Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Main Title, the Strange Affair of Uncle Harry
This week’s mystery movie was the 1945 Universal film “The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry,” with George Sanders, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ella Raines, Sara Allgood, Moyna MacGill, Samuel S. Hinds, Harry Von Zell, Judy Clark, Coulter F. Irwin and Craig Reynolds.

Screenplay by Stephen Longstreet, adaptation by Keith Winter. From the play by Thomas Job, as produced on the stage by Clifford Hayman.

Photography by Paul Ivano, special photography by John P. Fulton. Edited by Arthur Hilton, art direction by John B. Goodman and Eugene Lourie. Set decoration by Russell A. Gausman. Costumes by Travis Banton.

Music direction by H.J. Salter, sound by Bernard B. Brown, technician Glenn A. Anderson. Makeup by Jack P. Pierce. Assistant director Melville Shyer.

Produced by Joan Harrison. Directed by Robert Siodmak.

“The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry” is available on DVD from TCM. It’s also available on Blu-ray from Amazon.

I picked “The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry,” based on a passing comment by Farran Nehme, and if you don’t follow her on social media, you most certainly should as she is one of my favorite film writers.

Showmen’s Review (Aug. 11, 1945) said:

The basic story of a selfish sister preventing a brother from marrying the girl of his choice is an old one, but it has been so well produced here and so excellently directed and acted that the plot’s motivation is thoroughly believable. Enhanced by top-drawer acting of all principals and believable characterizations by even the smallest player the picture is absorbing, solid entertainment. Even the trick ending in which all of the tragedy turns out to be nothing more than a projection of Sanders’ thoughts does not detract from the fact that what is pictured on the screen might actually have happened. Sanders plays the stodgy brother in usual contrast to earlier roles and is his usually competent self. Ella Raines, resembling somewhat the well known “Look” but entirely different in speech and action, is excellent, as is Geraldine Fitzgerald as the scheming sister. Others in the case perform well. Properly sold, “The Strange Affair or Uncle Harry” should do better than normal business. As entertainment, it’s tops.

And let’s see which New York Times critic hated it….

That would be Bosley Crowther!

Writing Aug. 24, 1945, Crowther said:

If you are one of those people who felt yourself taken in by the brazen dream denouement of “The Woman in the Window” a few months back, then brace yourself for another and even more disappointing shock at the curiously opaque conclusion of “Uncle Harry” at Loew’s Criterion. For herein another seeming killer wakes up to find his crime a dream again — only this time the substance of the reverie is nothing like as gripping as it should be.

The stage play, from which the film was taken, was a spine-tingling study, we are told, of the ironic twists by which a murderer’s “perfect crime” backfired on him. In the end, this unhappy fellow was frustrated all around, discredited as a killer and bereft of the people whom he loved. But the picture, designed for “moral justice” and a happy, romantic finial splice, suddenly rings in a fade-out which says it was all a nightmare.

And that’s not the only objection…..

—And scene —

Feb. 5, 2021, Mystery Photo Geraldine Fitzgerald and George Sanders, And doggo

For Monday, we have a mystery doggo. And Back of the Head Woman. The gent on the right has been cropped out due to insufficient mysteriousness. He and Back of the Head Woman will appear Friday.

Update: For Friday, here is our mystery doggo with a slightly better view of Back of the Head Woman and our mysterious leading man.

Update: This is Geraldine Fitzgerald, George Sanders and a supposedly ailing doggo for whom a bit of poison from the druggist is intended. The vial of poison is a plot point and that’s all I’m going to say.

Feb. 2, 2021, Mystery Photo These are two neighborhood gossips, Ethel Griffies, left, and Irene Tedrow.

For Tuesday, we have these mystery ladies.

Update: These are two neighborhood gossips, Ethel Griffies, left, and Irene Tedrow.

This is Ella Rains as Back of the Head Woman, Craig Reynolds and Dawn Bender.

Also for Tuesday, we have this mystery gent and mystery girl. Also Back of the Head Woman No. 2, who will appear Friday. The name of the building in the background has been temporarily obscured and will appear later in the week.

Updated: And here we have the mystery hotel — thanks to Sylvia for the reminder!

Update: This is Ella Rains as Back of the Head Woman, Craig Reynolds and Dawn Bender.

Brain Trust roll call: Gary (Monday’s Back of the Head Woman) and Jenny M. (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guests).

