Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

July 24, 2021, Mystery Photo

This week’s mystery movie was the 1943 RKO Picture Gildersleeve’s Bad Day, with Harold Peary, Jane Darwell, Nancy Gates, Charles Arnt, Freddie Mercer, Russell Wade, Lillian Randolph, Frank Jenks, Douglas Fowley, Alan Carney, Grant Withers and Richard LeGrand.

Screenplay by Jack Townley.

Musical direction by C. Bakaleinikoff, photography by Jack MacKenzie, art direction by Albert S. D’Agostino and Carroll Clark. Set decoration by Darrell Silvera and William L. Stevens. Recorded by Jean L. Speak. Edited by Les Millbrook. Assistant director Harry Scott.

Produced by Herman Schlom.

Directed by Gordon Douglas.

Gildersleeve’s Bad Day is available on DVD from TCM.

Trivia note: The Great Gildersleeve radio show was a spinoff from the hit program Fibber McGee and Molly.

Yes, I seem to be stuck in 1943. After looking up the review of last week’s The Leopard Man, I went through the trades and found another mystery movie released at the same time.

As the Showman’s Trade Review says, the Gildersleeve films, adapted from the popular radio show, were for “residents of small towns and rural areas.” “The picture is not for discriminating patrons; it will fare best in the smaller communities and the neighborhoods.”

And you just know that if the New York Times reviewed this film,  it wasn’t going to be good.

Paging Bosley Crowther…. Will Bosley Crowther please report to the reviewing station?

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This is the entirety of Bosley Crowther’s review (June 11, 1943) of Gildersleeve’s Bad Day.

July 19, 2021, Mystery Photo
For Monday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Lillian Randolph, who had the recurring role of Birdie in the Gildersleeve franchise.

July 20, 2021, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have a mystery lad. And as many members of the Brain Trust have guessed, our mystery movie is part of a mysterious film franchise. The question is which one is it? Our mystery lad appears in more than one….

Update: This is Freddie Mercer, who played the recurring role of Leroy in the Gildersleeve films.

July 20, 2021, Mystery Photo

…Our mystery woman, however, only appears in one entry in the franchise.

Update: This is Joan Barclay.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Monday’s mystery woman, mystery film franchise), David Inman (Monday’s mystery woman), Funky PhD (Monday’s mystery woman), Skretvedt1958 (Monday’s mystery woman), Suzanne Stone (Monday’s mystery woman, mystery film franchise), Robert Morrissey (Monday’s mystery woman), Mary Mallory (Monday’s mystery woman), Johnny Yuma 1958 (Monday’s mystery woman), B.J. Merholz (Monday’s mystery woman, mystery film franchise), Gary (Monday’s mystery woman), Sheila (Monday’s mystery woman), Jenny M. (Monday’s mystery woman), Tucson Barbara (Monday’s mystery woman, mystery film franchise), L.C. (mystery movie and mystery cast), Sue Slutzky (Monday’s mystery woman), Roget-L.A. (Monday’s mystery woman), Michael Ryerson (Monday’s mystery woman), Sylvia E. (Monday’s mystery woman) and Sarah (Monday’s mystery woman).

Meredith Ponedel (half-credit).

July 21, 2021, Mystery Photo

For “Hm Wednesday,” we have a mystery lad.

Update: This is Jimmy Clemons Jr.

July 21, 2021, Mystery Photo

We also have this somewhat anxious mystery gent and several lovely mysterious companions.

Update: This is Barbara Hale, left, making her film debut, and Dink Trout.

July 21, 2021, Mystery Photo

We also have these two mystery gents. They are up to no good.

Update: This is Frank Jenks, left, and Alan Carney.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery guests), Tucson Barbara (Tuesday’s mystery lad), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery guests), Jenny M. (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery guests), Beach Gal (mystery movie and all mystery guests), David Inman (mystery movie franchise), Michael Ryerson (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (Monday’s mystery woman, double points for cleverness!), Gary (Tuesday’s mystery lad, mysterious franchise), Blackwing Jenny (Monday’s mystery woman, Tuesday’s mystery lad, mysterious franchise), Sue Slutzky (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery guests), Sylvia E. (Tuesday’s mystery lad, mystery franchise) and Tucson Barbara (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery guests).

July 22, 2021, Mystery Photo

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

Update: This is Douglas Fowley.

July 22, 2021, Mystery Photo

We also have this mystery woman in a remarkable hat.

