Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

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This week’s mystery movie was the 1949 film “Cover Up,” with William Bendix, Dennis O’Keefe, Barbara Britton, Art Baker, Ann E. Todd, Doro Merande, Virginia Christine, Helen Spring, Ruth Lee and Henry Hall.

Original screenplay by Jerome Odlum and Jonathan Rix. Additional dialogue by Francis Swann and Lawrence Kimble.

Music by Hans J. Salter. Photography by Ernest Laszlo, art direction by Jerome Pycha Jr.

Production manager Lewis J. Rachmil, edited by Fred W. Berger. Assistant director Harold Godsoe. Set decoration by Robert Priestley, makeup by Mel Berns, sound by William Lynch, wardrobe by Earl Moser, orchestrations by Harold Byrns.

Produced by Ted Nasser. Directed by Alfred E. Green.

“Cover Up” is available on DVD from TCM.

“Cover Up” was a last-minute replacement. In previewing my first choice for a mystery film, I quickly discovered the print was so atrocious that it was unwatchable and that frame grabs would be impossible.  It just aired on TCM for Christmas (it has a holiday theme) and the disc was on my DVD player. So we are.

It’s an OK B movie with the usual detective yarn resolution about “the killer had to be LEFT-HANDED!”

I’m betting the New York Times didn’t bother to review it. Let’s see.

Nope. Didn’t review it.

Harrison’s Reports (Feb. 26, 1949) said:

Although it lacks a strong melodramatic punch, this is a well produced and directed murder mystery; it holds one’s interest throughout. What makes it different from most pictures of its type is the fact that a charming romance takes place while the hero attempts to prove that the dead man had not committed suicide but had been murdered. The romance is so charming, in fact, that when the picture ends it leaves the spectator with a pleasant feeling. In the melodramatic scenes, one’s interest is whetted by a desire to know how Dennis O’Keefe will prove his contention that the dead man had been murdered. There is considerable comedy throughout. O’Keefe is very good in the role of an insurance investigator, as is William Bendix as the sheriff. The photography is fine.

Motion Picture Daily (March 8, 1949) said: “Easily meets the demands of its classification.”

May 3, 2021, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery lad. I adjusted the photo for clarity, because this scene of our mystery movie is set in a movie theater and is quite dark.

Update: This is George McDonald, whom you may remember from “Fighting Father Dunne.”

May 4, 2021, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have a mysterious gent with sleeve protectors and an eyeshade.

Update: Yes, I have a soft spot for newspaper editors in old movies, especially ones with a visor and sleeve protectors. This is Jamesson Shade.

May 5, 2021, Mystery Photo

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

Update: This is Ann E. Todd.

May 5, 2021, Mystery Photo

Also for “Hm Wednesday,” we have this mystery woman with Back of the Head Guy, who will appear Friday.

Update: Yes, this is Virginia Christine, Mrs. Olson from the Folger’s coffee commercials.

May 6, 2021, Mystery Photo

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

Update: This is Doro Merande.

May 6, 2021, Mystery Photo

We also have this mystery gent.

Update: This is Art Baker.

Brain Trust roll call: L.C. (mystery movie and mystery cast), Sylvia E. (Wednesday’s mystery woman No. 2), Tucson Barbara (Wednesday’s mystery woman No. 2), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and all mystery guests), David Inman (Wednesday’s mystery woman No. 2), Jenny M. (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery lad and Wednesday’s mystery women), Anne Papineau (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mysterious newspaper editor and Wednesday’s mystery woman No. 2), Michael Ryerson (Wednesday’s mystery woman No. 2 — welcome back. We missed you!), Mary Mallory (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery lad and Wednesday’s mystery women, plus Back of the Head Guy), Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery woman No. 2), Sheila (Wednesday’s mystery woman No. 2), Tucson Barbara (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery lad and Wednesday’s mystery women), Alexa (mystery movie), Blackwing Jenny (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery lad and Wednesday’s mystery women),  Beach Gal (Wednesday’s mystery woman No. 2) and Thom and Megan (Wednesday’s astonished mystery woman No. 2).

May 7, 2021, Mystery Photo

For Friday, we have this mysterious sheriff.

Update: This is William Bendix.

May 7, 2021, Mystery Photo

We also have this astonished man with a gun.

Update: This is Dennis O’Keefe in the “Aha! The killer was LEFT-HANDED!” moment.

May 7, 2021, Mystery Photo

And our astonished mystery gent has a mysterious companion. Yes, that is a Christmas tree.

Update: This is Barbara Britton and Dennis O’Keefe.

Brain Trust roll call: Beach Gal (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery lad, Wednesday’s mystery woman No. 1 and Back of the Head Guy and Thursday’s mystery gent), Tucson Barbara (Thursday’s mystery woman), Mary Mallory (Tuesday’s mysterious newspaper editor and Thursday’s mystery guests), Floyd Thursby (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery woman), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery lad, Wednesday’s mystery woman No. 1 and Thursday’s mystery guests), Patrick (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Blackwing Jenny (Thursday’s mystery guests), Sylvia E. (mystery movie and all mystery guests), B.J. Merholz (Thursday’s mystery gent) and Gary (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guests).

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

  1. Bob Hansen says:

    Is that Dickie Moore? I don’t know the movie though.

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  2. Diane Ely says:

    Dean Stockwell?

