Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Main Title letters against clouds in the sky.
This week’s mystery movie was the 1958 film The Proud Rebel, with Alan Ladd, Olivia de Havilland, Dean Jagger, David Ladd, Cecil Kellaway, James Westerfield, Henry Hull, Dean Stanton, Thomas Pittman, Eli Mintz, John Carradine and King.

1958_review_harrisonsreports40harr_0062Screenplay by Joseph Petracca and Lillie Hayward. From a story by James Edward Grant.

Music composed by Jerome Moross. Orchestra conducted by Emil Newman.

Photography by Ted McCord. Technicolor.

Edited by Aaron Stell.

Production manager Clem Beauchamp.

Art direction by McClure Capps. Set decoration by Victor Gangelin.

Orchestrations by Bernard Mayers. Music editor W. Lloyd Young.

Recording by Paul Franz.

Assistant director Paul Helmick. Sound by Don Hall Jr.

Miss de Havilland’s costumes by Mary Wills.

Makeup by Don Cash and George Bau.

Hairstyles by Carmen Dirigo.

Costumes by Joseph King.

Produced by Samuel Goldwyn Jr.

Directed by Michael Curtiz.

The Proud Rebel is available on DVD from Critics’ Choice Videos.

Further information about the history of the film is available from the AFI catalog.


The Proud Rebel was another random discovery in going through the trades. It looked interesting as it was publicized as David Ladd’s debut (he and his sister, Alana Ladd, appeared with their father the year before in The Big Land). Although it has many stock elements of the genre, it isn’t a traditional Western. Sylvia E. pointed out that David Ladd did a good job with sign language and that she was able to follow what he was saying.

I’m going to guess that Bosley gave the film a generally positive review.

Strike 1: It’s by A.H. Weiler.

But he liked it (July 2, 1958):

Potentially mawkish movie material such as the love of a boy for his dog and a father’s steadfast dedication to his incapacitated son has been artfully metamorphosed into a genuinely sentimental but often moving drama in The Proud Rebel, which arrived at the Guild Theatre yesterday.

Although it is reminiscent of Shane, To the Victor and far lesser films, The Proud Rebel appears to be able to stand on its own modest merits. A simple tale that is not without simple faults, it nevertheless is a truly sensitive effort that never reaches for special effects. It merely cleaves to the premise that a little story, honestly told, can be just as persuasive as the sound and fury of a blockbuster.

Dog looks out window
For Monday, we have a mystery pooch.

Update: This is King in his only screen appearance.

Oct. 11, 2022, Mystery Photo
For Tuesday, we have a mystery gent. His companion has been cropped out due to insufficient mysteriousness and will appear later in the week.

Update: For Thursday, adding our mystery shopkeeper’s mysterious companion.

Update: This is Mary Wickes and Eli Mintz.

Brain Trust roll call: Jenny M. (mystery movie and mystery pooch).

Oct. 12, 2022, Mysterious Boy
For “Hm Wednesday,” we have a mysterious boy.

Update: This is David Ladd.

Brain Trust roll call: Jenny M. (Tuesday’s mysterious shopkeeper) and Patrick (mystery movie and mystery guests).

Three suspicious gents in vests.
For “Aha Thursday,” we have a trio of mysterious personages.

Update: This is Harry Dean Stanton, Dean Jagger and Thomas Pittman

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Jenny M. (Wednesday’s mystery lad), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Mary Mallory (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery pooch and Wednesday’s mystery lad) and Patrick (Wednesday’s mystery lad).

Mystery couple in a buggy. Mystery man wears a white shirt, brown vest, black string tie and black cowboy hat. The lady wears a bonnet and a dress with a high, which lacy collar and a gold locket or cameo at the neck.
For Friday, we have our mysterious leads.

Update: This is Alan Ladd and Olivia de Havilland.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Tuesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests), Jenny M. (Tuesday’s mystery woman and Thursday’s mystery guests), Beach Gal (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Lorenzo (Monday’s mystery dog), B.J. Merholz (mystery movie), Mike Hawks (Tuesday’s mystery woman and Thursday’s mystery guests), Gary (mystery movie), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests), Anne Papineau (mystery movie and all mystery guests), L.C. (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Blackwing Jenny (mystery movie), Tucson Barbara (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery dog, Tuesday’s mystery woman Wednesday’s mystery lad, and Thursday’s violent patriarch), Benito (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guests) and Sylvia E. (mystery movie, all mystery guests).