Update: This is Jane Darwell.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery guests), Floyd Thursby (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mysterious hoodlums), Tucson Barbara (Wednesday’s mystery guests), Beach Gal (Wednesday’s mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery guests), Funky PhD (mystery movie, Wednesday’s mystery hoodlums), Michael Ryerson (Wednesday’s mystery hoodlums and mysterious future TV star), Gary (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mysterious grumpy bride and Wednesday’s mysterious hoodlum No. 1), Mike Hawks (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mystery guests and Wednesday’s mysterious hoodlums) and Sylvia E. (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mystery bride, Wednesday’s mystery court official and mysterious future TV star and mystery companions, and mysterious hoodlums).

July 23, 2021, Mystery Photo

And for Friday, we have our mysterious leading man plus assorted mystery companions.

Update: From left, Jane Darwell, Charles Arnt, Nancy Gates and Harold Peary.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery guests), Beach Gal (Thursday’s mystery guests), Sylvia E. (Wednesday’s mystery lad, Thursday’s mystery guests and Friday’s mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests), Sue Slutzky (Wednesday’s mystery lad, mysterious future TV star, mystery court official and mysterious companions and mysterious hoodlums, and Thursday’s mystery guests), Tucson Barbara (Thursday’s mystery guests), Michael Ryerson (Thursday’s mystery guests), Thom and Megan (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guests).

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

  1. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Lillian Randolph.

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  2. David Inman says:

    Lillian Randolph, I think,

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  3. FunkyPhD says:

    Lillian Randolph?

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  4. skretvedt1958 says:

    Lillian Randolph, and I think this is from “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

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  5. Amanda Randolph, I think.

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  6. Suzanne Stone says:

    Lillian Randolph as Birdie in “The Great Gildersleeve”? 1942, in keeping with your wartime theme.

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  7. Robert Morrissey says:

    That’s Lillian Randolph. I just just saw her sister Amanda last night in 1950’s No Way Out.

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  8. Mary Mallory says:

    Lillian Randolph today.

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  9. B.J. Merholz says:

    Lillian Randolph in The Great Gildersleeve?

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  10. Gary says:

    Lillian Randolph.

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  11. Sheila says:

    Lillian Randolph?

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  12. Jenny M says:

    Lillian Randolph

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  13. tucsonbarbara says:

    Well, I think that’s Lillian Randolph.

    I’ll guess the movie is either The Great Gildersleeve, Gildersleeve’s Bad Day, Gildersleeve’s Ghost, or Gildersleeve on Broadway.

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  14. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Lillian Randolph in THE GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (1942)

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  15. Meredith Ponedel says:

    Amanda Randolph?

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  16. LC says:

    Gildersleeve’s Bad Day (1943) w/ Lillian Randolph, Harold Peary, Nancy Gates, Jane Darwell…

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  17. sueslutzky says:

    Lillian Randolph

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  18. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Monday’s mystery woman looks like Lillian Randolph.

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  19. I’m going to supplement my earlier guess by adding Amanda Randolph’s younger sister Lillian, in which case the movie may be Gildersleeve’s Ghost (1944).

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  20. Sylvia E. says:

    Monday – looks like Lillian Randolph

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  21. Sarah says:

    Is it Lillian Randolph?

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  22. Mary Mallory says:

    GILDERSLEEVE’S BAD DAY. Freddie Mercer and Joan Barclay.

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  23. tucsonbarbara says:

    Freddie Mercer on Tuesday.

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  24. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    “Gildersleeve’s Bad Day” (1943)
    Freddie Mercer; Joan Barclay.

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  25. Jenny M says:

    Freddie Mercer and Joan Barclay in Gildersleeve’s Bad Day.

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  26. beachgal says:

    Monday – Lillian Randolph
    Tues – Freddie Mercer
    Our movie is Gildersleeve’s Bad Day
    Might our Tues gal in the car be Joan Barclay?

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  27. David Inman says:

    Ah, the Marjorie Forrester conundrum! I’m guessing this is Margie Stewart, making this “Gildersleeve’s Ghost.”

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  28. So my second guess was correct (Lillian Randolph), and Freddie Mercer makes it the Gildersleeve franchise, I think, and the pretty girl in the convertible is perhaps Joan Barclay (total guess) making it Gildersleeve’s Bad Day (1943).

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  29. mike hawks says:

    Lillian Randolph in GILDERSLEEVE GOES TO HAWAII. HO, HO.

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  30. Benito says:

    Dean Stockwell today? No green hair

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  31. Gary says:

    Let’s add Freddy Mercer to the mix and Margie Stewart and make this Guildersleeve’s Ghost. I saw reruns of all these films growing up in Kansas…it might be where I discovered Thurston Hall.

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  32. Lillian Randolph on Monday?

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  33. Kid is Freddie Mercer? Series is one of the Gildersleeves?

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  34. sueslutzky says:

    Freddie Mercer and Joan Barclay (If it’s Joan, then the movie is Gildersleeve’s Bad Day.)

