Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Aug. 24, 2019, Mystery Photo

This week’s movie was the 1949 Warner Bros. picture “Flaxy Martin,” with Virginia Mayo, Zachary Scott, Dorothy Malone, Tom D’Andrea, Helen Wescott, Douglas Kennedy, Elisha Cook Jr., Douglas Fowley and Monte Blue.

Written by David Lang, photographed by Carl Guthrie, art direction by Ted Smith, edited by Frank Magee, sound by Everett A. Brown, dialogue direction by John Maxwell, set decoration by Lyle B. Reifsnider, special effects by William McGann and Edwin DuPar, makeup by Perc Westmore, orchestrations by Charles Maxwell, music by William Lava.

Produced by Saul Elkins, directed by Richard Bare.

“Flaxy Martin” is available on DVD from Warner Archive.

The New York Times apparently did not review “Flaxy Martin,” and the Los Angeles Times dismissed it with a few lines – just the second half of a double bill with
“A Kiss in the Dark.” I had to dig down to the trades for a review, which is telling.

Harrison’s Reports said (Jan. 22, 1949):

This is a routine crime melodrama, offering nothing unusual in the way of plot development, but it should prove to be a fair entertainment for those who like the depiction of underworld activities. Following the formula set for pictures of this type, it has the usual quota of chases, gun battles and murders, all of which makes for a fair degree of excitement and suspense throughout. The story, however, is completely lacking in human interest, and none of the characters is sympathetic. The thing against the picture is the familiarity of the plot construction; any typical moviegoer should know in advance just how it will progress and end.

Aug. 19, 2019, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery woman. And, incredibly enough, she does not approve of such goings-on…

Update: This is Frances Morris.

Aug. 20, 2019, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, would you believe it? Our mystery guest does not approve of such goings-on. Even Back of the Head Guy doesn’t approve of such goings-on.

Update: This is Jack Overman.

Aug. 21, 2019, Mystery Photo
For Wednesday, we have a mystery woman. She’s smoking in bed, and we at the Daily Mirror HQ do not approve of such goings-on.

Update: This is Helen Westcott.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and both mystery guests), Don Danard (Tuesday’s mystery thug) and Mary Mallory (Tuesday’s mystery thug).

Aug. 22, 2019, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, our semi-mysterious guest does not approve of such goings-on.

Update: This is Douglas Fowley, the frazzled movie director in “Singin’ in the Rain.”

Aug. 22, 2019, Mystery Photo

We also have this even less mysterious mystery guest. With Wednesday’s mystery guest as Back of the Head Woman.

Update: This is Douglas Kennedy.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery woman), Jenny M. (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mystery thug and Wednesday’s mystery woman) and Sylvia E. (Tuesday’s mystery thug).

Aug. 23, 2019, Mystery Photo
For Friday, our non-mysterious gunman is about to discover he’s out of bullets.

Update: Elisha Cook Jr.

Aug. 23, 2019, Mystery Photo

Also for Friday, our non-mystery guests make their getaway.

Update: Zachary Scott and Dorothy Malone.

Aug. 23, 2019, Mystery Photo
And finally, our unmysterious leading lady definitely does not approve of such goings-on.

Update: Flaxy Martin (Virginia Mayo) regrets her evil ways.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests), David Inman (Thursday’s mystery detective), B.J. Merholz (mystery movie), Gary (Wednesday’s mystery floozy and Thursday’s mystery detective), Mary Mallory (mystery movie, Wednesday’s mystery floozy and Thursday’s mystery guests), Sylvia E. (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Don Danard (Thursday’s mystery detective) and Thom and Megan (mystery movie and Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests).

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

  1. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Virginia Brissac.


  2. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Claire Du Brey.


  3. Anne Papineau says:

    She reminds me very strongly of Patsy Kelly, but Patsy isn’t really in the Monday category.


  4. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    FORCE OF EVIL (1948)
    Monday: Esther Somers
    Tuesday: Jack Overman


  5. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Up another noir alley: FLAXY MARTIN (1949)
    Monday: Frances Morris


  6. Charles Kjelland says:

    Today looks like Joe Santos.


  7. Don Danard says:

    Today’s Mystery Man is Jack Overman. At least I think it is!!!!!


  8. Mary Mallory says:

    Jack Overman todaty.


  9. Mary Mallory says:

    FORCE OF EVIL, with Thomas Gomez as Back of the head guy.


  10. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Helen Westcott.


  11. Gary says:

    Kim Hunter. A Powell Pressburger flic?


  12. Jenny M says:

    Helen Westcott


  13. Jenny M says:

    Helen Westcott


  14. Jenny M says:

    Tuesday – Jack Overman
    Movie – Flaxy Martin


  15. Sylvia E. says:

    I think Tuesday’s guy is Jack Overman, but not sure.

    Still on the hunt.


  16. Sylvia E. says:

    And is Monday’s image of Minerva Urecal?


  17. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Douglas Fowley, Douglas Kennedy. I believe Monte Blue stands behind Fowley.


  18. David Inman says:

    Douglas Fowley today. Other than that, I got nothing.


  19. B.J. Merholz says:

    They all are in Flaxy Martin.


  20. Gary says:

    Perhaps she is Helen Westscott who I always think is someone else. And Douglas Fowley for Thursday.


  21. Benito says:

    Walter Abel today?


  22. Mary Mallory says:

    FLAXY MARTIN. Leah Baird Monday, Dorothy Malone Wednesday, Douglas Fowley and Doug Kennedy today.


  23. Mary Mallory says:

    Helen Westcott Wednesday and BOTH today.


  24. Diane Ely says:

    John Boles (in the hat) on Thursday?


  25. Sylvia says:


    The movie is “Flaxy Martin” 1949
    Mon. – my ‘guess #2’ is Frances Morris
    Tues – Jack Overman
    Wed – Helen Wescott
    Thur – Douglas Kennedy and Douglas Fowley (I think)
    Fri – will bring either Elisha Cook Jr. and Tom D’Andrea and/or our headliners: Zachary Scott, Virginia Mayo, Dorothy Malone

    What a storyline! Looking forward to Saturday’s breakdown.


  26. Don Danard says:

    It’s Doug or Douglas Fowley on Thursday.


  27. tucsonbarbara says:

    Thursday’s #2 guest looks like Neil Hamilton.


  28. Thom and Megan says:

    Our movie is Flaxy Martin with Helen Westcott for Wednesday, Jack Overman for Tuesday, and Douglas Fowley and Douglas Kennedy for today.


  29. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Elisha Cook, Jr.
    Zachary Scott and Dorothy Malone
    Virginia Mayo


  30. Gary says:

    Ah, yes, Flaxy Martin. With Zachery, Virginia, Dot Malone and Elisha Cook Jr…one of my favorite character actors…He once played Marilyn Monroe’s brother. Cousin? Uncle?


  31. Mary Mallory says:

    Elisha Cook Jr., Zachary Scott, Dorothy Malone, and Virginia Mayo today. Frances MOrris Monday.


  32. Anne Papineau says:

    Flaxy Martin. And I didn’t even recognize Zachary Scott.


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