Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Main Title spelled out in hickory branches.
This week’s mystery movie was the 1939 Warner Bros. short Old Hickory, with Hugh Sothern, Nana Bryant, Victor Kilian, Frank Wilcox, Irving Pichel, Natalie Moorhead, George Renevant and John Hamilton.

motionpictureexh54jaye_0170Screenplay by Don Ryan and Owen Crump.
From an original story by Don Ryan.

Photography by Charles P. Boyle. Technicolor color director Natalie Kalmus.

Edited by Ben G. Liss. Art direction by Charles Novi.

Sound by Francis J. Scheid. Makeup by Perc Westmore. Costumes by Leah Rhodes.

Directed by Lewis Seiler. 


I thought it was time to do a short subject and as we just had a presidential biography, I thought I would do another one, this time on Andrew Jackson. Old Hickory received excellent reviews and has high production values. It’s aired three times on TCM, most recently a year ago.

For Monday, we have a mysterious fellow. His mysterious companion, Back of the Head Guy, has been cropped out due to insufficient mysteriousness and will appear later in the week.

Update: For Friday, we have Back of the Head Guy.

Update: This is George Renevant and Hugh Sothern as Back of the Head Guy.

Man in frontiersman costume
For Tuesday, we have a mysteriously fringed fellow.

Brain Trust roll call: Sheila (Monday’s mystery fellow).

Update: This is Frank Wilcox.

Frontiersman in fringe outfit with recently deceased critter on his head.
For “Hm Wednesday,” we have a mystery fellow. His recently deceased headgear does not approve of such goings-on.

Update: This is Victor Kilian.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and both mysterious guests).

Dapper fellow with a coat and vest, hat and walking stick.
For “Aha Thursday,” we have a mysterious gent. His recently deceased headgear does not approve of such goings-on.

Update: Great Caesar’s Ghost! This is John Hamilton.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mysterious frontiersman), Jenny M. (Wednesday’s mysterious frontiersman), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Monday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests), Suzanne Stone (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Sheila (mystery movie, Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests) and Mary Mallory (mystery movie and Monday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests).

Woman in elegant dress with elaborate necklace. Man in coat with wide lapels and ornate vest.
For Friday, we have a mysterious couple.

Update: This is Natalie Moorhead and Irving Pichel.

Woman in elaborately embroidered gown, fancy necklace and earrings
We also have this mysterious woman.

Update: This is Nana Bryant.

Man in high-backed chair, stiff black coat, high collar and tie
And finally, our mysterious leading man.

Update: This is Hugh Sothern.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery guest), Benito (Wednesday’s mysterious frontiersman and Thursday’s mystery fellow), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mysterious fellow), Sylvia E. (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mysterious fellow), Richard Wegescheide (Thursday’s mystery guest) and Bruce (Thursday’s mystery fellow).

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

  1. Sheila says:

    Georges Renavent?


  2. Jenny M says:

    Maybe Wallis Clark?


  3. Old Hickory (1939 Technicolor short)
    Monday: Georges Renavent
    Tuesday: Frank Wilcox


  4. Gary says:

    Tuesday…Henry Silva.


  5. B.J. Merholz says:

    I’m stuck on Monday: Henry Hull?


  6. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Victor Killian.


  7. Jenny M says:

    Victor Killian


  8. mike hawks says:

    George Renavent for Monday and Victor Kilian today make this OLD HICKORY.


  9. Suzanne Stone says:

    Wednesday:Victor Kilian as a fur trapper? No idea on the movie.


  10. Sheila says:

    Frank Wilcox and Victor Kilian, ‘Old Hickory’?


  11. Greg says:

    Tuesday: Hugh O’Brian?


  12. Mary Mallory says:

    OLD HICKORY. Georges Renavent Monday, Hugh Sothern Tuesday, and Victor Kilian today. It took me forever to get his name.


  13. Mary Mallory says:

    Edward Pawley Tuesday and John Hamilton today.


  14. Benito says:

    Victor Kilian of DR CYCLOPS and MARY HARTMANx2, and John Hamilton aka Perry White


  15. Benito says:

    Guess it’s THE WYOMING BANDIT 1949


  16. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Thursday: John Hamilton


  17. Sylvia E. says:

    I’m pretty sure I’m off target because this film is a short and is further back in time than I thought on Monday. However it is a technicolor film, so here goes. Is it, “Old Hickory” 1939?

    I recognize Thursday’s guy as John Hamilton of the Adventures of Superman”. I also thought that Tuesday’s guy looked like a young Abraham Lincoln and Frank Wilcox plays Captain Abraham Lincoln in this film.


  18. FunkyPhD says:

    Ed Brady as Wednesday’s mysterious trapper? Northwest Mounted Police?


  19. mike hawks says:

    John Hamilton.


  20. Richard Wegescheide says:

    Thursday is John Hamilton. Since the film is in color, I’m going to guess ‘The Missourians’.


  21. Sylvia E. says:

    Still working from the idea that the film is “Old Hickory”, maybe Wednesday’s guy is Victor Kilian.


  22. Bruce says:

    Great Caesar’s Ghost!! Thursday is John Hamilton, because I watched too much “Superman” as a kid, and I’ll guess it’s “Allegheny Uprising”. If so, John Wayne should show up tomorrow.


  23. Jenny M says:

    Movie is Old Hickory (1939)


  24. Mary Mallory says:

    Nana Bryant, Irving Pichel, and Hugh Sothern, who also appeared as BOTH on Monday.


  25. Sylvia E. says:

    Friday – Natalie Moorhead, Irving Pichel, Nana Bryant and Hugh Sothern

    I think Monday’s guy must be George Renavent. BOTHG is Hugh Sothern.


  26. Natalie Moorehead, Irving Pichel; Nana Bryant; Hugh Sothern.


  27. mike hawks says:

    Natalie Moorhead, Irving Pichel, Nana Bryant and Hugh Sothern.


  28. B.J. Merholz says:

    I usually don’t play the game on Friday because of your gimmes, but it’s Friday and I’m still stumped.


  29. Greg says:

    This is my last shot. Is Friday’s mysterious woman Nana Bryant?


  30. Greg says:

    At last! Thursday gent with the deceased hat is John Hamilton and Friday’s Andrew Jackson is Hugh Sothern in 1939’s Old Hickory. Maybe.


  31. Greg says:

    It’s interesting that the Roman numerals in the film title photo adds up to 1940 although the movie was released in 1939. Just saying.


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