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Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated]

  April 2, 2011, Mystery Photo  
  Los Angeles Times file photo  

[Update two: This is Mabel Todd (sometimes spelled Mable in The Times).]

[Update: Please congratulate Dewey Webb, Mike Hawks, David Thompson and Eve Golden for identifying our mystery gal! NOTE: If you submitted a comment and I haven’t posted it or given you credit, email me

Here’s our mystery gal!
There’s a new photo on the jump!

  April 3, 2011, Mystery Photo  
  Los Angeles Times file photo  

  Los Angeles Times file photo  

[Update: This is not Mabel Todd, but someone else mistakenly identified as Mabel Todd!]

Come back tomorrow for another mystery photo!

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Mabel Todd

The lady is Mabel Todd.

A young and preternaturally wacky Joan Davis?

Saw "Hollywood Hotel" recently. Is it Mabel Todd?

Is she the wonderful comedienne Mabel (no, not Thelma, Mabel) Todd?

Woo-hoo! I love Mabel Todd. Short career, but she was very funny--a lot (in looks and delivery) like Penny Marshall in her Odd Couple/Laverne & Shirley days.

Frances Williams? And what's up with Facebook? When I try to post the mystery person, all I get are ads for cars, so I'm not doing it,

Hmmm...Marion Davies.

Virginia O'Brien?

The photo from April 2nd was Mabel Todd?

Mabel Todd

This is just a wild guess, but is it Judy Canova?

Hey! photo #3 is of Dorothy MacKaill. What's up?

Gloria Dickson on Saturday? But photos 2 and 3, can't be her, but Dorothy Mackaill. Today's photo is definitely Mackaill, we have a photo of her wearing the same clothes but facing a different direction, and it says Dorothy Mackaill in court, 1929.

Did the mystery lady age about 15 years at the photo shoot? Same type of clothes (hat though is different and may not be the same fur coat), but what a facial difference. Is this her mom or a really bad hangover?

Mary Wickes?

Mable Todd.

Mabel Todd, who irritated the heck outta me in "Hollywood Hotel." I will NEVER forget that face.

Mabel's more famous sister Thelma? Thelma Todd.


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