Sunday, May 31, 2015

Thelma Todd Magazine Clipping




From the Laurel and Hardy Archive on facebook.

Magazine clipping
1932







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Thelma Todd And Robert Andrews Photo





A better copy of the 1926 picture of Thelma Todd and Robert Andrews at the Paramount acting school, with caption.


 
 
 





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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Dorothy Appleby Poster




This is the JAIL BIRDS OF PARADISE poster I had here before, but it's in a larger size. Incidentally, the art is by Al Hirschfield.







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Dorothy Appleby Poster





JAIL BIRDS OF PARADISE was a Technicolor MGM short from 1934, which had Dorothy Appleby with two of the Three Stooges, Moe and Curly Howard. We've had a different copy of this poster here before.






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Dorothy Appleby Poster


A poster for FATE'S FATHEAD with Charley Chase and Dorothy Granger. I had a different version of this one on the blog before where Dorothy Appleby's dress was blue.


From Richard Finegan on facebook.









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PUZZLES OF 1925 Playbill




Playbill for a musical comedy that Dorothy Appleby was in, which was written by Elsie Janis.

 
 

 
 












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Dorothy Appleby Photos



Richard Finegan: This is from the 1935 Edward Small/UA movie LET 'EM HAVE IT.

 
 










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Cover Girl Dorothy Appleby



From Richard Finegan on facebook.


Here's another unusual shot, Dorothy in a 1934 Universal Pictures photo, on the cover of a French magazine:





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Early Dorothy Appleby Photo




From Richard Finegan on facebook.



Another very pretty early shot of Dorothy:






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Early Dorothy Appleby Photo



From Richard Finegan on facebook.



Here she is at Paramount Pictures in 1927, just starting her film career:




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Dorothy Appleby, Broadway Dancer





Dorothy Appleby picture again, Jorge Finkielman removed the logo.






Dorothy Appleby, Broadway dancer, presents a machine to "lose weight" on April 5, 1933 in New York City.




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Friday, May 29, 2015

Dorothy Appleby, Broadway Dancer

A larger sized copy.








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Dorothy Appleby, Broadway Dancer




Here's another reference to Dorothy Appleby being a dancer on Broadway:

Reblogged from http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/dorothy-appleby-broadway-dancer-presents-a-machine-to-lose-news-photo/537569811


Dorothy Appleby, Broadway dancer, presents a machine to "lose weight" on April 5, 1933 in New York City.










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Thelma Todd At The Seashore




From the Hal Roach Studio on facebook.



American actress Thelma Todd stretches at the water's edge. USA. Circa 1930.






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Thelma Todd Photo




From the Laurel And Hardy Archive on facebook.


THELMA TODD
Promo photo card for PARAMOUNT's
"Facinating Youth"
1926






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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

MON CINE With Page On KING KONG





MON CINE for October 26, 1933 had a blurb about KING KONG on the cover above a photo of Thelma Todd,

 
and here is a page about KING KONG from inside this magazine.
 
 
 
Another page on KING KONG from an unidentified Belgian magazine from the same period.

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The movie KING KONG was a smash hit. No remake will ever take it's place, despite the claims of various hucksters looking to make a fast back.


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He Flubbed Kissing Thelma Todd




It sounds like a joke, but I'm not making it up. Of course, somebody else might have. Maybe it was all for publicity to begin with. At any rate it's one of a series, since we just had another photo with Thelma Todd practicing love scenes with Robert Andrews at Paramount's acting school.

 
 
 
 








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Page From a Fan Magazine




An undated page from a fan magazine with a photo of Thelma Todd in FOLLOW THROUGH as well as a photo of Buddy Rogers, Richard Arlen, and Gary Cooper, plus news items about Harry Langdon, Helen Twelvetrees, Jack Oakie, and other movie stars.










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Thelma Todd Photo






From the 1920's.






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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Thelma Todd Cover - MON CINE October, 26th 1933



From the Laurel and Hardy Archive on facebook.


