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Movieland Mystery Photo -- Update

September 5, 2010 |  7:01 am

    Aug. 30, 2010, Mystery Photo       

Los Angeles Times file photo 


July 10, 1954: Rites are conducted for Joel Watnick, who died after being struck by our mystery guest, actress Lynne Baggett, in a hit-and-run accident at Waring and Orlando avenues. 

Waring and Orlando
Waring and Orlando via Google maps’ street view. 
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 or Saturday. 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 Aline MacMahon. The weekend mystery guest was Loretta Miller. Who’s Loretta Miller? Why’s she’s “Angel Face!”  

There’s a new photo on the jump!

March 23, 1960, Lynne Baggett

March 23, 1960: Actress Lynne Baggett commits suicide. She was 35.

 Aug. 31, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: May 22, 1945: Capt. E.F. Jaeger, commander of Catalina Island base, presents actress Lynne Baggett, Miss National Maritime Day, with scroll and dog tag disk. Commodore Telfair Knight of Maritime Service at right. The service has lost one out of every 33 of its men.

For Tuesday, our mystery guest has a couple of mystery companions!

Sept. 1, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Aug. 20, 1950: Ruth Conte (Richard Conte's wife), Lynne Baggett and Hilda Plowright in "What Every Woman Knows,"

For Wednesday, our mystery guest has two mystery companions. Please congratulate Steven Bibb for identifying her. Nice job!

July 10, 1954, Lynne Baggett

July 10, 1954: Baggett’s career flickered, but never flamed, a headline writer said. 

Sept. 2, 2010, Mystery Photo
Photograph by Phil Bath / Los Angeles Times

Update: The fellow on the right is actor George Tobias, who loaned his car to Baggett.

Our mystery guest has a couple of mystery companions in this photo, which has been tilted and retouched. Please congratulate Mary Mallory for identifying her. Yes, Phil Bath was really a photographer at The Times.

Sept. 3, 2010, Mystery Photo
Photograph by Ray Graham / Los Angeles Times

Update: Yes, that’s Grant Cooper. You may recognize him from the Linda Mintz and Bernard Finch trials!

Here’s our mystery guest with a …  wait a minute. we’ve seen him before! I’d recognize those glasses anywhere! Please congratulate Mike Hawks, Mary Mallory, Barbara Klein and Rick for identifying yesterday’s mystery guest – and Zabadu and Pamela Porter for identifying our mystery woman. And, finally, Periwinkle.

Sept. 4, 2010, Mystery Photo
Photograph by Paul Calvert / Los Angeles Times

Oct. 21, 1954: The trial of actress Lynne Baggett visits the intersection where the crash occurred. Baggett is the woman in the center with her back to the camera.