Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Oct. 5, 2019, Red Lily
This week’s mystery movie was the 1924 MGM picture “The Red Lily.” The new credits list “an original story written and directed by Fred Niblo.” Modern credits: Ramon Novarro, Enid Bennett (note: Niblo’s wife), Frank Currier, Mitchell Lewis, Risita Marstini, Sydney Franklin, Wallace Beery, George Nichols, Emily Fitzroy, George Periolat, Rosemary Theby, Milla Davenport, Gibson Gowland and Dick Sutherland.

Scenarist was Beth Meredyth, photography by Victor Milner, scenic architect was Ben Carre, edited by Lloyd Nosler, assistant director Doran Cox. Original score by Scott Salinas.

The 1924 New York Times review provides the following credits: Enid Bennett, Ramon Novarro, Wallace Beery, Frank Currier, Rosemary Theby, Mitchell Lewis, Emily Fitzroy, George Periolat, Milly (cq) Davenport, Dick Sutherland, Gibson Gowland and George Nichols, adapted from Anatole France’s story, directed by Fred Niblo; overture, introduction and march from “Le Coq d’Or”; “Neapolitan Fancy”; “I Am a Parisian” by Frank Moulan.

“The Red Lily” is available on DVD from Warner Archive.

I let a random number generator select the year for this week’s mystery movie, which is how we got 1924. The year is not terribly well-represented in the Daily Mirror vaults, and the result was “The Red Lily,” a “mellerdrammer” of a silent film if there ever was one.

The anonymous critic for the New York Times (Sept. 29, 1924), however, loved this film:

Charles Chaplin’s influence even over as clever a director as Fred Niblo is apparent in the latter’s dramatic picture “The Red Lily,” which is sure to thrill and please many persons who see it at the Capitol this week. To us it is one of the outstanding film efforts of the season. The acting of the players is beyond reproach and the various situations are worked out with stirring suspense. One senses through this photo-drama the fact that it is obviously inspired by a French writer.

… Miss Bennett gives one of the most remarkable performances ever seen on the screen in this production. Disappointment and despair are written on her wistful face and she is just as able in her portrayal of the woman who would starve rather than disappoint the man she loved. Mr. Novarro, young though he may be, triumphs as the steadfast and temporarily disappointed sweetheart. Mr. Beery is, as usual, thoroughly capable as Bobo, for whom he elicits sympathy in the latter chapter. The others in the cast fill their roles efficiently.

Those who like a good story will find this is a picture which will tug on their heartstrings.

Sept. 30, 2019, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery chef. He approves of such goings-on.

Update: This is Sidney Franklin, who plays the husband of Madame Charpide (as rendered in the titles; Charpied in IMDB).

Oct. 1, 2019, Mystery Photo
This is the mystery woman who is the subject of our mystery chef’s ogling.  She does not approve of such goings-on.

Update: This is Marcelle Corday. Compare her legs (the object of Franklin’s ogling) with the much-ogled legs of Mary Duncan eight years later in “State’s Attorney.” Changing ideas of beauty? A topic for another day.



For Wednesday, we have a mystery chap. He approves of certain goings-on. Our leading lady has been cropped out due to her lack of mysteriousness.

Update: This is the uncropped image, showing Enid Bennett and Gibson Gowland.

Oct.3, 2019, Mystery Photo

For “Aha Thursday,” we have a not terribly mysterious gent engaged in his usual disreputable behavior.

Update: This is Wallace Beery.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery gent), Tucson Barbara (Wednesday’s mystery gent), Thom and Megan (Wednesday’s mystery gent), Sue Slutzky (Wednesday’s mystery gent), James Curtis (Wednesday’s mystery gent) and Sheila (Wednesday’s mystery gent).

Oct. 4, 2019, Mystery Photo

And for Friday, our distraught mystery leading man prays for the recovery of our mystery leading lady.

