Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1958 Universal picture A Time to Love and a Time to Die, with John Gavin, Lilo Pulver, Jock Mahoney, Don DeFore, Kennan Wynn, Erich Maria Remarque, Dieter Borsche, Barbara Rutting, Thayer David, Charles Regnier, Dorothea Wieck, Kurt Meisel, Agnes Windeck, Clancy Cooper, John Van Dreelen, Klaus Kinski, Alice Treff, Alexander Engel, Dana J. Hutton, Bengt Lindstrom, Wolf Harnisch, Karl-Ludwig Lindt and Lisa Helwig.

Review of A Time to Love and a Time to Die, Harrison's ReportsScreenplay by Orin Jannings. From the novel A Time to Love and a Time to Die by Erich Maria Remarque.

Photographed by Russell Metty. Eastman Color by Pathe.

Art direction by Alexander Golitzen and Alfred Sweeney. Set decorations by Russell A. Gausman. Sound by Leslie I. Carey and Vernon Kramer.

Unit production manager Norman W. Deming. Assistant to Mr. Deming, Heinz Gotze.

Military technical advisor, Capt. Herman Ulbricht, West German army.

Edited by Ted J. Kent. Gowns by Bill Thomas. Makeup by Bud Westmore.

Assistant directors Joseph E. Kenny and Dr. Michael Braun. Special photography by Clifford Stine.

Music by Miklos Rozsa.

Produced by Robert Arthur.

Directed by Douglas Sirk.

A Time to Love and a Time to Die is available on DVD from Amazon.

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



I chose this movie based on Lou Lumenick’s comment on Twitter that a rights issue prevents TCM from streaming the film. It’s an odd picture in several ways, one of them being a cast of American actors portraying Nazis, with no attempt to be anything other than Americans. Keenan Wynn and Don DeFore are perhaps the most unlikely Nazis imaginable, and Dana (Jim) Hutton and John Gavin aren’t much better. The themes are generally the same as All Quiet on the Western Front, (the disillusioned young soldier, the realities of war vs. the perception of the war “at home,” a visit to a beloved professor, etc.) but updated to World War II.

Bosley Crowther, of course, hated the film, writing in The New York Times (July 10, 1958):

Gen. William T. Sherman’s famous comment on the fundamental nature of war is illustrated to the point of downright  tedium in A Time to Love and a Time to Die. For more than two hours, this somber drama, taken from a novel by Erich Maria Remarque and put on display at the Mayfair and Little Carnegie yesterday, goes through a labored explanation of how a young Nazi soldier, home on leave, makes love to and marries a nubile maiden amid the exploding clutter of a German city in 1944. Then, after getting with the new wife settled with a nice old lady and also with child, it takes the young husband back to the front in Russia. And there gets him ironically killed.

That’s all there is in this long picture — just an account of how two youngsters fall in love, despite air raids, food rationing, gauleiters and the fact that they don’t know where or how their parents are. no theme is solidly stated, no philosophical comment is implied — other than the obvious one of General Sherman, and that’s what nice Germans went through in World War II.

March 14, 2022, Mystery Photo
For Monday, we have a mystery gentleman.

Update: This is the author, Erich Maria Remarque.

March 15, 2022, Mystery Photo
For Tuesday, we have some mystery soldiers.

Update: This is Wolf Harnisch (no relation, alas), right. Also Dieter Borsche, center.

Gary: Wrong decade, but you’re warm.

March 16, 2022, Mystery Photo
For “Hm Wednesday,” we have this mystery fellow.

Update: There are better shots of Klaus Kinski in the movie, but they turn up in Google image search. So here we are.

March 16, 2022, Mystery Photo

We also have this mystery couple.

Update: This is Thayer David. His companion, who has a small role with a few lines, remains unidentified.

March 17, 2022, Mystery Photo
For “Aha Thursday,” we have this mysterious gent.

Update: This is Keenan Wynn as the most improbable Nazi I have ever seen, except for …

March 17, 2022, Mystery Photo
We also have this mystery fellow. His companion has been cropped out due to insufficient mysteriousness and will appear Friday.

Updated: For Friday, adding our mysterious leading man.

Update: … Don DeFore. Also John Gavin.

Brain Trust roll call: Tucson Barbara (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guests) Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Beach Gal (mystery movie and all mystery guests), L.C. (mystery movie and mystery cast), Anne Papineau (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery author and Wednesday’s mysterious Nazi), Megan and Thom (mystery movie, Monday’s mysterious author, Tuesday’s mystery officer and Wednesday’s mystery gents), Roget-L.A. (mystery movie, Wednesday’s mysterious Nazi and mysterious fräulein).

March 18, 2022, Mystery Photo
For Friday, we have this mystery soldier.

Update: This is Dana (Jim) Hutton.

March 18, 2022, Mystery Photo
Also for Friday, we have this mystery couple.

Update: This is Lilo (Liselotte) Pulver and John Gavin.

