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October 23, 2009 |  9:00 am


Oct. 19, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo
Update: Owen Crump and Isabel Jewell announce their engagement, July 6, 1936.

You’re probably asking: Which one is the mystery guest? I’ll take answers on either person, but I picked these photos because of the fellow. It’s mostly because of that mustache.

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 reward is bragging rights. 

The answer to last week's mystery star: Lina Romay!

Oct. 20, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Jewell and Crump. July 1936.

Here’s another picture of our mystery fellow. Several folks have identified our mystery woman (Mary Mallory, Michael Ryerson, Carmen and Steven Bibb) but nobody has identified our mysterious man with the mustache. I was about to say “he owns only one suit,” but the photo appears to be from the same session as picture No. 1. Our mystery woman has just added a hat and jacket.  

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Los Angeles Times file photo
Update: Crump and Jewell “swaying to swing rhythm” at the Cocoanut Grove, Aug. 30, 1936.

Here’s another photo of our mystery fellow. Please congratulate Eve Golden and Mary Mallory for identifying him.  Dewey Webb and Megan Thom and Lee have identified our mystery woman.

2009_1022_mystery_photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Crump and Lucille Fairbanks, niece of Douglas Fairbanks, after their marriage in Santa Barbara, Oct. 12, 1940.

Uh-oh. Something seems to have happened to our mystery woman! This doesn't look good!

Oct. 23, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo
Update: Crump and Fairbanks at the Beverly Hills Brown Derby, Feb. 2, 1941.

This is, as a few people guessed, Owen Crump. I'll be in court today so I won't be able to update this until tomorrow. More TK.
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