Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Feb. 12, 2022, Main Title

This week’s mystery movie was the 1955 RKO Superscope production Underwater! with Jane Russell, Gilbert Roland, Richard Egan, Lori Nelson, Robert Keith, Joseph Calleia, Eugene Iglesias and Ric Roman.

Screenplay by Walter Newman. Based on a story by Hugh King and Robert B. Bailey.

Photography by Harry J. Wild. Technicolor consultant James Gooch, underwater photography by Lamar Boren. Music by Roy Webb. Musical director C. Bakaleinikoff. Art directors Albert S. D’Agostino and Carroll Clark. Edited by Stuart Gilmore and Frederic Knudtson. Sound effects by Walter G. Elliott.

Sound by S.G. Haughton and Terry Kellum. Assistant director William Dorfman. Set decorations by Darrell Silvera and John Sturtevant. Costumes by Michael Woulfe. makeup by Mel Berns. Miss Russell’s makeup artist Layne Britton. Hairstyles by Larry Germain.

Produced by Harry Tatelman.

Directed by John Sturges.

Presented by Howard Hughes.

Color by Technicolor.

Underwater! is available on Blu-ray in a Warner Archive (RIP) release from the soon-to-close TCM shop.


I picked Underwater! by going through the trades and looking for a critically acclaimed film. The photography is striking and the plot is a standard adventure tale. Newspapers said the premiere was staged underwater in Silver Springs, Fla., with the audience 20 feet underwater in oxygen masks.

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

Let’s see what Bosley Crowther had to say about it. I’m guessing he’ll dismiss it as “old hat.”

Yes, it’s Bosley, all right, Feb. 10, 1955:

They have tried many ways of showing Jane Russell’s attractiveness in films, from rigging her out in low-cut dresses to pouring her into tight-fitting cowboy duds. Now they have put her in a swim suit, wearing a pair of mechanical gills and paddling around among the fishes in the subaqueous gloom of a sunken ship. This happens in Underwater! which came to the Mayfair yesterday. The title conveys a description and an estimation of the contents in one word.

Seldom has anything so trifling as this story of delving for treasure beneath the seas been dished up as feature entertainment — or even as a special vehicle.

… This presentation of Miss Russell is like one of those fountain pens that is guaranteed to write underwater. it is novel, but impractical. Miss Russell does nothing that she hasn’t done better above.

Feb. 7, 2022, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery fellow.

Update: This is Eugene Iglesias.

Feb. 8, 2022, Mystery Photo
For Tuesday, we have a mysterious musician.

Update: This is Perez Prado.

Brain Trust roll call: Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guest), Jenny M. (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guest) and Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guest). Adding: Mary Mallory (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guest).

Note: I am having continuing problems with comments disappearing, with Howard and Mary the latest victims. They’re not in the spam folder or in the trash; they’re gone. If I don’t give you proper credit, please drop me a note. Thanks!

Feb. 9, 2022, Mystery Photo
For “Hm Wednesday,” we have a mystery guest.

Update: This is Robert Keith.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Tuesday’s mystery pianist), Howard Mandelbaum (Tuesday’s mystery pianist), Jenny M. (Tuesday’s mystery pianist) and Mike Hawks (Tuesday’s mystery pianist).

Feb. 10, 2022, Mystery Photo
For “Aha Thursday,” we have a mystery gent.

Update: This is the hardly recognizable Joseph Calleia.

Feb. 10, 2022, Mystery Photo
We also have a mystery woman. And Back of the Head Guy.

Update: This is Lori Nelson and Gilbert Roland as Back of the Head Guy.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery gent), Sylvia E. (mystery movie and all mystery guests), L.C. (mystery movie and mystery cast), Incredibleinman (Wednesday’s mystery gent), Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery gent), Richard Wegescheide (Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery gent), B.J. Merholz (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery gent), Pat in Michigan (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guest), Gary (mystery movie and mystery movie’s tagline!), Benito (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guest), Roget-L.A. (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guest) and Tucson Barbara (Wednesday’s mystery guest).

Note: Several more comments ended up in the trash folder. Thanks for your continued patience.

Feb. 11, 2022, Mystery Photo

For Friday, we have a mystery fellow.

Update: This is Gilbert Roland.

Feb. 11, 2022, Mystery Photo
And a second mystery gent.

Update: This is Richard Egan.

Feb. 11, 2022, Mystery Photo
Finally, our mysterious leading lady.

Update: This is Jane Russell.

Brain Trust roll call: Anne Papineau (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery guests and Back of the Head Guy), Sylvia E. (Thursday’s mystery guests and Back of the Head Guy), Tucson Barbara (mystery movie and all mystery guests, plus Back of the Head Guy), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests and Back of the Head Guy), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guests and Back of the Head Guy) and McDee (mystery movie, Wednesday’s mystery gent and Thursday’s Back of the Head Guy).

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

  1. Suzanne Stone says:

    TWILIGHT FOR THE GODS with Rock Hudson and Cyd Charisse? The boat looks familiar, but I do not know who this guy is!


  2. mikesmaddie says:

    I’m probably wrong but I’m going to guess Felipe Pazos.


  3. mike hawks says:

    Eugene Iglesias in UNDERWATER.


