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Movie Star Mystery Photo

July 25, 2009 |  9:00 am
 

 July 20, 2009, Mystery Photo
 Los Angeles Times file photo


Update: As most of you have figured out, this is Grace Bradley, Mrs. Hopalong Cassidy, in 1934. I'm a little pressed for time this morning. More later. 

Just a reminder on how this works: I post the mystery photo on Monday and reveal the answer on Friday ... or on Saturday if I have a hard time picking only five pictures -- sometimes it's difficult to choose. 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 mystery star: Annabella!

July 21, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

September 1933: From left, Lona Andre, Ida Lupino, Judge Marshall McComb, Toby Wing, Baby Le Roy and Grace Bradley. They were underage, so a judge had to approve their contracts.

Here's our mystery gal with some mystery companions -- if you get all of them, you're good.

Please congratulate Mike Hawks, Nick Santa Maria and Suzy Q for correctly identifying her!

July 22, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Dec. 22, 1935: Grace Bradley's Barn Party. Rosalind Keith, left, and Grace Bradley "on a hay truck en route to barn party from Bradley's home in Van Nuys. Yes, movie stars once lived in Van Nuys.

Here's our mystery gal with a mystery companion. Aren't these chaps amazing? I didn't think anyone ever really dressed like that.

The Daily Mirror has some sharp readers! Please congratulate Mary Mallory, John Marshall and Cinnamon Carter for identifying her and her mystery companions in the previous photo.

July 23, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

March 26, 1935: Paramount announces its "proteges" -- From left, Grace Bradley and Ann Sheridan, top; Gail Patrick and Katherine DeMille, center; Gertrude Michael and Wendy Barrie, bottom.

What photograph can't be improved with a little tilting by The Times' art department?

Here's another picture of our mystery woman with some more mystery companions. Please congratulate Alekszandr and Lee and Megan Bailey for correctly identifying her. And special congratulations to Mary Mallory who found a copy of the previous image in the Motion Picture Academy Library. Way to go!

July 24, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Grace Bradley and Ben Bernie, April 21, 1935.

There evidently wasn't a photograph in the world that couldn't be improved with some tilting by The Times art department. And utterly unnecessary.

July 25, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

The Times has tons of art on Grace Bradley and I had a hard time selecting just five photos. Here's one more, from March 21, 1936: Grace Bradley and Marsha Hunt "cavorted in real snow in subfreezing temperatures on Hollywood's new refrigerated sound stage, designed for the filming of winter scenes in summertime. The stage was used for the first time in photographing Fred MacMurray and Joan Bennett in a blizzard scene for Paramount's "13 Hours by Air." 
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