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Photo Blog #15: The Executive Guess

It’s #15 in our mystery photo photo blog and, this time, we post a group of shots that might be of actors, directors, film executives, newscasters, or writers…or who knows?  We welcome your thoughts on the identity of each of the men pictured.  As always, “clicking” on any of the images below will increase their size.  As any of these men are positively ID’ed, we’ll update this blog accordingly.  Many thanks for taking a look!


1. The map in the back of the distinguished looking man might be a clue, but who is he?


2.  We’ve had many guesses on this man, perhaps an actor, but nothing definitive.

SOLVED!:  Ivica Pajer, Yugoslavian actor.


3.  A contemplative pose but no name, so far, to go with this headshot.

SOLVED!:  The above is actor Lex Van Delden.

1574. Who is the man behind the camera?

UPDATE:  Ben Maddow?  Rouben Mamoulian?


5.  This director makes a point behind the camera–but who is he? 

SOLVED:  This is Geoffrey Sax on the set of his film “Ruby Jean and Joe.”


6.  Who is the man with the collar and the beard?

SOLVED!:  This is the late film producer Larry Brezner.


7.  We don’t yet know the identities of either of these men.  We hope you can help.

(PARTIALLY) SOLVED:  The man on the left is composer Frederick Praunitz, but we don’t know the other gent…yet.


8.  Anyone know this gentleman writing at his desk?


9.  Dressed up for sure but who is he?

SOLVED:  This is the late singer Tony Costa.


10.  If a movie director had a “look,” this might be it but we don’t know his name or, actually, even if he’s a director.

SOLVED:  Film director Harold Becker.

Please see our previous photo blogs (links below) for other so-far unknown photos.

Photo Blog #1:  Who’s That Lady?

Photo Blog #2:  Who’s that Gent? (4 out of 6 solved!)

Photo Blog #3:  Name That Movie! (5 out of 6 solved!)

Photo Blog #4:  Musical Mysteries (4 out of 6 solved!)

Photo Blog #5:  Unknown Horrors

Photo Blog #6:  Small Screen Oddities (4 out of 6 solved!)

Photo Blog #7:  International Unknowns (5 out of 6 solved!)

Photo Blog #8:  Mysterious Silents (4 out of 6 solved!)

Photo Blog #9:  Portraits of an Unknown Woman (3 of 10 solved!)

Photo Blog #10:  The Films With No Name (7 out of 8 solved!)

Photo Blog #11:  The Kids are Unknown (5 out of 10 solved!)

Photo Blog #12:  Reel Mysteries (5 out of 10 solved!)

Photo Blog #13:  Men of Mystery (4 out of 10 solved!)

Photo Blog #14:  More Musical Mysteries (2 out of 10 solved!)


  1. Jeff Hooper
    April 12, 2017 at 11:10 am

    1. is Juan Trippe, CEO and founder of Pan American World Airways

  2. mary
    April 12, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    The gentleman to the right in image #7 looks like Paul Kohner. The gentleman that is #10 looks like Robert Towne.

  3. JW
    April 13, 2017 at 8:20 am

    #4 – George S. Kaufman?

  4. Kin
    April 17, 2017 at 6:54 am

    #2 looks a lot like the actor, James MacArthur, who played Dan-o in the original Hawaii Five-O

  5. Rodge
    May 18, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    #4 George S. Kaufman?–Fairly sure I’ve seen this picture before somewhere.

  6. Mary
    August 16, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    No 2 is not James MacArthur

  7. John Henry
    August 7, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    #6 bears passing resemblance to Rupert Holmes of “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)” fame. Might be worth reaching out to him.

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