Friday, June 5, 2020

Patsy Kelly in "The Grand Dame" (1931)

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This short features the first verifiable appearance of Patsy Kelly, who later costarred with Thelma Todd in a series of two reel comedies at the Hal Roach studio.




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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

1933 MAIDS A LA MODE CUTTING CONTINUITY

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From the collection of a well known Hollywood-based movie historian, collector, author, archivist and intimate of the late great Hal Roach, comes this holy grail item for Roach fans. An original Dialogue Cutting Continuity to the classic Thelma Todd & Zasu Pitts short, MAIDS A LA MODE. Much like a script, DIALOGUE CUTTING CONTINUITIES feature all the dialogue and shot descriptions (including titles) of each and every shot in the film. Cutting continuities also noted the shot #, how many 35mm feet and frames of film into the short that the shot appears. This information would be compiled by the Film Editor (in this case Louis McManus) after he cut the film as a record of all the shots for other key departments at the studio and for filing as proof of content with the U.S. Copyright office (often in lieu of sending an actual print of the film). This is one is one of the studio file copies direct from the Hal Roach Studios. Continuity has 27 pages including detailing every one of the 263 shots in the short. Top of the first page notes this as Production A-14. Continuity is in very good to excellent condition. Paper is supple and cream colored. First page has some creasing, minor tears and edge wear. Last Page also has edge wear and is detached. All other pages are generally free of any rips, tears, stains, browning, edge chipping or notable blemishes. Some pages show minor creasing. Document features the original staple on the top left. Truly an amazing artifact and sure to be prized collectible from this immortal series and Hollywood legend, Hal Roach.


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Thelma Todd Photo

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FOLLOW THROUGH Outfit

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From the Thelma Todd Fans group on facebook.


This outfit


FOLLOW THROUGH


is the  same as this outfit.


ALL TEED UP


Richard Finegan Bil, The Paramount still code number 1258-108 confirms that one is from FOLLOW THRU. A still from ALL TEED UP would have still number C-28.
I noticed that in the stills gallery in the first volume of the Charley Chase Hal Roach shorts, they also mis-id
entify a still from FOLLOW THRU as one from ALL TEED UP.
But isn't it cool that she wears the same outfit in both films - I wonder if it was something of her own.
And by the way, if you haven't seen it, I recommend FOLLOW THRU - great fun musical, and Thelma in Technicolor.





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Sunday, May 31, 2020

ROARING ROADS

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Former Our Gang kids Mickey Daniels, David Sharpe, Gertrude Messinger, and Mary Kornman in a different series at a different studio. In between, they'd had a series at the Hal Roach studio called "The Boy Friends". And Thelma Todd was in one film in that series, LOVE FEVER.

 Although there is a June Marlowe in this film ( she is even called June Marlowe ) she isn't the one that played "Miss Crabtree" in Our Gang comedies.








ROARING ROADS:
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0136492/

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Saturday, May 30, 2020

HURDY GURDY Poster

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Thelma Todd is depicted as a brunette on this poster for HURDY GURDY ( 1929 ), which was one of first sound films made at the Hal Roach studio.



She is actually blonde in this film.




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Friday, May 29, 2020

CORSAIR Picture On Box

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From The Thelma Todd Fan Group on facebook.



Richard Swinburk I have this photo on a Cadbury chocolate commemorative tin box they would issue at Christmas It belonged to a good friend of mine who gave it to me because it was of Thelma Todd and Chester Morris I have a photograph from it but here she is billed as Alison Lloyd by the director Roland West She only used it once and went back to Thelma Todd 


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