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Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated]

  May 23, 2011, Mystery Photo  
  Los Angeles Times file photo  

[Update 2: Yes, I got tricky. There were two Jack Lamberts in the Jack Lambert envelope!

[BAD MAN ... 1800 style ... is popular character actor Jack Lambert, here seen as the villainous Valentine, right-hand man to bandit Wallace Beery in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's "Big Jack." Beneath the scar and coonskin cap, Lambert's really a solid citizen who would sooner kid than kill. In addition to Beery, the cast includes Richard Conte, Marjorie Main, Vanessa Brown and Edward Arnold. Richard Thorpe directed, Gottfried Reinhardt, producing.

[Jack Lambert -- Popular character actor. Latest release "Big Jack" opposite the late Wallace Beery. Just finished featured lead in "Stars in My Crown" opposite Joel McCrea for M-G-M. Lambert has played in 35 pictures in 4 years.

[The photo is stamped July 26, 1949. ]

[Update: This is everybody’s favorite villain! Please congratulate Julie Merholz, Bob Levinson, Michael Ryerson, Jenny M, Fibber McGee, Lee Ann Thom and Megan, [Update: Mike Hawks], Carmen, Mary Mallory and Don Danard (via email) for identifying him!] 

Here’s a tough-looking mystery fellow!

There’s a new photo on the jump!




  May 24, 2011, Mystery Photo  
  Los Angeles Times file photo  

[Update: Jack Lambert plays hired gunman in "Chicago Confidential," to screen Wednesday at Orpheum, Hawaii, El Rey and various other theaters and drive-ins, in a photo published Oct. 13, 1957. ]

Here’s our mystery guest with a mystery revolver – Colt or Smith & Wesson?

  May 24, 2011, Mystery Pistol  

[Update: Mary Mallory examined the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ version of this photo and says that in fact the gun is loaded. Evidently The Times’ art department touched up the bullets.]

Hey! The art department even painted bullets in the cylinder! It wasn’t loaded. 

Smith & Wesson colt_revolver
Smith & Wesson Colt

[Julie Merholz calls this a Smith & Wesson and I tend to agree, based on the bump on the bottom of the barrel that looks like a catch for the ejector rod, which Colts don't have. ]

  May 25, 2011, Mystery Photo  
  Los Angeles Times file photo  

[Update 2: DRAMATIC MOMENT -- Tina Louise and Jack Lambert are caught by camera in a suspenseful scene from "Day of the Outlaw," new Sidney Harmon production for United Artists release, in a photo published Jan. 4, 1959.  ]

[Update: Please Congratulate Julie Merholz, Benito and Don Danard (via email) for identifying our mystery folks! ] 

Here’s our mystery fellow being mean to a mystery companion!

  May 26, 2011, Mystery Photo  
  Los Angeles Times file photo  

[Update 2: Jack Lambert as the padre in the Ealing Studio production of "The Captive Heart," a Prestige Picture released through Universal-International, in a photo stamped Jan. 7, 1948.]

[Update: Please congratulate Julie Merholz, Brent Walker, Periwinkle, Mary Mallory and Don Danard (via email) for identifying the other Jack Lambert!]

And for Thursday, we have… HEY! Wait a minute! What is this guy doing in the file?!
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Comments (37)

Henry Hull???

Neville Brand.

Jack Lambert

Jack Lambert

This is the late, great Jack Lambert.

Jack Lambert

Jack Lambert. He was a great bad guy in a billion zillion movies.

Burton Gilliam of 'Blazing Saddles' and others.

Is it Jack Lambert? He's a scary henchman in "The Unsuspected".

This is one of the best of the bad men, Jack Lambert.

Jack Lambert -

John Ericson

John Ericson

Robert Wilke. A terrific character actor as well as a very good golfer.

Robert Wilke

Leonardo DiCaprio

Jack Lambert.

Mystery Man - Jeffery Hunter?

Squint Walker

Smith & Wesson P .38 Special

What good is a Roscoe if it ain't loaded, I ask you? To mangle a line by Ray Chandler, if you want someone murdered you hire someone who is good at it.

Lee Marvin?

Is Monday's photo from BIG JACK?

Today's photo is from CHICAGO CONFIDENTIAL. There are bullets or cartridges in the gun, they just made them look larger.

Jack Elam?



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