MON CINE
French film magazine
No. 610
October, 26th 1933








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Monday, May 25, 2015

NEVADA Ad




NEVADA was a 1927 movie with Thelma Todd and Gary Cooper which was based on a Zane Grey novel. Here is an ad for it from a Spanish language newspaper. The picture in the ad was drawn off of a publicity photo which it follows closely.





Thanks go to Jorge Finkielman for providing us with this picture.




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Happy Memorial Day




From Clara Bow!







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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Happy Memmorial Day





From Carole Landis.








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Joyce Compton Letter 80's





A letter Joyce Compton sent to a fan in the 1980's along with a photo.




 
 

 
 







Vintage Original glossy, photo without borders of JOYCE COMPTON from the early 1930’s.
Joyce Compton was an American actress who acted in more than 200 films during her 35 year career.  She was born Olivia Joyce Compton in Lexington, Kentucky and not "Eleanor Hunt" as is frequently erroneously stated.  She had appeared in the 1931 film “Good Sport” with Eleanor Hunt and this confusion in an early press article followed Compton throughout her career.
JOYCE COMPTON first made a name for herself when she was named one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars in 1926, alongside: Mary Brian, Dolores Costello, Joan Crawford, Dolores del Río, Janet Gaynor and Fay Wray.
She is most likely wearing her own gown and accessories, as she often had to use her own gowns, furs and jewels in many of the low budget movies she appeared in.  The opal ring that had belonged originally to her maternal aunt is shown on her pinkie finger in this photo and an excellent close-up of the ring.  JOYCE COMPTON reported her aunt died young at 40 years old and JOYCE was around 13 years old at the time.  She inherited this ring and wore it all through high school and wore it in almost all of her films.  This photo is one of the best in terms of seeing the opal ring on her pinkie. 
A devout Christian, on her gravestone, just beneath her dates of birth and death, is written "Christian Actress". One can see her faith addressed in the letter included, as she signed off with “God Bless”
Also selling is a 4 7/8” X 3 1/8” Vintage Original double-sided AUTOGRAPHED LETTER signed by JOYCE COMPTON with her own hand in black ink. It reads:
“Dear Peter--

Thank you for your interest thru these many years & your kind letter. I enjoyed very much.

Was pleased to see this photo copy of Chas Farrell & myself when we were young.  A whole series of romantic photos were taken of us when we were under contract to Fox Studios with the idea of teaming us together – when Janet Gaynor had had some trouble with the studio.  I never did get any of the prints.

Do you suppose you could send me a copy like this? Look who is asking for a pic-- Ha.

Thanks again—

God Bless.

Joyce”
JOYCE COMPTON sent this Autograph Letter to PETER HANSON, a well-known collector of movie star memorabilia.  I purchased this letter and photo from his estate.  I would estimate JOYCE COMPTON wrote this letter in the early 1980's, as she was known to use yellow stationary during that time frame.





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Joyce Compton Postcard 12 20 81





A postcard Joyce Compton sent to a fan, and a photo that was offered with it on ebay.



 
 

 
 




Joyce Compton was an American actress who acted in more than 200 films during her 35 year career.  She was born Olivia Joyce Compton in Lexington, Kentucky and not "Eleanor Hunt" as is frequently erroneously stated.  She had appeared in the 1931 film “Good Sport” with Eleanor Hunt and this confusion in an early press article followed Compton throughout her career.
JOYCE COMPTON first made a name for herself when she was named one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars in 1926, alongside: Mary Brian, Dolores Costello, Joan Crawford, Dolores del Río, Janet Gaynor and Fay Wray.
She is most likely wearing her own gown and accessories, as she often had to use her own gowns, furs and jewels in many of the low budget movies she appeared in.
A devout Christian, on her gravestone, just beneath her dates of birth and death, is written "Christian Actress". One can note her strong Christian faith in the text of this postcard.
Also selling is a 5 1/4” X 3 3/8” Vintage Original AUTOGRAPH POSTCARD LETTER signed by JOYCE COMPTON with her own hand in blue ink.  The postcard is stamped December 20, 1981 and addressed to Peter Hanson, a well known collector of movie star memorabilia over his lifetime.  It reads :
Dear Peter- I surely do remember you & the kind photos sent.  Thank you for your Holiday thoughts.  So sorry to hear of surgery- but so great you have recovered.  My prayers- I Thank the Lord!  Good the old films still holding up.  'Awful Truth' was a bundle of laughs as I remember.

