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Movie Star Mystery Photo

Nov. 23, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: This is Creighton Hale in a photo dated Feb. 17, 1924. He died in 1965.

Aug. 12, 1923, Creighton Hale

Aug. 12, 1923: Newcomer Creighton Hale is making a picture with "Ernest" [Ernst] Lubitsch. [ProQuest shows that The Times frequently misspelled his name].

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: Milton Sills!

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

Update: Creighton Hale and Irving Cummings in an unidentified photo dated March 4, 1924.

Here’s our mystery fellow with a mystery companion. Please congratulate Carmen, Mike Hawks, Nick Santa Maria and newcomer Vidor Fan for identifying him.

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

Jun 16, 1929: Creighton Hale in a publicity photo for “Paris Bound,” a play produced at the Hollywood Music Box. 

Here’s another photo of our mystery star!

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

Update: Creighton Hale, Kent Smith and Ann Sheridan in “The Sentence,” later changed to “Nora Prentiss,” April 9, 1947. 

Our mystery fellow and some mystery companions. Please congratulate Mary Mallory for identifying him. And special congratulations to Mike Hawks for identifying Tuesday’s mystery companion.

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

Creighton Hale and his Boston terrier in an undated photo. Please congratulate Dewey Webb, Don Danard, Jenny M., Michael Ryerson, Gregory Moore, Stacia, Thom B and Alexa Foreman for identifying him.
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Comments (37)

Creighton Hale - Happy Thanksgiving Week to all!


Wallace Reid

Fred MacMurray

Douglas MacLean.

For some reason, the photo reminds me of Bob Cummings.

He's got Neil Hamilton's hair.

The man is Creighton Hale.

Creighton Hale.

He's so far away it's hard to tell--is he Donald Keith?

Looks like Donald Keith

BTW: The photo retouch master makes it look like the mystery guest's head is in a guillotine. Hard to play a sax when your head is about to roll.

I'm going to guess Creighton Hale.

al jolson

Ben Lyon.

Wow, he looks completely different in Photo 2. I am kinda stumped, but will wildly guess Harrison Ford? (No, not the current one, the 1920s one!)

The angle doesn't allow for detection of a famous cleft, but Tuesday's mystery companion could be the young, yet to be debonaire, Archie Leach (when he still was Archie Leach).

man on right charley chase?

George K. Arthur

William Boyd

Darn, he looks so familiar it's driving me crazy, but I cannot pin him down. He'd be in his 40s in the 1920s, by the looks of him, but darned if I can put a name to him. I'll feel a right prat on Friday, I'm sure. "Oh--HIM!"

It's Creighton Hale. Now I have to work on what movie is the second one. Melbourne Spurr is one of my favorite still photographers from that era. VidorFan is my coworker Sue, who helped me guess a previous MSMP.

Just a hunch with photo #2, is this a candid of Hale with director Irving Cummings on the set of RIDERS UP?

Neil Hamilton

We have today's photo in the Hollywood Museum Collection. I think Monday's photo is promoting the WAMPAS Frolic Ball, because it looks like he's wearing the same suit and has the same saxophone as he poses with other people and the poster.



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