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October 2, 2009 |  9:00 am

Sept. 28, 2009,
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Richard Quine and first his wife, Susan Paley, 1942.

Richard Quine, 68, Film Director, Dies of

Gunshot Wound

June 13, 1989
By EDWARD J. BOYER, Times Staff Writer

1945_0102_susan_peters Film director Richard Quine, whose string of comedy hits included "My Sister Eileen," "Solid Gold Cadillac" and "Bell, Book and Candle," has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Los Angeles police said Monday.

Quine, 68, died Saturday at UCLA Medical Center, hospital officials said.

Police said the one-time child actor-turned director had been despondent over poor health.
An actor's son, Quine was born Nov. 12, 1920, in Detroit and made his movie debut at age 12. His acting credits include "Jane Eyre" in 1934 and "Command Decision" in 1948 with Clark Gable.
Quine made the switch to directing shortly after World War II, while he was still a contract player for MGM. He and a friend, William Asher, who also became a successful director, decided to adapt a Saturday Evening Post short story for the screen.

Columbia Pictures head Harry Cohn heard about the adaptation, called Quine in and asked how much the two men wanted for the script. When Quine said they did not want to sell it, but wanted to direct it themselves, Cohn responded: "How the hell do you think you can make a picture?"
Later, another Columbia executive told Quine, "Mr. Cohn tells me you're going to direct a picture."
There was no indication that the adapted story, "Leather Gloves" actually made it to the screen, but Quine did go on to direct more than two dozen movies.

His films included the 1954 remake of "So This Is Paris" starring Tony Curtis and Gloria DeHaven; "The World of Suzie Wong," starring William Holden, in 1960; the 1964 comedy "Sex and the Single Girl," starring Natalie Wood, Lauren Bacall and Henry Fonda; "The Solid Gold Cadillac," starring Judy Holliday and narrated by George Burns, in 1965, and "Hotel" in 1967.

He also directed James Stewart, Kim Novak and Jack Lemmon in "Bell, Book and Candle" in 1958, an adaptation of the successful Broadway play about a New Yorker who falls in love with a neighbor who is a witch.

"Making a movie is a bit like having a baby," he once said. "All you can hope for is that it won't have two heads and that it will be an entity in itself: who cares if it's a girl or a boy?"

There was no immediate indication of funeral arrangements or survivors for Quine, who was married at least three times.


July 6, 1947: Susan Peters, Quine's second wife, returns to acting after being partially paralyzed in a gun accident.


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: Hall Bartlett!

Setp. 29, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo
Sept. 28, 1960: Richard Quine and Kim Novak at the premiere of “A Song Without End.”

Here's our mystery fellow with (not much of a) mystery companion. Please congratulate Carmen, Paul Cardinal, Jenny McCrank, "Laura" fan Waldo Lydecker and Jeff Hanna for identifying him.

Sept. 30, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

April 13, 1965: Richard Quine and his wife, Fran Jeffries, at the Cocoanut Grove.

Here's another picture of our mystery guest -- with a mystery companion. Please congratulate Dewey Webb, Sue, Nancy Price, Sandy Reed, Kris, Michael Ryerson, Cinnamon Carter, JM Green, Rosalyn, Zabadu, Pat in Michigan, Christa, Cold in Phx, William, Zapgun, Pocho, Jane Ellen Wayne, Roget-L.A. and Alexa Foreman for identifying him. 

Oct. 1, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

July 18, 1966: Richard Quine on the set of “Hotel.”

Here's another photo of our mystery guest. Please congratulate Pat van Hartesveldt, Elsie, Benito, Mike Hawks and Mary Mallory  for identifying him.