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Movieland Mystery Photo

     June 28, 2010, Mystery Photo

Los Angeles Times file photo 

Update: This is Constance Dowling in a promotional picture for “Up in Arms,” stamped Feb. 29, 1944.
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 Lawrence Gray! The weekend mystery stars are Betty Compson and James Cruze at the premiere of "The Great Gabbo" at the Criterion, Oct. 2, 1929

There’s a new photo on the jump.

  June 29, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Constance Dowling in a photo marked June 13, 1944.

Here’s Tuesday’s picture of our mystery guest. Please congratulate Eve Golden, Dewey Webb, “Laura” fan Waldo Lydecker, Jenny M., Claire Lockhart and Mike Hawks for identifying her! 

June 30, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Sisters Doris and Constance Dowling in a photo glued together by The Times art department.

Here’s our mystery guest with a mystery companion. And yes, they were glued together using “razor shop.” As wrong it was to fake photos like this, I have to admit the people who did this type of work were incredibly skilled.

June 30, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Please congratulate Julie Merholz and Rick for identifying our mystery woman!

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

Update: Constance Dowling in a promotional picture for “City Detective,” marked April 5, 1954.

Here’s Thursday’s photo of our mystery woman. Please congratulate Dewey Webb, Rick, Carmen, Claire Lockhart and Julie Merholz for identifying yesterday's mystery companion!

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

Update: Constance Dowling and Richard Egan in “Gog,” in a photo published May 30, 1954.

For Friday, our mystery woman (in fishnet stockings!) confers with a mystery companion about a mystery gizmo.

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Comments (20)

Veronica Lake?

She could be Mary Hartline. Always loved the name. Anybody who ever saw 'Super Circus' should remember. When she worked there was no color in television, so her fans rarely knew just how beautiful she was. Saw her backstage as a very young pipsqueak. Absolutely gorgeous.

I agree. It could be Clark Gable's former girlfriend, Veronica Lake.

Nina Foch?

Francis Farmer

Love the new term entering usage: On the Jump.

Beverly Michaels.

Tanis Chandler.

Is it Gwili Andre?

It's Virginia Lee with her sister Jackie Lee.

I love my wife but oh you kid!

Some angles look like Jane it she?

Ivan Tors

Here she is with Richard Carlson.

Now that she's been allowed her eyebrows, she becomes Julie Adams. And her latest mystery companion is none other than TV's most avid Commie hunter, Richard Carlson. He led Three Lives (as well as having stalked The Magnetic Monster and other Fifties cheap sci-fi creatures.

I think the fellow with the mystery woman is Richard Carlson, but sadly I still can't figure out who the girl is.

May Britt

The mystery companion is Richard Carlson, of "Creature from the Black Lagoon" fame. Is that a pistol in his pocket, or ...?

Ricou Browning? (though he sure looks like Richard Carlson)


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