Thanks to Sylvia E. for an interesting observations about the sign language used in the film!

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

  1. Anne Papineau says:

    The Ghost and Mr. Chicken. That title appeared before me in towering letters of fire so I have to go with it.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Robert Morrissey says:

    The much maligned and little seen Song of the South (1946) comes to mind……but perhaps that would be too obvious an answer, lol!


  3. Jenny M says:

    King in The Proud Rebel.


  4. Matt Berger says:

    I don’t know who this dog is, but s/he is a cutie!


  5. Jenny M says:

    Eli Mintz


  6. Floyd Thirsby says:

    For Tuesday we have Roscoe Ates in “Come Next Spring.”


  7. Mary Mallory says:

    TRAIL OF THE LONESOME PINE. Tuffy on Monday and Lee Phelps today.


  8. Patrick says:

    King and Eli Mintz in The Proud Rebel from 1958.


  9. Monday: King
    Tuesday: Eli Mintz
    Wednesday: David Ladd


  10. Jenny M says:

    David Ladd


  11. The Proud Rebel (1958)


  12. mike hawks says:

    King, Eli Mintz and David Ladd in THE PROUD REBEL.


  13. Mary Mallory says:

    THE PROUD REBEL. King, Dan White, and David Ladd.


  14. Gary says:

    This might be a Randolph Scott movie…but which one?


  15. Patrick says:

    David Ladd


  16. Mary Mallory says:

    Mary Wickes and Eli Mintz on Tuesday, Harry Dean Stanton, Dean Jagger, and Tom Pittman today.


  17. Jenny M says:

    Tuesday – Mary Wickes

    Thursday – Harry Dean Stanton, Dean Jagger, Tom Pittman


  18. beachgal says:

    Our film is The Proud Rebel.
    Monday – dog is played by King
    Tues – Mary Wickes and Eli Mintz
    Wen – David Ladd
    Thurs – Harry Dean Stanton, Dean Jagger and Tom Pittman


  19. Lorenzo says:

    A possibility that Monday’s guest is King.


  20. B.J. Merholz says:

    The Proud Rebel


  21. mike hawks says:

    Mary Wickes, Harry Dean Stanton, Dean Jagger and Tom Pittman.


  22. Gary says:

    I would say this is The Proud Rebel.


  23. Family portrait: Harry Dean Stanton, Dean Jagger, Tom Pittman


  24. Anne Papineau says:

    Featured cast of “The Proud Rebel” includes pooch King, Mary Wickes and Eli Mintz, David Ladd, Harry Dean Stanton, Dean Jagger and I think that’s Tom Pittman.


  25. LC says:

    The Proud Rebel (1958) King (the dog), Alan Ladd, Olivia De Havilland, David Ladd, Mary Wickes, Dean Jagger, Cecil Kellaway, Harry Dean Stanton…


  26. Is it “Proud Rebel”?


  27. tucsonbarbara says:

    The Proud Rebel

    King, David Ladd, Mary Wickes, Dean Jagger


  28. Benito says:

    Dean Jagger and Harry Stanton in THE PROUD REBEL 1958. Warning: Severe personality disorders on parade!


  29. Sylvia E. says:

    The Proud Rebel 1958
    Monday – King (playing the ‘wonder dog’ Lance – son of Lancelot, per Alan Ladd)
    Tuesday – Mary Wickes and Eli Mintz
    Wednesday – David Ladd (I’m searching for who his sign language instructor was for the film. His signs are pretty dead on – I could follow what he was saying.)
    Thursday – Harry Dean Stanton, Dean Jagger and Tom Pittman (sad story there)

    Friday will bring Alan Ladd and Olivia de Havilland (maybe Cecil Kellaway and Henry Hull??)

    A note about last week’s puzzle: it appears that the film where Michel Simon’s make-up accident came about was “un certain monsieur jo” 1958. He became very ill during the film. Gradually recovered, but it really impacted his career.


  30. Jenny M says:

    Alan Ladd and Olivia de Havilland.


  31. beachgal says:

    Fri – Alan Ladd and Olivia de Havilland


  32. Mary Mallory says:

    Alan Ladd and Olivia DeHavilland.


  33. mike hawks says:

    Alan Ladd and Olivia DeHavilland.


  34. tucsonbarbara says:

    Alan Ladd, Olivia DeHavilland


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