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Movie Star Mystery Photo


Los Angeles Times photo

Update: This is Mary Pickford and Cecil B. De Mille after he received an Oscar and an Irving Thalberg Award at the 1953 Academy Awards.

Update: Many Daily Mirror readers have correctly identified the people in the photo (or at least one of them). Congratulations! If I haven't posted your answer, you're right. (I'm delaying the correct answers to give other people a chance). Check back tomorrow for more pictures!


Photograph by John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

Update: From left, Charles Boyer, Danny Kaye, Y. Frank Freeman, Mary Pickford, De Mille and Bob Hope in a photo published Aug. 13, 1958. The photo was too wide for my scanner, so I cropped out Samuel Goldwyn.


Regular reader Arye Michael Bender wonders whether the fellow on the left in photo No. 2 is A.C. Lyles rather than Charles Boyer. The story and photo above show Boyer was also photographed at the same event. Lyles doesn't appear on the list of guests.

My goodness, Daily Mirror readers know their movie stars! Many folks have correctly identified one or both of our mystery guests. If your comment hasn't been posted it's because you're right (I want to give other people a chance). Just for fun, here's another picture of them, with some mystery friends.

Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: From left, H.G. Stern, president of the Culver City Chamber of Commerce, De Mille, Judge Benjamin Bledsoe and Louis B. Mayer, in a photo dated June 16, 1927.

Pretty much everyone got the majority of the folks in the last picture. Special credit goes to Dewey Webb for sending me the actual clipping from ProQuest. I hope this one will be a bit more challenging.

Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: This is a photo of the newly dedicated university religious center at UCLA, published March 31, 1932. From left, De Mille, Bishop Cantwell, President Sproul, Rabbi Magnin, the Rev. James B. Fox, Provosot E.C. Moore and the Rev. J. Lewis Gilles.

Everybody recognized at least two people in the previous photo. This one will be more difficult, I suspect. By now, the fellow on the left is a gimme.

Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Paulette Goddard and De Mille in "The Unconquered."

Here's the final mystery photo. I'll post the identities later today.

Come back next week. I've got an especially interesting photo.

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Comments (114)

Okay the second picture pushes me back to my original guess. Cecil B. DeMille and his wife Constance.

Hey, I love the second DeMille-Pickford picture with Danny Kaye, Billy Wilder, and Bob Hope. But who's the guy at the far left? He could be many people. Ted Knight? Jack Cassidy? I remember seeing a DeMille documentary that featured one of his assistant producers, but can't remember the name.

Loved today's photo of Cecil B. DeMille & Mary Pickford flanked by - among others - Danny Kaye & Bob Hope.

Loved today's phot of Cecil B. DeMille & Mary Pickford flanked by - among others - Danny Kaye & Bob Hope.

Cecil B. De Mille and ?

Is that Mary Pickford? at extreme left I see Charles Boyer, then Danny Kaye, then of course Mr. DeMille and an eager Bob Hope!

I don't see my comment, so I'm guessing I got the gentleman right. Seeing the other photo, I don't think my guess of the lady was correct, but for extra credit, can I submit Danny Kaye as the second man from the left and Bob Hope the man on the far right? I love the blog, keep up the great work.

Cecil B DeMille and Lillian Gish

Mary Pickford and Cecil B. DeMille, with Danny Kaye and Bob Hope in the second photo.

Mary Pickford and Cecil B. DeMille, with Danny Kaye and Bob Hope in the second photo.

Cecil B. DeMille and Mary Pickford.

jesse laskey and l.b.mayer

Definitely Louis B. Mayer, second from right

maybe Hal Roach handing DeMille the certificate?

In the newest pic, Louis B. Mayer holding a straw hat. Amazing that he didn't try to grab center stage.

In the newest pic, Louis B. Mayer holding a straw hat. Amazing that he didn't try to grab center stage.

Sam Goldwyn? (short bald fellow to left of DeMille)

Last photo : Samuel Goldwyn and Louis B. Mayer


The second photo is Jack Benny, Y. Frank Freeman, Mary, Cecil, Danny Kaye, and Bob Hope.

This last photo has Louis b. Mayer.

Cecil B. DeMille
Robert Montgomery
Danny Kaye
Bob Hope
Louis B. Mayer

L.B. Mayer is standing behind D.W. Griffiths

The third pic seems to be around 1927, the founding year of the Motiion Picture Academy. I recognize DeMille and Mayer in the foreground, as well as Samuel Goldfish smiling in the back. But I go dumb with the other faces. Was tending toward identifying the stately, white haired man near center as D.W. Griffith, but don't think so. As I understand it, he was too serious an artist to be seen smiling.

Cecil B, deMille and Mary Pickford?

Samuel Goldwyn and Mary Pickford



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