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Movie Star Mystery Photo

January 1, 2010 |  9:00 am



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Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: This May 18, 1929, photo turned out to be more complicated than I realized. These are the Gale sisters, two sets of identical twins. The sisters changed their last name from Gilmartin and they evidently changed their first names as well. They appear in The Times as Jane, Jean, Joan and June, but the caption information on the back of this photo identifies them,  from left, as Georgia, Gale, Doris and Dorothy. My original assumption was that rather than being “Gale Gale,” as the caption information implies, the woman second from the left is our mystery guest, June Gale. But until I can confirm who’s who, I’ll refrain from speculating on their identities.

[Previously: Our mystery woman is the second from the left, but I’ll accept guesses on any of these ladies].

Aug. 3, 1951, June Levant
Aug. 3, 1951: Mystery woman June Gale with her husband Oscar Levant.
 
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. 


Dec. 29, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: The Gale sisters, Jane, June and Joan, in a photo dated Feb. 2, 1934, to publicize “Melody in Spring.” 

Here’s another photo of our mystery guest (center) and two of her mystery companions.

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

Update: Gregory Ratoff, June Gale and Hoot Gibson in an undated photo taken at the Vendome Cafe. 

Here’s our mystery woman with some mystery companions.


Dec. 31, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Hoot Gibson and June Gale in a photo dated July 9, 1933, after Gibson was in a plane crash. 

July 10, 1933, Hoot Gibson

July 10, 1933: Hoot Gibson denies reports that he plans to marry June Gale

Here’s our mystery woman with an injured mystery companion. Please congratulate Dewey Webb, Mary Mallory, Mike Hawks, Lee Ann Bailey and Rick Scott for identifying our mystery woman and the above people, plus Claire Lockhart's dad, Gerald McCann, rdare, Gregory Moore and Michael Ryerson for identifying one or more of her mystery companions.

Jan. 1, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo


Hoot Gibson and June Gale in a photo dated April 29, 1935.
 



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Update: Maurice Murphy in an undated photo.

The answer to last week's mystery star: Maurice Murphy!


March 18, 1923, Maurice Murphy

March 18, 1923: The Times profiles Maurice Murphy and his brother Jack.


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Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Maurice Murphy in a photo dated Nov. 8, 1935.

Here’s another photo of our mystery star. Please congratulate Mike Hawks and Greg Clancey  for identifying him.

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Los Angeles Times file photo
Update: Anita Louise and Maurice Murphy in “Every Woman’s Life,” June 28, 1939. 

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

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Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: “Maurice Murphy and Alice Eden are shown in a scene from RKO Radio’s “Career,” home-spun drama starring Anne Shirley and Edward Ellis, which pictures a cross-section of life in a small Midwestern town.

Here’s another photo of our mystery fellow with a mystery companion. Please congratulate Mike Hawks, June Dare and Dewey Webb for identifying yesterday’s mystery companion.

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Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: “Maurice Murphy and Grant Withers as they appear in a scene from the Universal serial, “Tailspin Tommy,” directed by Louis Friedlander.”

Christmas interfered with the mystery photos, so here’s another one of our mystery guest with another mystery companion.
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