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Can you guess the identities of our mystery Hollywood movie star and his golf partners
Los Angeles Times file photo
OK, who is this foursome on the golf course? (Sorry about the crack in the emulsion. The Times' library used to fold the big prints in half before putting them in envelopes -- verrry annoying).

Second from left, Mickey Rooney (Alexa Foreman). Absolutely. Let's see how people do with the other three....

Here's a hint: Rooney is the only actor in the foursome. The other three are golfers, all of them covered by The Times in the 1940s and '50s.

Update: Because it's Friday and this isn't a golf blog, I'll tell you one of the names. The man to the left of Mickey Rooney is Bob Unthank.

Update 2: Because it's Saturday and this isn't a golf blog, I'll tell you another name. The man on the right is Foster McMullen, who competed in local tournaments in the 1940s and '50s.

Update 3: Because it's Sunday and this isn't a golf blog, I'll tell you the last name. The man to the right of Mickey Rooney is Bob Rosburg.

Can you guess the identities of our mystery Hollywood movie stars

Here's our most recent mystery guest.... Still stumping the panel!

Hint: This woman was married to a member of a comedy team in real life and in film, but not the same man.

Update: Although she was married to a famous comedian of the 1920s and '30s, she never appeared in a film with him, although they often performed together on stage. Her film husband was one of America's top movie comedians.

Update: Here's another picture of the mystery woman.... Somebody was getting warm in guessing her film husband was Oliver Hardy. 
Can you guess the identities of our mystery Hollywood movie stars

And this fellow is still a mystery. Hint: Vanity of vanities ... deadly vanities.   

Update: Not Earl Carroll (I wouldn't make it that obvious), but you're on the right track.  Curiously enough, this man is NOT listed in imdb for the film that brought him to Hollywood. If he were, that would give him a fifth entry.

Update: Yes, he was brought to Hollywood for "Murder at the Vanities."   

Update: Let me make this perfectly clear. Our mystery guest was brought to Hollywood to appear in "Murder at the Vanities." However he does NOT-NOT-NOT (unlike Carl Brisson) appear in the imdb listing for the movie. Ergo, he is not Carl Brisson. It's a good guess. But I try to select mystery photos that can't be solved with imdb. Too easy. To make it even more difficult, his credit in the Broadway production misspells his name so he's even harder to find. 
Can you guess the identities of our mystery Hollywood movie stars

And who is our mystery artist?

Hint: This painting was done by an angel. If you are a regular Daily Mirror reader, you have seen the posts on the artist.

Answered by Nathan Marsak: Actress Gail Russell, star of "The Angel and the Badman."  Congratulations, Nathan!

Below left, the signature of Gail Russell. I would like to thank Jackie Lugo of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for the picture of Russell's painting. After Russell died, her brother gave the painting to Johnny Grant. Upon Grant's death, the picture passed to Lugo.

I have no idea how many other Gail Russell paintings there are. I suspect not too many.

Who is eating dinner with the Reagans? And who is the Reagans' mystery dinner companion?

Hint: Hoosier hoopster. NBA.
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Comments (73)

is the actress Patsy Kelly
except I believe Patsy had dark hair, but she could have dyed it.

I believe the blonde with the tiger may be Fay Wray. And the foursome, from left to right, to be Paul Newman, Mickey Rooney, Van Johnson and Fred McMurray. I don't know the name of the others at all, although they look familiar.

Is the painting by Red Skeleton?

Man on the right... Don Ameche?

Is that Orson Welles on the far right in the foursome picture?

Mr. Rooney, even in a presumed casual candid, seems to be trying too hard.

Though anyone old enough to remember him in the one hour, LIVE television drama by Rod Serling, 'The Comedian' knows what a tour de force actor he could be.

I was one of those lucky ones.

The golfer to the far right is Edmond O'Brien.

Is that Arthur Lake on the right?

I the guy on the right of the golf foursome Arthur "Dagwood" Lake?

Is the 3rd photo from the top Ralph Bellamy?

The man having dinner with the Reagans looks like Chris Farley... maybe it's his dad?

The person having dinner with Ron and Nancy iappears to be made man Joe Valachi.

Sophie Tucker ?

The golfer on the far right is Julius Boros.

from left Jack Burke, Jr; Mickey Rooney; Gene Littler; and Julius Boros

Ah - based on the clue, the guy with the pinkie ring and knowing grin is Earl Carroll, producer of Vanities of '23, etc., and founder of Earl Carroll theater on Sunset (later Aquarius and - egad! - Nickelodeon). I always supposed Earl Carroll looked like George Raft --

Is guy with wavy wair/toupee Earl Carroll?

is the pic of the guy under the blonde gal Franchot Tone?

Boros and Rooney are the same age in that photo. Amazing.

bobby morfield...member at LACC?in the middle next to Mickey? Could the course be Hillcrest ( but no oil fields?) or the old Victoria CC and it could be woodland hills? the huslers club? Fox hills?
My husband tells me all the courses were hilly in those days.Two of them have putters so they've hit their shot and will put? But the right side one has a Spalding driver and ball.
PS My husband ( and his father before him) were head pros at Riviera and he is stumped. He is dying to know who these guys are. Well dressed - my comment -this wardrobe is gone from golf courses...too bad

vanity of vanities: Lawrence Welk?

is the third photo Franchot Tone?

Going with your hint, but not knowing what he looked like, I nominate Earl Carroll. He created 'The Vanities' as well as the old 'Moulin Rouge' on Sunset, across from 'The Palladium'. Would have been in easy company surrounded by showgirls.

And BTW, love the idea of Joe Valachi having a sit down with the Reagans. Who said 'progress was their most important product'?

Okay, I'll bite. Is that Thelma Todd hugging the leopard?



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