Wishing you a great New Year of Perfect health

JOYCE COMPTON




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Joyce Compton Letter And Photo 4 8 81




Joyce Compton sent this letter to a fan, along with a photo of her from the Hal Roach production TURNABOUT.

 
 

 
 

 
 


Vintage Original glossy photo without borders of JOYCE COMPTON from the 1940 film, “TURNABOUT.”
On the back of the photo is an affixed typed snipe.  It reads “Joyce Compton, featured in the hilarious Hal Roach production, “Turnabout,” with her two prize Brussels Griffins.  Roach produced and directed the sparkling Thorne Smith novel with a stellar cast featuring Adolphe Menjou, Carole Landis, John Hubbard, William Gargan, Verree Teasdale and Mary Astor.  A United Artists release.”
Joyce Compton was an American actress who acted in more than 200 films during her 35 year career.  She was born Olivia Joyce Compton in Lexington, Kentucky and not "Eleanor Hunt" as is frequently erroneously stated.  She had appeared in the 1931 film “Good Sport” with Eleanor Hunt and this confusion in an early press article followed Compton throughout her career.
JOYCE COMPTON first made a name for herself when she was named one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars in 1926, alongside: Mary Brian, Dolores Costello, Joan Crawford, Dolores del Río, Janet Gaynor and Fay Wray.
Also selling is a 8 1/2” X 11” Vintage Original two-sided AUTOGRAPH Letter signed by JOYCE COMPTON with her own hand in black ink.  In this lengthy letter she speaks of some photos Peter Hanson had sent her, and of some of her personal memories, likes, and private moments in life.  She speaks of breeding pure-bred dogs and cats as well as doing oil painting and the specifics of  some of her paintings.  She speaks of being a red head, as well as being blonde during her career, but that she is now "a little old lady".   A portion of the original envelope she addressed is enclosed with a postmark date of April 8, 1981, which dates the timeframe of this letter to PETER HANSON to 1981.   Peter Hanson was a well-known movie star memorabilia collector and was known to be friends with many of the Hollywood stars.  I purchased this photo, along with this letter and envelope clipping from the PETER HANSON estate.   This is a must have fro the JOYCE COMPTON collector, as the letter very much personalizes the life of JOYCE COMPTON and most detailed.

Also included is an 4 1/4” X 4 1/4” envelope clipping from the envelope the letter was sent in. It has a April 8, 1981 postmark.






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Joyce Compton Autograph Autobiographical Letter






Joyce Compton tells the story of her life in this letter to her fans.









