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Movie Star Mystery Photo

  Jan. 25, 2010, Mystery Photo

Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: This is Eleanore Whitney! Information on the back of the photo, published May 16, 1937,  says: “Fanchon, Hollywood’s only woman producer, says that Eleanore Whitney has the loveliest ‘pout’ on the screen. But pouting or smiling, most persons agree that Eleanore is attractive. She is shown here as she appears with Johnny Downs and Charlie Ruggles in Paramount’s ‘Turn Off the Moon.’ ”

Feb. 24, 1939, Eleanore Whitney
This week’s mystery star is Eleanore Whitney, who retired from the screen when she married on Feb. 23, 1939. According to imdb, she died in November 1983.



A photograph showing everything that was banned in Hollywood photos.

Oct. 28, 1979, Censorship

Oct. 28, 1979: I’ve heard about this photo but never seen it until now. Unfortunately, the reproduction is fairly murky. Note the mention of our mystery lady, Eleanore Whitney. A better copy is here, misattributed to Life magazine.
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: Sally Eilers!

Jan. 26, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update --  Nov. 22, 1936: Eleanore Whitney in “Rose Bowl.”

Here’s another picture of our mystery woman. Please congratulate Mike Hawks for identifying her!

Jan. 27, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Eleanore Whitney in a photo dated Jan. 25, 1939.

Here's another photo of our mystery woman.

Jan. 28, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Eleanore Whitney and Tom Keene in “Timothy’s Quest,” Feb. 23, 1936.

Here’s our mystery lady with a mystery companion glued to her face in a stock pose that simply does not work.    Please congratulate Mary Mallory for identifying her!

Jan. 29, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Eleanore Whitney in a photo dated Jan. 31, 1936.

Please congratulate Mary Mallory, Mike Hawks, Steven Bibb and Grant Lockhart for identifying our mystery fellow as Tom Keene/George Duryea/Richard Powers.
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Comments (27)

Lucille Ball. I think.

Betty White.

Lucille Bremer

I have two actresses in mind, first of all Diana Lewis.

Constance Moore

Jeanne Cagney

Joan Fontaine?

Marilyn Miller.

How about Danielle Darrieux.

My final choice for the day is Eleanore Whitney.

Virginia Field.

Is it Alexis Smith ?

Cara Williams from today's picture? Was Mike Hawks ever a studio chief? He sure knows them!

Cara Williams

ann Dvorak

Heather Angel.

Eleanore Whitney.

Louise Rainer?

Margaret Lockwood

Okay, I'll take a stab at Iago... Benita Hume, Mrs. Ronald Coleman.

Had to let it digest a few days, but it looks like Olympe Bradna, and in the newest photo she is with Tom Keene.

The guy glued to her cheek is Tom Keene (aka George Duryea, aka Richard Powers).

The mystery man companion is Tom Keene the actor with three names during his career. George Duryea and Richard Powers were the other names.

Monday's photo is from TURN OFF THE MOON. Today's photo is form TIMOTHY'S QUEST and that's Tom Keene.

Adrienne Ames



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