Movieland Mystery Photo – Red Car Edition (Updated +)

Oct. 18, 2021, Mystery Photo

I was going to take the mystery photos dark this week as I’ve been traveling and unable to preview a mystery movie. But I decided to run this historic photo for the week.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory has identified our mysterious motorman.

Update: This is a behind the scenes shot from filming the 1927 Fox film Is Zat So? directed by Alfred E. Green. For this sequence, Fox borrowed a streetcar and built an exterior set at Fox Hills. Read more in the Pacific Electric Magazine for April 1927. The film is apparently lost.

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6 Responses to Movieland Mystery Photo – Red Car Edition (Updated +)

  1. Mary Mallory says:

    Looks like George O’Brien behind the wheel.

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  2. Mary Mallory says:

    Is this for SUNRISE? looks like F. W. Murnau standing to the left.

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  3. aryedirect says:

    Gaffers and a Red Car. Just another day on the streets of L.A..

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  4. Mary Mallory says:

    This is the set for SUNRISE isn’t it? Of course it could be EAST SIDE, WEST SIDE, his New York picture which came after SUNRISE.

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  5. Mary Mallory says:

    That could be cinematographer Joseph August with the glasses to the right. He and O’brien worked together on SEAS BENEATH, with George playing a Navy guy.

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  6. B,J, Merholz says:

    Is that D.W. setting the scene?

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