Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)


This week’s mystery movie was the 1951 Twentieth Century-Fox picture Take Care of My Little Girl, with Jeanne Crain, Dale Robertson, Mitzi Gaynor, Jean Peters, Jeffrey Hunter, Betty Lynn, Helen Westcott, Lenka Peterson, Carol Brannon, Natalie Schafer, Beverly Dennis, Kathleen Hughes and Peggy O’Connor.

Screenplay by Julius J. and Philip G. Epstein. Based on the novel by Peggy Goodin.

Take_Care_harrisonsreports00harr_0111Color by Technicolor. Technicolor color consultant Monroe W. Burbank.

Music by Alfred Newman. Photography by Harry Jackson.

Art direction by Lyle Wheeler and Joseph C. Wright. Set decorations by Thomas Little and Claude Carpenter. Edited by William Reynolds. Wardrobe by Charles LeMaire. Costumes by Travilla. Associate music director Ken Darby. Orchestration by Edward Powell. Makeup by Ben Nye. Photographic effects by Fred Sersen. Sound by George Leverett and Harry M. Leonard.

Produced by Julian Blaustein.

Directed by Jean Negulesco.

Take Care of My Little Girl is not commercially available. It aired on TCM once, in 2013.

Please note that I did not run Natalie Schafer. She’s with Mitchell Leisen, Van Johnson and Edward G. Robinson in Mystery Movie Jail for the rest of the year – if not longer.


After last week’s The Tales of Hoffmann, I dug around in the trades for another movie from that era and found Take Care of My Little Girl. Viewed in 2021, it seems quaint. The actresses are mostly too old to play college students (Jeanne Crain and Jean Peters were in their mid-20s). And Dale Robertson was in his late 20s, though he played a World War II veteran attending college. The film was controversial in the days before Animal House, but it’s pretty campy now.

For example, on Monday I ran the picture of the Jean Peters and Jeanne Crain dancing (and yes, girls dancing with girls was considered permissible at the time, as I recall from dancing school when there weren’t enough boys to go around. And NO, boys did not dance with boys. At least not at Mr. Morgan’s Dancing School). But there’s also a great scene in which a girl asks Mitzi Gaynor if she wants to dance. Gaynor’s character replies: “I don’t dance with girls, it ruins your technique.” The response is: “Well, then, do you want to wrestle?” Remind me again how the 1950s were so innocent.

More about the history of Take Care of My Little Girl is available from the AFI catalog.

And let’s see which New York Times critic hated it. I’m betting on Bosley “I hate everything” Crowther….

Aha! Writing July 19, 1951.

What? Bosley Crowther LIKED Take Care of My Little Girl?

I may have to go take a nitroglycerin pill.

While the problem of sororities and fraternities may not be the most disturbing one that is causing the college people to scratch their heads these days, it has certainly provided a company at Twentieth Century-Fox with the stuff for a brightly entertaining and frankly provocative film. Take Care of My Little Girl, the item which came to the Roxy yesterday, is sure to amuse the modern youngsters and turn a lot of sororal faces red.

For Monday, we have a mystery woman. Also Back of the Head Woman, who will appear Friday.

Update: This is “mean girl” Jean Peters and Jeanne Crain as Back of the Head Woman.

For Tuesday, we have a mystery woman. There are a lot of mystery women in this mystery movie.

Update: This is future Barney Fife girlfriend Betty Lynn.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery women), David Inman (Monday’s Back of the Head Woman), Alexa (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery woman), Gary (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery women), Funky Phd (mystery movie and Monday’s Back of the head Woman), Tucson Barbara (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery women), and Megan and Thom (Monday’s Back of the Head Woman).

For “Hm Wednesday,” we have this mystery woman. She is unsure about such goings-on.

Update: This is Helen Westcott.

We also have this mystery woman.

Update: This is Gail Davis, future star of TV’s Annie Oakley.


We also have these mysterious parental units.

Update: This is John Litel and Marjorie Crossland.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Tucson Barbara (Tuesday’s mystery woman), Howard Mandelbaum (Tuesday’s mystery woman), Earl Boebert (mystery movie, mystery actresses who are in other roles), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and all mystery guests) and Sylvia E. (mystery movie and all mystery guests).


For “Aha Thursday,” we have a mysterious gent.

Update: This is Jeffrey Hunter.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery guests), Floyd Thursby (mystery movie, Wednesday’s mystery father), Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery guests), David Inman (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery father), Ayre Direct (Wednesday’s mystery father), B.J. Merholz (Wednesday’s mysterious father), Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mysterious future TV star and mysterious parental units), Sheila (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery woman and Wednesday’s mysterious father) and Tucson Barbara (Wednesday’s mysterious parental units).


For Friday, we have a mystery gent.

Update: This is Dale Robertson with an ancient pay phone.


We also have this mystery woman (and Back of the Head Woman) …

Update: This is Beverly Dennis.


…This mystery woman…

Update: This is Mitzi Gaynor.


… And this mystery woman.

Update: This is Jeanne Crain.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery gent), Tucson Barbara (Thursday’s mystery gent), Michael Ryerson (mystery movie and mystery cast), B.J. Merholz (Monday’s mystery woman), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery gent), Beach Gal (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Richard Wegescheide (Wednesday’s mystery father), Sylvia Edwards (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mysterious future TV star, Wednesday’s mystery parental units and Thursday’s mystery gent), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery gent), Anne Papineau (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery gent) and Suzanne Stone (mystery movie, Monday’s Back of the Head Woman, Wednesday’s mysterious father and Thursday’s mystery gent).

