Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1957 Twentieth Century-Fox picture The Deerslayer, with Lex Barker, Rita Moreno, Forrest Tucker, Cathy O’Donnell, Jay C. Flippen and Carlos Rivas. (The original credits have been replaced in the German release I used for the film).

deerslayer_harrisonsreports39harr_0178Screenplay by Carroll Young and Kurt Neumann. From the novel by James Fenimore Cooper.

Photography by Karl Struss.

Edited by Jodie Copelan.

Set decoration by Walter M. Scott, Fay Babcock and Max Goldman.

Costumes by George Herrington and Neva Rames.

Music by Paul Sawtell and Bert Schefter.

Sound by Stephen Bass.

Makeup by Nadine Danks and Louis Hippe.

Directed by Kurt Neumann. Assistant director Herb Mendelson.

Produced by E.J. Baumgarten and Kurt Neumann.

Further information on The Deerslayer is available from the AFI Catalog.

The Deerslayer is available on a Region 2 Blu-ray from Amazon.


I picked The Deerslayer based on reviews in the trades and because it features Rita Moreno. The photography is gorgeous. The plot is very thin and not especially logical. I somehow escaped the novel in school and Mark Twain’s Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offenses does not inspire me to read it. As usual, the Native American parts are played by non-indigenous people.

I’m going to guess that Bosley Crowther hated it or passed it off to one of the alphabet critics. Nope. The New York Times skipped it entirely.

Well, then.

Man with a weathered face. Gray hair and gray beard.
For Monday, we have a mystery fellow.

Update: This is Jay C. Flippen.

Mystery persons in Native American costumes
For Tuesday, we have a mystery fellow.

Update: This is Joseph Vitale.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Monday’s mystery guest), Gary (Monday’s mystery guest), B.J. Merholz (Monday’s mystery guest), Lorenzo (Monday’s mystery guest), Mike Hawks (Monday’s mystery guest), Jenny M. (Monday’s mystery guest), Robert Morrissey (Monday’s mystery guest), Patrick (Monday’s mystery guest), Greg (Monday’s mystery guest), L.C. (mystery movie and mystery cast), Sylvia E. (Monday’s mystery guest) and Benito (Monday’s mystery guest).

Trees in a forest. Man in indigenous costume with rifle.
For “Hm Wednesday,” we have a mystery guest.

Update: This is Carlos Rivas.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Monday’s mystery guest), Sylvia E. (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mysterious tribal leader), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mysterious trial leader), Funky PhD (Monday’s mysterious guest), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mysterious tribal leader), B.J. Merholz (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mysterious tribal leader), Incredible Inman (Monday’s mystery guest) and Bruce (Monday’s mystery guest).

Woman in green dress with ruffles at the collar. She is crying.
For “Aha Thursday,” we have an upset mystery woman. Also Back of the Head Woman.

Update: This is Cathy O’Donnell with Rita Moreno as Back of the Head Woman.

Man in interior of log constuction. He's wearing a frontier-style shirt. There is a crude window in the structure. Also a rifle.

We also have a mystery fellow.

Update: This is Forrest Tucker.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mysterious tribal elder and Wednesday’s mystery fellow), Sylvia E. (Wednesday’s mystery fellow), Floyd Thursby (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guest), Jenny M. (mystery movie and Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Big John Wintergreen (Monday’s mystery fellow), Greg (mystery movie, Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery fellow) and Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery guest).

Blond man in frontiersman outfit. He is in the woods.
For Friday, we have a mystery fellow.

Update: This is Lex Barker

Woman with black hair and brown eyes in leather frontier outfit. She is holding a book
We also have this mystery woman.

Update: This is Rita Moreno.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery guests and Back of the Head Woman), Incredible Inman (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests), Robert Morrissey (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guests), Gary (mystery movie, Thursday’s frontiersman), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guests and Back of the Head Woman), Sylvia E. (Thursday’s mystery guests and Back of the Head Woman), Blackwing Jenny (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guests), Bruce Reznick (mystery movie, Thursday’s mystery guests and Back of the Head Woman), Patrick (mystery movie, Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests) and Greg (Thursday’s mystery guests and Back of the Head Woman).

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

  1. Richard Egan? Unlikely on a Monday …


  2. Gary says:

    Jay C. Flippin?


  3. Lorenzo says:

    Today’s guest…JC Flippen.


  4. mike hawks says:

    Jay C. Flippen.


  5. Jenny M says:

    J. C. Flippen in the The Far Country.


  6. Robert Morrissey says:

    That’s Jay C. Flippen.


