Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

March 13, 2021, Mystery Photo
This week’s mystery movie was the 1915 film “Hypocrites,” written and produced by Lois Weber, photography by Dal Clawson and George W. Hill. With Courtenay Foote as Gabriel, the Ascetic; Myrtle Stedman as the Woman; Herbert Standing as the Abbot; and Adele Farrington as the Queen.

“Hypocrites” is available on DVD from TCM.

I picked “Hypocrites,” written and produced by Lois Weber, in honor of Women’s History Month and the International Women’s Day. “Hypocrites” involves intertwined stories of a Christian ascetic who carves a statue of a naked woman titled “Truth.” At the unveiling, the local townsfolk, naturally, are so shocked that they kill him. Cut to modern day (1915), when a minister preaches about hypocrisy, cutting to scenes of contemporary life with a woman (I assume in a body stocking) appearing in a double-exposure as the Naked Truth. Members of the congregation are offended by the sermon and several of them plan to get rid of him, but the minister expires shortly after the service.

The movie is part pageant, part play and part film, produced before some of the cinematic vocabulary was fully defined. For example, a main character (the Abbot) has his back to the camera for most of one scene. The movie is quite religious. It is didactic. It is an allegory. Even in its day, Tarleton Winchester said in Motion Picture magazine: Written and produced under the direction of Lois Weber [“Hypocrites”] is so searchingly, ruthlessly true that it will probably be hard to find a theater owner with the courage to book it.”

A tip of the hat to Mary Mallory for sending articles about Dal Clawson’s multiple exposures in “Hypocrites.” Motion Picture News said he ran the film through the camera 24 times in the “mirror of truth” sequence.

Also on Dal Clawson here, and here, and here.

I assume this movie is so early that there was no New York Times movie critic to hate it….

Not at the time, but Dave Kehr, writing in the New York Times (April 29, 2008) said: “Hypocrites … is one of [Weber’s] earliest long-form films and a typically confounding Weber mix of middle-brow moralism and unbridled stylistic experiment.”

Note: As with many early movies, credits aside from the main characters are sparse. “Hypocrites” has a huge cast in some scenes, notably a village festival and a church service, and although the images can be quite clear and even haunting, the actors’ and actresses’ identities remain elusive. The AFI catalog isn’t much help and IMDB isn’t always reliable in questions of speculation (see my dispute with IMDB over Elizabeth Flournoy 1886 and Elizabeth Flournoy 1913).

March 8, 2021, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery gent. He does not approve of such goings-on.

Update: This is Nigel de Brulier.

March 9, 2021, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have this remarkable mystery scene, the “mirror of truth” sequence involving many exposures.

Update: This boy in this photo is identified as Antrim Short. He has his back to the camera because a better photo is all over Google image search, alas. The woman on the left appears to be Myrtle Stedman, but I’m not positive.

Brain Trust roll call: Anne Papineau (Monday’s mystery guest), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guest), Mary Mallory (Monday’s mystery guest) and Sheila (Monday’s mystery guest).

March 10, 2021, Mystery Photo

For “Hm Wednesday,” we have this mystery woman.

'False Colors,' 1914 with Lois Weber, Phillips Smally, Herbert Standing and Dixie Carr

Update: Based on comparisons with a publicity photo for “False Colors” (1914), I’m fairly sure this is Dixie Carr.

March 10, 2021, Mystery Photo

We also have this mysterious gent.

Update: This is Herbert Standing with Nigel de Brulier at the right. In most of the scene, Standing is facing away from the camera. What were they thinking?

March 8, 2021, Mystery Photo

And you’ll just have to figure out what’s going on here.

Update: This is Margaret Edwards as the Naked Truth.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mystery man and mystery teen) and Anne Papineau (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery teen).

March 11, 2021, Mystery Photo

For “Aha Thursday,” we have this mystery girl.

Update: This is Marjorie Daw.

March 11, 2021, Mystery Photo

We also have this mystery woman, who is unhappy about a certain turn of events.

Update: This may be Dixie Carr.

March 11, 2021, Mystery Photo

And finally, we have this mystery woman.

Update: This is Myrtle Stedman.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mysterious out of focus persons and mystery naked Truth, mystery abbot and mystery cleric), Funky PhD (mystery movie, Monday’s horrified mystery cleric, Wednesday’s mystery abbot, mystery naked Truth), Anne Papineau (Wednesday’s mystery abbot and mysterious naked Truth), Mike Hawks (Tuesday’s mystery teenager, Wednesday’s mystery abbot, mysterious cleric, and mysterious naked Truth) and Sarah (mystery movie, mysterious naked Truth).

