Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1944 Twentieth Century-Fox film Home in Indiana, with Walter Brennan, Charlotte Greenwood, Ward Bond, Charles Dingle.

harrisonsreports26harr_0102And introducing three young players in their first featured roles: Lon McCallister as Sparke,  Jeanne Crain as Char, and June Haver as (Lord help me) Cri-Cri.

Screenplay by Winston Miller. Based on the Saturday Evening Post story The Phantom Filly, by George Agnew Chamberlain.

Photographed in Technicolor. Photographed by Edward Cronjager. Technicolor director Natalie Kalmus. Associate Richard Mueller.

Art direction by James Basevi and Chester Gore. Set decorations by Thomas Little and Frank E. Hughes. Edited by Harmon Jones. Costumes by Bonnie Cashin.

Makeup by Guy Pearce. Photographic effects by Fred Sersen. Sound by W.D. Flick and Roger Heman. Music by Hugo W. Friedhofer. Musical direction by Emil Newman.

Produced by Andre Daven.

Directed by Henry Hathaway.

Home in Indiana is available on DVD from TCM.

More on the film’s history is available from the AFI catalog.


I closed out the year with Home in Indiana based on the positive reviews in the trades as it was released about the same time as last week’s Christmas Holiday. Home in Indiana is the average horse-racing yarn, presumably wholesome, morale-boosting fare for consumption during World War II. Walter Brennan gets a chance to show his full range from mean Walter Brennan, to drunk Walter Brennan to kindly/folksy Walter Brennan, all in one picture. Is there a worse name for a character than “Cri-Cri?” I cannot imagine why Winston Miller didn’t change it in adapting the screenplay.

I’m guessing the New York Times applauded such an uplifting story when the nation’s spirits needed to be bolstered.

I’m going to say Bosley Crowther, who fusses about the plot being “old hat,” but nevertheless endorses it.

And the answer is….

Bosley Crowther….

And he liked it (June 22, 1944):

The deep and abiding affection of Twentieth Century-Fox for horses, which has found inspired expression in such previous films as Kentucky and Maryland is again bursting out in Technicolor — and in another Federal locality — in Home in Indiana, which came to the Roxy yesterday. And having covered with ample enthusiasm such horses as run and jump in the above-named films, the studio is now giving its attention to trotters and harness-racing. Considering the color in the subject, not to mention the experience of the studio, it is not surprising that this picture would be a genial and exciting display….


….To be sure, the writer and director have not been wildly original in conceiving and shaping the story. And if it seems to follow an old a familiar line (with old familiar Walter Brennan it it), lay it down to their old horse-lover’s zeal. The fact is that this is another tale of faith moving horses and men, the faith being that of a young fellow who moves a horse to win races and Mr. Brennan to hope. Needless to say, a thread of romance is generously drawn through it, and the corn is sprinkled rather liberally. Bur horses — and horse-films — thrive on corn.



For Monday, we have a mystery gent. Also Back of the Head Guy, who will appear later in the week.

Update: This is George Reed and Lon McCallister as Back of the Head Guy.

Dec. 28, 2021, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have a mysterious gentleman. His companion has been cropped out due to insufficient mysteriousness and will appear later in the week.

For Friday, adding this mystery woman.

Update: This is Robert Condon and June Haver.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Monday’s mysterious gentleman).

Note to Sylvia: It is indeed a horsey movie. No mules were involved in the making of this mystery film.

Dec. 29, 2021, Mystery Photo

For “Hm Wednesday,” we have this mystery gent. Nose Guy (barely visible) will appear later in the week.

Update: This is Willie Best.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery guest).

Dec. 30, 2021, Mystery Photo
For “Aha Thursday,” we have this mystery woman. And, yet again, Back of the Head Guy.

Update: This is Charlotte Greenwood and Lon McCallister as Back of the Head Guy.

Dec. 30, 2021, Mystery Photo
We also have these mystery gents, with their companions cropped out due to insufficient mysteriousness.

For Friday, adding these mystery women.

Update: This is, from left, Jeanne Crain, June Haver, Ward Bond and Charles Dingle.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery gent and Back of the Head Guy, and Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery gents and Mystery Nose Guy), Jenny M. (mystery movie, Wednesday’s mystery gent and Mystery Nose Guy), Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery guest and Mystery Nose Guy), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and all mystery guests) and Beach Gal (mystery movie, all mystery guests, and Back of the Head Guy/Mystery Nose Guy).

Dec. 31, 2021, Mystery Photo
For Friday, we have this mystery woman and Back of the Head Woman.

Update: This is June Haver and Jeanne Crain as Back of the Head Woman.

And this mystery woman and a mysterious companion.

Update: This is Jeanne Crain and Walter Brennan

Dec. 31, 2021, Mystery Photo
Finally, this mystery gent.

Update: This is Lon McCallister.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery woman, mystery gents and Back of the Head Guy, plus cropped out woman), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests, Back of the Head Guy, plus cropped out woman), Beach Gal (Thursday’s mystery guests, Back of the Head Guy, cropped out mystery women and peering into the future to see Friday’s mystery guests), Funky PhD (mystery movie, Wednesday’s gent, and Thursday’s mystery woman and mystery man No. 1), B.J. Merholz (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery gents), Anne Papineau (mystery movie, Wednesday’s mystery gent and Thursday’s mystery woman), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guests and Back of the Head Guy) and L.C. (mystery movie and mystery cast).

