Monday, September 15, 2014


From the Hal Roach Studio page on facebook:

Next week on TCM...
- WHAT A BOZO! (1931) Charley Chase 9/21 1:33AM Eastern
- TIN MAN (1935) Thelma Todd & Patsy Kelly 9/21 10:04AM Eastern


Saturday, September 13, 2014


Thelma Todd ( seated ) with Robert Woolsey, Bert Wheeler and June Brewster in HIPS, HIPS HOORAY.

A gorgeous original vintage 8x10 photo of six starlets wearing very risque outfits that show them nearly topless, as Wheeler and Woolsey stand in the middle. Thelma Todd, in black wig is seated in the c hair and the sweet pretty girl standing next to Wheeler with her hand up to her breast is June Brewester.


Fur-Trimmed Bathing Suit

Thelma Todd is ready for winter in a fur-trimmed bathing suit in an early publicity picture for Paramount.

DESCRIPTION: Original vintage gelatin silver glossy 8 in. x 10 in. photograph of THELMA TODD from Nevada (Paramount, 1927) by celebrated studio portrait photographer GEORGE P. HOMMEL, with portrait number P.G.P. 7688 in the negative at the lower right, studio typewritten paper caption, and Culver Pictures ink stamps on the verso.



Friday, September 12, 2014


ANOTHER FINE MESS was a 1931 film that Thelma Todd made with Laurel and Hardy. Related to this is a misquotation of one of Oliver Hardy's lines, when what he actually said was "Here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!"

It was a misquotation - wasn't it?

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Jack Taylor:
So this is kind of least to me. We all know that Oliver Hardy is often misquoted as having said, "Here's another FINE mess you've gotten me into." We know that the word was NICE not FINE. Many figured the mistake came from the Boys' 1930 short, "Another Fine Mess", but this trade paper shows that the original title was to be "Another Nice (Exhibitors Herald World - October 1930)


Catchphrase "Here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!":


Thursday, September 11, 2014

For Rent

It seems that some of what was Roland West's property near the Sidewalk Café is for rent.

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Today's Craigslist sift yields a listing for a "one of a kind guest house in the picturesque Castellammare neighborhood of Pacific Palisades." Per the ad, the approximately 500-square-foot guesthouse features "stunning white water ocean views," a full bath and kitchen, original oak floors and brass hardware, built-in closets and drawers, and a beamed ceiling, while its 3,900-square-foot lot comes with a pond and waterfall, date palms, Chinese elms, and a "small additional 'tree house' that makes for the dream office or studio space." While the posting notes vaguely that the guesthouse "was once the chauffeur's quarters for a historic property built in 1927," Old Hollywood nerds and fans of E!'s late, lamented Mysteries & Scandals might recognize it as belonging to Castillo del Mar, the onetime estate of director Roland West and the site of actress Thelma Todd's mysterious death.
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Todd, best known for her comedic work (like the Marx Brothers' Monkey Business and Horse Feathers), was also partners with West in a popular nearby roadside cafe, as well as his sometime mistress.* She was only 29 when she was found dead in the property's garage the morning of December 16, 1935, a victim of carbon monoxide poisoning. Officially ruled as accidental, Todd's death continues to be the source of much speculation to this day, which you can read about here and here, should you care to. And should you care to reside in the guest unit, monthly rent is $2,500.













*The term "Mistress" implies that Thelma Todd was being kept by Roland West - which was not the case. She was not dependent on him financially.



CATCH AS CATCH CAN was the second film in the Zasu Pitts and Thelma Todd series at the Hal Roach studio. Here we see Thelma Todd in a picture from that movie, with the original caption.




BOTTOMS UP starred Spencer Tracy and Pat Patterson. Thelma Todd was also in the cast, and here we see her with Spencer Tracy in a picture from the movie.