Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Main Title of This Side of Heaven, credits over a drawing room with a fireplace.
This week’s mystery movie was the 1934 MGM picture This Side of Heaven, with Lionel Barrymore, Fay Bainter, Mae Clarke, Tom Brown, Una Merkel, Mary Carlisle, Onslow Stevens, Henry Wadsworth, Eddie Nugent, C. Henry Gordon and Dickie Moore.

1934_0217_harrisonsreports00harr_9_0030Adapted by Zelda Sears and Eve Greene. From a novel by Marjorie Bartholomew Paradis. Screenplay by Edgar Allan Wolfe and Florence Ryerson.

Musical score by Dr. William Axt. Recording by Douglas Shearer.

Art direction by Frederic Hope. Interior decorations by Edwin B. Willis.

Photographed by Hal Rosson. Edited by Frank Hull.

A William K. Howard Production.

Directed by William K. Howard.

Produced by John W. Considine Jr.

This Side of Heaven has apparently never been released commercially. It last aired on TCM in 2019.

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

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I picked This Side of Heaven as another Fay Bainter vehicle after last week’s Journey for Margaret. In fact it’s her movie debut. It’s mostly remarkable for the “movie within a movie” sequence – perfect for being sneaky with the mystery movie!

I’m going to guess The New York Times hated it.

I’m going to guess it was Mordaunt Hall or Andre Sennwald reviewed it.

Well, we have Mordaunt Hall…

And he liked it! (Feb. 10, 1934):

The Capitol’s current picture, This Side of Heaven, an adaptation of Marjorie Bartholomew Paradis’ novel It Happened One Day, is a sincere and affecting piece of work, one of the best vehicles in which the popular Lionel Barrymore has appeared. It has the further distinction of serving as the screen debut for Fay Bainter, who gives a sterling portrait of an affectionate and thoroughly sensible wife and mother.

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For Monday, we have a mysterious gent. His companion has been cropped out due to insufficient mysteriousness and will appear later in the week. If you’re a fan of belted-back suit coats you will enjoy this week’s mystery movie. They are the ultimate in men’s fashions!

Update: For “Hm Wednesday,” our mysterious interior decorator gets a mysterious companion.

Update: This is Mae Clarke and Bobby Watson.

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For Tuesday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Helen Hayes in our mysterious movie within a movie Another Language.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Monday’s mysterious fellow), Mike Hawks (Monday’s mysterious fellow) and Sheila (Monday’s mysterious fellow).

Two college types of a certain era. One handsome, the other the short, pudgy comedy sidekick
Also for “Hm Wednesday,” we have these mysterious fellows.

Update: This is Tom Brown, left and Sumner Getchell.

Brain Trust roll call: Mike Hawks (mystery movie, Monday’s mysterious interior decorator and Tuesday’s mystery guest and movie within a movie) Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mystery guest and movie within a movie) and Mary Mallory (Tuesday’s mystery guest and movie within a movie) were not tricked by “Tricky Tuesday.” Jenny M. (Tuesday’s mystery guest), Sheila (Tuesday’s mystery guest), Sylvia E. (Tuesday’s mystery guest) and Diane Ely (Tuesday’s mystery guest).

As for the trap for Tricky Tuesday: Megan and Thom (Tuesday’s mystery guest and original film), Roget-L.A. (Tuesday’s mystery guest and original film), and Anne Papineau (Tuesday’s mystery guest and original film).

Studious young lad
For “Aha Thursday,” we have this mystery lad.

Update: This is Dickie Moore.

Hello? You really should do a better job of using me in this picture. Mostly I'm just on the 'phone
We also have this mystery woman. She spends most of the movie on the telephone, which seems like a waste of her talent.

Update: This is Una Merkel.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mysterious movie within a movie, Monday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Benito (Tuesday’s mysterious woman from the movie within a movie), Jenny M. (mystery movie and Monday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Megan and Thom (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery woman), Howard Mandelbaum (Monday’s mystery woman and Wednesday’s mystery guests and Back of the Head Guy), Incredible Inman (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mysterious movie within a movie, that movie’s star, this week’s mystery star and Wednesday’s mystery man No. 1), Sheila (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery woman and Wednesday’s mystery man No. 1), Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery gents), Sylvia E. (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery guests, mysterious movie within a movie and mystery star, and Wednesday’s mystery fellow No. 1), Roget-L.A. (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Suzanne Stone (Wednesday’s mystery fellow No. 1) and Blackwing Jenny (mystery movie and all mystery guests).

Blonde woman in hat and coat on French candlestick telephone
For Friday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Mary Carlisle.

Mystery couple sitting on an old-fashioned couch
Also a mysterious couple.

Update: This is Lionel Barrymore and Fay Bainter.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guests), Gary (Thursday’s mystery woman), B.J. Merholz (Thursday’s mystery guests), Suzanne Stone (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guests), Roget-L.A. (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guests), Anne Papineau (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guests), Blackwing Jenny (Thursday’s mystery woman), Beach Gal (mystery movie, all mystery guests, movie within a movie and that movie’s star, peering into the future for Friday’s mystery guests), Sylvia E. (Wednesday’s mysterious fraternity pledge and Thursday’s mystery guests).

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

  1. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Bobby Watson.

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  2. Gary says:

    The Young Donald McBride.

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  3. mike hawks says:

    Bobby Watson (the best known Hitler impersonator in movies)

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  4. Sheila says:

    Bobby Watson for Monday?

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  5. Sylvia E. says:

    Another “Monday – Just for grins” guess (and only because of the scarf our ‘cropped for lack of mysteriousness guy’ is wearing)

    Andy Hardy Meets Debutante 1940 and the ‘cropped’ guy is Mickey Rooney…maybe??

