Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Beyond Tomorrow
This week’s mystery movie was the 1940 film “Beyond Tomorrow” with Charles Winninger, Richard Carlson, Maria Ouspenskaya, Jean Parker, Helen Vinson, C. Aubrey Smith, Harry Carey, Alex Melesh, Rod La Rocque, J. Anthony Hughes, Robert Homans, Virginia McMullen, James Bush and William Bakewell.

Screenplay by Adele Comandini, associate producer; original story by Mildred Cram and Adele Comandini.

Music by Frank Tours, production manager Joseph H. Nadel, edited by Otto Ludwig. Song “It’s Raining Dreams” by Harold Spina and Charles Newman, art direction by Stephen Goosson, photography by Lester White, sound by William Wilmarth.

Interior decorations by Babs Johnstone, assistant director Robert Stillman, casting director Jack Murton, gowns by Edwina, publicity by Hal Hall, chief electrician James Potevin, special effects by Ned Mann and Jack Cosgrove, montage by Howard Anderson.

Produced by Lee Garmes. Directed by A. Edward Sutherland.

“Beyond Tomorrow” has lapsed into public domain and prints are available from a number of vendors, including TCM and Amazon (which even has a colorized version!), as well as online at and YouTube. It will also air on TCM on Dec. 24.

I usually avoid seasonal themes for the mystery movies, but one of my favorite writers on film, Farran Nehme, mentioned that she had never seen “Beyond Tomorrow” and that was good enough for me. Although this print was restored for the National Film Museum, the images are still murky and blotchy.

Film Daily (Sept. 30, 1940) said:

Unusual supernatural theme is effectively carried out by a fine cast.

Dealing with the supernatural, this picture has an unusual theme that should prove of interest to most audiences. In addition, it has a very fine cast that does a workmanlike job. Although there are no big names in the cast, there are a number of well-known names that can be used on marquees and the supernatural theme of the film also lends itself readily to exploitation.

Writing in the New York Times (Sept. 27, 1940), Bosley Crowther did not entirely approve of such goings-on.

We’ve never had any particular grudge against ghosts, but we’re rapidly developing one. That goes too for the scenarists who insist on calling forth shades from the Stygian night. For when the ghosts come in, the plot usually goes out the window, and after that a mere film reviewer is apt to be as confused as if he were sitting at a seance with levitation tables, blurred apparitions and sepulchral voices. Take “Beyond Tomorrow,” which opened yesterday at the Palace. For its first half it is a latter-day Christmas carol, told with a gamin tenderness and warming as a hot toddy. But when its three elderly good Samaritans return from a plane crash as celluloid chimeras, its mystical peregrinations are more preposterous than moving.

So long as the story concerns itself with Christmas Eve, the three old codgers who toss their wallets into the snow in hope of finding company for dinner, and of the lonely boy and girl who return two of them, the film has charm and poignance. But when the scenarists don metaphysician’s robes the boy becomes a famous radio signer and falls under the sway of the usual enchantress. The three old men, now literally ghosts of their former selves, labor frantically to save the happiness of the youngsters before each of them receives his respective summons from the “great beyond.”

Dec. 16, 2019, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery gent.

Update: This is Hank Worden.

Dec. 17, 2019, Mystery Photo

Dec. 17, 2019, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have a mysterious police officer. He grudgingly approves of such goings-on.

Update: This is Robert Homans.

Brain Trust roll call: Skretvedt (Monday’s mystery guest), Michael Ryerson (Monday’s mystery guest), Howard Mandelbaum (Monday’s mystery guest), Jenny M. (Monday’s mystery guest), Chrisbo (Monday’s mystery guest), Benito (Monday’s mystery guest, E. Yarber (Monday’s mystery guest), Floyd Thursby (Monday’s mystery guest) and Sylvia E. (Monday’s mystery guest).

Dec. 18, 2019, Mystery Photo

For Wednesday, we have a mystery woman making her second appearance this year as a mystery guest, in an impressive chapeau. She approves of such goings-on, but whether the other characters approve of her is not so certain.

Update: This is Helen Vinson.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie and Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests), Sylvia E. (mystery movie and Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests) and Thom and Megan (Tuesday’s mystery police sergeant).

Dec. 19, 2019,. Mystery Photo

For “Aha Thursday,” Wednesday’s mystery woman has a mysterious companion.

Update: This is Rod La Rocque and Helen Vinson.

Dec. 19. 2019, Mystery Photo
We also have a mystery woman who does not approve of such goings-on.

Update: This is Maria Ouspenskaya.

Dec. 19, 2019, Mystery Photo

And finally, a couple of somewhat transparent mystery guests.

Update: This is C. Aubrey Smith and William Bakewell.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery woman), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie, Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Anne Papineau (Wednesday’s mystery woman) and Sylvia E. (Wednesday’s mystery woman).

Dec. 20, 2019, Mystery Photo

For Friday, we have this mystery guest.

Update: This is Charles Wininger.

Dec. 20, 2019, Mystery Photo

He’s one of a trio of mystery gents, along with Thursday’s mystery gent No. 2

Update: This is C. Aubrey Smith, Harry Carey and Charles Wininger.

Dec. 20, 2019, Mystery Photo

Along with our mysterious leading lady.

Update: This is Jean Parker.

Dec. 20. 2019, Mystery Photo

And our mysterious leading man.

Update: This is Richard Carlson.

Brain Trust roll call: Tucson Barbara (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery guests), Floyd Thursby (mystery movie and Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests), Chrisbo (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guests), David Inman (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guests), Sheila (mystery movie and Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guest), B.J. Merholz (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guests), Gary (Monday’s mystery guest), Anne Papineau (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guests), Benito (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guests), Sue Slutzky (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Sylvia E. (Thursday’s mystery guests) and Megan and Thom (mystery movie and all mystery guests).

