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Movie Star Mystery Photo

January 8, 2010 |  9:00 am


Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Marie Mosquini in an undated photo.

It looks as though this lady finally stumped the brain trust – my nickname for the mystery photo fans whose film knowledge always amazes me. I never know how difficult these photos are going to be until I post them, but this was a surprise. Between 1917 and 1929, she appeared in 200 films, many of them Hal Roach pictures. She was engaged to comedian Snub Pollard, although I can’t determine whether they were married …   

Feb. 1, 1922: Wedding bells for Marie Mosquini and Snub Pollard.

She married insurance broker Roy Harlow… 

Aug. 12, 1924, Mosquini/Harlow

Aug. 12, 1924: Marie Mosquini divorces insurance broker Roy  Harlow.

… and finally married radio pioneer Lee De Forest.

Oct. 11, 1930, De Forest, Mosquini

… at which point she retired.

According to imdb, Mosquini died in 1983, although The Times did not publish her obituary.
Just a reminder on how this works: I post the mystery photo on Monday and reveal the answer on Friday ... or on Saturday if I have a hard time picking only five pictures; sometimes it's difficult to choose. To keep the mystery photo from getting lost in the other entries, I move it from Monday to Tuesday to Wednesday, etc., adding a photo every day.

I have to approve all comments, so if your guess is posted immediately, that means you're wrong. (And if a wrong guess has already been submitted by someone else, there's no point in submitting it again).

If you're right, you will have to wait until Friday. There's no need to submit your guess five times. Once is enough. The only reward is bragging rights. 

The answer to last week's mystery star: June Gale!

Jan. 5, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Marie Mosquini in a photo stamped Feb. 24, 1924. On the back of the photo, the title “Two Wagons – Both Covered,” has been crossed out and replaced with “Uncensored Movies.”

Here’s another picture of our mystery woman.

Jan. 6, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: The back of the photo says: “Riddle—What is [it] that walks on land, swims in water and flies? The answer is Marie Mosquini, petite Paramount comedienne in “Good and Naughty,” starring Pola Negri. Marie vamped a couple of naval flyers into taking her for a flight at Del Coronado, famous Southern California resort where she was on location for the picture.”

Here’s our mystery woman with a mystery aviator.

Jan. 7, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Sept. 25, 1927, Mosquini

Update: Mosquini and David Butler in “7th [or Seventh] Heaven,” Sept. 25, 1927.

And here's a photo of our mystery woman with a mystery companion.