Friday, October 31, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
From Superman and Lois Lane!
The characters of Superman and Lois Lane were at least partly influenced by stars of classic movies and Lois Lane is said to have been named after Lola Lane. Lola Lane married Roland West, inherited the Sidewalk Café from him, and gave it to the Paulists, who still own it today.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
This photograph dates from the late 1920's.
ITEM: You are bidding on a 1920s original large format and erotically charged photograph of Hal Roach comedianne Thelma Todd, a soft focus and dramatic close up view by Harold Dean Carsey. Carsey was a master at these teasing views, which elude to the sitters irrepressable sensuality without crossing the line into actual nudity. Todd, here described on verso as a featured player for First National Pictures, is one of the most notorious Boulevard of Broken Dreams figures of the 1920s, and these vintage large format views of her are quite scarce. This is a beautiful and very early example with inkstamp for Carsey on verso.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
From The Laurel And Hardy Archive on facebook.
Magazine advertisement forTempters Candy Coated Gum.
RKO stars that chewed Tempters: Sidney Fox, Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, THELMA TODD, and Sidney Blackmer
Monday, October 27, 2014
Sunday, October 26, 2014
I saw something else about Thelma Todd and the Sidewalk Café at http://www.kcet.org/living/food/the-nosh/thelma-todds-tragedy-the-forgotten-life-of-the-original-celebrity-restaurateur.html
This one was hard to read, because they obscured the view with something that invited you to subscribe for fifty dollars. My advice would be to buy Donati's book instead, because that was probably where they got their information from anyway.
The story about Thelma Todd drinking three fingers of rye whiskey comes from Rudy Schafer ( he told it to me, I repeated it afterwards.) But that blog said something about Thelma Todd ordering "another round", which sounds as if she kept ordering more, and this was not in the original story.
Leonard Maltin has a blog, here's a little something he put on it recently.
Reblogged from http://blogs.indiewire.com/leonardmaltin/thelma-todds-cafe-can-now-be-yours-20141023?fb_action_ids=883303195047059&fb_action_types=og.shares
I always find it surreal to drive on Pacific Coast Highway and pass the attractive building that once housed Thelma Todd’s Café. It looks just the same as it does in postcards from the 1930s. For years it has been home to Paulist Productions, the company that produced Father “Bud” Kieser’s Insight television show. Now it’s up for sale, the price just shy of eight million dollars.
Having grown up on the “other” coast, I never dreamed I would wind up in Los Angeles, where one is surrounded by touchstones of Hollywood history. When I learned that an alleyway I passed every day on Cahuenga Boulevard was the spot where Buster Keaton ran from a horde of policemen in his silent comedy Cops, I had to pinch myself. I feel the same way about Thelma Todd’s Café. But until the recent real estate listing HERE I’d never seen the interiors, which preserve its original art deco design.
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OK. But - I remember someone who said other people shouldn't focus on the death of Thelma Todd, and then that was all he'd ever talked about. Maybe some people need to practice what they preach.
- Benny Drinnon