  7. Patrick says:

    Jay C. Flippen


  8. Greg says:

    Jay C. Flippen


  9. LC says:

    The Deerslayer (1957) w/Jay C. Flippen, Forrest Tucker, Lex Barker, Rita Moreno, Cathy O’Donnell, Carlos Riva…


  10. Sylvia E. says:

    Monday – is that Jay C. Flippen?
    That building looks like something from “Wild River”, but I think I’ll keep searching for now.


  11. Benito says:

    Izzat old coot Jay C Flippen, or old coot Van Heflin?


  12. Mary Mallory says:



  13. Mary Mallory says:

    Jay C.Flippen Monday.


  14. Sylvia E. says:

    Okay l’m going to try “The Deer Slayer” 1957 as guess number 2. I think I see that silver thingamabob in Tuesday’s image in a photo I found from that movie. No guesses on the foreground guy, or the serious faces surrounding the guy holding the thingamabob, though. Will await your confirmation that I’ve found the right title.


  15. FunkyPhd says:

    Jay C. Flippen on Monday?


  16. mike hawks says:

    Joseph Vitale in THE DEERSLAYER 1957.


  17. mike hawks says:

    Joseph Vitale in THE DEERSLAYER 1957.


  18. B.J. Merholz says:

    Joseph Vitale in Deerslayer?


  19. Bob Hansen says:

    Is Tuesday’s guy Joseph Calleia (sp?)? I don’t know the movie though.


  20. Sylvia E. says:

    I think that’s Joseph Vitale holding the thingamabob. IMDb says he’s playing the Huron Chief.


  21. I take it back — Jay C. Flippen as Monday’s mystery fellow.


  22. Mary Mallory says:

    RUN OF THE ARROW. Jay C. Flippen MOnday and Frank De Kova today.


  23. Bruce says:

    J C Flippen for Monday?


  24. Mary Mallory says:

    THE DEERSLAYER. Joseph Vitale yesterday and Carlos Rivas today. When will we have another silent film, Mike and I love those.


  25. Sylvia E. says:

    Wednesday – Carlos Rivas as Chingachgook. Interesting to find out that Bela Lugosi played this role in the 1920 version.


  26. Floyd Thursby says:

    For Monday we have a strangely lit Jay C. Flippen. The movie is “The Deerslayer.”


  27. Jenny M says:

    Tue – Joseph Vitale
    Wed – Carlos Rivas
    Movie – The Deerslayer (1957)


  28. Jay C. Flippen on Monday


  29. Greg says:

    Tuesday’s mystery fellow is Joseph Vitale and Hm Wednesday’s is Carlos Rivas. The movie must be “The Deerslayer” from 1957


  30. mike hawks says:

    Carlos Rivas.


  31. Mary Mallory says:

    Cathy O’Donnell and rita Moreno BOTH, and Forrest Tucker.


  32. Cathy O’Donnell and Forrest Tucker today, making this “The Deerslayer.”


  33. Cathy O’Donnell; Forrest Tucker.


  34. Robert Morrissey says:

    Cathy O’Donnell and Forrest Tucker, so IMDb tells me it’s gotta be 1957’s The Deerslayer. Better late than ….on Friday!


  35. Gary says:

    Add Forrest Tucker and we have The Deerslayer.


  36. mike hawks says:

    Cathy O’Donnell, Rita Moreno and Forrest Tucker.


  37. Sylvia E. says:

    Thursday – image #1 Cathy O’Donnell and BOTHW Rita Moreno/ image #2 Forrest Tucker


  38. Well, at least I know Cathy O’Donnell and Forrest Tucker! In “The Deerslayer”.


  39. Bruce says:

    Forrest Tucker and IMDb combine with Jay C. Flippen to suggest “The Deerslayer” (1957), which suggests that Cathy O’Donnell is the Thursday woman with Rita Moreno as BOHW. I don’t think I’ve ever been right on a Monday before!


  40. Patrick says:

    Joseph Vitale, Carlos Rivas, Cathy O’Donnell and Forrest Tucker in The Deerslayer from 1957.


  41. Greg says:

    Aha Thursday is Cathy O’Donnell. Back of head woman is probably Rita Moreno. Thursday’s mystery man is Forrest Tucker.


  42. Mary Mallory says:

    Lex Barker and Rita Moreno.


  43. Benito says:

    I see Forrest Tucker, and Cathy O’Donnell, and Lex Barker…


  44. Greg says:

    For Friday we have Lex Barker and Rita Moreno.


  45. Sylvia E. says:

    Friday – Lex Barker/ Rita Moreno


  46. mike hawks says:

    Lex Barker, Rita Moreno.


  47. McDee says:

    Lex Barker and Forrest Tucker on Friday. The Deerslayer from 1957


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