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.
Thelma Todd wrote letters to various people, including fans. Here is a letter Thelma Todd wrote on her own stationary to a Miss Heidorn, who I believe was Lee Heidorn, head of the Billie Dove Fan Club.
These caricatures were familiar faces to people of that day. From the left, top: Charlie Chaplin, Will Rogers, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. From the left, bottom: George Arliss, W. C. Fields, Irvin S. Cobb, and Babe Ruth.
The creator of Popeye had at one time been a movie projectionist and his work was influenced to some extent by the movies. Segar at one time drew Charlie Chaplin comics. His most popular comic strip ( which introduced Popeye ) "Thimble Theater" had a name reminiscent of Ed Wheelan's "Minute Movies". The version of Olive Oyl seen in animated cartoons was clearly influenced by Zasu Pitts. Bluto was more or less a stock heavy such as Eric Campbell had played in silent movies. Oliver Hardy had also played the same type before being teamed with Stan Laurel at the Hal Roach studio.