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Movieland Mystery Photo

June 21, 2010, Mystery photo
Los Angeles Times file photo 

Update: This is Lawrence Gray in an undated photo.

This week’s mystery guest was chosen by Daily Mirror reader Mike Hawks.

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 is Evelyn Nesbit!

There’s a new photo on the jump!

Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: This is Lawrence Gray in a photo stamped Feb. 14, 1925. Mary Mallory says Gray’s mystery companion Mildred Harris and the film is “Dressmaker From Paris,” 1925

For Tuesday, our mystery guest has a mystery companion and what appears to be a hotel room key. Please congratulate Mary Mallory and Jenny M. for identifying him.

June 23, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

This Lawrence Gray with his future wife, Maria Luisa Figueroa, at the Ambassador, in a photo stamped Aug. 5, 1935.

Here’s our mystery guest and a mystery companion (how do you like the spectacular collar on her dress?) And look! Just to his right, he’s got a straw hat. Very jaunty! Please congratulate Eve Golden for identifying him. 

Los Angeles Times file photo

This is Gray and Figueroa, who were married in Mexico, in a photo at the monastery at Tepoztlan. His address was 2025 N. Highland. The photo was published Aug. 8, 1935.

For Thursday, our mystery guest has a mystery companion. Please congratulate Sue for identifying him.

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

Update: Lawrence Gray in an undated photo. Thanks to Mike Hawks for being this week’s mystery photo host!

Here’s Friday’s picture of our mystery guest!
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Comments (32)

I don't see the Thursday photo..

One of the hazards of living out in the countryside is that sometimes items put on the Internet don't travel this far out. My calendar says it is Thursday and I can only find three Movieland Mystery Photos. I'll just bet the one that has disappeared into the ozone is the one which would allow me to nail this mystery guy.

Gary Cooper?

William Haines

Lon Chaney Sr., or even Jr.?

Charles Bickford?

Is it Paul Kelly?



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