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Mystery Photos: Who Am I?

Regular readers of the “Now See Hear!” blog know that for the past year or so, we’ve been trying to identify some super-obscure film- , TV- and music-related photos.  Though we’ve had an over 50% success rate, we still have some enduring “unknowns.”  To try to facilitate some more solutions, we’ve gathered 30 of our remaining mysteries below.  As always, “clicking” on the each of the thumbnails below will increase it in size.  Please add guesses/solutions in the comments section below.  We’ll be updating this blog as each image is “ID-ed.”  THANK YOU!!

UPDATE:  We are absolutely THRILLED by the incredible response we got to this group of photos and we will investigate and verify all the suggestions.  We’ve added updates to some of the pictures below….


1. This gentleman (above) with the bow-tie looks familiar but we don’t know his name.

2. We’d like to know the name of this trio–either as a group or individually.

3.  Anyone recognize this guy?

UPDATE:  Could this be Irish actor Noel Willman?

4.  The man with the beard and the glasses looks familiar but we don’t–yet–know who he is.

SOLVED:  Director Harold Becker!

5.  We thought this gent was Bruno Ganz, but we’ve since had that disproven.  Who is he?

UPDATE:  Could this be French actor Jean-Louis Trintignant?

 6.  The rest of this photo is NSFW.  Can anyone recognize her face?

7.  This is NOT Dana Delany or Stephanie Zimbalist or Bonnie Bedelia.  Who is she?

8.  Does anyone recognize this lady with the hoops?

UPDATE:  Could this be former Miss America Debbye Turner?

9.  This photo might be UK in origin due to where it was found in the collection.  Who is this song and dance lady?

10.  There’s a two-letter code on this photo:  “TC.”  That might be the initials of the woman in the photo or the initials of the film she is appearing in.  Or it might be neither.

11.  This photo is from White Studios, a busy NY-based vaudeville and Broadway photographer at one time.  But who is the subject?

12.  We are still trying to ID this actress or the exotic film she is in.

13.  No one, so far, has recognized this duo.

UPDATE:  The Jacobites Christian Death?

14.  Who is the man with the carnation?

SOLVED!:  This is Walter Reade, Jr., founder of the Walter Reade Organization, a one-time big-time arthouse film distributor.

15.  And who is this well-dressed man?

16.  This has been a fun one:  Is this a local horror host?  Is it from a production of Jekyll and Hyde?

17.  Who is the man with the glasses?

UPDATE:  British comedy writer Denis Norden?

18.  This one has frustrated many.  He looks very familiar.  But we don’t know who he is.

19.  Here’s a series of styled shots for an unknown personality.

UPDATE:  Jamie Harris?  Thomas Jane?

20.  We’d like to know the name of either of these two young men.

21.  Someone thought this was Shel Silverstein, but we know that’s not true.  So any guesses?

UPDATE:  The cartoon in the back is by Herb Gardner but that is not Gardner in the foreground.

22.  These creatures must be in a movie or TV production of some sort–but what?

23.  The identity of this director might never be solved because his face is so obscured.  His hat reads “Tucson Rodeo” if that helps anyone.

SOLVED:  William Friedkin.

24.  We assume that this is a musical group.  But their name is so far unknown.

25.  This has got to be a production of ”Knickerbocker Holiday” based upon the set, costumes, and date on the stage.  But it doesn’t sync up with the Hollywood version or the Broadway debut.  Suggestions?

26.  This fetching lass is, so far, without a name.

27.  At one time, we thought this was British actress Suzy Mandel–and even Ms. Mandel said it looked like her!–but it’s not.  Who is she?

28.  Blond ambition:  This MIGHT be from a film but which one?

UPDATE:  The woman in the foreground is wearing a graduation cap and there’s an “86” on it.

29.  So many people thought this was Juliet Prowse, we eventually reached out to the late Ms. Proswe’s son who informed us that the photo is not of his mom.


30.  This shot is probably from Brazilian film–due to a stamp on the front, or from another country south of the border–but we haven’t been able to ID it or the lady in the photo.


Vocal Recordings the Hard Way

Today’s post is by David Sager, Research Assistant in the Recorded Sound Research Center This blog relies on recordings from the Library of Congress’s National Jukebox, a resource with over 10,000 early recordings which is well worth exploring.  You can also hear thousands more rare recordings, including radio broadcasts from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (April 19-21, 2018)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, April 19 (7:30 p.m.) Rock & Roll on The Ed Sullivan Show, 1955-1970 The Ed Sullivan Show (CBS, 1948-1971) was a landmark television program, and unquestionably one of the most important chronicles of mid-20th century popular culture. The Motion Picture, Broadcast and […]

At the Packard Campus–May 2018

Thursday, May 3 (7:30 p.m.) Overboard (MGM/UA, 1987) Spoiled heiress Joanna Stayton (Goldie Hawn) hires carpenter Dean Proffitt (Kurt Russell) to build a closet on her yacht, then refuses to pay when the project is completed. When Joanna accidentally falls overboard and loses her memory, Dean takes advantage of the situation to seek revenge. This […]

Eleanor Roosevelt at the Library

This guest post was written by Christy Regenhardt, Editor, The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers, The George Washington University. Almost everyone knows about Eleanor Roosevelt. As a historian working on “ER,” I never have to tell people who she is. However, her popular image doesn’t include one of the most important facets of her career. She was a […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus (April 12-14, 2018)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, April 12 (7:30 p.m.) Storm Center (Columbia, 1956) The first of three features scheduled to celebrate National Library Week (April 8 – 14); “Storm Center” is the story of a small town librarian (Bette Davis) who stands up to local pressure […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (April 5-7, 2018)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Library of Congress. Thursday, April 5 (7:30 p.m.) Mostly Lost: Identifying Unknown Films at the Library of Congress (1911-1927) Did you ever wonder where those “once-thought-lost, just-rediscovered” films you hear about in the news from time to time were lurking? While some have been waiting […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (March 29, 2018)

 The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, March 29 (7:30 p.m.) When Knighthood Was in Flower (Paramount, 1922) Marion Davies stars as Mary Tudor, sister of King Henry VIII, whom the King aims to use for political gain by offering her hand in marriage to King Louis XII […]


This morning the Registry hit 500! Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, today announced the latest additions to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. The National Recording Registry, created by the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, directs the Librarian to select 25 titles that are at least 10 years old and have […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (March 22-24, 2018)

The following is a post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, March 22 (7:30 p.m.) Good Will Hunting (Miramax, 1997 – R-rated*) Oscars went to Ben Affleck and Matt Damon for Best Original Screenplay and to Robin Williams for Best Supporting Actor in this drama directed by Gus Van Sant. Damon also stars […]