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

  1. skretvedt1958 says:

    Looks like a younger Hank Worden, best remembered as “Old Mose” in “The Searchers.”


  2. Hank Worden. A real cowboy.


  3. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Hank Worden.


  4. B.J. Merholz says:

    Douglas Spencer


  5. Jenny M says:

    Hank Worden


  6. Chrisbo says:

    Is that Hank Worden?


  7. Benito says:

    G-g-guess it’s Hank Worden, a John Ford Stock Company fave


  8. E. Yarber says:

    Hank Worden?


  9. Floyd Thursby says:

    Mr. Monday looks like Hank Worden to me.


  10. Anne Papineau says:

    I, too, thought George Chandler, for what that’s worth at this point.


  11. Sylvia E. says:

    Monday’s image looks like Hank Worden. Will keep hunting.


  12. Mary Mallory says:

    Hank Worden in COVER UP, which is set at Christmas.


  13. Mary Mallory says:

    Actually Beyond Tomorrow with Hank Worden and Robert Homans.


  14. Chrisbo says:

    James Flavin Tuesday?


  15. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Cliff Clark in “Cross-Country Romance” (1940).


  16. Sylvia E. says:

    Beyond Tomorrow 1940

    Monday – Hank Worden
    Tuesday – Robert Homans (giving a wink and a nod to an off-screen horseback ride)

    This movie hits a number of soft spots for me: C. Aubrey Smith, Maria Ouspenskaya, Harry Carey, Christmas season movies, ‘helpful ghost’ love stories…I’ll stop now.

    Thanks for choosing this one. Looking forward to the rest of the week and the Saturday breakdown.


  17. Thom and Megan says:

    Today’s guest is Robert Homans.


  18. Mary Mallory says:

    Helen Vinson.


  19. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Tuesday: Robert Homans
    Wednesday: Helen Vinson


  20. Anne Papineau says:

    On Wednesday, Helen Vinson


  21. Diane Ely says:

    Wednesday kind of looks like Sonja Henie.


  22. Sylvia E. says:

    Wednesday is Helen Vinson (she of many, many sins – even at the start, she keeps ‘the wallet’ she found – linking her to the ‘dark hearted’ future ghost played by Harry Carey.) Is her ex-husband (played by James Bush) making an appearance later? I thought he really did a good job with his role, angry and sad at the same time.


  23. tucsonbarbara says:

    “Beyond Tomorrow”

    Monday – Hank Worden
    Tuesday – Robert Homans
    Wednesday – Helen Vinson
    Thursday – Rod La Rocque,Maria Ouspenskaya, William Bakewell, C. Aubrey Smith


  24. Mary Mallory says:

    The extra check didn’t come up. Rod LaRocque and Vinson, Maria Ouspenskaya, William Bakewell, and C. Aubrey Smith.


  25. Floyd Thursby says:

    For Wednesday we have Helen Vinson; for Thursday, Maria Ouspenskaya looking younger than usual with C. Aubrey Smith and William Bakewell. The movie is “Beyond Tomorrow.”


  26. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Rod La Rocque, Helen Vinson; Maria Ouspenskaya; William Bakewell, C. Aubrey Smith.


  27. Chrisbo says:

    Maria Ouspenskaya and C. Aubrey Smith in Beyond Tomorrow


  28. David Inman says:

    Maria Ouspenskaya and C. Aubrey Smith today, making this “Beyond Tomorrow.”


  29. Sheila says:

    Robert Homans, Helen Vinson, Rod La Roque, C. Aubrey Smith in ‘Beyond Tomorrow’.


  30. B.J. Merholz says:

    The only movie I can come with both Maria and C. Aubrey is Beyond Tomorrow.


  31. Gary says:

    Monday is Hank Worden. Greetings from Mexico.


  32. Anne Papineau says:

    Maria Ouspenskaya and C. Aubrey Smith: Must be “Beyond Tomorrow”


  33. Benito says:

    Maria Ouspenskaya and C. Aubrey Smith. BEYOND TOMORROW 1940?


  34. Sue Slutzky says:

    The movie is “Beyond Tomorrow.” Monday: Hank Worden; Tuesday: Robert Homans; Wed: Helen Vinson; Thurs: Rod La Rocque, C. Aubrey Smith and William Bakewell. The rest of the cast: Harry Carey, Charles Winninger, Jean Parker and Richard Carlson. It’s kind of an odd movie.


  35. Sylvia E. says:


    Helen (she of dubious character) again, this time with Rod La Rocque, her show producer
    A mournful Maria Ouspenskaya
    Ghostly son, William Bakewell with his now ghostly papa, C. Aubrey Smith

    Again, I’m so glad you picked this one.


  36. Megan and Thom says:

    This week’s movie is Beyond Tomorrow with Hank Worden on Monday, Helen Vinson on Wednesday and on Thursday with Rod LaRocque. Also on Thursday we have Maria Ouspenskaya, C Aubrey Smith and Harry Carey.


  37. Mary Mallory says:

    A young Charles Winninger, who visits with Harry Carey and a seated C. Aubrey Smith, with Jean Parker and Richard Carlson.


  38. tucsonbarbara says:

    Charles Winninger, C. Aubrey Smith, Harry Carey, Jean Parker, Richard Carlson


  39. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Charles Winninger; C. Aubrey Smith, Harry Carey, Winninger; Jean Parker; Richard Carlson.


  40. Sylvia E. says:

    Friday brings Charles Winninger, holding his cigarette music box contraption. Mr. Winninger again with C. Aubrey Smith and Harry Carey. Jean Parker, followed by her future sweetheart in the tale, Richard Carlson.

    This was a fun one. I’m so glad you broke your usual rule about holiday movies.


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