This week’s mystery movie was the 1926 film Up in Mabel’s Room, with Marie Prevost, Harrison Ford, Phyllis Haver, Harry Myers, Sylvia Breamer, Paul Nicholson, Maude Truax, Carl Gerard, William Orlamond and Arthur Hoyt.
Screenplay by F. McGrew Willis.
From Al Wood’s great stage success.
By Wilson Collison and Otto Harbach.
Photographed by Harold Rosson and Alex Phillips.
Art direction by Charles Cadwallader.
Edited by James Morley.
Directed by E. Mason Hopper.
Produced by Al Christie.
More information on Up in Mabel’s Room is available from the AFI catalog.
Various copies of Up in Mabel’s Room are circulating on the Internet. This print is from UCLA and was shown last year at the Pordenone silent film festival.
I had a few requests for a silent film and thought this would be a good time to spotlight restoration and preservation.
I’m not sure The New York Times reviewed the film. Let’s see.
Yes! We’re in Mordaunt Hall territory (June 29, 1926):
Judging by periodical explosions of laughter and significant chuckles, the screen version of the stage farce Up in Mabel’s Room afforded some enjoyment to an audience in the Mark Strand yesterday afternoon.
The situations are rather more ludicrous than novel, and the wild actions of the players scampering from one room to another and hiding under beds are such that the actual story at times appears to be almost forgotten.
The principal asset in this comedy is the appearance of Marie Prevost, whose attractive face and clever acting put Harrison Ford, her hero, somewhat in the shade.
For Monday, we have a mystery woman.
Update: This is Maude Truax.
For Tuesday, we have another mystery woman.
Update: This is Fay Holderness.
Matt: Yes it is.
For “Hm Wednesday,” we have a mystery fellow.
Update: This is Carl Gerard.
Brain Trust roll call: Mike Hawks (mystery movie, both mystery guests, plus leading man hidden in plain sight).
For “Aha Thursday,” we have this mystery couple.
Update: This is Sylvia Breamer and Harry Myers.
We also have this mysterious woman.
Update: This is Phyllis Haver.
Brain Trust roll call: Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery fellow) and Mary Mallory (mystery movie and all mystery guests).
For Friday, we have this mysterious leading man.
Update: This is Harrison Ford.
And our mysterious leading lady.
Update: This is Marie Prevost.
Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guests) and Sheila (Thursday’s mystery fellow).
I dunno – but she looks a bit like one of my aunts. Is this a silent film?
Harrison Ford (man in photo).
Maud Truax, Fay Holderness in UP IN MABELS ROOM.
It’s a tough angle, but the guy in the photo looks like Ricardo Cortez to me – I really have no clue about anything at all.
Yay for Hawks!
UP IN MABEL’S ROOM. Maude Truax Monday, Fay Holderness with a photo of Harrison Ford Tuesday, and Carl Gerard today.
sylvia Breamer, Harry Myers, and Phyllis Haver.
Marion Davies today — is the mystery man Purnell Pratt?
Sylvia Breamer, Harry Myers and Phyllis Haver.
Harry Myers for Thursday?
“Up in Mabel’s Room” starring Harrison Ford, Marie Prevost, Phyllis Haver, and Maude Truax.
Up in Mabel’s Room (1926).
Izzat expert level dingaling Alice Brady as part of the Thursday couple?
Late to the party, but looks like Maud Truax, Fay Holderness, Carl Gerard, Sylvia Breamer, Harry Myers, Phyllis Haver, Ford Sterling and Marie Prevost in “Up in Mabel’s Room.”
The real Harrison Ford and Marie Prevost.
Marie Prevost and Harrison Ford.
Up In Mabel’s Room 1927
Had no idea until today and then found it by looking up the name on the sign on the door. I remember as a kid, seeing the 1940s version with Dennis O’Keefe.
Looking forward to Saturday’s breakdown.