Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Main title, Day-Time Wife, silhouette of dancing couple

This week’s mystery movie was the 1939 Twentieth Century-Fox film Day-Time Wife (sometimes Daytime Wife, watch the hyphen), with Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Warren William, Binnie Barnes, Wendy Barrie and Joan Davis.

harrisonsreports21harr_0223Screenplay by Art Arthur and Robert Harari. Story by Rex Taylor.

Photographed by Peverell Marley. Art direction by Richard Day and Joseph C. Wright. Set decoration by Thomas Little. Edited by Francis Lyon. Costumes by Royer. Sound by Arthur von Kirbach and Roger Heman. Musical director Cyril J. Mockridge.

Associate producer Raymond Griffith.

Directed by Gregory Ratoff.

Day-Time Wife is available on DVD in a box set from Amazon.

Information on the history of the film is available from the AFI catalog.

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I picked Day-Time Wife by going through the trades and looking for a well-received movie that hadn’t aired recently on TCM. It’s an interesting counterpoint for Linda Darnell (her second film after Elsa Maxwell’s Hotel for Women) following No Way Out a few weeks ago.

The plot is fluffy, but the script, the direction and the acting make it all work. Warren William is not in his usual, broadly played “office lecher” mode, which is refreshing. The sets are quite striking; quite opulent.

This is from 1939, so will we have a Bosley Crowther review? No. It’s B.R. Crisler, signed B.R.C.

Reviewed  (Nov. 24, 1939):

For a consistently light and superficial holiday comedy of the domestic type (as distinguished from the more sophisticated foreign variety) we strongly recommend the irresponsible item called Daytime Wife, at the Roxy. if you carefully observe all the rules for enjoying comedies of this type, of which Rule I is to throw overboard all intellectual and (if you want to be really cooperative) all moral ballast, there is no reason why you should not find it even more amusing than most comedies that try to make sense.

Jan. 24, 2022, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Mildred Gover.

Jan. 25, 2022, Mystery Photo
For Tuesday, we have another mystery woman.

Update: This is Marie Blake (later Blossom Rock).

Jan. 26, 2022, Mystery Photo
For “Hm Wednesday,” we have a mystery gent. His mysterious companions have been cropped out due to insufficient mysteriousness and will appear later in the week.

Update: For Thursday, adding a mystery woman.
Update: For Friday, adding a less mysterious woman.

Update: This is Linda Darnell, left, Binnie Barnes and Leonid Kinskey.

Jan. 26, 2022, Mystery Photo And we have this mystery woman.

Update: This is Joan Davis.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie and both mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and both mystery guests), Mike Hawks (Tuesday’s mystery woman), Anne Papineau (Tuesday’s mystery woman), L.C. (mystery movie and mystery cast), Sheila (Tuesday’s mystery woman) and Bob Hansen (Tuesday’s mystery woman).

Jan. 27, 2022, Mystery Photo
For “Aha Thursday,” we have this mystery woman.

Update: This is Joan Valerie.

Jan. 27, 2022, Mystery Photo
We also have this mysterious gent.

Update: This is Warren William.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery guests), Tucson Barbara (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Anne Papineau (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Incredibleinman (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery guests), Jenny M. (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Earl Boebert (Wednesday’s mystery gent), B.J. Merholz (Wednesday’s mystery gent), Sylvia E. (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Benito (Wednesday’s mystery gent), Mike Hawks (mystery movie, Monday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Funky PhD (mystery movie, Monday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests) and Patrick (mystery movie and all mystery guests).

Jan. 28, 2022, Mystery Photo
For Friday, we have a mystery woman, who looked very different a few weeks ago.

Update: This is Linda Darnell.

Jan. 28, 2022, Mystery Photo
We also have a mystery man in rather striking pajamas.

Update: This is Tyrone Power, in the dashing PJs.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (woman added for Wednesday, woman cropped out for lack of mysteriousness and Thursday’s mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests), Tucson Barbara (Wednesday’s added woman, Thursday’s mystery guests), B.J. Merholz (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guests), Gary (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s added mystery woman and Thursday’s mystery guests), Charles Kjelland (Thursday’s mystery gent), McDee (Wednesday’s mystery fellow), Alexa (mystery movie), Anne Papineau (Wednesday’s added mystery woman and Thursday’s mystery fellow) and Sylvia E. (Wednesday’s added mystery woman, woman cropped out due to lack of mysteriousness and Thursday’s mystery fellow).

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

  1. tucsonbarbara says:

    Wild guess – Libby Taylor

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  2. bjmesbcglobalnet says:

    Your sign in is confusing me. Again I’ll comment, if necessary, that your mystery woman may be wearing Louise Beaver’s costume, but I’m guessing it is Marietta Canty in it, holding the leading man’s hat; who we will see wearing it later in the week.

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  3. Robert Morrissey says:

    Following!

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  4. Michael Lott says:

    Is that Louise Beavers for Monday’s mystery woman?

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  5. David Inman says:

    Frances E. Williams today?

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  6. Mary Mallory says:

    Marie Blake nad THOROUGHBREDS DON’T CRY.

