Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Feb. 19, 2022, Main Title of Her Man, words inscribed in sand
This week’s mystery movie was the 1930 film Her Man, with Helen Twelvetrees, Phillips Holmes, Marjorie Rambeau, James Gleason, Ricardo Cortez, Harry Sweet, Slim Summerville, Thelma Todd, Franklin Pangborn, Stanley Fields, Mathew (often Matthew) Betz and Mike Donlin. (Yes, James Gleason, who is merely comedy relief, got billing over Ricardo Cortez. Go figure).
harrisonsreports00harr_4_0173Story by Tay Garnett and Howard Higgin. Photoplay by Tom Buckingham. Musical director Josiah Zuro. Art direction by Carroll Clark.

Photographed by Edward Snyder. Edited by Joseph Kane. Costumes by Gwen Wakeling. Sound by Earl A. Wolcott and Harold Stine.

Produced by E.B. Derr.

Directed by Tay Garnett.

The restored version aired on TCM last year, but is apparently not commercially available.

More information on Her Man is available from the AFI catalog.


I picked Her Man because it was featured in the recent MOMA series Dames, Janes, Dolls and Canaries.

Her Man falls squarely in Mordaunt Hall territory, so let’s see if he liked it.

No, he did not.

New York Times, Oct. 4, 1930:

Her Man, at the Globe, is another version, this time on the screen, of the famous American legendary song, Frankie and Johnnie. In this instance Franke is Helen Twelvetrees and Johnnie is represented by Ricardo Cortez. It is difficult to determine from one viewing what it was all about, but it would seem that there was much ado about some sailors in a Havana dive, where Frankie is an entertainer. This Frankie is a good girl, one is given to understand, except that she steals, lies and flirts. Aside from this she appears romantic when a fair-haired youth turns up and fights other men so that he may take her away to America.

…. The photoplay is a hodge-podge of sentimentality plastered on thickly and is hardly aided by the histrionics of Miss Twelvetrees, who overacts at every opportunity.

Feb. 14, 2022, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mysterious gentleman. He (and I know this will come as a surprise) does not approve of such goings-on.

Update: This is Ricardo Cortez.

Feb. 14, 2022, Mystery Photo
For Tuesday, we have another dapper mystery gent. His companion has been cropped out due to insufficient mysteriousness and will appear Friday.

For Friday, adding our mysterious leading lady.

Update: This is Mathew Betz and Helen Twelvetrees.

Brain Trust roll call (and amazingly, nobody ended up in the trash or spam folders): Howard Mandelbaum (Monday’s mystery gent), June (Monday’s mystery gent), Jim Craig (Monday’s mystery gent), Mary Mallory (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery gent), Anne Papineau (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery gent), Skretvedt (Monday’s mystery gent), David Inman (Monday’s mystery gent), Thom and Megan (Monday’s mystery gent), Matt Berger (Monday’s mystery gent) and Jenny M. (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery gent).

Note to Sylvia E. Yes.

Feb. 16, 2022, Mystery Photo
For “Hm Wednesday,” we have a disheveled mystery gent.

Update: This is Franklin Pangborn.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Tuesday’s mystery fellow, with mysterious leading lady, cropped out due to insufficient mysteriousness), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery gent), MikesMaddie (Monday’s mystery gent), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and both mystery guests) and Anne Papineau (Tuesday’s mystery guest).

Feb. 17, 2022, Mystery Photo
For “Aha Thursday,” we have a mysterious gent who does not approve of such goings-on.

Update: This is James Gleason.

Feb. 17, 2022, Mystery Photo

We also have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Thelma Todd.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery sport), Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery sport), B.J. Merholz (Wednesday’s mystery sport), Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery sport), David Inman (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery sport), Anne Papineau (Wednesday’s mystery sport) and Megan and Thom (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mystery woman cropped out due to lack of mysteriousness and Wednesday’s mystery sport).

Feb. 18, 2022, Mystery PhotoFor Friday, here’s a better look at Monday’s mysterious chap. He does not approve of such goings-on.

Update: This is Ricardo Cortez.

Feb. 18, 2022, Mystery Photo
We also have this mystery woman and Back of the Head Bartender.

Update: This is Stanley Fields as Back of the Head Bartender with Marjorie Rambeau.

Feb. 18, 2022, Mystery Photo
And finally, this mystery couple.

Update: This is Helen Twelvetrees and Phillips Holmes.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests), B.J. Merholz (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery fellow), Gary (Thursday’s mystery gent), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guests), L.C. (mystery movie and mystery cast), Anne Papineau (Thursday’s mystery guests), Benito (Thursday’s mystery guests), Patrick (mystery movie and Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests), Roget-L.A. (Thursday’s mysterious gambler) and Suzanne Stone (mystery movie and mystery cast).

