Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Main Title. White letters over a building at night -- in the rain.
This week’s mystery movie was the 1946 Twentieth Century-Fox movie Shock, with Vincent Price, Lynn Bari, Frank Latimore, Anabel Shaw, Michael Dunne, Reed Hadley, Renee Carson and Charles Trowbridge.

shock_harrisonsScreenplay by Eugene Ling.

Based on a story by Albert deMond.

Additional dialogue by Martin Berkeley.

Photography by Glen MacWilliams and Joe MacDonald.

Art direction by Lyle wheeler and Boris Leven

Set decorations by Thomas Little and O. Clemont Halverson.

Edited by Harmon Jones.

Costumes by Kay Nelson.

Music by David Buttolph.

Music Direction by Emil Newman.

Orchestral arrangements by Arthur Morton.

Makeup by Ben Nye.

Special photographic effects by Fred Sersen.

Sound by Alfred Bruzlin and Harry M. Leonard.

Produced by Aubrey Schenck.

Directed by Alfred Werker.

Further information on Shock is available from the AFI Catalogue.

Shock is available on DVD from Amazon.


I was poking around for mystery movies that haven’t aired on TCM and came up with Shock, a scary little thriller with Vincent Price.

The AFI Catalogue entry says Bosley Crowther hated it, and that’s no surprise since he disliked almost everything. And here he is (March 9, 1946):

As a usual thing, the melodramas which the Rialto Theatre shows — despite their horrors and morbidities — can be quietly dismissed. But the one called Shock, which opened in that theatre yesterday, should arouse the critical observer to protest in no uncertain tones. It is not that the picture is cheaply sensational, artistically: that is a standard condition which one might overlook. It is rather that, in telling a fraudulent and unhealthy tale, it tends to excite apprehension against the treatment of nervous disorders.

Man in heavy shadows
For Monday, we have a mystery fellow. He does not approve of such goings-on.

Update: This is John Davidson in a really spooky performance.

Woman with her hair up. She's knitting.
For Tuesday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Mary Young.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guest), Mary Mallory (Monday’s mystery guest), Sheila (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guest) and Mike Hawks (Monday’s mystery guest).

Actor in doctor's smock. On the mantel in the background are a vase and a clock.
For “Hm Wednesday,” we have a mysterious doctor.

Update: This is Michael (Stephen) Dunne.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery woman), Howard Mandelbaum (Tuesday’s mystery woman), Sheila (Tuesday’s mystery woman) and Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery woman).

Man with dark hair. Wears pinstripe suit with wide lapels. Very busy tie.
For “Aha Thursday,” we have a mysterious fellow.

Update: This is Reed Hadley.

Woman in nurse's uniform, backlit in doorway. Looks into room, puzzled by whatever is going on.
And this mystery woman.

Update: This is Lynn Bari.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery doctor), Jenny M. (mystery movie, Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery doctor), Incredible Inman (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery doctor) and Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery doctor).

For Friday, we have a mystery fellow and Back of the Head Woman.

Update: This is Frank Latimore.

And here’s a better look at her.

Update: This is Anabel Shaw.

And what’s going on here? I think these folks may be up to no good.

Update: This is Vincent Price and Lynn Bari.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests), Sheila (Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guests), Greg (Thursday’s mystery fellow), Sylvia E. (mystery movie and all mystery guests, plus Friday’s guests), and L.C. (mystery movie and mystery cast).

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

  1. John Davidson in SHOCK (1946).


  2. Mary Malory says:

    John Davidson.


  3. Sheila says:

    Yes! That is Crazy Old John Davidson, in ‘Shock’!


  4. Gary says:

    The Hole. 1960 Becker film.


  5. mike hawks says:

    John Davidson who is quite often very mysterious.


  6. Mrs. Benito says:

    Whoa! And how. Talk about an atomic stink-eye. Reminds me of my assistant principal. She was a nun.


  7. Benito says:

    Eduardo Ciannelli?


  8. Matt Berger says:

    And…we return to disappoval.


  9. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Alan Arkin?


  10. Mary Mallory says:

    Mary Young and SHOCK.


  11. Sheila says:

    Mary Young for Tuesday?


  12. mike hawks says:

    Mary Young in SHOCK.


  13. Benito says:

    Una Merkel?


  14. Anne Papineau says:

    Herbert Lom?


  15. Mary Mallory says:

    Stephen Dunne.


  16. Jenny M says:

    Movie – Shock (1946)

    Tue – Mary Young

    Wed – Stephen Dunne


  17. Today’s man of mystery is Steve Dunne, and I think the movie is “Shock.”


  18. mike hawks says:

    Stephen Dunne a.k.a. Michael Dunne.


  19. Mary Mallory says:

    Reed Hadley and Lynn Bari.


  20. Reed Hadley; Lynn Bari.


  21. Sheila says:

    Stephen (Michael) Dunne, Reed Hadley and Lynn Bari?


  22. mike hawks says:

    Reed Hadley and Lynn Bari.


  23. Greg says:

    Aha Thursday’s gent is Reed Hadley.


  24. Sylvia E. says:

    Dang! Another one of those “talked myself out of it” moments. Mon, looked like a prison, then Tues, decided to go with maybe a mental institution, found lots of movies – kept looking in the 1950s. Bumped into, but couldn’t quite place Lynn Bari, found others like her – also not right…Anyway…

    Shock 1946
    Mon – John Davidson
    Tues – Ruth Nelson (I think)
    Wed – Stephen Dunne
    Thur – Reed Hadley and Lynn Bari
    So Friday brings Vincent Price and Anabel Shaw


  25. LC says:

    Shock (1946) w/Vincent Price, Lynn Bari, Reed Hadley, Mary Young, Frank Latimore, Stephen Dunne…


  26. Mary Mallory says:

    Frank Lattimore, Anabel Shaw, Vincent Price, and Lynn Bari.


  27. Megan and Thom says:

    Movie: Shock!
    Monday: Selmer Jackson
    Tuesday: Mary Young
    Wednesday: Stephen Dunne
    Thursday: Reed Hadley, Lynn Bari
    Friday: Frank Latimore, Anabel Shaw, Vincent Price, Lynn Bari


  28. mike hawks says:

    Frank Latimore, Anabel Shaw, Vincent Price and Lynn Bari.


  29. Sylvia E. says:

    Frank Latimore, Anabel Shaw and Vincent Price.


  30. Heaven says:

    Shock starring Vincent Price!!! I love this movie!


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