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Movie Star Mystery Photo

January 15, 2010 |  7:00 pm


Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: “Listening to the heavenly music of Larry Lee and his orchestra in the beautiful Florentine Room of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel recently was John Carroll, film player, and Steffi Duna, film actress,” according the back of the photo, stamped Feb. 14, 1936.

Update: I’m pressed for time this morning, so I’ll add more later. As nearly everyone realized, this is John Carroll.

April 25, 1979, John Carroll

April 25, 1979: John Carroll dies at the age of 72.

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: Marie Mosquini!

Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: As a few people guessed, this is John Carroll and Movita.

“SCREEN LOVERS – Although Movita and John Carroll are a love team on the screen, in private life, Movita is Mrs. Jack Doyle, wife of the Irish Thrush. The film sweethearts appear together in Monogram’s ‘Wolf Call,’ ” according to the back of a photo stamped June 13, 1939.

Here's another photo of our mystery guest with a mystery companion.

Nearly everybody has recognized our fellow and yesterday’s mystery companion. Please congratulate Jane Ellen Wayne, Lee Ann Bailey, Carmen, Eve Golden, Dewey Webb, Claire Lockhart, Nick Santa Maria, rdare, Mike Hawks, Dan Bazarian, Michael Ryerson, Steve Stoliar, Benito, Fibber McGee, Waldo Lydecker, Jenny M, Gerald McCann, Jeff Hanna, John Hall and Don Danard for identifying one or both of them!

Jan. 13, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: “Cut Yourself a Slice of Throat” according to the back of a photo of John Carroll, Eleanor Powell and Ann Sothern in “Lady Be Good” stamped Oct. 12, 1941.

Here’s another photo of our mystery fellow with two elegant mystery companions.

Please congratulate Herb Nichols, Flo Myers, Steffi, Candy C, Rick Scott and Mary Mallory for identifying our mystery fellow. Yesterday’s mystery companion is a little more problematic.

Jan. 14, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: This is a silver-handled whip (a gift from Eva Peron) that figured in a 1959 legal dispute over money John Carroll received from an elderly widow.  And yes, his tie is painted on.

Jan. 31, 1959, John Carroll

Jan. 31, 1959, John Carroll


Many congratulations on recognizing the mystery companions, especially Carmen, the only one to identify the mystery lady in Tuesday’s photo! Also congratulations to Dewey Webb, rdare, Mike Hawks, Annie Frye, LC, Angus, Margie (partial credit), Glen Frank (partial credit), Sylvia Peatman, Rinky Dink, Rosalyn, Lee Rivas, Sandy Reed and Flo Myers. 

Jan. 15, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: John Carroll in 1964 with Miss Mission Hills, Linda Carpenter.

Aug. 2, 1964, Linda Carpenter

Aug. 2, 1964: Carpenter wins the title of Miss Mt. Baldy.  The last winner of the Miss Mt. Baldy contest listed in The Times was Lianne Fulmer in 1969. The last winner of the Miss Mission Hills contest listed in The Times was Patricia Jean Dunivant in 1972.