Sunday, March 18, 2018


Some pictures of Thelma Todd with pearls, which seems to have been a recurring thing.

From the Thelma Todd Fans Group on facebook.

Thelma Todd with the long hair she had when she first came to Hollywood. Long necklaces were considered fashionable in the flapper era.

Thelma Todd with pearls again, this time in a clamshell, because everyone knows that pearls come from shellfish. This time she has short hair, because that too was considered fashionable at the time.

Another photo from the same session, this time with a caption. I remember another publicity photo from the Roach studio with a fairy tale caption, which showed Thelma Todd in the giant bathroom set from Laurel and Hardy's BRATS. So that too was a recurring thing.


Size 36

In ON THE LOOSE, Thelma Todd also gives her dress size as "36". I believe this is a reference to the ideal of "the perfect 36"*, but that type had been eclipsed by the "flapper" look, which was still considered fashionable in the early thirties. Thelma Todd would not actually have been a size 36 in real life. Possibly she would have been one if not for the dieting that Hollywood was forcing on the actresses, something that they claimed was necessary which was actually unhealthy.

*Something that had been used as the title of a Mabel Normand film

Saturday, March 17, 2018

"I'll Tell The World"

Thelma Todd uses the expression "I'll tell the world!" in ON THE LOOSE. This was a popular expression in that period which can be found in a number of places, including a Charlie Chan story. I more or less grasped the meaning, which I suppose is self-evident, but decided to look up a definition anyway. Here is one I found at

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.

You are absolutely right; it is entirely correct : I'll tell the cockeyed world he's a crook (1900s+ esp WWI armed forces ).

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.


HOT MONEY To Air On TCM Tomorrow

HOT MONEY with Thelma Todd and Patsy Kelly will air on Turner Classic Movies tomorrow.

Reblogged from

Sunday March, 18 2018 at 08:11 AM

Films in BOLD will Air on TCM *  |   VIEW TCMDb ENTRY
In Hot Money (1935), Thelma Todd stars as a Depression-era "blond wisenheimer" who finds herself -- on the day of her eviction -- in possession of fifty grand in stolen money. But to keep it, she must contend with the corpse of the hoodlum who left it with her, a rival mobster who wants the loot back, and a swarm of bumbling policemen who are trying to solve a murder and a theft, and not doing a good job with either.

Producer: Hal Roach
Director: James Horne
Cinematography: Art Lloyd
Film Editing: Louis McManus
Cast: Thelma Todd (Miss Thelma Todd), Patsy Kelly (Miss Patsy Kelly), James Burke (Police Sgt. Burke), Fred A. Kelsey (Police Officer Kelsey), Louis Natheaux (Trigger Louie), Brooks Benedict (The Thief), Charlie Hall (Tenant), Hooper Atchley (Beresford, Hotel Manager (uncredited), Sherry Hall (Hotel Clerk (uncredited), Lee Phelps (Policeman (uncredited)

by Bret Wood


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Mabel Normand Poses With A Poster

Mabel Normand poses with a poster for one of the movies she made for Goldwyn, THE SLIM PRINCESS. The films she made for Goldwyn were popular at the time. but the ones she made for Sennett are better known today.


Mabel Normand Petting A Cat

From the Mabel Normand group on facebook:


Mabel Normand With A Movie Camera

Mabel Normand with a movie camera. The little tube in front of her eyes is the viewfinder you look through to frame the picture.