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Movieland Mystery Photo

December 21, 2010 |  8:21 am

  Dec. 18, 2010, Mystery Photo  
  Los Angeles Times file photo  

I suppose you thought we would never finish with Thelma Todd! Yesterday’s mystery photo was taken in 1964 and shows Harold Lloyd with his famous “permanent” Christmas tree. His mystery dog was named Pepe.


  Los Angeles Times file photo  

Our mystery guest has some (not) mysterious companions. Please congratulate Mike Hawks and  Mary Mallory for identifying him and yesterday’s mystery companion.

  Dec. 20, 2010, Mystery Photo  
  Los Angeles Times file photo  

[Update: This is identified on the back of the print as a 1912 Keystone comedy. From left, Carmen Phillips, Sidney Franklin, Hale Studebaker, Helen Holmes,  Arthur Traveras, Bert Hahn, Ford Sterling, Nick Cogley and Dot Farley, published May 31, 1936. The film appears to be “On His Wedding Day,” although imdb gives different spellings (Bert Hunn, Arthur Tavares)) and  identifies Chester Franklin rather than Sidney.

[No luck in finding the original story, alas. The photo looks like it was published in a rotogravure section that perhaps wasn’t microfilmed. What was a rotogravure section? From much of the 20th century, newspapers published Sunday supplements, called “rotogravure sections,”  on better paper with higher quality photo reproduction.]

I couldn’t resist running one more photo of our mystery guest – he has so many mystery companions! All told, Mike Hawks, Mary Mallory, Joan, Sarah and Arye Michael Bender have identified him – and sundry companions who may or may not be mysterious.