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Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated]

  June 6, 2011, Mystery Photo  
  Los Angeles Times file photo  

[Update: Elisabeth Bergner: The German star, seen previously here as "Catherine the Great," displays her versatile genius in "Escape Me Never," at the Four Star, her art being hailed as more exquisite on the screen, even, than in the stage play, in which she appeared recently in New York, in a photo stamped June 16, 1935.

[Update: Please congratulate Dewey Webb, Eve Golden, Steve Stoliar, Steven Bibb, Anne Papineau, Mike Hawks, Gregory Moore, Jenny M and Mary Mallory for identifying our mystery guest!]

Here’s our mystery gal!

There’s a new photo on the jump!

  June 7, 2011, Mystery Photo  
  Los Angeles Times file photo  

[Update: The peasantry still flourishes! Elisabeth Bergner continues at the Four Star in the film version of the stage play "Escape Me Never," in a photo stamped June 30, 1935. ]

And here she is for Tuesday!

  June 8, 2011, Mystery Photo  
  Los Angeles Times file photo  

[Update 3: BOSTON -- The time-honored procedure of makeup of the minstrel was reversed recently by Negro actor Canada Lee who made up in "whiteface" for his part as Daniel De Bosola in the revived Elizabethan drama "The Duchess of Malfi." Here, backstage at Boston's Shubert Theater, Canada Lee, made up in "whiteface" has his new face inspected by Elisabeth Bergner, female lead in the play, Sept. 30, 1946.] 

[Update 2: Please congratulate Dewey Webb, Lynne Levine and Lee Thom and Megan for identifying Wednesday's mystery companion and Claire Lockhart for identifying our mystery lady. ] 

[Update: Please congratulate Pamela Porter for identifying our mystery guest and her mystery companion!]

For Wednesday, our mystery guest has a mystery companion!

  June 8, 2011, Mystery Photo  

And here’s a closer look.

  June 9, 2011, Mystery Photo  
  Los Angeles Times file photo  

  Jan. 15, 1946, Two Mrs. Carrolls  
  Jan. 15, 1946, Two Mrs. Carrolls  

  Jan. 15, 1946, Two Mrs. Carrolls  

[Update: Elisabeth Bergner is scoring personal hit in "Two Mrs. Carrolls," now at the Biltmore Theater, in a photo published Jan. 28, 1946. ]

And for Thursday, stripes!  How about those shoulders?

  June 10, 2011, Mystery Photo  
  Los Angeles Times file photo  

[Update 2: Please congratulate Mary Mallory, Mike Hawks, Rick Scott and Dewey Webb  for identifying our mystery lady and one of her mystery companions.  Please congratulate Julie Merholz, Benito, Lynne Levin, Arye Michael Bender, Rick and Randy Skretvedt for identifying one of the mystery men. And congratulate Norma Desmond for identifying our mystery gal! ]

[Update: Elisabeth Bergner (center) receives the Drama League's Delia Austrian Medal for distinguished performance in "The Two Ms. Carrolls," presented by the show's producer Reginald Denham (right), on behalf of the league. Victor Jory, male lead of the play, looks on (left). The award was made at the annual spring luncheon of the Drama League of New York at the Hotel Pierre, New York, May 9, 1944.] 

And for Friday, our mystery gal has two mystery companions!
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Comments (52)

Thanks for years of being part of my morning routine. While I didn't guess many right, the Mystery Photo certainly helped make watching movies on TCM almost interactive with the addition of the historical perspective you so often provided. The Thelma Todd, William Desmond Taylor and Lucille Ball articles were wonderful. The Daily Mirror brought us history as news and we were there as it happened--what an exciting way to learn about the past, (reasonably) unvarnished and immediate and unedited.

I'm sure there's a bunch of us out there who feel the same way, so please let us know what we can do to help.

Take care, thank you so much, and best wishes
Eddy Evans

I am absolutely heartbroken! DAILY MIRROR has been a daily addiction over the past few years. I learned so much about L.A. history & was reminded of so many great stories I'd read in the DM as a kid. You all have done an AMAZING job of researching & presenting, painting wonderfully vivid pictures of life in LA.

Sorry I never got to one of your friends of the DM lunches to meet you all in person & give a face-to-face thank you...but thank you all the same.



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