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Movie Star Mystery Photo

Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Our mystery fellows are comedians Ole Olsen, right, and Chic Johnson, 1934.

Feb. 28, 1962, Chic Johnson

Feb. 28, 1962: Chic Johnson dies in Las Vegas at the age of 70. In a sidebar, Olsen quoted the farewell from their routine: “I said to the audience ‘May you live as long as you want’ and he would say ‘May you laugh as long as you live.’ I guess that was sort of our motto."


Jan. 27, 1963: John Sigvard "Ole" Olsen dies in Albuquerque at the age of 71.
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: Daniel Frohman!

There's more photos on the jump! 

March 2, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Olsen, left, and Johnson in “See My Lawyer,” 1945.

Lots of people recognized our mystery guests! Carmen was first, followed by Mary Mallory, James Curtis, Kevin Kusinitz, Cold in Phx, Eve Golden, Mike Hawks, Rotter, Claire Lockhart, Jane Hoffmann, Nick Santa Maria and John Hall.

March 3, 2010, Mystery Photo

Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Olsen, top, and Johnson in “Hellzapoppin ’56.”

Tell me they didn’t do this. Actually, they did. Please congratulate Herb Nichols, Michael Ryerson, Pat in Michigan, Brent Walker, JPS, Steve Stoliar, Waldo Lydecker, Wilson Smith, Thom, Lee and Megan, Margie, Lee Rivas, Suzy Q, Randy Skretvedt, Gary Martin, Rick Scott, Dewey Webb and Richard Heft for identifying them. 

March 4, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Jan. 9, 1956: Chick Johnson “shows his dog Mafalla a gun which discharged and wounded his leg during a performance of Olsen and Johnson’s ‘Hellzapoppin.’ ”

Here’s one of our mystery fellows, with another mystery dog and … is that a gun?  Please congratulate David Warheit, Gerald McCann, Jenny M and Periwinkle for identifying our mystery folks.

Los Angeles Times file photo

Olsen, right, and Johnson in the 1934 show “Take a Chance.” Please congratulate Dennis Gilliam and Barry O'Brien for identifying them.

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Comments (55)

John Sigvard "Ole" Olsen and Harold Ogden "Chic" Johnson. Funny guys!

Lyman Woods and Jack Benny?

Is it Van and Schenck?

Olsen and Johnson?

That's Olson and Johnson, isn't it?

Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson.

It's the Hellzapoppin' Boys, Olsen and Johnson!

Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson?

The men are Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson.

Alexander Carr and Barney Bernard

"Ole" Olsen and "Chic" Johnson

McCormick and Schmick?

Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson

Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson

Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson

Weber and Fields?

William Frawley

mystery companion may be either Paul Frawley or Franz Rath

Sheldon Leonard is on the Left.

A very wild guess: Sheldon Leonard & Bugsy Seigel in their youth. Did they study one another's moves? It could've happened.

Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson.

Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson, stars of "Hellzapoppin'" on Broadway and film.

Alan Carney & Wally Brown

Alan Carney & Wally Brown

ole olsen and chic johnson

Wally Brown and Alan Carney.



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