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Movie Star Mystery Photo

Nov. 16, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo
Update: As many readers realized, this is Milton Sills. Although there’s no caption information on the back, the photo is evidently from “The Sea Hawk.”

Sept. 16, 1930, Milton Sills 

Sept. 16, 1930: The Times reports the death of Milton Sills.

Sept. 16, 1930, Milton Sills

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: Jane Frazee!

Nov. 17, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Milton Sills and Gertrude Olmstead in “Puppets,” Aug. 22, 1926.

Here’s another photo of our mystery star with a mystery companion. Please congratulate Eve Golden, Joan Myers, Mary Mallory, Mike Hawks (who says "this one is too easy") and Donna Hill for identifying him.

Nov. 18, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Milton Sills and Mary Astor in “The Runaway Enchantress” or “The Sea Tiger,” April 3, 1927.

Here’s our mystery guest with a mystery companion. Please congratulate Don Danard, Rick Scott, Carmen and Suzy Q for identifying him. 

Nov. 19, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Milton Sills and Corinne Griffith in “Single Wives.”

Here’s our mystery fellow with another mystery companion. Please congratulate Stacia, Laura Aikens and Christa for identifying him and Jeff Hanna, Michael Ryerson, Mike Hawks, Carmen and Don Danard for identifying yesterday's mystery companion.

Nov. 20, 1959, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Milton Sills and Dorothy Mackaill in “The Barker,” Jan. 6, 1929.
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Comments (46)

Wallace Reid

Francis X. Bushman?

Brandon Hurst

Looks very much like Cecil Parker to me.

Noble Johnson

After one rash guess I'll try Vincent Price.

Oooh! Milton Sills from one of my favorite silent films, The Sea Hawk!

Mitchell Lewis?

Paul Henreid.

Despite the period look of the pic, I'm going much more contemporary: Gary Oldman?

Conrad Veidt?

Edward Everett Horton

I know it can't be, but he looks like Bill Engvall. A relative, perhaps?

John Barrymore

Monte Blue.

William S. Hart

William Boyd

Dustin Farnum

Guessing at Milton Sills

Dick Powell?

Edgar Everett Horton?

Milton Sills

I would have gotten this yesterday, first thing, but I only just had the time to look at it.

Milton Sills

How about Milton Sills?



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