March 12, 2021, Mystery Photo

For Friday, some bad news in the paper.

March 12, 2021, Mystery Photo

Also for Friday, our leading man in one of his two roles as a doomed man of faith. Plus the Naked Truth seems to have tagged long.

Update: This is Margaret Edwards, Courtenay Foote and possibly a very young Jane Darwell.

March 12, 2021, Mystery Photo

And here is our leading man in his other role, preaching about hypocrisy. The congregation does not approve of such goings-on.

Update: This is Courtenay Foote.

Brain Trust roll call: Tucson Barbara (mystery movie and mystery guests), Mary Mallory (Wednesday mystery monk and Thursday’s mystery guests), Beach Gal (mystery movie and mystery guests), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guests) and Anne Papineau (Thursday’s mystery guests).

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

  1. Anne Papineau says:

    Nigel De Brulier

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  2. mike hawks says:

    Nigel De Brulier in HYPOCRITES.

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  3. Mary Mallory says:

    Nigel de Brulier?

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  4. Sheila says:

    Nigel De Brulier!

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  5. Mary Mallory says:

    THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE.

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  6. Mary Mallory says:

    No, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, (1923).

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  7. Mary Mallory says:

    HYPOCRITES. Alva Blake as the man today, and Antrim Short as the teenage kid.

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  8. David Inman says:

    “Human Wreckage”?

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  9. Anne Papineau says:

    “Hypocrites,” with Antrim Short on the right.

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  10. Mary Mallory says:

    Myrtle stedman, Courteney Foote, Herbert Standing, and Nigel de Brulier again., and Margaret Edwards.

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  11. FunkyPhD says:

    Movie: Hypocrites. Monday’s mystery gent: Nigel de Brulier. Herbert Standing as Wednesday’s mysterious Abbott. Myrtle Stedman as Wednesday’s mystery woman. Margaret Edwards as the Naked Truth.

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  12. Anne Papineau says:

    Margaret Edwards en déshabillé and Herbert Standing

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  13. mike hawks says:

    Marjorie Daw, Herbert Standing, Nigel De Brulier in the background and Margaret Edwards. Also, Antrim Short as the teenage boy from Tuesday.

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  14. Sarah says:

    It’s “Hypocrites” (1915) with an unclothed Margaret Edwards as the Truth.

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  15. Allie says:

    Gladys Brockwell?

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  16. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Intolerance: Love’s Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916)?

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  17. Benito says:

    Nude ping pong? I’m in!

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  18. Sheila says:

    Miriam Cooper for Wednesday, ‘Intolerance’?

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  19. tucsonbarbara says:

    “Hypocrites”

    George Berrell …
    Alva D. Blake
    Dixie Carr
    Jane Darwell (was she ever this young?)
    (see saw) Marjorie Daw
    Nigel De Brulier
    Margaret Edwards
    Antrim Short
    Vera Lewis

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  20. Mary Mallory says:

    Adele Farrington Tuesday, Courteney Foote and George Berrell as the other monks Wednesday, Marjorie Daw, Dixie Carr, and Myrtle Stedman today.

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  21. beachgal says:

    Hypocrites 1915. Monday guy is Nigel De Brulier. Tues family has as teen back of head Antrim Short. Wed Abbot is Herbert Standing. Naked truth is Margaret Edwards.

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  22. mike hawks says:

    Marjorie Daw, Dixie Carr and Myrtle Stedman.

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  23. beachgal says:

    Is Wed mystery woman “The Woman”, Myrtle Steadman?

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  24. Anne Papineau says:

    Thinking Marjorie Daw, Dixie Carr and Myrtle Stedman.

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  25. Mary Mallory says:

    And Courteney Foote today.

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  26. beachgal says:

    Our leading an in his dual roles is Courtenay Foote.

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  27. LC says:

    Hypocrites (1915) w/Courtenay Foote, Herbert Standing, Myrtle Stedman, Jane Darwell, Margaret Edwards…

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  28. Sylvia E. says:

    Only because the leading man looks like Francis X. Bushman to me, my guess is that the movie title is Man and His Conscience (1915), with Bushman in a dual role. A total shot in the dark, though. I have no idea who anybody is.

    Will especially look forward to the Saturday breakdown.

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  29. Sylvia E. says:

    Sorry
    Man and His Soul is my guess.

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  30. mike hawks says:

    Courtney Foote.

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  31. Anne Papineau says:

    Courtenay Foote

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