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Movie Star Mystery Photo


 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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Comments (46)

The lady is Grace Bradley, who is still with us. Former Mrs. Wm. Boyd Mike Hawks

A failed Mae West screen test?

Grace Bradley?

Grace Bradley?

Anna Q. Nilsson?

I don't know who she is, but she is ONE tough-lookin' broad. Don't try to push your way ahead of HER in line at the Paramount commissary!

Ona Munson

Margaret Whiting

Virginia Mayo

Ann Sothern ?

Is it Fay Wray?

Lillian Harvey?

Grace Bradley

I usually don't venture a guess with only one picture... but it really looks like Una Merkel. I hope I'm right!

Jean Acker

Gertrude Niesen

Hmm. I spot Baby Le Roy and two ladies who look like Pat Ellis and Toby Wing, but the Mystery Broad is still a mystery to me.

Marjorie Reynolds

Minna Gombell

It might be Lona Andre. In the most recent photo I also spot a young Ida Lupino and Toby Wing. That might be Baby Sandy or Baby Leroy.

Grace Bradley.

In the group shot, am absolutely certain the woman on the far left is Evelyn Mulwray. Wasn't she married to the Water Comish?

Grace Bradley is the second woman, then Toby Wing, then Pat Ellis I believe. Baby Leroy is sitting on the table. Don't know the gentleman and can't see enough of the first woman's face to say definitely who it is.


The mystery woman is Grace Bradley. Her mystery companions are Lona Andre, Ida Lupino, Toby Wing and Baby Leroy. I am at a loss for their male companion...



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