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  3. Sylvia E. says:

    Aha! Wednesday brings ‘Mrs. Olson’ before her days of carrying around cans of coffee. The hunt is on, for her actual name and the BOTH guy!

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  4. LC says:

    Cover Up (1949) w/William Bendix, Dennis O’Keefe, Barbara Britton, Virginia Christine, George McDonald, Ann E. Todd …

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  5. Sylvia E. says:

    Fingers crossed that it is ‘Mrs Olson’, she of Folgers coffee fame, Virginia Christine.

    My first movie guess is “Incident in an Alley” (1962) but that’s only because of what I’ve read in the summary of that picture and the images so far look like that era.

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  6. tucsonbarbara says:

    Virginia Christine.

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  7. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    COVER UP (1949)
    Monday: George McDonald
    Tuesday: Jamesson Shade
    Wednesday: Helen Spring, Ann E. Todd; Virginia Christine with Dennis O’Keefe

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  8. David Inman says:

    Virginia Christine today.

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  9. Jenny M says:

    Movie – Cover Up (1949)
    Monday – George MacDonald
    Tuesday – Ben Hall
    Wednesday – Ann E. Todd and Virginia Christine

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  10. Anne Papineau says:

    On Wednesday, Virginia Christine?

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  11. Wednesday’s pretty woman looks very much like Virginia Christine. Sorry for my absence lately, real life intrudes.

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  12. Mary Mallory says:

    Virginia Christine. ow I can work on everyone else.

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  13. mike hawks says:

    Virginia Christine.

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  14. Sheila says:

    Virginia Christine for Wednesday?

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  15. Mary Mallory says:

    COVER UP. Dennis O’Keefe as BOTH guy today. George MacDonald Monday, Ben Hall Tuesday and Ann. E. Todd today. It has a nice Christmas setting for a noir title.

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  16. tucsonbarbara says:

    “Cover Up”

    Mon – George McDonald
    Tues – Ben Hall
    Wed – Ann E. Todd, Virginia Christine

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  17. Anne Papineau says:

    Hoping the film is “Cover Up,” 1949, with Jamesson Shade as the newspaper editor and Helen Spring as the young girl.

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  18. Alexa says:

    Cover Up 1949

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  19. Is the kid Gary Gray?

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  20. Today’s blonde is Virginia Christine.

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  21. The brunette is Ann [E.] Todd. Boy is George MacDonald…movie is “Cover Up”!

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  22. beachgal says:

    Is mystery woman #2/Wed Virginia Christine?

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  23. Thom and Megan says:

    Virginia Christine is slightly astonished, but not as appalled as the other mystery woman.

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  24. beachgal says:

    Thurs mystery woman is Doro Merande. Tues gent with visor is Jamesson Shade. Monday boy is George McDonald. Wed teen/woman is Ann E Todd. I think Thurs gent is Art Baker. Our movie is Cover-Up.

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  25. tucsonbarbara says:

    Doro Merande

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  26. Mary Mallory says:

    Jamesson Shade as the newspaper editor, Doro Merande and Art Baker today.

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  27. Floyd Thursby says:

    For Thursday we have Doro Merande. The movie is “Cover Up.”

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  28. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Doro Merande; Art Baker.

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  29. mike hawks says:

    George Mcdonald, Ann Todd, Art Baker and Doro Merando in COVER UP.

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  30. Patrick says:

    George McDonald, Jamesson Shade, Ann E. Todd, Virginia Christine with BOHG Dennis O’Keefe, Doro Merande and Art Baker in Cover Up from 1949.

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  31. Doro Merande and Art Baker at the microphone.

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  32. Sylvia E. says:

    “Cover Up” 1949 (I was waaaaayyyy off on the era)
    Monday’s kid – George McDonald
    Tuesday – assuming that this is the Editor in the IMDb list: Jamesson Shade (great name)
    Wednesday – Image 1 is Ann E. Todd, sitting at the feet of ‘cropped out Mom’ Helen Spring
    image 2; Virginia Christine’s BOTHG is Dennis O’Keefe
    Thursday – Image 1 – Doro Merande and Image 2 is Art Baker

    So, Friday will bring a full shot of Mr. O’Keefe, Barbara Britton and William Bendix

    Looking forward to hearing more about this one. Interesting to see that O’Keefe had a hand in writing the screenplay as ‘Jonathan Rix’ – I found some others with that credit, too.

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  33. B.J. Merholz says:

    Art Baker talking into a tripod?

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  34. Gary says:

    how about Cover Up 1949 with art baker and Doro Merande.

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  35. Mary Mallory says:

    William Bendix, Dennis O’Keefe, and Barbara Britton.

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  36. tucsonbarbara says:

    William Bendix, Dennis O’Keefe, Barbara Britton

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  37. FunkyPhD says:

    William Bendix is Friday’s mysterious sheriff. Virginia Christine (Mrs. Olson in the Folgers commercials) is Wednesday’s mysterious woman, which makes this movie Cover Up.

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  38. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    William Bendix; Dennis O’Keefe; Barbara Britton.

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  39. mike hawks says:

    William Bendix, Dennis O’Keefe and Barbara Britton.

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  40. beachgal says:

    Friday – William Bendix, Barbara Britton and Dennis O’Keefe.

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  41. Benito says:

    William Bendix, Dennis O’Keefe and “Mrs. Olsen” in COVER UP 1949

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  42. bruce says:

    Cover up (1949). William Bendix and Dennis O’Keefe on Friday?

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