Update: This is Ramon Novarro and Enid Bennett.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mystery woman and Thursday’s disreputable gent), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests), Sue Slutzky (mystery movie and Thursday’s mysterious disreputable gent), Tucson Barbara (Thursday’s mysterious disreputable gent), Anne Papineau (Thursday’s mysterious disreputable gent), Benito (Thursday’s mysterious disreputable gent), Sylvia E. (mystery movie and Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests) and Thom and Megan (mystery movie and Thursday’s disreputable mystery guest).

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

  1. Benito says:

    Dub Taylor? Nice hat


  2. Sylvia E. says:

    It’s Monday and for no other reason than that this image seems to be from a silent movie that has scenes set in a Russian ship’s galley (and because we had the ‘other’ William Boyd in a recent puzzle, so maybe you’re being tricky and having a “Hop-A-Long” Boyd movie this time,) I’m going to guess The Volga Boatman 1926.

    This is way too early in the week for me, but why not.

    I’m sure Howard will recognize it by Tuesday.


  3. Mary Mallory says:

    Juanita Hansen.


  4. B.J. Merholz says:

    Maybe Anna Christie, 1927.


  5. Anne Papineau says:

    On Tuesday, former longtime Carmel-by-the-Sea resident Jean Arthur? It’s a guess anyway.


  6. Mary Mallory says:

    Gibson Gowland in GREED.


  7. tucsonbarbara says:

    What I know about silent movies could fit on the head of a pin. Having said that, I’ll guess Wednesday’s gent is Gibson Gowland.


  8. Thom and Megan says:

    Gibson Gowland for today, not sure which movie yet.


  9. Sue Slutzky says:

    Is Wednesday’s guest Gibson Gowland?


  10. Sheila says:

    Gibson Gowland for Wednesday.


  11. Anne Papineau says:

    My two cents: Are Monday’s and Wednesday’s mystery chap one and the same, or brothers?


  12. Mary Mallory says:

    Wallace Beery and THE RED LILY. Enid Bennett is totally unmysterious? I think a lot of these people will disagree with you. Marcelle Corday Tuesday. I hope you can get John George in there. Hollywood Heritage will be presenting a program on Fred Niblo next year.


  13. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    THE RED LILY (1924)
    Wednesday: Gibson Gowland
    Thursday: Wallace Beery


  14. tucsonbarbara says:

    Thursday’s guy is Wallace Beery.


  15. Sue Slutzky says:

    Thursday: Wallace Beery. The movie is The Red Lily.


  16. Anne Papineau says:

    Wallace Beery Yo Ho!


  17. Benito says:

    A Menacing Wallace Beery today


  18. Sylvia E. says:

    Aha Thursday strikes (I think) again with a young Wallace Beery.

    Don’t know the film, or the other actors yet. Workin’ on it.


  19. Thom and Megan says:

    Our mystery movie is The Red Lily, with Wallace Beery for today.


  20. Sylvia E. says:

    The Red Lily 1924
    Mon. – still searching
    Tues. – Marcelle Corday (I think)
    Weds. – Gibson Gowland (I think) – not sure who the woman is who is cropped for lack of mysteriousness
    Thurs. – Wallace Beery

    It’s funny, but last week’s film made me think of “Greed” and here is Mr. Gowland.


  21. Mary Mallory says:

    Ramon Novarro and Enid Bennett today.


  22. tucsonbarbara says:

    Ramon Novarro and Enid Bennett for Friday. So I think the movie is “The Red Lily.”


  23. Sue Slutzky says:

    Friday: Ramon Novarro and Enid Bennett.


  24. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Ramon Novarro, Enid Bennett.


  25. Sylvia E. says:

    Since this is Friday, and I found a photo where he shows similar dimples and eyebrows, I’m going to hazard a guess that Monday’s guy is Mitchell Lewis. If it’s not him, I look forward to learning who our mystery chef is in Saturday’s breakdown. What a very serious story line in this film.

    Friday – Ramon Navarro and Enid Bennett


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