Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1948 Twentieth Century-Fox film Deep Waters, with Dana Andrews, Jean Peters, Cesar Romero, Dean Stockwell, Anne Revere and Ed Begley.

harrisonsreports30harr_0123Screenplay by Richard Murphy.

Based on the novel Spoonhandle by Ruth Moore.

Music by Cyril Mockridge.

Musical direction by Lionel Newman.

Orchestral arrangements by Maurice de Packh.

Photography by Joseph La Shelle.

Art direction by Lyle Wheeler and George Davis.

Set decoration by Thomas LIttle.

Edited by Barbara McLean.

Makeup by Ben Nye.

Photographic effects by Fred Sersen.

Sound by Bernard Freericks and Roger Heman.

Produced by Samuel G. Engel.

Directed by Henry King.

More information on Deep Waters is available from the AFI Catalog.

Deep Waters is available on DVD from Critics’ Choice Videos.


I picked Deep Waters at random because it looked interesting and it has never aired on TCM. Plus there’s usually suave Cesar Romero working on a fishing boat, and young Will Geer. I’m going to guess that Bosley Crowther gave it at least a middling review.

Oh boy, did he not like it (July 23, 1948):

There is something outrageously silly about the sight of two Hollywood stars, one a stalwart young fellow and the other a stalwart young girl, going through love’s standard torments, complete with a nose-in-air quarrel, over the question of whether the fellow should continue to be a lobsterman. Somehow, the inclinations of two such characters to face this issue squarely seem filled with unutterable distate. And that’s why the film, Deep Waters, which came to the Globe yesterday, is a basically silly picture, even though it was meant seriously.

I run Bosley mostly because he so frequently gets it wrong and he certainly is here. One sentence makes no sense: “Somehow, the inclinations of two such characters to face this issue squarely seem filled with unutterable distate (The exact spelling in the New York Times. I tried changing this to “distaste,” but that doesn’t unlock whatever Bosley was trying to say).

And it’s also why I like to run the Harrison’s Reports reviews, which strike me as far more in tune with audiences and the industry. To me, Deep Waters is a pleasant, small film, a rather standard tale, shot on location in Maine instead of the back lot or some part of California as a stand-in.

Man with white hair, in coat and tie. He is holding a document.
For Monday, we have a mystery fellow. He is skeptical of such goings-on.

Update: This is Raymond Greenleaf.

Man in cap. He wears several layers of clothing.
For Tuesday, we have a mystery fellow.

Update: This is Will Geer, pre-blacklist

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

Boy wearing cap. Water in background
For “Hm Wednesday,” we have a mysterious lad.

Update: This is Dean Stockwell.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Tuesday’s mysterious fellow), Greg (mystery movie and both mystery guests), Mary Mallory (mystery movie and both mystery guests), Robert Morrissey (mystery movie and both mystery guests), Benito (Tuesday’s mystery fellow), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and both mystery guests) and Roget-L.A. (mystery movie and both mystery guests).

Woman with wrinkled face. A scarf around her head.
For “Aha Thursday,” we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Mae Marsh.

Man in plaid shirt and suspenders talking on phone
We also have this mysterious fellow.

Update: This is Ed Begley.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mysterious lad), Greg (Wednesday’s mysterious lad), Sylvia E. (mystery movie and all mystery guests), L.C. (mystery movie and mystery cast), Jenny M. (Wednesday’s mysterious lad), Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mysterious lad), Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mysterious lad) and Roget-L.A. (Wednesday’s mysterious lad).

Men dressed for outdoor work. One has a mustache, a shirt over a sweatshirt. The other is wearing a cap and a flannel shirt
For Friday, we have this mysterious fishing buddies.

Update: This is Cesar Romero and Dana Andrews.

Woman in beret and coat. A broach is at the neck of her blouse.
Also our mysterious leading lady.

Update: This is Jean Peters.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery guests), Anne Papineau (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Sylvia E. (Thursday’s mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests), Incredible Inman (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mysterious TV patriarch, Wednesday’s mystery lad and Thursday’s mystery fellow), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guests), B.J. Merholz (mystery movie, Thursday’s mysterious gentleman), Roget-L.A. (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guests) and Benito (mystery movie, Wednesday’s mystery lad and Thursday’s mystery fellow).

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

  1. No!
    It’s Raymond Greenleaf in DEEP WATERS (1948).


  2. Jenny M says:

    Raymond Greenleaf in Deep Waters


  3. Matt Berger says:

    “Skeptical” is somewhat better than “disapproving” at least.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Greg says:

    Would that be Raymond Greenleaf and Will Geer in Deep Waters?


  5. Mary Mallory says:

    DEEP WATERS. Raymond Greenleaf Monday and Will Geer today.


  6. Robert Morrissey says:

    Aha! – Will Geer (beardless and still quite young here) having been blacklisted by HUAC severely curtailed his career and thus made this one easy to solve – and on Tuesday, even!: 1948’s Deep Waters, with Monday’s mystery man Raymond Greenleaf clinching it for me on IMDb. Sounds interesting!


  7. Gary says:

    Hume Cronyn?


  8. Benito says:

    Will Geer?


  9. mike hawks says:

    Raymond Greeleaf and Will Geer in DEEP WATERS.


  10. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Tuesday’s mystery fellow looks like a young Will Geer, possibly in Deep Waters (1948)


  11. Rogét-L.A. says:

    If my previous guess is correct, then Monday’s mystery fellow is Raymond Greenleaf.


  12. Mary Mallory says:

    Dean STockwell.


  13. Greg says:

    Wednesday’s youngster is Dean Stockwell.


  14. Sylvia E. says:

    Deep Waters 1948
    Mon – Raymond Greenleaf
    Tues – Will Greer
    Wed – Dean Stockwell


  15. LC says:

    Deep Waters (1948) Dean Stockwell, Raymond Greenleaf, Will Geer, Dana Andrews, Jean Peters, Ed Begley, Cesar Romero, Anne Revere…


  16. Jenny M says:

    Dean Stockwell


  17. mike hawks says:

    Dean Stockwell.


  18. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Wednesday’s mysterious lad is Dean Stockwell in Deep Waters (1948)


  19. Mary Mallory says:

    Yay! Mae Marsh, and Ed Begley.


  20. Anne Papineau says:

    “Deep Waters,” featuring Raymond Greenleaf, Will Geer, Dean Stockwell, Mae Marsh and Ed Begley.


  21. Sylvia E. says:

    Mae Marsh in image 1 / Ed Begley in image 2


  22. Ed Begley today. Will Geer and Dean Stockwell on Tuesday, making this “Deep Waters.”


  23. mike hawks says:

    Mae Marsh and Ed Begley.


  24. B.J. Merholz says:

    Ed Begley may be trolling some deep waters.


  25. Rogét-L.A. says:

    For “Aha Thursday”, it’s Mae Marsh and Ed Begley in Deep Waters (1948).


  26. Benito says:

    Guess its Dean Stockwell and Ed Begley in DEEP WATERS 1948


  27. Mary Mallory says:

    Cesar Romero and Dana Andrews, and Jean Peters.


  28. Cesar Romero, Dana Andrews; Jean Peters.


  29. mike hawks says:

    Cesar Romero, Dana Andrews and Jean Peters.


  30. Sylvia E. says:

    Cesar Romero and Dana Andrews
    Jean Peters


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