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.
SOLVED: Late LA business man Richard Eli Lewis.
2. We’d like to know the name of this trio–either as a group or individually.
SOLVED: A 1998 West Coast Ensemble production of “Cabaret,” from left:
Brian Sturzenacker, Dean Regan, Ty Donaldson
3. Anyone recognize this guy?
SOLVED: This is UK actor Michael Knowles.
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?
SOVED!: This is actor Lex Van Delden.
SOLVED!: This is early ’90s pin-up Angela Dawn.
SOLVED: Actress is Wendy Phillips.
8. Does anyone recognize this lady with the hoops?
SOLVED!: This is April Washington Chandler of HBK Media.
9. This photo might be UK in origin due to where it was found in the collection. Who is this song and dance lady?
SOLVED!: UK Eurovision singer Patricia Bredin!
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.
SOLVED: This is actress/filmmaker Esther Anderson (sometimes spelled “Ester”). The code “TC” stands for “The Touchables,” a 1968 film in which she was featured.
11. This photo is from White Studios, a busy NY-based vaudeville and Broadway photographer at one time. But who is the subject?
SOLVED: Florence McFadden, later Mr. Jack Haley.
12. We are still trying to ID this actress or the exotic film she is in.
SOLVED!: Kanza Omar.
UPDATE: We thought this might be Wendy and Lisa but Wendy and Lisa say “no.” The possibility of it being T-Rex also didn’t pan out. Could this be the Jacobites?
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?
SOLVED!: This is Scranton-based singer/performer Tony Costa.
16. This has been a fun one: Is this a local horror host? Is it from a production of Jekyll and Hyde?
SOLVED!: This is actor Stephen Turner as he appeared in the 1970 Hammer film “Horror of Frankenstein.”
17. Who is the man with the glasses?
SOLVED!: This is F.M. Richard Simons.
18. This one has frustrated many. He looks very familiar. But we don’t know who he is.
SOLVED!: This is one-time CBS radio executive Wells Church.
19. Here’s a series of styled shots for an unknown personality.
SOLVED: Jason Laikam
20. We’d like to know the name of either of these two young men.
SOLVED: This is from “Hallmark Hall of Fame: Aftermath” (1991), that is Lance Slaughter on the left and Tommy Morgan, Jr. on the right.
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!: Geoffrey Sax.
24. We assume that this is a musical group. But their name is so far unknown.
SOLVED in November, 2022: This is the band Flying Tigers.
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?
SOLVED!: This is 1975 production of “Knickerbocker Holiday” as staged in NYC at the Hotel Dixie by the Octagon Theatre.
26. This fetching lass is, so far, without a name.
SOLVED: Actress Kimberly Brent
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?
SOLVED!: This is actress Marta Brennan.
28. Blond ambition: This MIGHT be from a film but which one?
SOLVED!: This is the real-life Cantrell Family of Eugene, OR, who were profiled–all of them!–in “Women’s World” magazine in 1986.
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.
SOLVED!: Mary Lou Ryhal!
SOLVED!: “O Cantor e a Bailarina” (1960)