This week’s mystery movie was the 1956 film The Scarlet Hour, with Carol Ohmart, Tom Tryon, Jody Lawrance, James Gregory, Elaine Stritch, E.G. Marshall, Edward Binns, David Lewis, Billy Gray, Jacques Aubuchon, Scott Marlowe, Johnstone White, James F. Stone, Maureen Hurley and James Todd.
Screenplay by Rip Van Ronkel, Frank Tashlin and John Meredyth Lucas.
Story by Rip Van Ronkel and Frank Tashlin.
Photography by Lionel Lindon.
Art direction by Hal Pereira and Tambi Larsen.
Special photographic effects by John P. Fulton.
Process photography by Farciot Edouart.
Set decoration by Sam Comer and Frank R. McKelvy.
Costumes by Edith Head.
Edited by Everett Douglas.
Assistant director William McGarry.
Makeup by Wally Westmore.
Sound by Harold Lewis and Winston Leverett.
Music scored by Leith Stevens.
Song Never Let Me Go by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans.
Produced and directed by Michael Curtiz.
The Scarlet Hour is available on Blu-ray from Critics’ Choice Videos.
Further information on the film is available from the AFI Catalog.
James Gregory’s birthday was Dec. 23, which was enough reason for this mystery movie. It is, as Howard Mandelbaum noted, “steamy,” with lots of good location shots of Los Angeles.
I’m guessing Bosley Crowther hated it – or possibly it was handed off to one of the alphabet soup critics…. Uh-oh. The New York Times skipped it entirely. Harrison’s Reports called it a lurid melodrama for undiscriminating moviegoers. So there.
For “Mean Monday,” we have a mystery smoker.
Update: This is Tom Tryon in the dark.
For Tuesday, we have a mysterious fellow.
Update: This is Benson Fong.
For “Hm Wednesday,” we have a mysterious executive with a very large map of Los Angeles. Also Back of the Head Guy.
Update: This is a large map of Los Angeles. Also James Gregory and Tom Tryon as Back of the Head Guy.
Brain Trust roll call: Sylvia E. (mystery movie and Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests), Jenny M. (Tuesday’s mystery guest), Anne Papineau (mystery movie and Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Tuesday’s mystery guest), Mike Hawks (Tuesday’s mystery guest), B.J. Merholz (Tuesday’s mystery guest), Mary Mallory (mystery movie and Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests) and Roget-L.A. (Tuesday’s mystery guest).
For “Aha Thursday,” we have this mysterious fellow and some mysterious companions.
Update: This is, from left, Jacques Aubuchon, Scott Marlowe and Richard Deacon.
We also have this mystery gent.
Update: This is E.G. Marshall.
Also this mystery fellow.
Update: This is Nat “King” Cole.
Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery guest and Back of the Head Guy), Jenny M. (mystery movie, Monday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests and Back of the Head Guy), B.J. Merholz (Wednesday’s Back of the Head Guy), Mike Hawks (mystery movie, Wednesday’s mystery guest and Back of the Head Guy), Sylvia E. (Wednesday’s mystery guest and Back of the Head Guy), Anne Papineau (Wednesday’s mystery guest) and Megan and Thom (Tuesday’s mystery guest).
Megan and Thom: No, it’s a theatrical release, not a TV show or made-for-TV movie.
For Friday, here’s Monday’s mystery guest after he turns on a source light.
Update: This is Tom Tryon.
And our mystery leads.
Update: This is Tom Tryon and Carol Ohmart, with Richard Collier in the background.
Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie, all mystery guests and Back of the Head Guy), Charles Kjelland (mystery movie and Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests), Gary (mystery movie), Sylvia E. (Thursday’s mystery guests), Chrisbo (mystery movie, Wednesday’s mystery jeweler and Thursday’s mystery guests), Mark G. (Thursday’s mysterious nightclub singer), Megan and Thom (mystery movie, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests), Michael Lott (mystery movie and Thursday’s mysterious nightclub singer), Incredibleinman (mystery movie, Wednesday’s mysterious jeweler and Thursday’s mystery guests), Patrick (mystery movie and all mystery guests) and Bruce Reznick (mystery movie, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests).
Sylvia: That is going the extra mile on our mystery orchestra!
Note: Gary sends a long a reminiscence about one of the mystery cast members. Be sure to check for it Saturday!
Update: And here’s a bonus photo of Tom Tryon and Jody Lawrance. He does not approve of such goings-on!
Listed in the credits for The Scarlet Hour is the actress Maureen Hurley. In the summer of 1963 I was working on an off Broadway production of The Importance of Being Earnest that was produced by and starred a Maureen Hurley. The male star of the production was John Merivale who at the time was the paramour of Vivian Leigh, then starring on Broadway in Tovarich. One Sunday evening she came down to see our show and afterward was brought backstage to meet the cast and crew. It was a very brief general hello but at the least I can say that I was once introduced to Miss Leigh.
The show was at the end of its run and was scheduled to close in a few weeks and I was moving on to other work. But suddenly Miss Hurley’s good friend, Maureen O’Sullivan , told her her daughter was coming to New York after having finished her schooling in England. In an effort to revive the production Ms Hurley hired her to play the role of the young girl. And so this rather timid young girl came to the performances and watched the show for the directing from backstage beside me at my vantage point. Thus the last two weeks of my employment there I was the companion of Mia Farrow, the then unknown actress.
In retrospect it was like being a first hand observer of the changing of the guard.
When the show closed my friend Fred, the stage manager, said that he was going to go to London for a few weeks to see some shows there. I asked where he stayed in London and he said…with Vivian. I said oh, you have friends in London. Who is this Vivian? He said…Vivian Leigh. And how do you know Vivian Leigh so well? He said…you met her the same time I did. Yes, I replied…but in a very brief few minutes I didn’t get to know her so well as to go live with her! …PS Fred had a certain quality that attracted famous people. He worked in the NY theater for over 25 years and he KNEW Everyone!