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     May 31, 2010, Mystery Photo

Los Angeles Times file photo 
 
Update: As most people realized, our mystery guest is Hollywood nightclub owner Earl Carroll, who died in 1948 plane crash. In the above photo, he’s the young fellow with Elbert Hubbard (sorry, folks, he’s not Will Geer) in a photo dated May 27, 1915. Carroll’s famous nightclub on Sunset Boulevard is now the Nickelodeon building.
 
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 Marian Carr!

There’s a new photograph on the jump!

 
June 1, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Earl Carroll in a photo dated Oct. 18, 1927.

Here’s Tuesday’s picture of our mystery guest!

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

Update: Earl Carroll and Beryl Wallace in a photo dated June 23, 1937.

For Wednesday, our mystery guest has a mystery companion.

June 3, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Earl Carroll, Minerva Chancellor and Dick Remy in a photo dated Feb. 5, 1942.

For Thursday, our mystery guest has two mystery companions and what is no doubt a lively libation.

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


Update: Earl Carroll celebrates his birthday, Sept. 17, 1945.

Here’s Friday’s photo, which shouldn’t be much of a mystery….

June 5, 2010, Mystery Photo
Photograph by Gordon Wallace / Los Angeles Times

Life-size arrangements of the “candlelight girls” and Earl Carroll’s famous trademark, prepared for the funeral of Earl Carroll, June 28, 1948.  Services for Beryl Wallace, who died with Carroll in a plane crash, were conducted June 22, 1948. They were cremated and their ashes placed at Forest Lawn Memorial-Park.


Earl Carroll Forest Lawn Photograph by Larry Harnisch / Los Angeles Times

Earl Carroll's monument at Forest Lawn.




 
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Comments (26)

Timothy Leary, obviously. Are we supposed to be ID'ing kid?

Richard Zanuck?

Ray Harryhausen on the left.

Robert Boyle?

I don't know who the kid on the right is, but he's PRETTY, I like him already.

On the right, looks a little like William Eythe.

Robert Stevenson?

Alexander Korda

The guy on the left in the first photo looks like the brother of Larry Fine!

Agent Paul Kohner and his actress wife Lupita Tovar (of the Spanish "Dracula" fame).

Alexander Korda w/ his spouse, Merle Oberon.

Let's try a different Korda brother. Zoltan.

I had thought of Alexander Pantages last night, but didn't go on to think of Carroll.

Earl Carroll. Who knew?

Is that Joy Barlow with Carroll in the third photo?

Wait, is this the woman with him in photo #3 his girlfriend Beryl Wallace?

And she's in photo #5 too!

the older gent on the left looks like Will Geer. I don't recognize younger guy but Friday photo is Earl Carroll all right. Lady on the plane looks like Merle Oberon.

Earl Carroll and Beryl Wallace

Flo Ziegfeld

. . .and the June Taylor Dancers

Benito: I think you're right about that guy in the first photo being Will Geer. Didn't he run an outdoor theater/playhouse back in the day?

Don't know if it is Will Geer or not, but I agree with posters who think first photo is definitely not Earl Carroll (although there is some resemblance). Carroll died in 1948 and this photo has decidedly more contemporary Sixties feel; guy in first photo looks far more bohemian with long hair than the dapper Carroll ever did. And why would a girlie show nightclub impresario be going over a lengthy script outdoors with a young male actor?

Third and fifth photo - Earl Carroll and Beryl Wallace. They were both killed in a plane crash in Pennsylvania in 1948. Not sure if the third photo is both of them boarding the doomed flight because it says American Airlines on the door and they were on a United Airlines flight.

My guesses were way off. But this comment isn't: Earl Carroll, a man with two first names. One male, the other not.

No wonder he was successful as the West Coast Ziegfeld - who also had a woman's name, Florence.

 

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