Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Main Title: Lettering against a steep staircase
This week’s mystery movie was the 1949 film Black Magic, with Orson Welles, Nancy Guild, Akim Tamiroff, Frank Latimore, Valentina Cortese, Margot Grahame, Stephen Bekassy, Berry Kroeger, Gregory Gay (later Gaye) and Raymond Burr.

harrisonsreports31harr_0180Screenplay by Charles Bennett. Additional scenes and dialogue by Richard Schayer. Based on Alexandre Dumas’ Cagliostro, from Memoirs of a Physician.

Musical score by Paul Sawtell.

Photography by Ubaldo Arata and Anchise Brizzi.

Art direction by Jean d’Eaubonne and Ottavio Scotti. Set decoration by Gino Brosio.

Costumes by Georges Annenkoff and Nino Novarese.

Associate producer Dario Sabatello. Production assistant Jerome Cappi.

Edited by James McKay and Fred Feitshans.

Sound by Rolf Epstein and Peter Handford.

Sound effects by Frank Cleverly.

Director of production Dr. Giorgio Papi.

Assistant director Arrigo Colombo. Makeup by Don Cash.

Produced and directed by Gregory Ratoff.

Black Magic is available on Blu-ray from Critics’ Choice Videos.

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


I picked Black Magic out of curiosity. I’d never heard of the film and it looked interesting. It’s a wild plot and it’s easy to see why it appealed to Welles. He loved to do magic tricks and there’s a lot of hypnotism and hocus-pocus throughout the film. It’s quite interesting visually and the print is nice and sharp.

I’m going to guess Bosley Crowther hated it for no other reason that he was Bosley Crowther….

Sorry, it was fobbed off on one of the alphabet soup critics: T.M.P. (probably Thomas M. Pryor) Nov. 9, 1949:

Black Magic is quite a bundle of intrigue with plus, sprawling and lavishly appointed sets reflecting the splendor of the court of Louis XV. Gregory Ratoff took a company of people to Rome to make the historical adventure for producer Edward Small, but although Mr. Ratoff has directed the story in a way to exploit its pictorial color and excitement he is pretty much hamstrung by a wandering and cliche-ridden script.

Aug. 29, 2022, Mystery Photo
For Monday, we have a mystery lad and a mysterious companion.

Update: This is Annielo Mele and Tamara Shayne.

Opulently dressed mystery peeps.
For Tuesday, we have a mystery couple plus rather bored attendants.

Update: This is Robert Atkins and Margot Grahame.

Brain trust roll call: Anne Papineau (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guests).

Aug. 31, 2022, Mystery Photo
For “Hm Wednesday,” we have this mysterious gent.

Update: This is Stephen Bekassy.

Brain Trust roll call: Anne Papineau (Tuesday’s mystery guests).

Sept. 1, 2022, Mystery Photo

For “Aha Thursday,” Wednesday’s mystery fellow has some mysterious companions.

Update: This is Akim Tamiroff, left, Gregory Gay (late Gaye), center, and Stephen Bekassy.

Sept. 1, 2022, Mystery Photo
We also have this mystery fellow.

Update: This is Raymond Burr.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery lad, Tuesday’s mystery king of France and Wednesday’s cruel viscount), Anne Papineau (Wednesday’s cruel viscount), Mike Hawks (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mystery woman and Wednesday’s mysterious cruel viscount) and Robert Morrissey (mystery movie and mysterious lead).

Sept. 2, 2022, Mystery Photo
For Friday, we have our mystery leading man and a mysterious companion.

Update: This is Valentina Cortese and Orson Welles.

Sept. 2, 2022, Mystery Photo
We also have our mysterious leading man and another mysterious companion.

Update: This is Nancy Guild and Orson Welles.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Tuesday’s mystery woman and Thursday’s mystery gents), Jenny M. (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery gents Nos. 1 and 4), Beach Gal (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Anne Papineau (Thursday’s mystery guests), B.J. Merholz (mystery movie), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guests and in absentia due to Cinecon, Friday’s mystery guests), Sheila (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery woman, Thursday’s mystery gents Nos. 1, 2 and 4), Tucson Barbara (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery guests, Tuesday’s mystery woman, Wednesday’s evil mystery viscount, Thursday’s evil mystery viscount and monster movie co-star), Roget-L.A. (mystery movie and Thursday’s monster movie co-star), L.C. (mystery movie and mystery cast), Sylvia E. (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Gary (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery fellow No. 1), McDee (mystery movie, Thursday’s mystery guests Nos. 1 and 4), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and all mystery guests) and Benito (mystery movie, Thursday’s mystery guests Nos. 1 and 4, Friday’s mysterious leading man).

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

  1. Anne Papineau says:

    Annielo Mele and Tamara Shayne in “Black Magic”


  2. Robert Morrissey says:

    A highlight of my Monday – and of course I’ve seen the actress before, but…..clueless here!


  3. Anne Papineau says:

    On Tuesday, Robert Atkins and Margot Grahame


  4. Megan and Thom says:

    Our mystery man for today is Montagu Love.


