Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + ++)

Main Title What Every Woman Knows. Type over bagpipers
This week’s mystery movie was the 1934 MGM picture What Every Woman Knows, with Helen Hayes, Brian Aherne, Madge Evans, Lucile Watson, Dudley Digges, Donald Crisp, David Torrence and Henry Stephenson.

harrisonsreports00harr_9_0222Screenplay by Monckton Hoffe, John Meehan and James K. McGuinness.

Musical score by Herbert Stothart.

Recording by Douglas Shearer.

Art direction by Cedric Gibbons, Landing Holden and Edwin B. Willis.

Gowns by Adrian. Photographed by Charles Rosher.

Edited by Blanche Sewell. Special effects by John Hoffman.

More information about What Every Woman Knows is available from the AFI Catalog.

What Every Woman Knows is available on DVD from Critics’ Choice Videos.

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I picked What Every Woman Knows based on its review in Harrison’s Reports, figuring that I needed something more familiar after last week’s The Devil’s Cabaret.

At 1934, we could be at the tail end of the Mordaunt Hall era, or possibly early Bosley Crowther. I’m guessing that because What Every Woman Knows was adapted from a Broadway play,  the New York Times critic will like it. Note that Hayes starred in the 1926 revival. The play debuted on Broadway in 1908 and was revived in 1946 and 1954 (again with Hayes).

Oops! Andre Sennwald gets the call! (Oct. 27, 1934):

Guided by Miss Hayes in her well-beloved imitation of the inconquerable Maggie, Sir James’ gallant though somewhat perverse salute to the hardier sex comes to the screen in a heart-warming and decidedly effective photoplay. Preserving a pious faith with the wry humor and the tenderness of the original, the new film captures the spiritual equivalent of the gorse and heather, as well as the dry bite of Barrie wit. In addition to the lustre of Miss Hayes’ performance, it is notably acted by Brian Aherne, and it is played by Dudley Digges, David Torrence and Donald Crisp, as the trio of embattled Wylies, with a Scottish truculence which is immensely engaging.This What Every Woman Knows is a wise and crusty sentimental comedy with a Scottish burr which crackles through the dialogue and is almost if not quite as thick as John Shand’s skull.

Well dressed woman in a fur cape.
For Monday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Lucile Watson.

Aug. 9, 2022, Mystery photo. A man with a hat back on his head. Suit and vest and a wee bow tie.
For Tuesday, we have a mystery fellow.

Update: This is Dudley Digges.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guest), Robert Morrissey (Monday’s mystery guest), Dan (Monday’s mystery guest), Anne Papineau (Monday’s mystery guest), Normadesmond (Monday’s mystery guest), Mike Hawks (Monday’s mystery guest), Jenny M. (Monday’s mystery guest), Sheila (Monday’s mystery guest), Mary Mallory (Monday’s mystery guest), Sylvia E. (Monday’s mystery guest) and Megan and Thom (Monday’s mystery guest).

Aug. 10, 2022, Mystery Photo. Two jovial mystery guests.  The seated man has majestic muttonchops and the other fellow is in a suit a vest.
For “Hm Wednesday,” we have a duo of mystery guests.

Update: This is David Torrence, left, and Donald Crisp.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery fellow), Howard Mandelbaum (Tuesday’s mystery fellow), Beach Gal (mystery movie and both mystery guests) and Jenny M. (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery guest).

Elegant mystery woman in shimmering outfit and fancy hat
For “Aha Thursday,” we have a mysterious woman.

Update: This is Madge Evans.

Bald little man with a bowtie.
We also have a mysterious gentleman.

Update: This is Donald Meek.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (mystery movie, Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests), B.J. Merholz (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery gent No. 2), Beach Gal (Wednesday’s mystery guests), Blackwing Jenny (Wednesday’s mystery guest no. 2), Dan Nather (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Sylvia E. (mystery movie and all mystery guests, plus mystery woman off screen) and Megan and Thom (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guests).

Aug. 12, 2022, Mystery Couple
For Friday, we have our mystery leads.

Update: This is Brian Aherne and Helen Hayes.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery guests), Benito (Wednesday’s mystery guest No. 2 and Thursday’s mystery guest No. 2), Blackwing Jenny (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guests), Beach Gal (Thursday’s mystery guests), Incredible Inman (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery guest, Wednesday’s mystery guest No. 2 and Thursday’s mystery guest No. 2), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guests) and Sylvia E. (Thursday’s mystery guests).

