Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Main Title, text in a framework.
This week’s mystery movie was the 1946 MGM picture No Leave, No Love, with Van Johnson, Keenan Wynn, Pat Kirkwood, Guy Lombardo and his Orchestra, Edward Arnold, Marie Wilson, Leon Ames, Marina Koshetz, Selena Royle, Wilson Wood, Vince Barnett and Frank “Sugarchile” Robinson.

Screenplay by Charles Martin and Leslie Kardos.

Xavier Cugat and his Orchestra.

Dance specialty by The Garcias.

Musical direction by Georgie Stoll.

Orchestration by Calvin Jackson and Dewey Bergman.

Vocal arrangements by Kay Thompson.

Photography by Harold Rosson and Robert Surtees.

Edited by Conrad A. Nervig.

Recorded by Douglas Shearer.

Art direction by Cedric Gibbons and Preston Ames.

Set decorations by Edwin B. Willis.

Associate Paul G. Chamberlain.

Costumes by Irene.

Makeup by Jack Dawn.

Produced by Joe Pasternak.

Directed by Charles Martin.

More on the history of the film is available from the AFI Catalog.

No Leave, No Love is not commercially available. It last aired on TCM in 2019.


I picked No Leave, No Love for one reason and that’s our young mystery pianist. He’s amazing!

I’m going to guess Bosley Crowther gave this a so-so review.

Oh wow, does he hate it. HATE! (Oct. 18, 1946):

Talk about “escapist” entertainment! Wait until you see No leave, No Love at the Capitol. It is really an inducement to escape! And not only does it fail to put up barriers to the wandering interest of the audience, but it even gives evidence that its producers walked out on it too from time to time.

The first signs of abandonment by its authors are in the progressively wayward script, which goes from pretty bad in the beginning to complete disintegration toward the end. Apparently the task of creating a story about a Marine who falls in love with a radio singer was entirely too strenuous for the boys, so they turned the job over to their stenographers and went off to play a game of golf. And apparently the stenographers, unable to come to grips with this intellectual chore, left it up to the director to invent “business” and resigned in utter despair.

For Monday, we have a mystery lad.

This is Frank “Sugarchile” Robinson.

Boy playing the drums
For Tuesday, we have a young musician.

Update: This is Joey Preston.

Brain Trust roll call: Michael Lott (mystery movie and young mystery guest).

Woman smiling broadly. Her dark hair is tied back with two bows.
For “Hm Wednesday,” we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Pat Kirkwood.

Brain Trust roll call: Incredible Inman (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery lad) and Sylvia E. (mystery movie and both mystery guests).

The lady does not approve of such goings-on. She made a career of it, in fact.
For “Aha Thursday,” we have this mysterious pair.

Update: This is Kenan Wynn and Nora Cecil.

Man in civilian clothes, lady in a fancy outfit, and a military officer.
And this mysterious trio.

Update: This is Edward Arnold, left, Marina Koshetz and Leon Ames.

Brain Trust roll call: Sylvia E. (Wednesday’s mysterious chanteuse).

Man in Marine uniform
For Friday, our mysterious leading man breaks out of mystery movie jail.

Update: This is Van Johnson.

Brain Trust roll call: Floyd Thursby (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery fellows), Mary Mallory (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Greg (mystery movie and all mystery guests), L.C. (mystery movie and mystery cast), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Sylvia E. (Thursday’s mystery guests), B.J. Merholz (mystery movie), Jenny M. (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery fellows), Gary A. Martin (mystery movie), Megan and Thom (mystery movie and all mystery guests) and Barb (mystery movie).

About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
This entry was posted in 1946, Film, Hollywood, Mystery Photo and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

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

  1. Michael Lott says:

    Monday’s young man is Frank “Sugar Chile” Robinson and the movie is “No Leave, No Love.”


  2. Matt Berger says:

    He does not approve of such goings on.


  3. Sugar Chile Robinson on Monday, and I think this is “No Leave, No Love.”


  4. Sylvia E. says:

    Thanks to our mini-Gene Krupa on Tuesday, I found the movie. Have been reading up about it since then . Can’t wait to hear your story about how you chose it. Nice to see that Van Johnson is out of mystery movie jail. I’d heard that Johnson married Keenan Wynn’s ex-wife, but didn’t know the story behind what happened or heard about the various tendrils that extended from the relationships – a convoluted soap opera if ever there was one, with a possible Tyrone Power connection I’m searching out. Everybody knew everyone else in those days.

    “… and our own child, through marriage is now my uncle and your sister’s father on your grandmother’s side…”

    “No Leave No Love” 1946
    Monday – Frank ‘Sugar Chile’ Robinson
    Tuesday – Joey Preston


  5. Sylvia E. says:

    Wednesday – Pat Kirkland


  6. Floyd Thursby says:

    For Thursday we have Keenan Wynn, Edward Arnold, and Leon Ames. The movie is “No Leave, No Love .”


  7. Mary Mallory says:

    Someone’s getting out of Movie Mystery jail this week! NO LEAVE, NO LOVE. Frank Sugar chile Robinson Monday, Joey Preston Tuesday, Pat Kirkwood Wednesday, and Keenan wynn and Nora Cecil and Edward Arnold, Marina Koshetz, and Leon Ames today.


  8. Greg says:

    The movie is “No Leave, No Love” with Frank Robinson and Joey Preston as the kids. Pat Kirkwood on Wednesday. Keenan Wynn, Nora Cecil, Edward Arnold, Marina Koshetz, and Leon Ames on Thursday.


  9. LC says:

    No Leave, No Love (1946) Edward Arnold, Van Johnson, Keenan Wynn, Leon Ames, Pat Kirkwood, Frank “Sugar Chile” Robinson, Joey Preston…


  10. Frank ‘Sugar Chile’ Robinson in NO LEAVE, NO LOVE (19946)
    Tuesday: Joey Preston
    Wednesday: Pat Kirkwood
    Thursday: Keenan Wynn, Nora Cecil; Edward Arnold, Marina Koshetz, Leon Ames


  11. Sylvia E. says:

    Thursday – image #1: Keenan Wynn and I think the woman is Nora Cecil

    Image 2: Edward Arnold, Marina Koshetz and Leon Ames


  12. B.J. Merholz says:

    No leaves will be unturned and no loves forgotten in my search for this week’s mystery movie.


  13. Jenny M says:

    No Leave, No Love with Keenan Wynn, Edward Arnold and Leon Ames.


  14. Gary A Martin says:

    How about …No Leave, no love.


  15. Megan and Thom says:

    The movies for this week is “No Leave, No Love”. Monday’s piano player is Frank “Sugar Chile”Robinson and Tuesday’s drummer is Joey Preston. On Wednesday the guest is Pat Kirkwood. The first shot today is of Keenan Wynn and Nora Cecil and the second shot is of Edward Arnold, Marina Koshetz and Leon Ames.


  16. Barb says:

    Is the movie No Leave No Love?


  17. Mary Mallory says:

    Van Johnson.


  18. Benito says:

    Keenan Wynn, Leon Ames, Edward Arnold?, and sappy Van Johnson


  19. Sylvia E. says:

    Friday – Van Johnson

    Thanks for bringing the kid musicians to our attention. Noticed that a few brain trusters knew right away who they were.

    Looking forward to the Saturday breakdown.


  20. mike hawks says:

    Frank Robinson, Joey Preston, Keenan Wynn, Nora Cecil, Edward Arnold, Pat Kirkwood, Leon Ames and Van Johnson in NO LEAVE, NO LOVE.


Leave a Reply. Note: Your IP is logged with your comment so a fake name and email address are useless.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s