Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Sallah Title

This week’s movie was the 1964 Israeli film “Sallah” or “Sallah Shabati,” with Topol, Geula Nuni, Gila Almagor, Albert Cohen, Shraga Friedman, Zaharira Harifai, Shaike Levi, Nathan Meisler, Esther Greenberg and Mordecai Arnon.

“Salah” is available on DVD from TCM.

I decided to do a mystery movie from 1964 – but which one? A challenge, because the cutoff date for the Daily Mirror vault is 1960 more or less (Why 1960? Because). I rummaged around in the few movies I have from that year and discovered “Sallah,” which is highly rated, has a big cast and only aired once on TCM – in 2014 for its “Jewish Experience on Film” series. I try to do at least one foreign film a year, so “Sallah” fits that category as well. I thought it might be a stumper until we got to Mrs. Pearl Sonnenschein, but with the Brain Trust I never know. Howard Mandelbaum emailed later to say that he saw “Sallah” in the 1970s at a revival house and thought it had broad, cartoonish humor. Which it does.

Trivia note: Topol was unknown before “Sallah” but his appearance in the film won him the lead in the London version of “Fiddler on the Roof,” which opened in 1967 and was a huge success. Although Zero Mostel originated the role of Tevye on Broadway in 1964 and left an indelible image in the role, there were several other Tevyes over the years, including Luther Adler (1965) and Herschel Bernardi (1965).

Writing in the New York Times (Oct. 13, 1965), A.H. Weiler said:

It is to the everlasting credit of the Israelis, who have had precious few laughs in their brief, strife-torn history, that they can kid themselves with the light-hearted assurance of “Sallah,” a film that opened at the Little Carnegie yesterday. As a comedy, “Sallah” is a rarity in the annals of the tiny Israeli movie colony, but this gentle saga of an unlettered Oriental Jew’s successful campaign against entrenched bureaucracy and the 20th century is more educational than hilarious. Sallah Shabbati and his coterie are an unusual, endearing, often colorful lot, but their humor is largely rudimentary.

June 7, 2021, Mystery Photo

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

Update: This is Shraga Friedman.

June 8, 2021, Mystery Photo
For Tuesday, Monday’s mystery guest has a mysterious companion.

Update: This is Friedman and Zaharira Harifai .

June 9, 2021, Mystery Photo

For “Hm Wednesday,” we have three mystery guests. This is mystery guest No. 1.

Update: This is Nathan Meisler.

June 9, 2021, Mystery Photo

This lady is mystery guest No. 2.

Update: This is Gila Almagor.

June 9, 2021, Mystery Photo

And this fellow is mystery guest No. 3.

Update: This is Shaike Levi.

June 10, 2021, Mystery Photo

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

Update: This is Geula Nuni.

June 10, 2021, Mystery Photo

We also have this mystery gent.

Update: This is Arik Einstein.

June 10, 2021, Mystery Photo

And finally, we have this mysterious gent.

Update: This fellow is so far unidentified.

June 11, 2021, Mystery Photo

And for Friday, we have our mysterious leading man.

Update: This is Topol. He was 29 when the film was made.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie, Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests, Wednesday’s mysterious leading man’s mysterious son, and Thursday’s mystery woman), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie), Funky PhD (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery woman), Anne Papineau (mystery movie), Tucson Barbara, (mystery movie,  Tuesday’s mystery woman, Wednesday’s mystery woman, and Thursday’s mystery woman and mystery gent No. 1), L.C. (mystery movie and mystery cast) and Michael Lott (mystery movie).

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

  1. skretvedt1958 says:

    Looks like Al Molinaro, later seen in TV’s “Happy Days.”


  2. Sam says:

    Al Molinaro


  3. B.J. Merholz says:

    I would say Al Molinaro except he only did TV, I think.


  4. Richard Wegescheide says:

    How about Maurice Gosfield for Monday?


  5. Mary Mallory says:

    East Side, West Side TV show.


  6. Sarah says:

    I’ll guess that Monday’s secret gent is Maurice Gosfield.


  7. Diane Ely says:

    Is the film “Wild River”?


  8. Mary Mallory says:

    Obscure but timely. Sallah Shabati. Shrega Friedman Monday, Friedman and Zaharira Harifal Tuesday, Albert Cohen, Esther Greenberg, and Shaika levi Wednesday, and Geula Nuni and Mike Burstyn today.


    • skretvedt1958 says:

      Hmm. God bless Israel and its artists, but I think of “Movieland” as being Hollywood, or at least films from the USA. I don’t know Israeli actors.


  9. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    SALLAH (1964)
    Larry, are you repenting for featuring an Oscar-winning actress on a Wednesday?


  10. FunkyPhD says:

    Thursday’s mystery woman is Geula Nuni. The film is Sallah.


  11. Anne Papineau says:

    Thanks to that most helpful clue I see that this is the 1965 comedy “Sallah Shabati”


  12. Gary says:

    It’s Thursday and I haven’t a clue…nor does the briantrust it appears. A mystery film of the first rank!


  13. Gary says:

    It’s Thursday and I haven’t a clue. Neither does the brain trust it appears. A Mystery Film of the frist rank!


  14. tucsonbarbara says:

    “Sallah Shabati”

    Ya’ackov Ben-Sira, Zarahina Haribal, Gila Almagor, Geula Nuni, Arik Einstein,

    (Interesting choice, which you chose because…why?)


  15. LC says:

    Sallah Shabati (1965) w/ Topol, Geula Nuni, Gila Almagor, Nathan Meisler, Esther Greenberg, Albert Cohen…


  16. Michael Lott says:

    I know the answer – but I cheated and used Google for “Mrs. Pearl Sonnenschein Forest” sign. L’ll let the real movie buffs win and watch the movie….


  17. Mary Mallory says:

    Reuven Shefer and Gila Almagor Wednesday,, Mordecai Arnon yesterday, and Topol today.


  18. Sylvia E. says:

    Sallah Shabati 1964

    Topol was my “ah-ha” to the movie.
    Monday/Tuesday – I think the guy is Ya’ackov Ben-Sira
    Wednesday – I think the woman is Gila Almagor / I think the guy is Shaike Levi
    Thursday – Geula Nuni
    Friday – Haym Topal


  19. beachgal says:

    Salman is our film


  20. beachgal says:

    Friday lead is Topol


  21. beachgal says:

    Wed #3 is Arik Einstein.


  22. beachgal says:

    Wed #2 is Zaharira Harifai


  23. beachgal says:

    Thurs #1 is Geula Nuni


  24. beachgal says:

    Thurs #2 is Mordecai Arnon


  25. Howard Mandelbaum says:



  26. tucsonbarbara says:



  27. Anne Papineau says:



  28. sueslutzky says:

    Monday: Shraga Friedman
    Tuesday: New guest is Zaharira Harifai
    Wednesday: #1 is Nathan Meisler #2 is Gila Almagor #3 is Shaike Levi
    Thursday: Geula Nuni I gave up on the 2 men.
    Friday: Haym Topol


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