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Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated]

  March 28, 2011, Mystery photo  
  Los Angeles Times file photo  

This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details

[Update 3: This is Madeleine Carroll and her husband Philip/Phillip Astley in a photo published Nov. 7, 1936].

[Update 2: We have another mystery here. Some comments are getting lost in the ether: Mary Mallory and Bob Levinson tell me they left comments but for some reason, nothing appeared in TypePad. I have even started checking the spam filter in case something goes astray, but no luck. My apologies. If this continues I'll have to figure out some other way to handle the comments.]

[Update: Please congratulate Gerald McCann, Periwinkle, Carmen, Dewey Webb, Lee Ann, LC and Claire Lockhart for identifying our mystery guest! ]

It’s mystery time!


There’s a new photo on the jump!

For the record, 4:10 p.m., March 31: A previous version of this post credited Barry Levinson with identifying our mystery woman. He is Bob Levinson.]

  March 29, 2011, Mystery Photo  
  Los Angeles Times file photo  

[Update: Madeleine Carroll and Count Richard de la Roziere, March 8, 1941.] 

Here’s our mystery lady with a mystery companion!

  March 30, 2011, Mystery Photo  
  Los Angeles Times file photo  

[Madeleine Carroll and John Gielgud in "Secret Agent" in a photo published July 12, 1936.]

[Update: Please congratulate Rick, Mike Hawks and Mark Heimback-Nielsen for identifying our mystery woman. Several folks also identified our mystery guest and the film.]

Here’s our mystery guest with a mystery companion! Great lighting, no?

  March 31, 2011, Mystery Photo  
  Los Angeles Times file photo  

[Update: Madeleine Carroll, with Fred MacMurray, pauses to throw her old-fashioned wedding bouquet. Her Southern Belle gown has sheer lace insets with clusters of flowers. Published June 8, 1941. Everybody knows Fred wore a wedding ring in “Double Indemnity,” when he was supposed to be single. Here he is in “Virginia” with Madeleine Carroll and neither of them are wearing wedding rings.]

[Update: Lots of readers recognized our mystery folks – and this movie! Please congratulate Pamela Porter, Kauma, Dennis Gilliam, Julie Merholz, Periwinkle, Cold in Phoenix and Eve Golden for identifying our mystery lady. ]

Here’s our mystery gal with a (totally not) mystery companion.

  April 1, 2011, Mystery Photo  
  Los Angeles Times file photo  

[Update: French actor Fernand Gravet and Madeleine Carroll are pictured today aboard the liner France on arrival in New York from Europe. They are to appear in a new Broadway comedy. Miss Carroll has lived in Paris for three years, Aug. 6, 1964. The play was “Beekman Place,” which closed after 29 performances, without Carroll in the cast.]

Here’s our mystery lady with another mystery companion!
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Comments (53)

Is it Marjorie White?

Madeline Carroll

Madeleine Carroll and husband Phillip Astley?

Madeline Carroll

Madeline Carroll

Madeline Carroll

The beautiful young lady is Madeleine Carroll; I'm still working on the significant other.

Elisabeth Fraser?

Well, I'm taking a flyer and guessing the gentleman is Captain Phillip Astley.

Anita Louise and Conrad Veidt. Sort of.

Madeleine Carroll

Madeleine Carroll and husband Philip Astley

Is the man Gilbert Emery?

Hazel Hastings and Lon Chaney Sr.

Betty Hutton?

Phyliss Povah?

don't know who they are, but would you getta
load of that lamb coat. musta weighed a ton.

Persian lamb always creeped me out, it looks like brains. My mother had a Persian lamb jacket with black mink trim that scared the heck out of me when I was little.

Anna Sten & Eugene Frenke (2nd picture)

Well, It' still Madeleine Carroll but today's mystery man is Sir John Gielgud.

Madeleine Carroll

Just got back from vacation. The lady is Madeleine Carroll and the man John Gielgud from the film SECRET AGENT.

Madeleine Carroll and John Gielgud, Secret Agent, 1933. It features the great Peter Lorre as a character called "the hairless Mexican".

Is Wednesday's photo Madeline Carroll with John Gielgud?

Fred MacMurray. Easy. Hmmm... who is this woman? Could it be June Haver?



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