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June 7, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo 

Update: This is Madge Bellamy as “The Spirit of Christmas” in a photo marked Dec. 30, 1923. Curiously enough, I saw her introduce a showing of “The Iron Horse” at the Autry museum years ago. As I recall, she was teeny and very amusing.

Note: Regular Daily Mirror reader Mary Mallory selected this week’s mystery guest. Tune in tomorrow for the answer and the weekend mini-mystery photo.
 
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: Earl Carroll!

There’s another photo on the jump!

   June 8, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: This is Madge Bellamy and Zasu Pitts in “Thunder Mountain” in a photo stamped March 6, 1926.

For Tuesday, our mystery guest has a mystery companion. Please congratulate Mike Hawks, Donna Hill and Eve Golden for identifying her!

June 9, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Almost everybody recognized this still of Madge Bellamy and Bela Lugosi from “White Zombie.”

For Wednesday, we have our mystery guest with a (not) mysterious companion. Please congratulate  Allison Francis, Cynthia K. and Sarah for identifying our mystery guest and Tuesday’s mystery companion, and congratulations to lots of folks who recognized Tuesday's mystery companion but not our mystery woman. 

June 10, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Madge Bellamy and attorney Jake Ehrlich in San Francisco in a photo dated Jan. 20, 1943, after she was accused of trying to shoot A. Stanwood Murphy. 

Here is Thursday’s photo of our mystery guest and it looks like she’s in a bit trouble. Just about everyone has identified her and her mystery companions. Please congratulate  Rick Scott, Richard Heft, Suzy Q, Periwinkle, Cold in PHX, Herb Nichols, Nick Santa Maria, Lee Ann Bailey, Kevin Kusinitz, Mike Hawks, Dewey Webb and Arye Michael Bender.

June 11, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Madge Bellamy in a photo stamped Aug. 1, 1946.

Our mystery guest paid a visit to Bruno of Hollywood! Please congratulate Steve Stoliar, Randy Skretvedt, Pamela Porter and  Kauma for identifying her. Also congratulate Periwinkle and Dewey Webb  for identifying Thursday’s mystery companion. Nice work!
 
 
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Comments (67)

Betty Bronson

Is it Clara Bow as the Madonna? Nice shot of Frances Farmer.

Guessing Mae Marsh from the (then) modern sequence of 'Intolerance'.

Incidentally, 'Intolerance' was shot on what was later to become ABC Hollywood's television lot at Prospect & Talmage Streets on the eastern edge of Hollywood.

It looks like Madge Bellamy to me.

Madge Bellamy?

Frances Farmer

Madge Bellamy?

Lois Wilson?

Myrna Loy?

I'm not sure this is a mystery photo but it is nonetheless Jocelyn Brando.

Eva La Galiane

How about Dorothy Cumming?

May McAvoy

Frances Farmer

Looks like Clara Bow as Mary--which is ironic, as Clara was anything but virginal.

Is the mystery guest Zazu Pitts?

Zazu Pitts and Gladys Glad

Nancy Carroll and Zazu Pitts.

Betty Compson?

Olive Thomas?

Mystery companion is Zasu Pitts

I think Zazu Pitts is our mystery guest's mystery companion.

Madge Bellamy and Zasu Pitts?

Madge Bellamy (and Zasu Pitts)

Madge Bellamy.

 

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