Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)


This week’s mystery movie was the 1964 picture “The Last Man on Earth,” with Vincent Price, Franca Bettoia, Emma Danieli, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Umberto Rau, Christi Courtland, Tony Corevi and Hector Ribotta.

Photographed by Franco Delli Colli, edited by Gene Ruggiero, production manager Vico Vaccaro, assistant director Carlo Grandone, assistant production manager Lionello Meucci, art direction by Giorgio Giovanni, makeup by Piero Mecacci. Music composed by Paul Sawtell and Bert Shefter, orchestration by Alfonso d’Artega, music editor Norman Schwartz.

Screenplay by Logan Swanson and William F. Leicester from the novel “I Am Legend” by Richard Matheson. Produced by Robert L. Lippert, associate producer Harold E. Knox. Directed by Sidney Salkow.

Associated Producers Inc. in conjunction with Produzioni La Regina.

“The Last Man on Earth” is available on DVD from TCM.

I wanted to do an pandemic/end of the world movie, but which one? After a bit of research I settled on “The Last Man on Earth,” which posed unexpected challenges because almost every frame of the film is scanned an online. I haven’t read the book, but I’ll have to put it on my reading list after the curious (to me, anyway) ending of the film. Aha! A scan of the book shows a somewhat different ending.

July 18, Mystery Photo
Even this seemingly obscure image of Vincent Price’s woodworking double making a vampire stake is online. Most annoying.

July 13, 2020, Mystery Photo

This week’s mystery movie is going to be extremely challenging – for me, because nearly every frame of the film is available via Google image search. But not this one. Half a second earlier and you would have seen our leading man in the shot. But not today, friends. Not today.

Update: This is the HQ of vampire killer Mooorrrrgannnn (Vincent Price). Notice the strands of garlic and the mirror (vampires can’t stand their reflections, don’t you know?)

July 14, 2020, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have this plot point. There are much better images in our mystery movie, but Google image search is being particularly annoying about this film.

Update: This is the map Mooorrggannnn uses to check off where he’s looked for vampires.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie) and Blackwing Jenny (mystery movie).

July 15, 2020, Mystery Photo

For “Hm Wednesday,” we have some mystery children from the “before times.”

Update: In a flashback, Moorrrgannnnn recalls his daughter’s birthday party. This is Christi Courtland.

July 15, 2020, Mystery Photo

Also in the “before times,” these mystery scientists are busy working in the mystery lab.

Scientists in “the lab” disagree about the origins of the plague. Update: This is Giacomo Rossi Stuart, left, and Umberto Raho.

July 16, 2020, Mystery Photo

July 16, 2020, Mystery Photo
For “Aha Thursday,” I managed to find another image that is not in Google’s image search. This is in the “before times” of the film.

Update: I really had to search for images of Emma Danieli that weren’t already online. Here she is with Christi Courtland.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery guests) and Benito (mystery movie and mystery leading man).

July 17, 2020, Mystery Photo

For Friday, we have this mystery newspaper clipping.

July 17, 2020, Mystery Photo

Our mysterious leading man isn’t welcoming to mystery visitors.

Update: Vincent Price vs. vampire.

July 17, 2020, Mystery Photo

Except for this mystery woman. Although that’s a decision he may regret.

Update: This is Franca Bettoia.

July 17, 2020, Mystery Photo

And here’s a better shot of our mysterious leading man.

Update: Moorrgaaaannn (Vincent Price) gets some alarming news.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and mystery leading man) and Sylvia E. (mystery movie, all mystery guests and mystery leading man).

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

  1. Can’t be certain but I think maybe Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) with Cary Grant and Myrna Loy…or maybe it’s the Money Pit (1986) with Tom Hanks and Shelley Long. Could be the closing scenes of North by Northwest though…or Home Alone, House of Usher…House of the Seven Gables??

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  2. Mary Mallory says:

    THE LAST MAN ON EARTH with Vincent Price.


  3. Gotta be one of the great scarring experiences of my preschool years, “Last Man On Earth”.


  4. Mary Mallory says:

    Ah maps.


  5. Okay. How about shoes? Show us some shoes.


  6. Sarah says:

    Is it “Panic in the Streets” (1950)? If so, that’s a timely pick!


  7. Mary Mallory says:

    Christi Courtland and Giacomo Rossi Stuart and Umberto Raho.


  8. Benito says:

    Guess its THE LAST MAN ON EARTH 1964. If so, zombies chanting “Morgan” get a “stake dinner“ from Vincent Price


  9. Sylvia E. says:

    I got nothin’
    Other than that the kids and the scientists all make me think of British films from the ’60s.


  10. Mary Mallory says:

    Christi Courtland with Franca Bettoia. No living dead today?


  11. A Mexican film of the 50s?


  12. mike hawks says:

    THE LAST MAN ON EARTH 1964 with Vincent Price.


  13. Sylvia E. says:

    I have no idea how I arrived at this movie. I didn’t guess the country from your hint.

    “The Last Man on Earth” 1964
    Mon. – Mr. Price is the just O.S. fellow
    Weds. – Christi Courtland is the foreground little girl. The scientists are Giacomo Rossi Stuart and the bespectacled Umberto Raho.
    Thurs. – Christi again with Emma Danieli
    Friday will bring Vincent Price


  14. Mary Mallory says:

    vincent price with franca bettoia.


  15. Howard Mandelbaum says:


    Friday: Vincent Price, Franca Bettoia.


  16. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Yesterday: Emma Danieli, Christi Courtland


  17. Vincent Price? Well then, this is The Last Man on Earth (1964). Like I said, a Mexican film of the 50s.


  18. mike hawks says:

    Vincent Price along with Franca Bettoia.


  19. Gary says:

    Is this Mr. price …and Judith Evlyn… in The Tingler? I am embarassed to confess that I saw this during its initial run in NYC. I must have gone with a friend . .having lost the draw in re …where shall we go. Still I cant complain …I remember nothing about.


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