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May 4, 2009, Mystery Photo
Photograph by Walter Frederick Seely, 1448 Wilcox Ave.

Jack Mulhall, Dec. 5, 1925

June 6, 1979, Jack Mulhall Update: As many people guessed, this is Jack Mulhall, a prolific actor who died at the age of 91. I had a difficult time choosing which pictures to post because there are so many good ones.

At right, Mulhall's obituary by Dorothy Townsend, June 6, 1979.

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: George Dolenz.

May 5, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

July 3, 1927: Mulhall and Jane Winton in "The Poor Nut."

Here's another picture of our mystery fellow with a mystery companion. Please congratulate Mary Mallory, Alekszandr, Juile, Steven Bibb, John Hall (I'm not sure if this is former Mirror/Times/Register columnist John Hall),  Randy Skretvedt, Cinnamon Carter and Ed for correctly identifying him.

May 6, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

On the set of W.C. Fields' "The Old-Fashioned Way": From left, Director William Beaudine, Mulhall, Charles West, Jack Dillon and Dell Henderson.

Here's our mystery fellow with some mystery companions. Please congratulate Dewey Webb and "Laura" fan Waldo Lydecker for correctly identifying him (and to Mary Mallory for identifying the movie in the previous photo), What are these fellows doing with their hats?

May 7, 2009, Mystery Photo

Los Angeles Times file photo

March 19, 1954, Muhall and Harold Lloyd at a party for Mack Sennett.

Here's our mystery star with a mystery companion. Please congratulate R. Ahuna and Nick Santa Maria for recognizing our mystery fellow and cheers to Mary Mallory for identifying the movie in the previous photo.

May 8, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

May 9, 1959: Made Kennedy and Mulhall in "I Remember Caviar," an episode of Screen Gems' "Goodyear Theater."

I know I said I'd identify our mystery guest today -- but I'm having so much fun with these old pictures I decided to hold off until tomorrow. The man had an incredibly long career. Here he is with another mystery companion.

May 9, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

June 18, 1944. Mulhall and Gloria Gilbert in Ken Murray's "Blackouts of 1944." Isn't this a great picture?
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Comments (48)

James Hall?

This is Jack Mulhall, an actor who started with Biograph early in the teens, and was making appearances in the movies at least until the late '40s, early '50s.

Looks like a very young James Dunn. Nice picture.

Alec Guinness

Jack Mulhall

I'm plumping for Jack Mulhall

John Payne

Charles "Buddy" Rogers

Silent film star Jack Mulhall.

I'm going to go with an early '30's John Payne...

Stan Laurel

I think it's JACK MULHALL, the star of Mascot serials like "Burn 'Em Up Barnes".

Jack Mulhall!

Could this be a very young Sidney Blackmer?

Jack Mulhall.

The mystery photo is Frank Mulhall

J. Warren Kerrigan? If not, I have two other candidates eagerly pushing their way forward.

He makes me think: Edward Everett Horton. Right?

He makes me think: Edward Everett Horton. Right? Gary

Harold Lloyd

Richard Barthelmess?

Today's photo is from the movie THE POOR NUT (First National, 1927) with Jean Arthur. it's a very funny picture.

Jack Mulhall

Owen Moore?

Mystery gal is Alice White (Show Girl in Hollywood)



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