Brain Trust roll call: Benito (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery gents), Mary Mallory (mystery movie and all mystery guests and Back of the Head Soldier), Tucson Barbara (Monday’s mystery author and Thursday’s mystery fellows), Beach Gal (Thursday’s mystery fellows and Leading Man Cropped Out for Lack of Mysteriousness), Anne Papineau (Thursday’s mystery fellows), Incredibleinman (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guests), B.J. Merholz (mystery movie), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guests), Gary (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery fellows) and Sylvia E. (mystery movie and mystery cast).

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

  1. Gary says:

    Funeral in Berlin


  2. Mary mallory says:

    IRON PETTICOAT. There is no + for tuesday.


  3. Gary says:

    Next decade…Cross of War.


  4. tucsonbarbara says:

    “A Time to Love and a Time to Die”

    Klaus Kinski and Thayer David


  5. mike hawks says:

    Klaus Kinski and Thayer David in A TIME TO LOVE AND A TIME TO DIE.


  6. beachgal says:

    Our film is A Time to Love and a Time To Die (1958)
    More on our cast when I get some time later today.


  7. Sylvia E. says:

    I was going to guess “cross of iron” but I think your response to Gary nixes that. Also BOTHG in Weds’ image 1 looks like Jack Palance. My brain will continue scrolling.


  8. beachgal says:

    Tues – soldier on the left I think is Clancy Cooper. The actor in the middle with all the silver buttons on his coat is Dieter Borsche.
    Mon – our gruff looking gent is the author the film is based on, Erich Maria Remarque.
    Wed #1 – is Klaus Kinski, Nastassja Kinski’s daddy.
    Wed #2 is Thayer David. Not sure which frau is with him. It might be Lisa Helwig.


    • beachgal says:

      I think my answer to our film’s identity went to the spam file. I posted it before my list of cast members through Wed. It has disappeared. Once again, the film is ’58, A Time To Love and Time To Die.I


  9. LC says:

    A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958) w/John Gavin, Erich Maria Remarque, Liselotte Pulver, Jock Mahoney, Don DeFore, Keenan Wynn, Thayer David, Klaus Kinski


  10. Anne Papineau says:

    On Monday, Erich Maria Remarque in “A Time to Love and a Time to Die.” On Wednesday, Thayer David. Still working on it!


  11. Megan and Thom says:

    Our movie is A Time to Love and a Time to Die, with Erich Maria Remarque for Monday. For Tuesday, I think the man in the center is Dieter Borsche. FOr today, two of our guests are Klaus Kinski and Thayer David.


  12. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Thayer David and Barbara Rütting in A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958)


  13. Mary Mallory says:



  14. Benito says:

    Klaus Kinski, Don DeFore and Keenan Wynn in A TIME TO LOVE AND A TIME TO DIE 1958. Rarely shown. PS Sounds like a praying mantis date!


  15. Mary Mallory says:

    A TIME TO LOVE AND A TIME TO DIE. Erich Maria Remarque Monday, Bengt Lindstrom, Dieter Borsche, and Wolf Harnisch Tuesday, Klaus Kinsk with John Gavin BOTHi, Thayer David, and Lisolette Pulver Wednesday, and Keenan Wynn and Don DeFore today.


  16. tucsonbarbara says:

    Monday – Erich Maria Remarque
    Thursday – Keenan Wynn, Don DeFore


  17. beachgal says:

    Thurs we have Keenan Wynn in photo #1.
    Thurs #2 we have Don DeFore with John Gavin cropped out.


  18. Anne Papineau says:

    Keenan Wynn and Don DeFore on Thursday


  19. Keenan Wynn and Don DeFore today, making this “A Time to Love and a Time to Die.”


  20. bjmesbcglobalnet says:

    There’s a time to love this game, and a time to gnash your teeth.


  21. mike hawks says:

    Keenan Wynn and Don DeFore.


  22. Gary says:

    Try the fifties…A Time to Love and a Time to Die. With Don and Keenan among others.


  23. Sylvia E. says:

    I’m happy to see a Douglas Sirk movie added to the Mystery library.

    A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958)
    John Gavin, Lilo Pulver, Jock Mahoney, Klaus Kinski and Jim Hutton (had no idea his actual first name was Dana). Thursday’s guys were my guides to the movie. Keenan Wynn and Don DeFore. I understand from my reading that the novelist Mr Remarque had a small role in the movie. Is he in one of the earlier images from the week?


  24. Sylvia E. says:

    Yes! That’s Mr. Erich Maria Remarque on Monday.


  25. Is the ‘Hm Wednesday’ man Anthony Hopkins?

    And is the ‘Thursday mystery fellow’ Robert Webber?


  26. Mary Mallory says:

    John Gavin added on Thursday, Jim Hutton, Barbara Rutting, and Gavin.


  27. beachgal says:

    Fri #1 – Jim Hutton as Dana J. Hutton
    Fri #2 – John Gavin with Liselotte Pulver
    Thurs for a Fri add on, John Gavin added in with Don DeFore


  28. tucsonbarbara says:

    Jim Hutton, Liselotte Pulver, John Gavin


  29. mike hawks says:

    John Gavin, Jim Hutton and Lilo Pulver.


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