  5. Benito says:

    Eleanor Parker?


  6. Mary Mallory says:

    BLACK MAGIC. Annielo Mele and Valentina Cortese Monday, Robert Atkins and Nancy Guild Tuesday, and Stephan Bekassy today.


  7. Anne Papineau says:

    On Wednesday, Stephen Bekassy


  8. RichardWegescheide says:

    I believe it’s the ‘Scarlet Pimpernel’. The extras I can’t identify.


  9. mike hawks says:

    Margot Grahame from Tuesday and today Stephen Bekassy in BLACK MAGIC.


  10. Bruce says:

    I can’t help thinking that Tuesday on the left is Mel Brooks in “History of the World”, but I know I am wrong.


  11. Mary Mallory says:

    Tatyana Pavlova Monday, Margot Grahame Tuesday, and Akim Tamiroff, Gregory Gaye (Tuesday priest as well?), Frank Latimore, and Raymond Burr.


  12. Jenny M says:

    Akim Tamiroff and Raymond Burr in Black Magic.


  13. beachgal says:

    Our movie is Black Magic (’49)
    Monday – Annielo Mele & Tamara Shayne
    Wed – Stephen Bekassy
    Thurs #1 photo – Akim Tamiroff
    Thurs #2 photo – Raymond Burr


  14. beachgal says:

    Tues – Margot Grahame and Robert Atkins


  15. Anne Papineau says:

    On Thursday, Akim Tamiroff, Gregory Gaye and Raymond Burr


  16. B.J. Merholz says:

    Your black magic befuddled me all week but enough is enough!


  17. mike hawks says:

    Akim Tamiroff, Gregory Gaye, Stephen Bekassy and Raymond Burr. Off to cinecon later today so I will fill in the stars for tomorrow. Orson Welles and Nancy Guild.


  18. Gary says:

    I see Akim Tamiroff and whatsizname.


  19. Sheila says:

    ‘Black Magic’, Tamara Shayne, Gregory Gaye, Akim Tamiroff, Raymond Burr?


  20. tucsonbarbara says:

    “Black Magic”

    Mon – Valentina Cortese or Tamara Shayne, Annielo Mele
    Tues – Gregory Gage, Nancy Guild or Margot Graham, Frank Latimore
    Wed – Stephen Bekassy
    Thurs – Stephen Bekassy, Raymond Burr


  21. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Raymond Burr in Black Magic (1949)


  22. LC says:

    Black Magic (1949) w/Orson Welles, Akim Tamiroff, Raymond Burr, Valentina Cortese, Nancy Guild, Frank Latimore, Berry Kroeger…


  23. Sylvia E. says:

    Black Magic 1949 – on Tuesday, couldn’t quite lock in on this picture, though it came up with my search description.

    Mon – I think the boy is Annielo Mele and the woman, Tamara Shayne (wife of Akim Tamiroff.)

    Tuesday – I think Robert Atkins and Margot Grahame

    Wednesday – Stephen Bekassy (because of IMdb and your rundown thus-far and his description as “cruel viscount”)

    Thursday – the “Aha! day” Akim Tamiroff in the FG and the guys behind him are Stephen Bekassy again and Gregory Gaye (they look like evil twins.)
    Image #2 brings Raymond Burr as Dumas fis, listening to O.S. Dumas pere telling the story of Caliostro (who will show up tomorrow – all grown up and angrily set on revenge.)

    Did you pick this picture because like “Sudden Fear” it has a spooky, floating disembodied eyes in it?


  24. Gary says:

    A little more research I ‘ve decided on Black Magic from the Dumas novel.


  25. Mary Mallory says:

    Oops, I should have put Stephan Bekassy again for today.


  26. McDee says:

    For Thursday Akim Tamiroff and Raymond Burr. Black Magic from 1949


  27. Monday: Annielo Mele, Tamara Shayne in BLACK MAGIC (1949)
    Tuesday: Robert Atkins, Margot Grahame
    Wednesday: Stephen Bekassy
    Thursday: Akim Tamiroff, Gregory Gaye, Stephen Bekassy; Raymond Burr


  28. Benito says:

    Akim Tamiroff and a jovial Raymond Burr in BLACK MAGIC 1949. Calling Orson!


  29. Sylvia E. says:

    Friday – Valentina Cortese and Orson Welles in image 1/ Nancy Guild and Mr Welles in image 2


  30. beachgal says:

    For Fri photo #1 Valentina Cortese with Orson Welles
    Fri – photo #2 Orson Welles and Nancy Guild


  31. Mary Mallory says:

    Must be Akim Tamiroff’s wife Tamara Shayne Monday, with Mr. Welles today with Valentina Cortese first and Nancy Guild second.


  32. tucsonbarbara5 says:

    Nancy Guild, Orson Welles


  33. Valentina Cortese, Orson Welles
    O.W. & Nancy Guild


  34. Mary Mallory says:

    You don’t have everyone’s answers up yet with everything else.


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