory (mystery movie, Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests, Wednesday’s mystery padre and Thursday’s mystery guests and BOTHG), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests), Lorenzo (Thursday’s mystery guest No. 1), Jenny M. (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guests), Floyd Thursby (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guests), Sylvia E. (Thursday’s mystery guests, BOTHG and unmysterious cropped-out leading lady) and Thom and Megan (mystery movie, Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests, Wednesday’s mystery padre and Thursday’s mystery guests).

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

  1. Don Danard says:

    Well, she does look like Anne Bancroft.


  2. Carol Gwenn says:

    Connie Francis?


  3. Sylvia E. says:

    Because it’s a Monday and there is the clue of the map of Colombia in the background, I’m going to make a guess just for the fun of it:

    Green Fire 1954 is my guess for the movie.
    Monday’s drama queen I’m going to guess is Carlita.

    If any of the above I will be absolutely floored, since this would make 3 puzzles in a row that I hit the jackpot on, on a Monday.


  4. Don Danard says:

    Well, she does resemble Anne Bancroft does’t she?


  5. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Monday: Charlita in GREEN FIRE
    Tuesday: Nacho Galindo


  6. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    On second thought, Monday’s beauty is Lillian Molieri.


  7. Lorenzo says:

    Tuesday’s guest reminds me of Jerry Colonna.


  8. Charles Kjelland says:

    Jerry Colonna today in one of the “Road” pictures?


  9. Sylvia E. says:

    Correcting my spelling for Monday’s drama queen: Charlita
    Tuesday brings us Nacho Galindo, yes?


  10. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Jose Torvay, Robert Tafur


  11. Sylvia E. says:

    For Wednesday, I think the first photo is Rico Alaniz, but I’m not sure.
    Photo #2 is Robert Tafur. The non-mysterious and “therefore cropped out” person is Grace Kelly who will appear Friday (I assume with Stewart Granger and Paul Douglas.)

    Thursday, I’m guessing will have John Ericson and Murvyn Vye.

    I’m looking forward to the ‘all is revealed’ Saturday breakdown.


  12. tucsonbarbara says:

    “Green Fire”

    Robert Tafur, H.M. Wynant, Paul Douglas, John Ericson


  13. Mary Mallory says:

    GREEN FIRE. Doh. It’s the Grace Kelly film I haven’t seen, and the map on Monday is a big clue. Charlita Monday, Nacho Galindo Tuesday, Murvyn Vye and Jose Tovey Wednesday, Roberto Tafur as the monk Wednesday, Paul Douglas with back of the head guy Stewart Granger, and John Erickson today, leaving “Living with Grace” cover girl for tomorrow.


  14. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Wednesday: Paul Marion
    Thursday: Stewart Granger, Paul Douglas, John Ericson


  15. Lorenzo says:

    Thursday’s first mystery guest appears to be Paul Douglas.


  16. Lorenzo says:

    Wednesday’s cleric reminds me of Henry Darrow also from the series High Chaparral.


  17. H says:

    Is it Karyn Kupcinet?


  18. Lorenzo says:

    Wednesday’s cleric appears to Henry Darrow of the High Chaparral series. Thursday’s first guest is Paul Douglas.


  19. Jenny M says:

    Paul Douglas and John Ericson in Green Fire.


  20. Floyd Thursby says:

    Thursday is Paul Douglas and John Ericson in “Green Fire.”


  21. Sylvia E. says:

    Thursday brings a very serious, mosquito-net enclosed, Paul Douglas in his fedora, listening to BOTHG, Stewart Granger. Photo #2 is John Ericson looking at OS Grace Kelly (his screen sister.)


  22. Thom and Megan says:

    Our movie is Green Fire, with Charlita for Monday, Nacho Galindo for Tuesday, Robert Tafur as the priest, and Paul Douglas and John Ericson for Thursday.


  23. LC says:

    Green Fire (1954) w/Stewart Granger, Grace Kelly, Paul Douglas, …


  24. tucsonbarbara says:

    Grace Kelly and Stewart Granger


  25. Mary Mallory says:

    Grace Kelly and Mr. Granger in view today.


  26. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Stewart Granger, Grace Kelly.


  27. Charles Kjelland says:

    After Friday’s pictures, it has to be Green Fire, Stewart Granger, Grace Kelly, Paul Douglas etal.


  28. Gary says:

    I have no memory of there having been a film starring Stewart Granger and Grace Kelly. In fact I can’t even imagine wanting to see one. But then I was never a Grace fan.


  29. Sue Slutzky says:

    Green Fire, 1954 Monday: Charlita, Tuesday: Nacho Galindo?, Wednesday: José Torvay? and Robert Tafur, Thursday: Paul Douglas and John Ericson, Friday: Grace Kelly and Stewart Granger.


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