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.
UPDATE: A copy of this photo states on the back “The Bulgarian Pheasant”-Bob Stephanoff -make-up and is dated either 1936 or 1938. Stephanoff was a busy make-up man in Hollywood. But what film can this be from?
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.