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  7. Mary Mallory says:

    Actually Day Time Wife. Mildred Gover Monday and blake today.

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  8. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    DAY-TIME WIFE (1939)
    Monday: Mildred Gover
    Tuesday: Marie Blake

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  9. mike hawks says:

    Marie Blake.

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  10. Anne Papineau says:

    Marie Blake on Tuesday?

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  11. LC says:

    Day-Time Wife (1939) w/Mildred Gover, Marie Blake, Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell,Warren William, Binnie Barnes, Joan Davis…

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  12. Sheila says:

    Marie Blake for Tuesday?

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  13. Bob Hansen says:

    I think Tuesday’s lady is Blossom Rock. I don’t know the movie though.

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  14. Mary Mallory says:

    Leonid Kinskey and Joan Davis.

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  15. tucsonbarbara says:

    Day-Time Wife

    Mon – Mildred Gover
    Tues – Marie Blake (aka Blossom Rock)
    Wed – Leonid Kinskey, Joan Davis

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  16. Anne Papineau says:

    On Monday, Mildred Gover, on Wednesday, Leonid Kinskey and Joan Davis in “Day-Time Wife”

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  17. Chrisbo says:

    Mischa Auer Wednesday?

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  18. Today we have the movies’ greatest romantic twosome, Leonid Kinskey and Joan Davis, so the movie must be “Part-Time Wife.”

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  19. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Leonid Kinskey; Joan Davis.

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  20. Jenny M says:

    Leonid Kinskey and Joan Davis in
    Day-Time Wife.

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  21. Earl Boebert says:

    I’m thinking Leonid Kinskey (Kinsky) on Wednesday.

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  22. bjmesbcglobalnet says:

    If Leonid Kinskey is Presenting Lily Mars, then Lillian Yarbo is wearing Beavers’ wardrobe.

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  23. Sylvia E. says:

    “Day-time Wife” 1939
    Monday – Mildred Gover
    Tuesday – Marie Blake (her pre-Blossom Rock and ‘Addams Family’ days. Interesting family connections for her, too)
    Wednesday – Leonid Kinskey (I’m guessing that Linda Darnell and Tyrone Power are the ‘cropped for lack of mysteriousness’ folks on screen left) and Ms. Joan Davis

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  24. Benito says:

    Leonid Kinskey (bartender in CASABLANCA) today

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  25. mike hawks says:

    Mildred Gover, Leonid Kinskey and Joan Davis in DAY-TIME WIFE.

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  26. FunkyPhD says:

    Monday: Mildred Gover. Tuesday: Renie Riano. Wednesday: Leonid Kinskey and Joan Davis, which makes this Day-Time Wife (1939)

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  27. Patrick says:

    Mildred Gover, Marie Blake, Leonid Kinskey and Joan Davis in Day-Time Wife from 1939.

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  28. Mary Mallory says:

    Wednesday, Binnie Barnes is to the left of Kinskey, who I think is reaching for the hands of Tyrone Power and Linda Darnell, then Joan Valerie and Warren William today.

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  29. Mary Mallory says:

    My Coco is much better looking than Kinskey.

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  30. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Joan Valerie; Warren William.

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  31. tucsonbarbara says:

    Adding Binnie Barnes to Wednesday.
    Thursday – Joan Valerie, Warren William

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  32. bjmesbcglobalnet says:

    I know Warren William and maybe Joan Valerie in Day-time Wife.

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  33. Gary says:

    Mildred Gover, Joan Davis, Leonid Kinsky and Binnie Barns in DayTime Wife.

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  34. mike hawks says:

    Binnie Barnes, Joan Valerie and Warren William.

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  35. Charles Kjelland says:

    Looks like Warren William appeared again today

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  36. McDee says:

    Leonid Kinskey on Wednesday

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  37. Alexa says:

    Day-Time Wife!

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  38. Anne Papineau says:

    Binnie Barnes and Warren William

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  39. Sylvia E. says:

    Thurs – Wendy Barrie, I think, in image 2 and Warren William in image 2.

    Wednesday’s revealed woman is Binnie Barnes. Still hidden is Linda Darnell, who I’m sure will surface fully tomorrow along with Tyrone Power.

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  40. Mary Mallory says:

    Linda Darnell and Tyrone Power today.

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  41. tucsonbarbara says:

    Linda Darnell, Tyrone Power

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  42. beachgal says:

    Monday – Mildred Gover
    Tues – Marie Blake
    Wed – Leonid Kinskey with Thurs add-on of Binnie Barnes and Fri add on of Linda Darnell
    Wed #2 photo – Joan Davis
    Thurs – Wendy Barrie in #1 photo and in #2 photo Warren William
    Fri – #1 photo Linda Darnell and #2 Tyrone Power
    Day-Time Wife (1939)

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  43. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Linda Darnell; Tyrone Power/

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  44. mike hawks says:

    Linda Darnell and Tyrone Power.

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  45. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Must not overlook Binnie Barnes.

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  46. mikesmaddie says:

    The ‘Aha Thursday’ mystery man is Warren William.

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