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

  1. Lucile Watson in WHAT EVERY WOMAN KNOWS (1934)

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  2. Robert Morrissey says:

    That’s Lucile Watson, and it looks fairly early in her movie career.

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  3. Dan says:

    Lucile Watson

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  4. Anne Papineau says:

    Lucile Watson

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  5. normadesmond says:

    Is that Lucile Watson?

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  6. mike hawks says:

    Lucile Watson.

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  7. Jenny M says:

    Lucile Watson

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  8. Sheila says:

    Lucile Watson?

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  9. Mary Mallory says:

    Lucile Watson.

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  10. Sylvia E. says:

    Just for grins, I’m going to guess Lucile Watson. I think the hat is luring me in that direction. She did wear a lot of hats in her movies.

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  11. Mary Mallory says:

    BISHOP MISBEHAVES.

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  12. Megan and Thom says:

    Our mystery guest is Lucile Watson.

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  13. Mary Mallory says:

    Dudley Digges, WHAT EVERY WOMAN KNOWS.

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  14. beachgal says:

    Monday is Lucille Watson

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  15. Jenny M says:

    Dudley Digges in What Every Woman Knows.

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  16. Gary says:

    Hyacinth Bucket (bouquet) In Richard Needs a Shave.

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  17. Mary Mallory says:

    David Torrence and Donald Crisp.

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  18. Sylvia E. says:

    Is Tuesday’s guy Frank Orth? If so I’ll guess “Florian” 1940. I think Mr Orth was recently one of our mystery guests.

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  19. David Torrence, Donald Crisp.

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  20. mike hawks says:

    Dudley Digges, David Torrence and Donald Crisp in WHAT EVERY WOMAN KNOWS.

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  21. B.J. Merholz says:

    Donald Crisp is amused by What Every Woman Knows.

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  22. beachgal says:

    Wed – Donald Crisp and David Torrence

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  23. Jenny says:

    Donald Crisp?

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  24. Dan Nather says:

    I think i have it now — WHAT EVERY WOMAN KNOWS (1934), based on the J. M. Barrie play.

    Monday — Lucile Watson
    Tuesday — Dudley Digges
    Wednesday — David Torrence and Donald Crisp

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  25. Sylvia E. says:

    Aha! “What Every Woman Knows” 1934 (in one way or another, we’ve visited Ms Helen Hayes a lot recently) Anyway:
    Monday – Lucile Watson
    Tuesday – Dudley Digges
    Wednesday – David Torrence and Donald Crisp (with Ms Hayes OS at the fireplace)

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  26. Sylvia E. says:

    Interesting for me to learn that director, Gregory La Cava was a cartoonist/animator before shifting to live action movies.

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  27. Megan and Thom says:

    Our mystery movie is What Every Woman Knows with Donald Crisp and David Torrence for today.

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  28. Mary Mallory says:

    Madge Evans and Donald Meek. Sorry there’s no Henry Stephenson.

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  29. Benito says:

    Definitely Donald Meek, and possibly Donald Crisp today

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  30. Another Donald-Meek! and Madge Evans? in “What Every Woman Knows”.

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  31. beachgal says:

    Thurs – Madge Evans
    Thurs – Donald Meek

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  32. Lucile Watson on Monday, Donald Crisp yesterday and Donald Meek today. I think this is “What Every Woman Knows.”

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  33. Madge Evans; Donald Meek.

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  34. mike hawks says:

    Madge Evans and Donald Meek.

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  35. Sylvia E. says:

    Thursday – 1) Madge Evans 2) Donald Meek

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  36. Mary Mallory says:

    Brian Aherne and Helen Hayes.

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  37. beachgal says:

    Fri – Brian Aherne and Helen Hayes

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  38. Dan Nather says:

    For Thursday: Madge Evans and Donald Meek.

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  39. Dan Nather says:

    And today: Brian Aherne and Helen Hayes.

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  40. mike hawks says:

    Brian Aherne and Helen Hayes.

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  41. Sylvia E. says:

    Brian Aherne and Helen Hayes on Friday.

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  42. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Helen Hayes, Brian Aherne.

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