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Movie Star Mystery Photo

Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: As three people guessed, this is Pauline Garon. Please congratulate Tom Ratliff, Annie Frye and R. Ahuna. Above, a still from "Man From Glengarry," 1922.


Feb, 20, 1923: An ad for "Adam's Rib," with Pauline Garon.

Just a reminder on how this works: I post the mystery photo on Monday and reveal the answer on Friday. To keep the mystery photo from getting lost in the other entries, I move it from Monday to Tuesday to Wednesday, etc., adding a photo every day.

I have to approve all comments, so if your guess is posted immediately, that means you're wrong. (And if a wrong guess has already been submitted by someone else, there's no point in submitting it again). If you're right, you will have to wait until Friday. There's no need to submit your guess five times. Once is enough. The only prize is bragging rights. 

The answer to last week's photo: Phyllis Kirk.

Check back next week for another mystery photo!
Los Angeles Times file photo

Our mystery woman is a little tougher than usual, but not impossible. Please congratulate Tom Ratliff, who correctly identified her. He says: I wish I had a more romantic reason for "knowing", like "I'm a big silent film fan", but I'm just a resourceful internet user that gets a buzz out of solving puzzles like Mystery Photo."

Update: Pauline Garon in a photo from "Satan in Sables," 1925.
Los Angeles Times file photo
Here's another clue. Who is our mystery woman?

This is Pauline Garon in the play "Bad Babies," by George Scarborough, 1929.
Los Angeles Times file photo
Here's still another clue. Who is our mystery woman? And what about her mysterious companion?

Update: Pauline Garon and actor Ward Crane in an undated photo.
Los Angeles Times file photo
Pauline Garon in 1942, when she sought a divorce from her second husband, Clyde Harland Alban.
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Comments (64)

Jeez, You really pulled this one out of nowhere. I have no idea; but it looks like Blanche Sweet?

Mary Miles Minter

Joan Bennett?

Dorothy Dwan.

Gretta Garbo

Marion Davies

Olive Thomas?

Mary Pickford

Claire Trevor

I'm going out on a limb here, but it looks like a really young Clara Bow, ca. 1923.

She resembles Esther Ralston

It seems very unlikely but could this very young lady be Iris Adrian.

Mary Miles Minter?

Justine Johnstone

Betty Compson!

Ohhh, I might know . . . But I am keeping my yap shut till I see the next photo (am thinking stage star) . . .

Ann Harding!

norma shearer? (the right side of the photo doesn't seem to match up with the left- the lipline, & especially the pupil of her right eye)

Marie Prevost?

I don't know -- at least based on this first photo -- but I'd like Pauline Garon ruled out.

I'm humbled.

Anita Page?

Madeleine Carroll

Marjorie White

Is it May McAvoy?

Jessica Tandy?



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