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

  1. Robert Morrissey says:

    Following! 🙂


  2. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    George Reed, Cornel Wilde in THE HOMESTRETCH


  3. mike hawks says:

    Clinton Rosemond and Lon McCallister in THE STORY OF SEABISCUIT.


  4. aryedirect says:

    Back of head man has the smal-man’s physicality of Alan Ladd. Though I doubt that it is him.


  5. Mary Mallory says:

    THE STORY OF SEABISCUIT. Frank H. Wilson and Lon McAllister as BOTH guy.


  6. Sylvia E. says:

    Hmmm …I thought that the equine cast member was a mule (based on the ears.). But if it’s a ‘horsey movie’ I must be wrong.

    BOTHG’s jaw line reminds me of someone, but no guesses yet.


  7. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Monday: Lon McCallister in the hat
    Tuesday: Robert Condon


  8. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    HOME IN INDIANA (1944)


  9. beachgal says:

    Is Monday Jester Hairston in Gypsy Colt perchance?


  10. Mary Mallory says:

    HOME IN INDIANA. George Reed Monday and is that Lon McAllister as BOTH guy? If so, I had him right Monday. Robert Condon yesterday and Willie Best today.


  11. Mary Mallory says:

    McAllister with Best today too.


  12. Jenny M says:

    Willie Best and Nose Guy Lon McCallister in Home in Indiana.


  13. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Willie Best and a fraction of Lon McCallister.


  14. mike hawks says:

    George Reed, Robert Condon and Willie Best in HOME IN INDIANA.


  15. beachgal says:

    Monday is George Reed. BofHG is Lon McCallister
    Film is Home In Indianna
    Tues Is Robert Condon
    Wed is Willie Best. Mr. Nose is Lon McCallister


  16. Mary Mallory says:

    Charlotte Greenwood and Lon McAllister again as BOTH buy, Ward Bond and Charles Dingle, with Jeanne Crain and Walter Brennan out of view.


  17. Mary Mallory says:

    If it’s not George Reed Monday, then Emmett Smith.


  18. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Lon McCallister, Charlotte Greenwood; June Haver, Ward Bond, Charles Dingle.


  19. beachgal says:

    Thurs #1 – Charlotte Greenwood, BofTHG is Lon McCallister
    Thurs #2 – Charles Dingle, Ward Bond – their movie daughters, June Haver and Jeanne Crain are sitting next to them but cropped out. Assume they will appear tomorrow along with Lon McCallister and Walter Brennan.


  20. FunkyPhD says:

    Thursday’s mystery man on the left is Ward Bond. The mystery man on the right looks like Barton MacLane, but apparently isn’t. The mystery woman is Charlotte Greenwood. Wednesday’s mystery gent is Willie Best, which makes this “Home in Indiana.”


  21. bjmesbcglobalnet says:

    Ward Bond and Charles Dingle are back Home in Indiana.


  22. Anne Papineau says:

    Charlotte Greenwood and Willie Best in “Home in Indiana”


  23. mike hawks says:

    Charlotte Greenwood, Ward Bond, Lon McCallister and Charles Dingle.


  24. LC says:

    Home in Indiana (1944) w/Walter Brennan, Lon McCallister, Jeanne Crane, Charlotte Greenwood, June Haver, Ward Bond, Charles Dingle, Willie Best, Sam McDaniel…

    I suspected that my responses were not growing through, I hope that I am no longer spam bound.


  25. Benito says:

    Barton MacLane, sans Torchy


  26. Bruce says:

    Could that be Ed Asner on Thursday?


  27. Mary Mallory says:

    June Haver Tuesday and Thursday, Jeanne Crain Thursday, both girls today, Jeanne with Walter Brennan, and Lon McAllister.


  28. beachgal says:

    Fri – #1 frame June Haver
    Fri – #2 frame Jeanne Crain and Walter Brennan
    Fri #3 frame is Lon McCallister
    Added on to Tues June Haver
    Added on to Thurs June Haver and Jeanne Crain at the races


  29. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Jeanne Crain and Walter Brennan appeared on Friday.


  30. Gary says:

    The mind is not a reliable source of information. I saw this film when I was 9 years olf. I remember it as a Lon Mc/Jeanne Crain flick. I have no memory of June Haver being in it at all. Scudda Hoo Scudda Hay…about two mules. It is later remembered as MM’s first line on film.


  31. Sylvia E. says:

    “Home in Indiana” 1944

    Looking forward to the Saturday breakdown.


  32. Earl Boebert says:

    And in the bringing up the rear category … I recognized Margaret O’Brien on Friday, movie is “Glory.” Clarabell Tilbee? Good Lord.


  33. mike hawks says:

    June Haver, Jeanne Crain, Lon McCallister and Walter Brennan.


  34. suzanne stone says:

    “Home In Indiana” of 1944 with so many 20th century Fox stars….Jeanne Crain, Charlotte Greenwood, Lon McCallister


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