Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Main Title: Flaming letters over artwork of a candleThis week’s mystery movie was the 1947 Republic picture The Flame, with John Carroll, Vera Ralston, Robert Paige, Broderick Crawford, Henry Travers, Blanche Yurka, Constance Dowling, Hattie McDaniel, Victor Sen Yung, Harry V. Cheshire, John Miljan, Garry Owen and Eddie Dunn.

harrisonsreports30harr_0010Screenplay by Lawrence Kimble.

Based on a story by Robert T. Shannon.

Photography by Reggie Lanning.

Music by Heinz Roemheld.

Musical direction by Cy Feuer.

Sound by Victor B. Appel.

Art direction by Gan Chittenden.

Costume supervision by Adele Palmer.

Edited by Richard L. Van Enger.

Set decorations by John McCarthy Jr. and George Milo.

Special effects by Howard and Theodore Lydecker.

Makeup by Bob Mark.

Hairstyles by Peggy Gray.

Associate Producer-Director John H. Auer.

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

The Flame has apparently never been released commercially, but you can find it on the gray market.


I picked The Flame based on this review in Harrison’s Reports, which isn’t all that flattering, but made the film sound visually interesting – which it is. The plot isn’t terribly sensible, but overall the film is moody and that’s my expectation for a film noir – long on atmosphere and a bit short on plot.

I’m guessing one of the alphabet critics hated The Flame, if The New York Times bothered to review it.

Reviewed by the unknown HHT (who also reviewed Watusi), who hated it (Feb. 20, 1948):

The sole distinction of The Flame, a rambling, inept bit of claptrap which sidled into the Gotham yesterday, is the bleakly amusing fact that most of the performers seem either bored or amused with the whole thing. And no wonder. There is a grim, unimaginative, which-brother-do-I-love plot, centering on Vera Ralston.

Hattie McDanielAs a bonus, here’s Hattie McDaniel.

Woman with somewhat disheveled hair.
For Monday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Constance Dowling.

A man leaning against a lampost. He's wearing a trench coat and a hat. He's smoking a cigarette. He is mysterious.
For “Tricky Tuesday,” we have a mysterious man in a hat.

Update: This is Broderick Crawford, who wears a trench coat and fedora for much of the movie.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery woman), Bob Hansen (Monday’s mystery woman), Sheila (Monday’s mystery woman) and Benito (Monday’s mystery woman).

Man in white dinner jacket and bow tie.
For “Hm Wednesday,” we have a mysterious fellow.

The is Victor Sen Yung

Brain Trust roll call: Sylvia E. (Tuesday’s mystery fellow), Mary Mallory (Tuesday’s mystery fellow), Mike Hawks (Monday’s and Tuesday’s mystery guests), Blackwing Jenny (Tuesday’s mysterious fellow), Howard Mandelbaum (Tuesday’s mysterious fellow) and Sheila (Tuesday’s mystery fellow).

Woman in an elegant, but old-fashioned high-necked dress. Very sparkly with lots of jewelry.
For “Aha Thursday,” we have a mysterious woman. She does not approve of such goings-on.

Update: This is Blanche Yurka.

Man in dressing gown playing an electronic organ.
We also have a mystery fellow who plays the organ.

Update: This is Robert Paige.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery fellow), Mary Mallory (mystery movie, Monday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Anne Papineau (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Jenny M. (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Sylvia E. (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guest).

Man trenchcoat and hat. Alerting Lamps of Noir
For Friday, here’s a better view of our “Tricky Tuesday” guest.

Update: Broderick Crawford, with trench coat and hat. Lamps of Noir, please note!!

Man in double-breasted suit, tie, with pocket square
And our mysterious leading man.

Update This is John Carroll.

Finally, our leading lady.

Update: This is Vera Ralston.

Brain Trust roll call: Benito (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guest), Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery guests), Anne Papineau (Thursday’s mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests), McDee (Tuesday’s mysterious fellow), Jenny M. (Thursday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guests), Sylvia E. (Thursday’s mystery guests, plus leading lady off screen) and Megan and Thom (mystery movie, Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests).

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

  1. Constance Dowling in THE FLAME (1947).


  2. BobHansen says:

    This could be Constance Dowling. Don’t know the movie though.


  3. Sheila says:

    Constance Dowling?


  4. Benito says:

    Constance Dowling?


  5. Matt Berger says:

    She looks somewhat familiar, but I cannot place her. Still, she seems to approve of such goings on.


  6. Anne Papineau says:

    Um, Nancy Kovack?


  7. Mary Mallory says:

    Gwili Andre.


  8. Sylvia E. says:

    Tuesday’s guy reminds me of Broderick Crawford, but Tricky Tuesday is always tough, so probably not him.


  9. Mary Mallory says:

    Broderick Crawford today.


  10. mike hawks says:

    Constance Dowling and Broderick Crawford in BLACK ANGEL.


  11. Broderick Crawford?


  12. Sheila says:

    Broderick Crawford?


  13. Mary Mallory says:

    THE FLAME. Constance Dowling Monday, and Victor Sen Yung today.


  14. Anne Papineau says:

    Constance Dowling, Broderick Crawford and Victor Sen Yung in “The Flame”


  15. Jenny M says:

    Movie is The Flame (1947) with Constance Dowling, Broderick Crawford and Victor Sen Yung.


  16. Sylvia E. says:

    I’ll be darned. So Tuesday was indeed Mr Crawford!
    The Flame 1947
    Monday – Constance Dowling
    Tuesday – Broderick Crawford (woohoo!)
    Wednesday – Victor Sen Yung


  17. mike hawks says:

    Victor Sen Yung in THE FLAME.


  18. Benito says:

    Victor Sen Yung in THE FLAME 1947


  19. Mary Mallory says:

    Blanche Yurka and Robert Paige.


  20. Anne Papineau says:

    On Thursday, Blanche Yurka and Robert Paige


  21. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Blanche Yurka; Robert Paige.


  22. McDee says:

    Is the Tricky Tuesday man in the hat Broderick Crawford?


  23. Jenny M says:

    Blanche Yurka and Robert Paige


  24. mike hawks says:

    Blanche Yurka and Robert Paige.


  25. Sylvia E. says:

    Thursday – Blanche Yurka in image 1
    Robert Paige on the Hammond organ in image 2
    I wonder if it’s a Wurlitzer? (Memories of Stan Freberg.)


  26. Sylvia E. says:

    Also, our leading lady is off to screen right, gazing intently at the “very ill” gentleman organist.


  27. Megan and Thom says:

    Our movie is The Flame with Victor Sen Young from yesterday, Blanche Yurka and Robert Paige for today, and Constance Dowling for Monday.


  28. Broderick Crawford; John Carroll; Vera Ralston.


  29. Mary Mallory says:

    No Hattie? Broderick Crawford, John Carroll, and Vera Hruba Ralston.


  30. mike hawks says:

    Broderick Crawford, John Carroll and Vera Ralston.


  31. Sylvia E. says:

    Well this was fun. Found out that Martin Scorsese was a fan of this movie. Back in the day, Ms Ralston seems to have been generally panned as an actress, but for her work in this film she has received more praise in recent times. Looking forward to the Saturday breakdown.

    Friday – Broderick Crawford/ John Carroll/ Vera Ralston


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