Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Main title letter on wrinkled paper, as if an old theatrical poster
This week’s mystery movie was the 1949 film The Queen of Spades, with Anton Walbrook, Edith Evans, Ronald Howard, Mary Jerrold, Yvonne Mitchell, Anthony Dawson, Pauline Tennant, Miles Malleson, Athene Seyler, Michael Medwin, Maroussia Dimitrevitch, Ivor Barnard and Violetta Elvin.

Queen of Spades reviewStory by Alexander Pushkin.

Screenplay by Rodney Ackland and Arthur Boys.

Settings and costumes by Oliver Messel.

Photography by Otto Heller. Edited by Hazel Wilkinson.

Music by Georges Auric.

Musical director Louis Levy.

Art direction by William Kellner.

Production manager Isobel Pargiter.

Camera operators Gus Drisse and Val Stewart.

Sound recording by Frank McNally.

Dubbing recording by L.H. Shilton.

Dubbing editor Audrey Bennett.

Assistant director John Gaudioz.

Continuity by Marjorie Owens.

Makeup by Robert Clarke.

Hairstyles by Frank Cross and Betty Cross.

Set dresser Philip Stockford.

Assistant to Oliver Messel, Ann Wemyss.

Period Adviser, Dr. Baird.

Wardrobe master W. Smith.

Fabric adviser Scot Slimon.

Furs by Dean Fields.

Clothes executed by Simmons.

Dances arranged by David Paltenghi.

Associate producer Jack Clayton.

Produced by Anatole de Grunwald.

Directed by Thorold Dickinson.

The Queen of Spades is available on DVD from Critics’ Choice Videos.


I have been looking for The Queen of Spades for a while and finally located a nice, sharp print. And I wanted to do something spooky as Halloween draws near. If you haven’t seen The Queen of Spades, by all means make a point of finding it.

I’m guessing The New York Times didn’t review the movie, but wrote about it later on, when it was revived or was released in the home video market.

And the answer is….

Oh dear! I lost that bet! (Bosley Crowther, New York Times, July 1, 1949)

Folks who delight in ghost stories, old tales of the weird and grotesque — of sorcery and cabalistic matters and men driven mad by lust for power — should find a great deal to intrigue them in Anatole de Grunwald’s The Queen of Spades, a British film based upon a Pushkin story, which came to the Little Cine Met yesterday. For Mr. de Grunwald has loaded this classic Russian tale of a man’s greedy traffic with evil with a most beautifully accomplished cast, exquisite baroque production and staging of a tense and startling sort. If it’s romantic shivers you’re wanting, this is undoubtedly your film.

Elegantly dressed woman with a mask
For Monday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Pauline Tennant.

An astonished man. He's wearing a heavy coat with a heavy fur collar

For Tuesday, we have a mysterious gent.

Update: This is Miles Malleson.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery woman).


For “Hm Wednesday,” we have a lot of mystery gents.

Update: This is Ronald Howard, left, and Anthony Dawson, right.

Brain Trust roll call: Anne Papineau (mystery movie and both mystery guests, Howard Mandelbaum (Tuesday’s mystery fellow), Megan and Thom (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery guest), B.J. Merholz (Tuesday’s mystery guest), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and both mystery guests) and Patrick (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery guest).

A regal, elderly woman, elegantly costumed
For “Aha Thursday,” we have a mystery woman. She does not approve of such goings-on.

Update: This is Dame Edith Evans.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mysterious soldiers), Jenny M. (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Anne Papineau (Wednesday’s mystery soldiers), Sheila (Tuesday’s mystery fellow and Wednesday’s mysterious soldier No. 1), Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery soldiers), Robert Morrissey (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery guest) and Benito (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery soldier No. 2).


For Friday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Yvonne Mitchell.

A startled soldier. Various artworks depict a mysterious French military leader
We also have this mysterious fellow.

Update: This is Anton Walbrook.

Brain Trust roll call: Megan and Thom (Wednesday’s mystery Soldier No. 1 and Thursday’s mystery woman), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery woman), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery woman), Anne Papineau (Thursday’s mystery woman), Gary (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery woman) and Mary Mallory (mystery movie and all mystery guests).

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

  1. Pauline Tennant in THE QUEEN OF SPADES (1949). She was the daughter of Hermione Baddeley.


  2. Doug says:

    Norma Shearer as Marie Antoinette?


  3. Robert Morrissey says:

    At first glance, it looks like Deborah Kerr….


  4. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Norma Shearer in “Marie Antoinette” (1938)


  5. Sylvia E. says:

    Totally just for grins I’m going to guess on a Monday/Tuesday.

    Rasputin and the Empress 1932

    Based on what looks like a Russian language newspaper behind Tuesday’s guy.


  6. Anne Papineau says:

    Pauline Tennant and Miles Malleson in “The Queen of Spades”


  7. Megan and Thom says:

    Sorry, our connection cut out just as I was submitting our answer. If it didn’t go through, it’s Miles Malleson in The queen of Spades.


  8. bjmesbcglobalnet says:

    Miles Malleson


  9. Earl Boebert says:

    Haven’t a clue, but I’ll make a WAG Catharine the Great is in there somewhere.


  10. mike hawks says:

    Pauline Tennant and Miles Malleson in THE QUEEN OF SPADES 1949.


  11. Chrisbo says:

    Is that Herbert Mundin tuesday?


  12. Patrick says:

    Tuesday: Miles Malleson in The Queen of Spades from 1949.


  13. Jenny M says:

    Pauline Tennant
    Miles Malleson
    Ronald Howard, Anthony Dawson
    Movie , The Queen of Spades


  14. Anne Papineau says:

    On Wednesday, Ronald Howard and Anthony Dawson.


  15. Total shot in the dark: “That Hamilton Woman.”


  16. Sheila says:

    Miles Malleson and Ronald Howard?


  17. mike hawks says:

    Ronald Howard and Anthony Dawson.


  18. Sylvia E. says:

    Hmmm…I see what you mean by “warmer”. It looks like costumes from the Napoleonic Wars (French military) and folks in Russia. It seems unlikely that it’s War and Peace. Hoping that “Aha Thursday” will help.


  19. Benito says:

    I spy Anthony Dawson (Dial M For Murder) in THE QUEEN OF SPADES 1949


  20. Megan and Thom says:

    Thursday’s guest is Dame Edith Evans. Yesterday’s main guest is Ronald Howard (and a gentleman who looks like the male embodiment of Estelle Winwood).


  21. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Edith Evans.


  22. mike hawks says:

    Edith Evans


  23. Anne Papineau says:

    Dame Edith Evans


  24. Gary says:

    It’s Thursday. I guess I should submit a guess…Dame Edith Evans in the Queen of Spades?


  25. Mary Mallory says:

    THR QUEEN OF SPADES. Pauline Tennant Monday, Miles Malleson Tuesday, Donald Woods, Ronald Howard, and Anthony Dawson Wednesday, Edith Evans today.


  26. Anne Papineau says:

    Yvonne Mitchell and Anton “Why do you want to dance?” Walbrook


  27. Mary Mallory says:

    Yvonne Mitchell and the great Anton Walbrook.


  28. Yvonne Mitchell; Anton Walbrook.


  29. mike hawks says:

    Yvonne Mitchell and Anton Walbrook.


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