It is week three in our Mystery Photos series. We have identified three photos from our first post and two from our second, plus have solid leads; if you haven’t seen those yet, please take a look. This week the photos we need your assistance identifying are from some films.
We have tried various means to ID these photos. We have searched the treasures of the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog and consulted such organizations as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Screen Actors Guild. We have done various online “reverse image searches” via Tineye.com and Google Images. And we’ve researched film codes, those sometimes cryptic letters and numbers that are printed in the lower corners of vintage stills; often these can be the key to a film or performer, but, in this case, they have proven to be inconclusive.
As always, we welcome your thoughts, suggestions and speculations regarding either the film or any of the actors depicted in any of the following six photos. Many thanks!
- This actor–perhaps playing a stranded sailor?–and the film remains unknown. In the lower corner of this still there’s the code “9-4” but that has not aided identification.
SOLVED!: Wheeler Oakman in “The Lost Jungle”! Thank you to Christopher Clinkenbeard.
- A family—it seems–of pioneers in a so-far unidentified film.
SOLVED!: The above is from “Countess Dracula” (1971)–Thanks, David Rattigan!
- The film that this trio of children has prompted many guesses. Children of the Damned (1964) is a popular assumption but an incorrect one. But what film are they from?
SOLVED!: Christopher C. does it again! “Ghost of a Chance” (1968)!
- A war film, one assumes, but details as to title and performers are a mystery.
SOLVED: Chris C. does it again! Number 4 is from 1940’s “The Siege of the Alcazar.” And it was an Italian-made film.
- Possibly another war film or at least something action oriented. The distinctive look of this building might prove helpful in identifying the film.
SOLVED!: Thanks to “Oz,” as this person is listed in the comments, it looks like the above is Burt Lancaster in “The Train”! Many thanks!
- Another unknown actor–perhaps in make-up–from an unknown film.
SOLVED!: This is the late movie make-up artist Bob Stephanoff practicing his craft on himself in 1938.
Please check back to this post and our previous ones in the coming days. If we can verify a title or identity we will post it or we’ll offer up the most popular suggestions we’ve received.
1. The actor may be Robert Donat
2. May be “Drums Along The Mohawk” (colorized?)
3. Children are most likely British
4. The soldier is most likely a woman.
5. I think the soldier is going back over that wall
6. The actor may be James Whitmore…
#1 – He looks a bit like a youngish Roy Barcroft before he put on so much weight. No idea which movie though.
#2 – Could be Drums Along the Mohawk, which was filmed in Technicolor by the way.
#6 – John Dierkes? Google his name and check out the photos. Could be him. His IMDb filmography shows he played an Indian in an episode of Gunsmoke in 1971.
As to #3, I first thought Drums Along the Mohawk as well. On closer (blown-up) inspection, clothing is quite different. This looks more like a Russian film. Else, explain the sable hat.
I’m not 100% sure of ID of #6 as Sampo. But that is undoubtedly Georgiy Millyar, who was in Sampo, so…
#1 is Wheeler Oakman in The Lost Jungle (1934)
#3 is A Ghost of a Chance (1968)
#2 The Fighting Kentuckian?
#5 appears to Burt Lancaster in ‘The Train’, 1964 John Frankenheimer, director. This is the scene after he causes some sabotage, and is running back to the hotel he was put in by the Germans.
#5, I have watched ‘The Train’ just now, and I’m positive it is Lancaster scaling the wall behind the hotel run by Jean Moreau. This appears to be a cropped still. Scene is around the 45 min mark.
#5 ‘The Train’ 1964 John Frankenheimer, dir.
#5. Another screengrab from ‘The Train’. Same wall. https://postimg.org/image/cmrngaj7z/
#4 – Jean-Paul Belmondo in Two Women. (1960) ?? A war movie set in Italy during WWII.
#6 might be Felix Locher, father of Jon Hall.
The location in photo no. 2 is VERY reminiscent of Black Park, which backs on to Pinewood Studios in England.
I’ve just done a bit of research, and I was correct – no. 2 is from Hammer Films’ Countess Dracula, which was filmed in Black Park in 1969 or 1970 (it was released in 1970).
Sorry, it was released in January 1971, so would have been filmed in 1970.
#6 could be Victor Jory.
#6 I think the previously mentioned Georgiy Millyar is a good possibility. My guess would be Strother Martin but not sure in what film/tv etc.
# 6 looks like Mystery Science Theatre 3000 episode #422 “The Day the Earth Froze”. Sampo mentioned throughout the movie.