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

  1. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Ricardo Cortez.


  2. June says:

    Ricardo Cortez


  3. Jim Craig says:

    Looks like Ricardo Cortez, nee Jacob Krantz.


  4. Mary Mallory says:

    It looks like Ricardo Cortez.


  5. Anne Papineau says:

    Ricardo Cortez?


  6. Gary says:

    A young Hollywood hopeful Zero Mostel.


  7. skretvedt1958 says:

    Looks like Ricardo Cortez’s eyes to me.


  8. David Inman says:

    Ricardo Cortez today.


  9. Suzanne Stone says:

    Richard Whorf in “Yankee Doodle Dandy”?


  10. Sylvia E. says:

    Does this week’s puzzle have a St. Valentine’s day massacre connection?


  11. Anne Papineau says:

    Possibly “Her Man” 1930


  12. Sylvia E. says:

    I’m going to just take the leap and guess.
    “Al Capone” 1959


  13. Sylvia E. says:

    I think my guess went into the void.


  14. Thom and Megan says:

    Our mystery guest is Ricardo Cortez in Mr. Moto’s Last Warning.


  15. Matt Berger says:

    It looks a bit like Ricardo Cortez.


  16. Sylvia E. says:

    Is there a Cuban connection to the story?


  17. Jenny M says:

    Ricardo Cortez in Her Man.


  18. Mary Mallory says:

    HER MAN.


  19. Mary Mallory says:

    Matthew Betz today.


  20. Mary Mallory says:

    Helen Twelvetrees just out of frame.


  21. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Matthew Betz in HER MAN (1930).


  22. mikesmaddie says:

    Is the Monday mystery man Ricardo Cortez?


  23. bjmesbcglobalnet says:

    Nat Pendleton. What your Brain Trust can do with a pair of eyes is amazing!


  24. mike hawks says:

    I knew Ricardo Cortez was the Monday man but how can he be shown on Monday? Matthew Betz today in HER MAN.


  25. Chrisbo says:

    Harold Huber Monday?


  26. Anne Papineau says:

    On Tuesday … Matthew Betz?


  27. Cathy Courtney says:

    Joseph Calleia


  28. Mary Mallory says:

    Yay! He man Franklin Pangborn!


  29. mike hawks says:

    Franklin Pangborn.


  30. bjmesbcglobalnet says:

    As Franklin Pangborn enters the picture, that could be Eddie Nugent;s eyebrows peering over the newspaper before following A Fool’s Advice.


  31. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Franklin Pangborn


  32. David Inman says:

    Franklin Pangborn today, making this “Her Man.”


  33. Anne Papineau says:

    Franklin Pangborn, the one and only


  34. Megan and Thom says:

    Our mystery movie is Her Man with Franklin Pangborn for today. Yesterday’s mystery arm lady is Helen Twelvetrees.


  35. Mary Mallory says:

    James Gleason and Thelma Todd.


  36. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    James Gleason; Thelma Todd.


  37. bjmesbcglobalnet says:

    James Gleason sends me to Her Man.


  38. Gary says:

    In all these years…yes, years…I believe this is the first time we have seen James Gleason as a mystery guest despite his gajillion screen credits.


  39. mike hawks says:

    James Gleason and Thelma Todd.


  40. LC says:

    Her Man (1930) w/Ricardo Cortez, Helen Twelvetrees, Marjorie Rambeau, James Gleason, Phillips Holmes, Thelma Todd, Slim Summerville, Franklin Pangborn…


  41. Anne Papineau says:

    James Gleason and Thelma Todd


  42. Benito says:

    Ubiquitous James Gleason and Thelma Todd, the Ice Cream…Brunette today


  43. Patrick says:

    Ricardo Cortez, Franklin Pangborn, James Gleason and Thelma Todd in Her Man from 1930.


  44. Rogét-L.A. says:

    James Gleason as Squint Dugan in The Big Gamble (1931)


  45. Suzanne Stone says:

    “Her Man” 1930…James Gleason, Matthew Betz, Franklin Pangborn, Helen Twelvetrees, Marjorie Rambeau.


  46. Mary Mallory says:

    Ricardo Cortez, Mike Donlin BOTH, Marjorie Rambeau, Helen Twelvetrees, and Philip Holmes.


  47. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Stanley Fields, Marjorie Rambeau; Helen Twelvetrees, Phillips Holmes.


  48. mike hawks says:

    Marjorie Rambeau, Helen Twelvetrees and Phillips Holmes.


  49. Anne Papineau says:

    Hope I’ve got this right: Marjorie Rambeau, Helen Twelvetrees and Phillips Holmes


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