Tuesday, March 31, 2015
From the Laurel And Hardy Archive on facebook.
THELMA TODD, unidentified, ALICE WHITE and unidentified
They're at First National ( later Warner Brothers ), and are wearing the First National logo on their chests, naturally.
THE BOHEMIAN GIRL was Thelma Todd's last movie. Here is a reissue poster posted by Jorge Finkielman on facebook with the following comments:
Standard reissue poster from Argentina. I would say that it is from 1954 but I may be wrong for just a couple of years. The title in the poster would change following the movie that was exhibited. In this case is a reissue for THE BOHEMIAN GIRL.
From The Laurel And Hardy Archive on facebook.
With JEAN HARLOW
DOUBLE WHOOPEE was one of Jean Harlow's earliest film roles. An unknown at the time, she would skyrocket to fame after making HELL'S ANGELS, a role Thelma Todd had previously been considered for. And Thelma Todd more less took Jean Harlow's place at the Roach studio.
Monday, March 30, 2015
From the Laurel and Hardy Archive on facebook.
Snapshot of HAL ROACH dancing with MARLENE DIETRICH
In the second World War, Marlene Dietrich devoted the most time to entertaining the troops of any actress. Carole Landis may have been in second place; she also used to work for Roach.
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Laurel And Hardy Archive on facebook.
CHARLEY CHASE, HAL ROACH comedy star, believes in keeping women where they belong and advocates jail as an ideal location. He is here shown gloating over EDNA MARION his little leading lady, who he has placed behind bars.
Well, the idea of Edna Marion having been put in jail by Charley Chase does not appeal to me.
Maybe his failure to make it to the top echelon of screen stars had something to do with things like this.
Friday, March 27, 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015
The October 1932 issue of SILVER SCREEN has Marlene Dietrich on the cover.
On the left are Charles Farrell and Janet Gaynor, and on the right is Thelma Todd.
Thelma Todd got a lot of publicity out of SPEAK EASILY.
Bette Davis was from Massachusetts like Thelma Todd; they also both seem to have been into numerology. A number of movie stars were said to have been involved in the occult.
Left, silent star Douglas Fairbanks in one of his talkies. Right, Joan Bennett and Claudette Colbert early in their careers.
Jimmy Durante was also in the cast of THE PHANTOM PRESIDENT.
The Our Gang kids ride a horse. Another time they built their own fire engine.
On the lower left is an item about Harpo Marx that is related to HORSEFEATHERS.
That's all, folks!
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Black and white and color versions, from "Stars of the Silent film and early Talkies" on facebook.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Monday, March 23, 2015
Here is a publicity photo that I believe was taken in 1935. The spotlight on the right says "Hal Roach Studio" on it. You can also see "MGM" on the lower right hand corner. Hal Roach was releasing through MGM at the time, so their publicity pictures all had "MGM" on them.
Thanks go to Jorge Finkielman for providing us with this photo.
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Dialogue continuity script for YOU SAID A HATFUL with Charley Chase and Dorothy Appleby.
Ebay seller's description:
This script is for the 1934 Comedy film short,
You Said a Hatful!
When he learns the secret news that it will be sold today at 4pm in Kansas City, international banker J.P. Anderson sets in motion a plan to purchase the Tippycanoe Tuckahoe & Tehachapi Railroad. He will arrive in Kansas City prior to the meeting with an offer the current owner can't refuse. He will go with his hapless secretary, Charley Chase, with the two switching places - Charley will pretend to be J.P., and J.P. will pretend to be Charley - so that J.P. can maneuver into the deal without attracting the attention of the other buyer who may want to kill him. They will take the TT&T train for the trip. Complications ensue when a series of events happen on the train. First, Charley passes himself off as the railroad owner to train employees even before they arrive at the meeting. Second, J.P.'s daughter Dorothy arrives on the scene, Charley who has to pretend to be her father when in reality he is in love with her. Third, Charley's banker's hat, which is really a magician's hat.
Director:Charley Chase (as Charles Parrott)
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MORE INFORMATION ON CHARLEY CHASE: Brother of James Parrott Entered films in 1912. In an interview with Hal Roach on the David Letterman show Hal said that Chase auditioned for him by saying he could play ANY part. Chase then proceeded to do his impression of a lighthouse by turning his head around in a circle, stopping straight forward with his eyes wide open after each rotation. Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. Pg. 102-103. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387 2 daughters - Pauline (Polly) and June Directed short comedies under his birth name, Charles Parrott.
MORE INFO ON HAL ROACH: Hal Roach was born in Elmira, New York in 1892. After working as, among other things, a gold prospector, he wound up in Hollywood and began picking up jobs as an extra in comedies, where he met comedian Harold Lloyd. He began producing, directing and writing a series of short film comedies starring Lloyd around 1915. These were quite successful, and Roach started his own production company and eventually bought his own studio. By the early 1920s he had eclipsed Mack Sennett as the King of Comedy and created many of the most memorable comic series of all time, even by today's standards. These include the team of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Charley Chase and The Little Rascals. By the late 1930s Roach's formula for success was jeopardized by audience demands for bigger, feature-length productions, and he was forced to try his hand at making full-length screwball comedies, musicals and dramas, although he still kept turning out two-reel comedies. By the 1950s he was producing mainly for television. In 1983 his company developed the first successful digital colorization process. Roach then became a producer for many TV series on the Disney Channel, and his company still produces most of their films and videos.
Elsie Ames, Monty Collins, Dorothy Appleby and Harry Langdon in WHAT MAKES LIZZY DIZZY?
Elsie Ames and Dorothy Appleby frequently worked together with Buster Keaton in this period. Here, they're with Harry Langdon.