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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)

Cecil B. DeMille and Mary Pickford in the first photo?

the man in the photo with the blond lady is:
Cecil B DeMille

Cecil B DeMille is de man in 1.And de birthday man in 2.

L.B. Mayer in 3

That is Mary Pickford

That is Mary Pickford

Well, that's Cecil B. DeMille's younger brother, Theodore or Teddy, on the extreme left. The next fellow, the rather heavyset man with the cleric's collar is actually Victor Horshak, noted ventriloquist and voice thrower of the period, and then comes Gaylord T. Rose haberdasher and early advocate of ladys in slacks and next to him is Garland T. 'Fastbreak' Moore, men's basketball coach at Runnymead Tech, and then, of course, easily recognised Harold Nix, the oldest of the Flying Nix Brothers, whose brothers apparently failed to receive the clear instructions on wearing dark blue for the photo and can be seen just behind their older brother in light grey slacks waiting for the picture-taking to be over. Next to last, in a rare photo, we have Thornton Angell whose company, T.A. Railsystems, has just installed a short funicular railway in downtown Los Angeles which bears his name. And the gentleman on the far right is Packy Carlson the photographer. You can clearly see the exposure bulb in Mr. Carlson's left hand as he snapped this picture. (sorry Larry, I couldn't help myself)

Paulette Goddard/Unconquered

paulette goddard in photo #5

CB with Paulette Goddard, from the 1947 film, "Unconquered". The 2nd female lead in that film, Virginia Campbell, is alive and very well and living in London, in her late 90's. I had dinner with her and her husband at their Chelsea flat last year and she was delightful.

Cecil B. DeMille giving Paulette Goddard a quick going over.

CB and Paulette Goddard

Larry I believe your last photo is CB with Paulette Goddard

The last photo is DeMille with Paulette Goddard rehearsing a scene for THE UNCONQUERED.

The man on to the left of Danny Kaye, while identified as Charles Boyer, seems actually to be A.C. Lyles, the perpetual Paramount promoter. Boyer's features, even without the rug, are more rounded.

Paramount kept Lyles long on their payroll as a resident historian. He long remained a living connection to the golden days of the studio era by providing anecdotes about the major players. Almost every sentence would speak the word 'Paramount'. While the quid pro quo was obvious, the company deserves props for preserving its history.



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