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Movieland Mystery Photo

      July 12, 2010, Mystery Photo

Los Angeles Times file photo 

Update: This is Marguerite Chapman in photo marked Nov. 26, 1941.
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. 

Last week’s mystery guest was Hampton Fancher III. The Democratic National Convention mystery guests were Paul Ziffren, Adlai Stevenson and Judy Garland; and Tennessee Gov. Buford  Ellington and Stella Stevens.

Thanks to Dewey Webb for being last week’s mystery host!

There’s another photo on the jump!

July 13, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo 

Update: Marguerite Chapman in a still from “The Gallant Blade,” marked Nov. 1, 1946.

Here’s another photo of our mystery lady. Please congratulate Carmen and Mike Hawks for identifying her!
July 14, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo
Update: Marguerite Chapman in a still from “Laramie,” marked March 14, 1961.

For Wednesday, our mystery guest visits the old West.

July 15, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: OK, I gave it away with this one but I was afraid people would complain that she was too hard. This is Marguerite Chapman and Robert Young in “Restless,” marked Jan. 30, 1948.

For Thursday, our mystery gal has a (not even slightly) mysterious companion. Please congratulate Paul Cardinal for identifying her!

July 16, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

OK, here’s our mystery woman…. Let’s get a closer look at you, dearie. 

Update: This is Marguerite Chapman in a still from the TV show “The Millionaire,” marked Sept. 10, 1958.

July 16, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Hmmm. How about the hands?

July 16, 2010, Mystery Photo

This photo is why I chose our mystery guest. Here she is, with sun-damaged skin and plenty of mileage on her face, still pulling it off – at least from a distance.  You know how old she is in the picture? 40.

[In case you're wondering, the book appears to be Patricia Wentworth's "Silence in Court."]

Nearly everybody guessed her identity once I ran yesterday’s photo. Congratulations to LC, Stacia, Rinky Dink, Mary Mallory, Julie Merholz, Richard Heft, Dennis Gilliam, Periwinkle, Pam Sowers, Benito, Elsie, Anne Papineau, Herb Nichols, Jenny M, Pat in Michigan, Barbara Klein, Patricia van Hartesveldt, Steve Stoliar, Pamela Porter and Rick!
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Comments (50)

Marguerite Chapman

Marguerite Chapman

Mercedes McCambridge

My guess is Marguerite Chapman.

She looks remarkably like Colleen Grey.

Marguerite Chapman

Joan Bennett

Is it Barbara Hale?

Joanne Dru

Joanne Dru?

Maureen O'Hara?

Constance Smith - her Irish is showing

Margaret Lindsay

audrey dalton

Marguerite Chapman

One of the Lane Sisters: Leota, Lola, Rosemary or Priscilla?

uh, still Margeurite Chapman? ; )

Ruth Roman?

Marguerite Chapman

Marguerite Chapman

Perhaps Marguerite Chapman?

Marguerite Chapman; non-mystery companion is Robert Young.

marguerite chapman

Marguerite Chapman (with Robert Young in "Relentless")

Marguerite Chapman



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