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Mystery Photo

   Feb. 1, 2010, Mystery Photo

Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: This is Blossom Seeley and Benny Fields in a photo stamped July 8, 1923. Their lives were made into the 1952 film “Somebody Loves Me” with Betty Hutton and Ralph Meeker.

Aug. 17, 1959, Benny Fields

Aug. 17, 1959: Benny Fields dies at the age of 65.  The Times only published a photo and a brief caption when Seeley died April 17, 1974.

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: Eleanore Whitney!

Feb. 2, 2010, Mystery Photo Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Benny Fields in a photo stamped Jan. 15, 1934.

Here’s another picture of our mystery gent. Please congratulate Nick Santa Maria for identifying him and yesterday’s mystery companion. 

Feb. 3, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Benny Fields in a photo stamped Jan. 14, 1948, when he was performing at Slapsy Maxie’s.

Here’s another photo of our elegant mystery guest. [Isn't this a great picture?] Please congratulate Eve Golden and Mary Mallory for identifying him and his mystery companion.

Feb. 4, 2010, Mystery Photo
Photograph by Julian Robinson / Los Angeles Times

Update: Blossom Seeley and Benny Fields at the Dec. 2, 1952, funeral of Mike Lyman, a vaudeville entertainer who became a prominent restaurateur.  Among Lyman's cafes was Mike Lyman's Grill at Hill and 8th streets, which opened in 1935. 

Dec. 24, 1952, Mike Lyman's

Christmas dinner at Lyman’s, Dec. 24, 1952.

Here’s another photo of our mystery couple. Please congratulate Brent Walker and Kevin Kusinitz for identifying them! 

Feb. 5, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Blossom Seeley and Benny Fields in a photo stamped Aug. 28, 1952.
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Comments (17)

Is the man Ben Ryan?

Polly Moran?

Blossom Seely and Benny Fields?

Stan Laurel?

Is that Benny Fields, with the great Blossom Seeley?

Walter Catlett?

Our mystery man is Benny Fields, and the mystery lady yesterday was Blossom Seeley.

Harold Lloyd

Benny Fields (with wife and partner Blossom Seeley in the first photo).

Are they the team of Elsa and Eduardo Cansino?

eddie foy, Jr.

Ted Lewis.

Benny Fields (with Blossom Seeley)?

Ben Lyon?

Lew Cody

I don't know but I miss those clothes.

Some great comments about marriage. They make such a cute couple, and really made each other first. Sweet.


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