    I think 1940 is too late for the mystery movie, but…that scarf

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  6. Megan and Thom says:

    Today’s guest is Helen Hayes. I think our movie is Another Language.

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  7. Mary Mallory says:

    CRIME WITHOUT PASSION. Oscar Levant Monday and Helen Hayes today.

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  8. Mary Mallory says:

    With what’s going on, it’s actually THE SIN OF MADELON CLAUDET.

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  9. Jenny M says:

    Helen Hayes

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  10. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Helen Hayes in ANOTHER LANGUAGE 1933

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  11. mike hawks says:

    Helen Hayes in the movie within a movie ANOTHER LANGUAGE. Bobby Watson is in our mystery movie THIS SIDE OF HEAVEN.

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  12. Rogét-L.A. says:

    For Tuesday, Helen Hayes in Another Language (1933)?

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  13. Anne Papineau says:

    Looks like Helen Hayes, perhaps around the time of “Another Language”

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  14. Sylvia E. says:

    Tuesday’s pensive woman looks like Helen Hayes, but that seems unlikely on a Tuesday.
    Looking forward to “Hmmmm…Wednesday.”

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  15. Mary Mallory says:

    This Side of Heaven.

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  16. Sheila says:

    Helen Hayes for Tuesday?

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  17. Diane Ely says:

    Did Helen Hayes have an actress sister? (I don’t think you’d have HH herself on a Tuesday.)

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  18. Mary Mallory says:

    ANOTHER LANGUAGE is the title of the film of the Hayes clip. Mae Clarke and Bobby Watson Monday, and Tom Brown and Sumner Getchell today.

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  19. Benito says:

    Helen Hayes?

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  20. Jenny M says:

    Monday – Mae Clarke and Bobby Watson.

    Wednesday – Tom Brown and Sumner Getchell.

    Movie – This Side of Heaven (1934)

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  21. Megan and Thom says:

    Our mystery lady from Monday is Mae Clark, and the movie is This Side of Heaven.

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  22. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Mae Clarke; Tom Brown, Sumner Getchell. Back of head: Onslow Stevens.

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  23. It’s the old Fay Bainter crossover trick! Movie is “This Side of Heaven,” with Tom Brown as one of today’s mystery men, Helen Hayes on Tuesday and — wait for it — Fay Bainter on Thursday?

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  24. Sheila says:

    Mae Clarke and Tom Brown, ‘This Side of Heaven’?

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  25. mike hawks says:

    Tom Brown and Sumner Getchell.

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  26. Sylvia E. says:

    I’ll be darned, it was Ms Hayes!

    Using your clues from the rundown, I’m going to guess that the movie within a movie is “Another Language” 1933. After researching that film, I’ll guess that this week’s mystery movie is “This Side of Heaven” 1934.

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  27. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Wednesday: Tom Brown and Sumner Getchell in This Side of Heaven (1934)

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  28. Suzanne A. Stone says:

    Young Tom Brown to the left, I don’t know the other guys or gals.

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  29. Sylvia E. says:

    Tracking onward for This Side of Heaven 1934:
    Monday – Bobby Watson (interior decorator) and Mae Clarke holding the drapes that are “a little…too much)
    Tuesday – Helen Hayes on screen at the movies
    Wednesday – Tom Brown and Buddy Messinger

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  30. “This Side of Heaven”, with Mae Clarke and Bobby Watson on Monday; Helen Hayes on Tuesday; Tom Brown and Sumner Getchell on Wednesday.

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  31. Mary Mallory says:

    The creepy Dickie Moore and Una Merkel.

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  32. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Dickie Moore; Una Merkel.

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  33. mike hawks says:

    Dickie Moore and Una Merkel.

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  34. Gary says:

    This would be Una M. and Jackie C. traveling From Broadway to Hollywood…where they did well. What a beautiful child he was!

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  35. bjmesbcglobalnet says:

    Dickie Moore

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  36. Suzanne Annette Stone says:

    “This Side of Heaven” 1934 with Una Merkel, Dickie Moore revealed today.

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  37. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Thursday: Dickie Moore and Una Merkel in This Side of Heaven (1934)

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  38. Anne Papineau says:

    Dickie Moore and Una Merkel in “This Side of Heaven”

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  39. bjmesbcglobalnet says:

    It took me all morning to remember Una Merkel’s name. and achieve a measure of salvation.

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  40. beachgal says:

    Our movie is – This Side of Heaven
    Monday – Bobby Watson with Mae Clarke
    Tues. – Helen Hayes in a movie within the movie. This Helen Hayes film is “Another Language.”
    Wen. – Tom Brown with Onslow Stevens
    Thurs – Dickie Moore in #1 screen shot and Una Merkel in #2 on the phone.
    Fri we should see Lionel Barrymore and Fay Bainter

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  41. Sylvia E. says:

    Thursday: Dickie Moore and Una Merkel

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  42. Sylvia E. says:

    Wednesday’s guy #2 must be Sumner Getchell (what a mouthful that is!)

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  43. Benito says:

    Lionel Barrymore, Una Merkel and Dickie Moore in THIS SIDE OF HEAVEN 1934

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  44. beachgal says:

    Fri – #1 is Mary Carlisle. #2 are Lionel Barrymore and Fay Bainter

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  45. mike hawks says:

    Mary Carlisle, Lionel Barrymore and Fay Bainter.

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  46. Gary says:

    Whoops! Dickie Moore. This Side of Heaven.

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  47. Sylvia E. says:

    Friday – Mary Carlisle / Lionel Barrymore and Fay Bainter.

    Fun puzzle again. Looking forward to the breakdown

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  48. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Mary Carlisle; Lionel Barrymore, Fay Bainter.

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