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Aug. 24, 2009, Mystery Photo  
 Los Angeles Times file photo

Sept. 20, 1983, LeRoy Prinz Above, Paramount dance director LeRoy Prinz with, from left, Esther Pressman, Beula McDonald, Bonita Barker, Kay Gordon, Dorothy Thompson and Dene Myles, April 15, 1935.

Update: Our mystery guest is LeRoy Pnriz.

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: Laurie Mitchell!

Randy Skretvedt  writes: I still say I'm correct, with the exception of LeRoy Prinz. Go look at your entry for Grace Bradley (July 25, 2009) and see the picture of the Paramount Protégés there. They are the same girls as in the first mystery picture. The second girl is unquestionably Ann Sheridan, the fourth is Gail Patrick (the girl you love to hate in "My Man Godfrey" and other films, later a successful television producer), and the girl at the very back is Wendy Barrie.

Very well, then. See for yourself:

Aug. 29, 2009, IDs.




Aug. 25, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Six LeRoy Prinz dancers were recently given contracts as stock actresses at Paramount studio because of their all-around beauty and ability to act. They are shown with Prinz, dance director. Left to right, bottom, Esther Pressman, Dene Myles; middle, Kay Gordon, Prinz, Beula McDonald; top, Dorothy Thompson and Bonita Barker, March 5, 1935.

Here's another photo of our mystery guest with some mystery companions. Evidently there wasn't a photo in the world that couldn't be improved with a little tilting by The Times' art department.

Aug. 25, 2009, Mystery Photo Tilt

The cropped and tilted version.

Aug. 26, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Edward A. Prinz, right, with his son LeRoy. The dancers are, from left, Esther Pressman, Dene Myles, Bonita Barker, Dorothy Thompson, Kay Gordon and Beula McDonald, rehearsing for a sequence in "Rose of the Rancho" with Gladys Swarthout, Aug. 8, 1935.  

Here's another photo of our mystery guest with even more mystery companions. Please congratulate Dewey Webb for identifying him!

Aug. 27, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: LeRoy Prinz with 12 dancers leaving Hollywood for a tour of the British Isles. Front, from left, Jean Dillon, Joan Matthews and Claudia Fargo. Middle, from left, Dorothy White, Harriet D'Busman, LeRoy Prinz and Bonita Barker. Back, from left, Sentha Williams, Jean Carmen, Althea Henley, Elizabeth Cook and Margaret Carthew, Dec. 31, 1935.  

Here's another picture of our mystery guest with more mystery companions! Please congratulate Mike Hawks and Mary Mallory for identifying him!

Aug. 28, 2009, Mystery Photo
Photograph by Los Angeles Times


Dec. 19, 1945: LeRoy Prinz, studio director-producer, as he testified at trial of Herbert K. Sorrell, union leader, on contempt charge. Prinz said he was knocked down in film strike riot and when he got up saw Sorrell standing in mob with fists clenched.

Please congratulate Jeff Hanna, Meara and James Curtis for identifying him!
 
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Comments (39)

Is it Dave Gould?

Guessing it's that Hollywood Wolf, Marco. The male part of Fanchon and Marco.

Leo McCarey.

LeRoy Prinz.

HERMES PAN

LeRoy Prinz?

Dave Gould

Daniel Dare

Louis Hayward

Eddie Prinz?

oscar levant

LeRoy Prinz?

I still say I'm correct, with the exception of LeRoy Prinz. Go look at your entry for Grace Bradley (July 25, 2009) and see the picture of the Paramount Protégés there. They are the same girls as in the first mystery picture. The second girl is unquestionably Ann Sheridan, the fourth is Gail Patrick (the girl you love to hate in "My Man Godfrey" and other films, later a successful television producer), and the girl at the very back is Wendy Barrie.

Regarding the note that they are Gail Patrick and Ann Sheridan: In the first photo Kay Gordon and Beula McDonald do look like Gail and Ann, respectively, but you can match them up to the way they appear in later photos and see they're not Gail and Ann at all. In 1935, Gail was already in big parts and wouldn't have been in a chorus group like this one, and Ann was a featured chorus girl or in bit parts and had moved past this chorus group type role as well. BTW, you can see both Gail and Ann in 1935 in a photo in the July 25th Mystery Star post, they were both 1935 Paramount Proteges (a knock-off of Wampas Baby Stars).

 

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