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

  1. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Jeanne Crain, Jean Peters in TAKE CARE OF MY LITTLE GIRL (1951).


  2. David Inman says:

    Back-of-the-head woman just screams “Jeanne Crain” to me.


  3. Alexa says:

    Take care of my little girl
    Jean peters


  4. Anthony Crothers says:

    Gale Storm?


  5. Gary says:

    Jean Peters and Jeanne Crane in Take Care of My Little Girl.


  6. Bob Hansen says:

    Is that Gale Storm on Monday? I don’t know the movie.


  7. Getta load of that waist!


  8. funkyphd says:

    I think it’s “Take Care of My Little Girl” (1951) with Jeanne Crain as BOTH woman.


  9. aryedirect says:

    Ir’s a Storm. And a Gale. She won her cute name in a contest. And kept it, as she did a perky style.


  10. tucsonbarbara says:

    “Take Care of My Little Girl” with Jean Peters and Jeanne Crain


  11. Megan and Thom says:

    Our back of the head lady reminds me of Jeanne Crain.


  12. Mary Mallory says:

    TAKE CARE OF MY LITTLE GIRL. Jeanne Crain as BOTH girl dancing with Jean Peters, and Betty Lynn today.


  13. tucsonbarbara says:

    Betty Lynn


  14. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Betty Lynn.


  15. Earl Boebert says:

    1951’s “Take Care of My Little Girl?” Sure looks like Mitzi Gaynor on Monday and Jeanne Crain on Tuesday.


  16. mike hawks says:

    Jeanne Crain, Jean Peters and Betty Lynn in TAKE CARE OF MY LITTLE GIRL.


  17. Sylvia Edwards says:

    I should have gone with my ‘gut’ guess yesterday.

    Any-hoo, the movie is “Take Care of My Little Girl” 1951
    Monday – BOTHW is Jeanne Crain and facing camera is, I think, Jean Peters
    Tuesday – Betty Lynn (before her days as Barney Fife’s girlfriend)


  18. Mary Mallory says:

    Carol Brannon and Beverly Dennis, Gail Davis, JOhn Litel and Marjorie Crossland


  19. Floyd Thursby says:

    For Wednesday we have John Litel in “Take Care of My Little Girl.”


  20. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Helen Westcott, Beverly Dennis; Gail Davis; John Litel, Marjorie Crossland.


  21. David Inman says:

    I’m embarrassed to say I know none of these other women, but I do know John Litel when I see him, making this “Take Care of My Little Girl.”


  22. aryedirect says:

    On the Left Frame, John Lytel. He played bosses with authority. He even had Robert Cummings real estate boss in Cummings’ first television series, ‘My Hero’ as a realtor named Beanblosson.


  23. B.J. Merholz says:

    John Litel.


  24. mike hawks says:

    Gail Davis, John Litel and Marjorie Crossland.


  25. Sheila says:

    Jean Peters on Monday, John Litel on Wednesday, ‘Take Good Care of My Little Girl’?


  26. tucsonbarbara says:

    John Litel and Marjorie Crossland


  27. Mary Mallory says:

    Jeffrey Hunter today.


  28. tucsonbarbara says:

    Jeffrey Hunter


  29. Well, John Litel and Jeffrey Hunter make this Take Care of my Little Girl (1951). Jeanne Crain, Dale Robertson, Mitzi Gaynor (one of my favorite people), and Jean Peters. Seems very frothy.


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  31. Well, John Litel and Jeffrey Hunter make this Take Care of my LittleGirl (1951). Jeanne Crain, Dale Robertson, Mitzi Gaynor (still one of my favorite people) and Jean Peters. Still seems very frothy.


  32. B.J. Merholz says:

    I can’t believe that I missed Jean Peters, what, the year before Viva Zapata?


  33. beachgal says:

    Wed parents are Marjorie Crossland and John Litel.
    Our film is Take Care of My Little Girl.
    Monday BOTHG is Jeanne Craine
    Thurs gent is Jeffrey Hunter


  34. mike hawks says:

    Jeffrey Hunter.


  35. Richard Wegescheide says:

    Wednesday is John Litel and I believe Olive Blakeney, which would make this one a Henry Aldrich picture. The last time I saw one of those, I still only had a black and white tv, so I’ll choose the last one, Henry Aldrich’s Little Secret.


  36. beachgal says:

    Oops. Mon #1 is Jean Peters


  37. beachgal says:

    Wed #2 is Gail Davis


  38. Sylvia Edwards says:

    Helen Westcott don’t know who her friend is
    Gail Davis (I think)
    John Litel and Marjorie Crossland
    Jeffrey Hunter


  39. Anne Papineau says:

    Ah … Jeffrey Hunter. Must be “Take Care of My Little Girl.”


  40. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Jeffrey Hunter.


  41. suzanne stone says:

    Jeffrey Hunter, John Litel in “Take Care of My LIttle Girl” with back of head Jeanne Crain.


  42. tucsonbarbara says:

    Dale Robertson, Jeanne Crain and Helen Westcott, Mitzi Gaynor, Jeanne Crain


  43. beachgal says:

    Fri #1 is Dale Robertson
    Fri #2 is Beverly Dennis
    Fri #3 is Mitzi Gaynor
    Fri #4 is Jeanne Crain


  44. mike hawks says:

    Dale Robertson, Mitzi Gaynor and Jeanne Crain.


  45. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Dale Robertson; Beverly Dennis; Mitzi Gaynor; Jeanne Crain.


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