JOYCE COMPTON
Joyce Compton signs an autograph autobiography.
Autograph Autobiography signed "Joyce Compton" twice, 1p, 9½x11¾. In full: "For whomever interested in the career of Joyce Compton: I came into the Motion Picture Industry in 1926. Under contract at First National Studio and was chosen as one of the 13 girls that were selected to be 'Wampas [Western Academy of Motion Picture Advertisers] Baby Stars' for that year. We received world wide publicity & much attention. Actresses such as Mary Astor, Mary Brien, Dolores Del Rio, Vera Renolds, Joan Crawford, Janet Gaynor, Sally O'Neel etc. were of that yr. After the First National contract I 'free lanced' a while, then was signed by Fox Studio to go back to Annapolis Md. To make 'Salute' with Geo.O'Brien. John Ford directing. Upon returning, Fox signed me to a long term contract. While I did many films, some with Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell & others. My career spanned some 35 years up until early 1960ies.. In which time I did over 200 films. Best yrs. were 30ies and 40ies. Some film roles were: 'Wild Party' & 'Dangerous Curves' with Clara Bow; In 1933 was signed for many Mack Sennett Comedies; Also comedies at Hal Roach Studio with Charlie Chase; 'Love Before Breakfast' with Carole Lombard; 'The Awful Truth' with Cary Grant; 'Artists & Models Abroad' with Jack Benny; A Southern Yankee' with Red Skelton; Couple of Westerns with Roy Rogers - also Johnny Mack Brown; 'White Parade' with Loretta Young; 'Spring Madness' with Lew Ayres; 'Sky Murder' with Walter Pidgeon; 'Lightnin' with Will Rogers; 'Christmas in Connecticut' with Dennis Morgan On and on it goes - & a bit of T.V. My career was honored with a Star for me on Holly. Blvd. When the 'Walk of Fame' was first created. Between film roles I pursued my hobby of Oil Painting. Built an English Tudor home in Sherman Oaks 1935. Designed my clothes. Raised Brussel Griffon dogs & Silver Persian cats. Put them in shows & won ribbons. As of 1984 I still live in the home I built - with a big beautiful white kitty named Taj. And I'm doing original hand painted note cards as a memento & keepsake of my fans. I thank you for caring and remembering. God Bless you all - Joyce Compton". Joyce Compton (1907-1997) broke into films in the late silent era (1924) and made no fewer than 125 movies before retiring by the age of 50. She often played comic supporting roles. Among her best films were The Awful Truth (1937) and Sky Murder (1940). Between films, Compton designed her own clothes and engaged in her hobby of oil painting. She later designed hand-painted note cards as keepsakes for her fans. Lightly creased along right edge. Fine condition. 


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Joyce Compton Letter To Lamparski





A letter from Joyce Compton to Richard Lamparski, author of the popular "Whatever Happened To..." books, together with a photo she sent along with it.




 
 

 
 

 
 







Vintage Original glossy, Double-Weight photo with borders of JOYCE COMPTON from the 1940 film, “SKY MURDER” taken by photographer, CLARENCE SINCLAIR BULL.
Joyce Compton was an American actress who acted in more than 200 films during her 35 year career.  She was born Olivia Joyce Compton in Lexington, Kentucky and not "Eleanor Hunt" as is frequently erroneously stated.  She had appeared in the 1931 film “Good Sport” with Eleanor Hunt and this confusion in an early press article followed Compton throughout her career.  She addresses this confusion with her original name in this letter, which is included in this listing.
JOYCE COMPTON first made a name for herself when she was named one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars in 1926, alongside: Mary Brian, Dolores Costello, Joan Crawford, Dolores del Río, Janet Gaynor and Fay Wray.
A devout Christian, on her gravestone, just beneath her dates of birth and death, is written "Christian Actress".
On the back of the photo, is a blue stamp for “Kindly Credit M-G-M  Photo by CLARENCE S. BULL”
Also selling is a 5 3/8” X 8 1/2” Vintage Original AUTOGRAPH LETTER signed by JOYCE COMPTON with her own hand in blue ink, dated January 10, 1970. It reads:
“Dear Mr. Lamparski,

Yes, I think we could get together for a taped interview when you come to Calif. in Feb.  You may phone me at State 4-1243. Best time to reach me about 8:30 A.M.  We will arrange the day- place- my home- time- early afternoon – o.k?

No, my real name is Joyce Compton. 'Tis the name given me at birth & I have never used any other.  I like my own! Seems there was an actress by the name of Eleanor Hunt though.

Will look forward to meeting you--

Best regards in the mean time--

JOYCE COMPTON”
Note: JOYCE COMPTON wrote this letter to RICARD LAMPARSKI, a well-known author who interviewed the movie stars, and wrote several books on the stars.  Letters written to him are highly collectible.



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Joyce Compton In The Fan Magazines






A little about Joyce Compton from the fan magazines.




PICTURE PLAY, 1937

A feature about movie stars in bathing suits.

 
 
Joyce Compton appears on this page in a photo on the left.





INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER, June 1940 - Pictures from THE VILLIAN STILL PURSUED HER.

 
 
Joyce Compton appears in a photo on this page on the left.  
 
 











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