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May 24, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: As everybody finally realized, this is Marian Carr. In the above photo, she’s showing a derringer being displayed at an antique show, Oct. 19, 1946:

It’s a mystery guest with a gun! How cool is that? And how about that wallpaper?
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: Lucille Ball and friends! The weekend mystery guests were Rosemary La Planche and Mack Gray in “Johnny Angel.”

There’s a new photo on the jump!

 May 25, 2010, Mystery Photo

Los Angeles Time file photo

Update: Feb. 19, 1947: Marian Carr in a promotional photo, possibly related to "San Quentin."

Here’s another photo of our mystery guest – and isn’t this a great vintage outfit?

May 26, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

I have no further information on this photo except that it’s stamped Oct. 24, 1956.

Here’s Wednesday’s photo of our mystery guest. Please congratulate Mary Mallory for identifying her!

May 27, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

July 22, 1954: This photo of Marian Carr was published in The Times to promote her appearance in an episode of "Four Star Theater" starring Dick Powell.

Another great photo of our mystery guest! 

May 28, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

April 17, 1955: Marian Carr and William Campbell in "Cell 2455 Death Row."

May 28, 2010, Mystery Gun 

Update: Of course, the pistol in this photo isn’t identified. At first I assumed it was a Colt government model because of the distinctive Browning design, although the Daily Mirror doesn’t have a .45 for comparison, so all I can go by is photos on the Internet. I could be wrong, but I think the barrel looks more like a 9 millimeter and the ejector port is a little off for a 1911A1.

Commenter Spiffy may well be right that it’s a Browning High Power, judging by the front sight, although the rear sight puzzles me a bit because I can’t find any photos of a Browning with what I assume is an adjustable sight.  If it is a BHP, I’m a little surprised the studio didn’t use some cheap knockoff pistol as a prop.

I can’t resist running one more photo of our mystery guest with a gun. Here she is with a mystery companion and a mystery firearm. Tune in tomorrow for the answer with the mini-weekend mystery photo.
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Comments (34)

Okay, I admit it. I didn't notice the gun until I read what you said about it. She has such a nice smile!

Good morning! Adele Jergens

Ruta Lee

The mystery woman is Adelle Jergens, a member of the Abbott & Costello Show stock company.

Gypsy's sister, Baby June. June Havoc.

Looks like Evelyn Keyes?

Kinda resembles Ginger Rogers, but I know it's not her.

Is it Peggy Castle?

New guess: Adele Jergens.

Mary Beth Hughes.

How about Sally Forrest? I didn't see the earlier Adele Jergens guesses. Sorry. But she sure looks like Adele!

At first I thought it might be Vera Ellen, but with that gun, my guess is now Virginia Mayo (because of the movie White Heat).

nanette fabray

I'm guessing it's Gloria Dickson.

Ya gotta watch this dame. Notice you can't see her right hand? Maybe she's got a Roscoe (you know, a heater) in it, like in the first photograph.

I'm stumped. She looks like Ginger Rogers and Elizabeth Montgomery had a baby, though!

Marion Carr.

Doris Day?

"Killer" Mack Gray, was the longtime pal and confidant of George Raft and later, Dean Martin. I'm not aware that he had that many roles in films.

Not sure if correct time period, but could that be Martha Hyer?

Pamela Britton?

William Campbell?

Marian Carr & William Campbell in Cell 2455 Death Row

Got it! Marian Carr with Bill Campbell!

Virginia Huston



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