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Movie Star Mystery Photo

February 27, 2010 |  9:00 am

    Feb. 22, 2010, Mystery Photot
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.

This week’s mystery fellow is the man on the left in the high collar. He’s with two mystery companions.


“I never weep in my beer – it spoils the beer.” – Daniel Frohman.



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: Anna Sten!

New photos after the jump!


Dec. 27, 1940: Daniel Frohman dies at the age of 89.

Feb. 23, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo
Update: Douglas Fairbanks and Daniel Frohman in a photo dated July 20, 1923.

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! 

Feb. 24, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

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. 

Los Angeles Times file photo

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. 

Los Angeles Times file photo

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!

Feb. 27, 2010, Mystery Photo

Los Angeles Times file photo

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.”