Feb. 3, 2021, Mystery Photo This is grumpy prison warden Holmes Herbert.

For “Hm Wednesday,” we have this mysterious fellow. He does not approve of such goings-on.

Update: This is grumpy prison warden Holmes Herbert.

Feb. 3, 2021, Mystery Photo And pushy real estate agent Walter Soderling.

And you can probably guess this mystery fellow’s opinion of such goings-on.

And pushy real estate agent Walter Soderling.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie, all mystery guests, persons cropped out due to insufficient mysteriousness, Back of the Head Persons and a history of Monday’s mystery blouse), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie, all mystery guests, persons cropped out due to insufficient mysteriousness and Back of the Head Persons), Mike Hawks (mystery movie, persons cropped out due to insufficient mysteriousness, various Back of the Head Persons and other mystery guests), L.C. (mystery movie and mystery cast) and Megan and Thom (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery guests).

Feb. 3, 2021, Mystery Photo This is Harry Von Zell as the happy pharmacist who sold a certain vial of poison.

For “Aha Thursday,” we have this mysterious gentleman.

Update: This is Harry Von Zell as the happy pharmacist who sold a certain vial of poison.

Feb. 3, 2021, Mystery Photo This is Moyna MacGill, mother of Angela Lansbury.
And we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Moyna MacGill, mother of Angela Lansbury.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mysterious real estate agent), Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery prison warden) and Megan and Thom (Wednesday’s mystery real estate agent).

Feb. 5, 2021, Mystery Photo  This is Ella Raines and how about that tie?

For Friday, we have our mysterious “woman from the New York office.”

Update: This is Ella Raines and how about that tie?

Feb. 5, 2021, Mystery Photo This is Geraldine Fitzgerald in what is supposed to be prison garb.

And our mysterious domineering sister of the leading man.

Update: This is Geraldine Fitzgerald in what is supposed to be prison garb.

Feb. 5, 2021, Mystery Photo This is George Sanders and Judy Clark.

Finally, our mysterious leading man with his mystery niece.

Update: This is George Sanders and Judy Clark.

Brain Trust roll call: Tucson Barbara (mystery movie, Monday’s Back of the Head Woman, Tuesday’s mystery women and Thursday’s mystery guests), Floyd Thursby (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guests), Beach Gal (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Mary Mallory (mystery prison warden and Thursday’s mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests), Megan and Thom (Wednesday’s mysterious prison warden and Thursday’s mystery guests), David Inman (Thursday’s mystery gent!), Earl Boebert (Thursday’s mystery gent), Charles Kjelland (Thursday’s mystery gent), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guests), B.J. Merholz (Thursday’s mystery gent), Sheila (Thursday’s mystery gent) Blackwing Jenny (Thursday’s mystery woman), Sylvia E. (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery gent) and Benito (Thursday’s mystery gent).

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

  1. Gary says:

    Geraldine Fitzgerald.

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  2. Jenny M says:

    Geraldine Fitzgerald and George Sanders in The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry.

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  3. Mary Mallory says:

    WHEN LADIES MEET. Greer Garson and Herbert Marshall.

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  4. Rogét-L.A. says:

    I can’t identify the doggo, but is Back of the Head Woman Katharine Hepburn and the mystery movie Keeper of the Flame (1942)?

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  5. tucsonbarbara says:

    Here’s a shot in the dark – “Christmas in Connecticut” with Barbara Stanwyck as BotHW

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  6. Mary Mallory says:

    THE STRANGE AFFAIR OF UNCLE HARRY. BOTH Geraldine Fitzgerald and unseen George Sanders Monday, Irene Tedrow and Sarah Selby, Ella Raines as BOTH woman and Craig Reynolds and Dawn Bender today. That blouse on Monday got around. Greer Garson wears one just like it in the film I mentioned, Irene dunne wears something similar around the same time too.

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  7. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Monday: Geraldine Fitzgerald, George Sanders in THE STRANGE AFFAIR OF UNCLE HARRY (1945)
    Tuesday: Ethel Griffies, Irene Tedrow; Ella Raines, Craig Reynolds, Dawn Bender

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  8. Charles Kjelland says:

    Looks like Marjorie Main on the left today!

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  9. mike hawks says:

    Geraldine Fitzgerald, George Sanders, Ethel Griffies, Irene Tedrow, Craig Reynolds, Joan Warren and Ella Raines in THE STRANGE AFFAIR OF UNCLE HARRY.