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  35. Sylvia E. says:

    I’ll take a stab at The Great Gildersleeve franchise. The kid for Tuesday is Freddie Mercer. Still working on the young woman in the car.

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  36. tucsonbarbara says:

    In addition to Freddie Mercer on Tuesday – Joan Barclay in “Gildersleeve’s Bad Day”

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  37. Mary Mallory says:

    Jimmy Clemons Jr., Barbara Hale, Richard LeGrand, Patti Brill, and Margie Stewart, with good old Frank Jenks and Alan Carney as our bad guys.

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  38. Floyd Thursby says:

    For Wednesday we have Frank Jenks and Alan Carney. The movie is “Gildersleeve’s Bad Day.”

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  39. tucsonbarbara says:

    Jimmy Clemons, Jr., Barbara Hale, Dink Trout, Betty Wells, Margie Stewart, Frank Jenks, Alan Carney

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  40. beachgal says:

    Wed photo #3 are Frank Jenks and Alan Carney
    Wed lad is Jimmy Clemons Jr
    Wed gals at party with man in glasses – Barbara Hale right front, Dink Trout (gent in middle), gal front left might be Patti Brill, gal back right might be Ann Summers. Hard to tell these party girls from each other.

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  41. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Jimmy Clemons Jr.; Barbara Hale, Dink Trout, Patti Brill, Margie Stewart; Frank Jenks, Alan Carney.

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  42. FunkyPhD says:

    Wednesday’s mystery gents: Frank Jenks and Alan Carney. Film is “Gildersleeve’s Bad Day.”

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  43. Frank Jenks and Alan Carney and do I see Barbara Hale (on the left) at the party?

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  44. Gary says:

    OK. So it’s Joan Barkley and Frank Jenks in Guliderleeves Bad Day.

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  45. mike hawks says:

    Freddie Mercer and Joan Barclay from Tuesday. Frank Jenks, Alan Carney add up to GILDERSLEEVE’S BAD DAY.

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  46. Sylvia E. says:

    This has been fun.

    Gildersleeve’s Bad Day 1943
    Tues – Woman in the car – Joan Barclay
    Weds – not sure about the kid with the bottle / Dink Trout with Barbara Hale, Ann Summers and Margie Stewart / Frank Jenks and Alan Carney

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  47. Mary Mallory says:

    Yay! Douglas Fowley and Jane Darwell. She got her start working at Famous Players Lasky in 1914-1915, and then quit and went back to theatre before returning to films in the 1930s.

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  48. beachgal says:

    Wed – Douglas Fowley and Jane Darwell

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  49. Sylvia E. says:

    Missed seeing this cast member listed before. I’m going by his approximate age on the IMDb page. I sent Wednesday’s sailor-suited youngster, Jimmy Clemons Jr?

    Thurs – Douglas Fowley / Jane Darwell

    That leaves Harold Peary and Nancy Gates for Friday. Maybe Charles Arnt, too.

    Had fun. Looking forward to the Saturday breakdown.

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  50. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Douglas Fowley; Jane Darwell.

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  51. sueslutzky says:

    Wednesday: 1 – Jimmy Clemons Jr.; 2 – Barbara Hale, Dink Trout,
    Ann Summers, and Margie Stewart; 3 – Frank Jenks and Alan Carney

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  52. tucsonbarbara says:

    Douglas Fowley, Jane Darwell

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  53. For Thursday, Douglas Fowley and Jane Darwell.

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  54. Thom and Megan says:

    Our mystery movie is Gildersleeve’s Bad Day with Jane Darwell, Douglas Fowley, Frank Jenks, Alan Carney, Barbara Hale, Patti Brill, Margie Stewart, Joan Barclay, Freddie Mercer and Lillian Randolph.

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  55. mike hawks says:

    Douglas Fowley and Jane Darwell.

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  56. sueslutzky says:

    Thursday: Douglas Fowley and Jane Darwell

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  57. Mary Mallory says:

    Jane Darwell, Charles Arnt, Nancy Gates, and Harold Peavey.

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  58. tucsonbarbara says:

    Jane Darwell, Charles Arnt, Nancy Gates, Harold Peary

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  59. And Friday, we have Jane Darwell, Charles Arnt and Nancy Gates gathered round Harold Peary’s (as Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve) bed.

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  60. beachgal says:

    Fri Harold Peary, Jane Darwell, Nancy Gates, Charles Arnt

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  61. mike hawks says:

    Jane Darwell, Charles Arnt, Nancy Gates and Harold Peary.

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  62. sueslutzky says:

    Friday: Jane Darwell, Charles Arnt, Nancy Gates and Harold Peary

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