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Movie Star Mystery Photo [Update]

May 17, 2010 |  7:40 am



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It’s Friday, which means it’s time to identify our “mystery” guest. As everyone knows, she’s Lucille Ball. I have to say I enjoyed going through her photos so much that I have another week’s worth of photos. That’s right, two weeks of Lucille Ball. There’s lots of wonderful mystery companions.

For last Monday, we have, from left, Lucille Ball, Margaret Callahan, Joy Hodges, Anne Shirley, Phyllis Brooks and Molly Lamont. I believe Mary Mallory is the only reader to get them all. Congrats!
 
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 the previous mystery stars: Billy and Beverly Bemis! And the weekend mystery guest was Otis Chandler!

There’s another photo on the jump!

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Here’s our “mystery” guest.
As I expected, everybody -- absolutely everyone -- identified the mystery guest. I thought it would be interesting to post a series of pictures of her with people who are more obscure. Let’s see how many people recognized her mystery companions, some RKO starlets of 1935. 


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. Mary Mallory has now identified Mystery Companions No. 1 and 2!

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Mystery Companion No. 3, left, was identified by Mary Mallory, Steven Bibb, Eve Golden, Rick and Dewey Webb.

Mystery Companion No. 4, right, was identified by Steven Bibb and Eve Golden.  

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Mystery Companion No. 5 was identified by Steven Bibb.

Here’s Tuesday's mystery photo: 

May 11, 2010, Mystery Photo
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Update: This was a nice surprise. Lucille Ball and George Raft? Really? This photo, stamped April 25, 1935, shows Ball, Raft, Virginia Peine, who performed as Virginia Pine, her daughter Joaney and Mack Gray. Gray was Raft’s stand-in and there were rumors that he was dating Ball, just as there were rumors that Raft was dating Pine.


Aug. 2, 1936, Lucille Ball

Aug. 2, 1936: Lucille Ball and Broderick Crawford? Are you serious?


Here’s our mystery guest with a couple of mystery companions.


May 11, 2010, Mystery Photo
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Everybody recognized our "mystery" woman and Mystery Companion No. 1. What were they doing together? It had to do with Mystery Companion No. 2. 

Update: Everybody recognized Mystery Companion No. 1. But only Mary Mallory identified Mystery Companion No. 2. Congratulations!

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Hint: Mystery Companions No. 3 and 4 are mother and daughter.

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May 11, 2010, Mystery Photo
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For Wednesday, here’s our (totally not) mystery guest with two mystery companions….

May 12, 2010, Mystery Photo
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Update: Ball with Martin Ragaway and Leonard Stern, receiving a trophy from the Jesters of America, Dec. 6, 1949.

May 12, 2010, Mystery Photo

I’ll even give you a hint about the mystery companions….

Well! Nobody even tried for Wednesday’s mystery companions! And they have a generous number of credits on imdb.

May 13, 2010, Mystery Photo
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I like Thursday’s mystery photo quite a bit. We have our “mystery” guest, but instead of a posed photo, she’s at work. What impressed me about this picture is how well-dressed everybody is, casual but stylish.

May 13, 2010, Mystery Photo
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I'm sure everybody recognizes Mystery Companion No. 1…

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…but how about our very businesslike Mystery Companion No. 2?

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Or Mystery Companion No. 3, lurking behind a light.

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Or Mystery Companions Nos. 4 and 5 with the camera? 

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Unfortunately, the folks in this photo aren’t identified, so I’m hoping the Daily Mirror’s “brain trust” can help out.

May 14, 2010, Mystery Photo
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And here’s Friday’s mystery photo with a mystery companion. Tune in Monday for more Lucy! 

Sept. 25, 1955, Lucille Ball and Lydia Lane

Sept. 25, 1955: Lucille Ball and Lydia Lane, The Times’ beauty columnist for nearly 50 years, from 1934 to 1982.  Lane died in 1994 at the age of 90.
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