  4. Jenny M says:

    Eugene Iglesias in Underwater.


  5. Gary says:

    Uncredited in The Twelve Mile Reef.


  6. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Hello, Larry,

    I suspect my answer is submerged!


  7. Mary Mallory says:

    I think it ate my first response. Eugene Iglesias Monday with Richard Egan and Gilbert Roland out of frame, and Damaso Perez Prado and orchestra today. UNDERWATER!


  8. Jenny M says:

    Perez Prado


  9. mike hawks says:

    Perez Prado.


  10. Mary Mallory says:

    Good old Robert Keith today.


  11. Sylvia E. says:

    Mr Robert Keith was my way in.

    “Underwater” 1955
    Monday – I think the image is of Eugene Iglesias
    Tuesday – Perez Prado (I never knew Perez was his middle name and that his actual first name was Damaso). Will see if I can find info on the other band members.
    Wednesday – Robert Keith


  12. Sylvia E. says:

    My comments usually, when I first send them, appear so I can read them, until I check out from the email. That didn’t happen this time, soooo we’ll see. Don’t know if they made it to you.


  13. LC says:

    Underwater (1955) w/Richard Egan, Lori Nelson, Jane Russell, Robert Keith, Joseph Calleia, Gilbert Roland, Eugene Iglesias, Perez Prado…


  14. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Robert Keith.


  15. Richard Wegescheide says:

    Robert Keith is my guess for Wednesday. For whatever reason, maybe channeling my Cuban relatives, it triggered in my mind Damaso Prado as Tuesday’s mambo king band leader. I do not know the movie.


  16. mike hawks says:

    Robert Keith.


  17. bjmesbcglobalnet says:

    With those O2 tanks behind him I’m guessing Robert Keith is trending Underwater.


  18. Pat in Michigan says:

    Wednesday’s guest is Robert Keith in the film with aqualung thrills, “Underwater!”


  19. Michael in LA says:

    For Tuesday – is that Machito and his band?


  20. Earl Boebert says:

    100% WAG: “Jamaica Run?”


  21. Gary says:

    Like some homeowners this film is Underwater. With Jane Russell…”as you’ve never seen here before.” I’ll bet!


  22. Benito says:

    Robert Keith today. Is it UNDERWATER 1955? Filmed off Catalina


  23. Benito says:

    Robert Keith today. Is it UNDERWATER 1955? Filmed off Catalina


  24. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Wednesday’s mystery guest is Robert Keith (father of Brian Keith) in Underwater! (1955)


  25. tucsonbarbara says:

    I think Wednesday’s gentleman is Brian’s dad, Robert Keith.


  26. Anne Papineau says:

    On Wednesday, might that be Brian Keith’s father, Robert, in “Underwater”?


  27. Mary Mallory says:

    Joseph Calleia, Lori Nelson, and woof woof BOTH Gilbert Roland.


  28. Sylvia E. says:

    We’ll see what happens.

    Thursday – Joseph Calleia, I think is in image #1 and in image #2, we have Lori Nelson struggling with BOTHG, Gilbert Roland


  29. tucsonbarbara says:


    Mon – Eugene Iglesias
    Tues – Damaso Perez Prado,
    Wed – Robert Keith
    Thurs – Joseph Calleia, Lori Nelson, Gilbert Roland


  30. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Fuller-faced Joseph Calleia; Lori Nelson, Gilbert Roland.


  31. Anne Papineau says:

    Catching up with Monday, that looks like Eugene Iglesias. On Thursday, Joseph Calleia, Lori Nelson and Gilbert Roland in “Underwater!”


  32. mike hawks says:

    Joseph Calleia, Lori Nelson and Gilbert Roland.


  33. McDee says:

    Robert Keith on Wednesday. Could Thursday’s BOTH guy be Gilbert Roland? Wild guess: Underwater from 1955.


  34. Mary Mallory says:

    Gilbert Roland, Richard Egan, Jane Russell.


  35. Sylvia E. says:

    Friday – Gilbert Roland, Richard Egan and Jane Russell

    Looking forward to the Saturday breakdown.


  36. tucsonbarbara says:

    Gilbert Roland, Richard Egan and Jane Russell


  37. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Gilbert Roland; Richard Egan; Jane Russell.


  38. Megan and Thom says:

    This is a bit late, the movie this week is “Underwater!”. Monday’s guest was Eugene Iglesias. For Tuesday the man on piano was Damas Perez Prado. On Wednesday we had Robert Keith. The guests for Thursday were Joseph Calleia, Lori Nelson and Gilbert Roland. Finally, for today were Gilbert Roland, Richard Egan and Jane Russell.


  39. mkke hawks says:

    Gilbert Roland, Jane Russell and Richard Egan.


  40. beachgal says:

    Eugene Iglesias for Monday
    Perez Paradox (Mr. Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White) for Tues
    Wed #1 is Robert Keith with an aging Joseph Calleia in Wed #2
    Our film is John Sturges’ Underwater


  41. beachgal says:

    For Thurs we have Joseph Calleia in #1 and in #2 we have Pork Nelson with bothg being Gilbert Roland.
    For Fri we have Gilbert Roland in #1. #2 is Richard Egan with #3 being Jane Russell.


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