Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Main Title Brides Are Like That

This week’s mystery movie was the 1936 Warner Bros. picture Brides Are Like That, with Ross Alexander, Anita Louise, Joseph Cawthorn, Kathleen Lockhart, Gene Lockhart, Richard Purcell, Mary Treen, Joseph Crehan, Frank Darien, Robert Emmett Keane and Kay Hughes.

Movie Review, Harrison's Reports, March 28, 1936Directed by William McGann.

Screenplay by Ben Markson from the play Applesauce by Barry Conners.

Edited by Clarence Kolster. Photographed by Sid Hickox. Art direction by Esdras Hartley.

Brides Are Like That has apparently never been commercially released. It most recently aired on TCM in January 2020. More on the history of the film is available from the AFI catalog.


I rarely do seasonal movies, but thought I would experiment with Brides Are Like That for its Thanksgiving scenes. Parts of the movie are quite stagey, revealing its origins as Applesauce, which played for 90 performances on Broadway with Clara Blandick, Walter Connolly and William Holden (d. 1932) in the cast. Applesauce received a favorable review in the New York Times (Sept. 29, 1925), which noted that the play had been a success in Chicago in the previous season.

The Lockharts have been in Mystery Movie Jail with Van Johnson, Edward G. Robinson and Mitchell Leisen, but I decided to let them out as this was their movie debut.

Since the movie was transferred from Broadway, perhaps the New York Times didn’t entirely hate it. Let’s see…

Frank S. Nugent, writing in the New York Times (March 23, 1936) said:

Not every play can hibernate for eleven long years and then return to the living world without its plot creaking in several joints and long gray whiskers on its dialogue. The late Barry Conners’ comedy Applesauce, which Broadway enjoyed back in 1925, is one of the happy exceptions. Its film editing, bearing the glossy title Brides Are Like That has reached the Strand with unimpaired vigor, warmth and humor. Although it is one of the Warners’ lesser efforts, a Class B picture designed for the double-bill houses, it still is a pleasant little domestic farce and it has been played with proper exuberance by its cast.

Nov. 22, 2021, Mystery Photo
For Monday, we have a mysterious Thanksgiving ball. High jinks will ensue.

Update: It’s a Thanksgiving picture – sort of. You have been warned.

Dick Purcell in Brides Are Like That
For Tuesday, we have a mystery gent. He does not approve of such goings-on.

Update: This is Dick Purcell (Mackley Q. Greene in The Bank Dick).

Mary Treen and Gene Lockhart in cultural appropriation considered amusing in the 1930s

For “Hm Wednesday,” we have a mystery woman engaging in the promised high jinks, and cultural appropriation. Her companion has been cropped out due to insufficient mysteriousness.
Update: For “Aha Thursday,” adding our mystery woman’s mysterious companion.

Update: This is Mary Treen with Gene Lockhart.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Tuesday’s mystery gent), Mike Hawks (Tuesday’s mystery gent) and Sheila (Tuesday’s mystery gent).

Kathleen Lockhart in Pilgrim garb in Brides Are Like That
And also for “Aha Thursday,” we have this mystery woman.

Update: This is Kathleen Lockhart.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie, Wednesday’s mystery woman), Funky PhD (Wednesday’s mystery woman), Tucson Barbara (Wednesday’s mystery woman), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery woman), Roget-L.A. (mystery movie, Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Dan Nather (mystery movie), David Inman (Wednesday’s mystery woman) and L.C. (mystery movie and mystery cast).

Anita Louise, Ross Alexander and Dick Purcell in Colonial costumes in Brides Are Like That
Finally, for Friday, we have these mysterious personages in Pilgrim getups. And Tuesday’s mystery gent returns as Back of the Head Guy.

Update: This is Anita Louise and Ross Alexander, with Dick Purcell as Back of the Head Guy. Alexander is a returning mystery guest, having appeared in Gentlemen Are Born last year. Alexander committed suicide at the age of 29.

Brain Trust roll call: Sheila (mystery movie, Wednesday’s mystery woman  and Thursday’s mystery gent), Mary Mallory (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests), Tucson Barbara (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Funky PhD (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery gent), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guests) and B.J. Merholz (Thursday’s mystery gent).

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

  1. Gary says:

    Laurel and Hardy …title is either Pilgrim’s Promise or Mayflower Pilgrims. 1930.


  2. Mary Mallory says:

    John Garrick.


  3. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Dick Purcell.


  4. mike hawks says:

    Dick Purcell.


  5. funkyphd says:

    Three Cheers for Love (1936)


  6. Sheila says:

    Dick Purcell?


  7. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Mary Treen in “Brides Are Like That,” 1936.


  8. FunkyPhD says:

    Wednesday’s cultural appropriator is Mary Treen.


  9. tucsonbarbara says:

    She looks like Mary Treen.


  10. mike hawks says:

    Mary Treen in BRIDES ARE LIKE THAT.


  11. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Dick Purcell and Mary Treen in Brides Are Like That (1936)


  12. Dan Nather says:

    With my eyes wide open, I’m guessing BRIDES ARE LIKE THAT (1936).


  13. LC says:

    Brides Are Like That (1936) Dick Purcell, Anita Louise, Ross Alexander, Mary Treen…


  14. Sheila says:

    Mary Treen and Gene Lockhart, ‘Brides Are Like That’?


  15. Mary Mallory says:

    BRIDES ARE LIKE THAT. Dick Purcell Monday. Mary Treen and Gene Lockhart Wednesday and Kathleen Lockhart today.


  16. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Gene and Kathleen Lockhart.


  17. tucsonbarbara says:

    “Brides Are Like That”

    Dick Purcell, Mary Treen, Gene Lockhart, Kathleen Lockhart


  18. FunkyPhD says:

    Gene Lockhart is Mary Treen’s companion, which makes this “Brides are Like That” from 1936.


  19. mike hawks says:

    Gene and Kathleen Lockhart.


  20. B.J. Merholz says:

    Gene Lockhart


  21. Mary Mallory says:

    Anita Louise and Ross Alexander.


  22. Benito says:

    Ross Alexander today. Mary Treen on Wednesday?


  23. Benito says:

    Guess its BRIDES ARE LIKE THAT 1936


  24. tucsonbarbara says:

    Anita Louise and Ross Alexander


  25. David Inman says:

    Ross Alexander today — I’m guessing “Brides Are Like That.”


  26. B.J. Merholz says:

    Come Friday and I still don’t know any names but Lockhart’s, so I’m gong to guess Brides are Like That.


  27. mike hawks says:

    Anita Louise, Ross Alexander and Dick Purcell.


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