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  10. LC says:

    The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (1945) w/Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ella Raines, George Sanders, Irene Tedrow, Samuel Hinds….

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  11. Megan and Thom says:

    The mystery movie is “The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry.” Today people in the first picture are Ethel Griffies and Irene Tedrow. In the second picture are Craig Reynolds and Dawn Bender.

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  12. Mary Mallory says:

    Coulter Irwin and Walter Soderling.

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  13. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Holmes Herbert; Walter Soderling.

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  14. David Inman says:

    “In This Our Life”? Just a guess.

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  15. mike hawks says:

    Holmes Herbert and ?

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  16. Megan and Thom says:

    .The Wednesday guests are Neal Dodd and Walter Soderling.

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  17. tucsonbarbara says:

    “The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry”

    Mon – Geraldine Fitzgerald
    Tues – Ethel Griffies,Irene Tedrow, Ella Raines, Dawn Bender
    Thurs – Harry Von Zell, Moyna MacGill

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  18. Floyd Thursby says:

    For Thursday we have Harry von Zell and Moyna MacGill. The movie is “The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry.”

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  19. beachgal says:

    The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry. In the car, Craig Reynolds, Dawn Bender and Ella Rains as Bothg.
    Thurs is Harry Von Zell

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  20. Mary Mallory says:

    Didn’t look like Holmes Herbert on Wedesday, but it must be, Harry von Zell and Moyna MacGill today.

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  21. beachgal says:

    Mystery woman Thurs is Moyna MacGill. Wed gent #2 is Walter Soderling. Wed fellow #1 is Holmes Herbert.

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  22. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Harry von Zell; Moyna MacGill

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  23. beachgal says:

    Bothw for Mon photo is Geraldine Fitzgerald and arm of George Sanders is on the right.

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  24. Megan and Thom says:

    Wednesday’s warden is Holmes Herbert. For today the actors are Harry von Zell and Moyna MacGill.

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  25. beachgal says:

    Tues mystery woman #2 is Irene Tedrow.

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  26. David Inman says:

    Harry Von Zell today! (I don’t know why I’m so excited about that.)

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  27. Earl Boebert says:

    Harry (“Hoobert Heever”) Von Zell on Thursday, so probably “The Guilt of Janet Ames.”

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  28. Charles Kjelland says:

    Harry Von Zell today..

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  29. mike hawks says:

    Harry Von Zell and Moyna MacGill.

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  30. B.J. Merholz says:

    Harry Von Zell.

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  31. Sheila says:

    Harry von Zell for Thursday?

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  32. Moyna MacGill eating cake.

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  33. Sylvia E. says:

    Because of Harry von Zell, I’m going to guess “The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry”,

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  34. Benito says:

    Ubiquitous Harry Von Zell today

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  35. Mary Mallory says:

    Poor little doggo. Ella Raines, Geraldine Fitzgerald, George Sanders and Judy Clark.

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  36. beachgal says:

    Fri Ella Raines, Geraldine Fitzgerald, George Sanders and Judy Clark.

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  37. mike hawks says:

    Ella Raines, Geraldine Fitzgerald, George Sanders and Judy Clark.

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  38. Sylvia E. says:

    Yay! George Sanders, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ella Raines.

    What’s the name of the building from Tuesday?

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  39. Ella Raines; Geraldine Fitzgerald; George Sanders, Judy Clark

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  40. Benito says:

    George Sanders, Geraldine Fitzgerald and Ella Raines in THE STRANGE AFFAIR OF UNCLE HARRY 1945. See also ANOTHER MAN’S POISON 1951 and THE COURT JESTER for more poison switcheroo.

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  41. tucsonbarbara says:

    Ella Raines, Geraldine Fitzgerald, George Sanders, Judy Clark

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  42. Sue Slutzky says:

    The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry
    Monday: Geraldine Fitzgerald and George Sanders

    Tuesday: Ethel Griffins and Irene Tedrow,
    Craig Reynolds and Dawn Bender

    Wednesday: Holmes Herbert, Walter Soderling

    Thursday: Harry Von Zell and Mogna MacGill

    Friday: Ella Raines, Geraldine Fitzgerald,
    George Sanders and Judy Clark

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  43. Mary Mallory says:

    This just aired on Noir Alley on TCM 3 weeks ago.

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