A Blog For Thelma Todd
Thelma Todd was a star of silent movies and later the talkies. She is remembered as much today for her mysterious death as she is for her films. In this blog, we take a look at Thelma Todd, her movies, and various commentaries.
A better copy of a picture we had on the blog before.
From Captain Bijou on facebook:
Fay Wray was the guest of honor at a party thrown on February 2, 1936 to welcome her home after she had worked in British films. Some of the stars in attendance were (back row left to right): James Blakely, Johnny Mack Brown, Donald Woods, Basil Rathbone and Dorothy Stone. Front row (0left to right): Dolores Del Rio, Fay Wray, Jeanette MacDonald, Paula Stone, Ella Wickersham, Anita Louise, Fred Stone and Glenda Farrell.
Stan Laurel, Mrs. Hal Roach, Oliver Hardy, and Thelma Todd.
Mrs. Roach, Oliver Hardy, Thelma Todd. There was a newspaper article that made a reference to Thelma Todd making faces at Stax ( photographer at the Hal Roach studio ) when he was taking pictures of her. Randy Skretvedt said, "Roy Seawright described Stax to me as a very sweet, very dedicated man who exemplified Southern manners (he was from Kentucky) but had no sense of humor at all, which of course made him the target of practical jokes from the high-spirited denizens of the Roach lot."
Oliver Hardy, Thelma Todd, Hal Roach, Patsy Kelly's left eye, Stan Laurel.
Oliver Hardy, Thelma Todd, Hal Roach, and Stan Laurel.
Oliver Hardy, Mrs. Hal Roach, Will Rogers, Stan Laurel.
At left, Oliver and Myrtle Hardy, Wallace MacDonald and in the background Jesse Lasky. At right coming toward us, Ruby and James Parrott, and Mr. and Mrs. Kent Taylor.
Oliver Hardy, Mrs. Marguerite Roach, Will Rogers, Stan Laurel.
Mrs. Hal Roach, Theda Bara, Hal Roach, Charles Brabin at 20th anniversary of Roach as producer.
Louis B Mayer and Jean Harlow at the Hal Roach 20th Anniversary party December 8, 1933.
The ClassicFlix Silver Series line will focus on bringing lesser-known titles out of studio vaults at affordable prices. Discs will be pressed (not MOD) upon release, but may become MODs after depletion of initial pressing.
About the The Complete Hal Roach Thelma Todd and Patsy Kelly Comedy Collection (see below).
For the first time on home video comes all 21 of Hal Roach's two-reelers starring the lovely Thelma Todd and the pugnacious Patsy Kelly. These timeless shorts showcase the incredible comedic talents of an unsung duo who simply wanted to make audiences laugh... and succeeded!
In Hollywood, the laugh factory operated by Roach was known to one and all as "The Lot of Fun." Established in 1915, the studio hosted many of the familiar names in comedy at one time or another: Harold Lloyd, Charley Chase and the popular and iconic team of Laurel and Hardy.
Determined to find the female equivalent of "The Boys," Roach paired Thelma Todd (already under contract and a veteran of several Chase shorts) with comic actress ZaSu Pitts. Thelma and ZaSu appeared in 17 shorts between 1931 and 1933 that were very popular with moviegoers, but their fruitful partnership ended when Pitts and Roach failed to come to terms on a new contract.
After seeing comedienne Patsy Kelly in the stage production of Flying Colors, Roach agreed that she was the perfect replacement for ZaSu, and the new team of Todd-Kelly was soon putting out hilarious efforts like Babes in the Goods (1934), Maid in Hollywood (1934) and Top Flat (1935). All-American Toothache (1936) would be their final pairing as Todd's tragic death brought an end to the girls' entertaining partnership.
Though efforts were made to jump-start the franchise with Pert Kelton and Lyda Roberti, the writing was on the wall where Roach's two-reelers were concerned as the producer soon transitioned solely to "streamliners" and feature films.
Beauty and the Bus
Backs to Nature
Babes in the Goods
Soup and Fish
Maid in Hollywood
I'll Be Suing You
Three Chumps Ahead
Opened by Mistake
Done in Oil
Sing Sister Sing
The Tin Man
The Misses Stooge
An All-American Toothache
Patsy Kelly and Pert Kelton Short Pan Handlers (1936)
Patsy Kelly and Lyda Roberti Shorts At Sea Ashore and Hill-Tillies (both 1936)
MIXED NUTS ( 1934 ) features Dorothy Granger ( shown wrestling on the poster, above ) and Carol Tevis, and was made during the same period as their "Blondes And Redheads" comedies. But they only had small parts in this one, which had a lot of girls in it, the most important of which was Thelma Hill. Thelma Hill had been a Mack Sennett bathing beauty and had worked with Laurel and Hardy during the silent era; this seems to have been her last film.