Movie Star Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo
Update: Our mystery fellow is Daniel Frohman, shown above left with Pola Negri and Jesse Lasky in a photo dated Oct. 8, 1922.
“I never weep in my beer – it spoils the beer.” – Daniel Frohman.
Dec. 27, 1940: Daniel Frohman dies at the age of 89.
Here’s our heavily retouched mystery fellow with a (not in the least) mysterious companion.
Nearly everyone recognized one or both of yesterday’s mystery companions, but Lee Ann, Thom and Megan identified all three people. Nice work!
Update: June 12, 1936, Daniel Frohman arrives in Los Angeles to supervise the 55th annual Actors Fund Benefit at the Pan-Pacific Auditorium. He’s shaking hands with Leo Carrillo and being greeted by Minna Gombell and Jay Whidden. “Buck, canine actor of the screen, is handing the producer a basket of flowers,” The Times said.
Here’s our mystery fellow in the high collar shaking hands with a mystery companion. There’s also a mystery hat lady and as a bonus, we have a mystery violinist and a mystery dog! Please congratulate Mary Mallory for identifying our mystery fellow and yesterday’s (entirely not) mysterious companion.
Update: June 18, 1936, Cecil B. De Mille presents Daniel Frohman with a bathtub, “symbolic of De Mille’s success as a producer of lavish motion pictures,” The Times says.
Here’s our mystery guest with a (entirely not) mysterious companion. And yes, he’s be presented with a miniature bathtub. Please congratulate Claire Lockhart for identifying our mystery man.
Here’s a close-up of the presentation of the miniature bathtub, a secret Hollywood ritual rarely open to photographers.
June 22, 1936: “Following her final radio broadcast from Pickfair last night, Mary Pickford, star of radio, state and screen, last night gave a buffet dinner for Daniel Frohman, president of the Actors’ Fund of America. From left, seated: Mrs. D.W. Griffith, wife of veteran director; Irene Hervey, mp actress; Mary Pickford, hostess; Una Merkel, mp actress. Rear row, left to right: D.W. Griffith; Marshall Neilan, mp director; Allan Jones, mp actor; Alexander Leftwich, stage director; Daniel Frohman; Robert Montgomery, mp actor; and Errol Flynn, mp actor. “
I’ve decided to extended the mystery photo by one day. Not because I expect many more folks to recognize our mystery guest – but look at all those the mystery companions!
Aug. 25, 1937: “Daniel Frohman, dean of the American stage, and August Heckscher, well-known philanthropist, both of whose birthdays occurred within a week, were entertained by a double party in New York August 25 given by Fannie Hurst, the novelist. Shown here at party (L to R): Ruth Bryan Owen Rohde, August Heckscher and Daniel Frohman. Mr. Heckscher is 89 and Mr. Frohman is 87.”