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.
SECOND CHILDHOOD was an Our Gang comedy in which Spanky and his friends befriend a lonely old lady played by Zeffie Tilbury and bring happiness into her life. Here is a publicity photo from this film with the original caption.
In the same year Zeffie Tilbury also portrayed the Gypsy Queen in THE BOEMIAN GIRL: Thelma Todd played the Gypsy Queen's daughter.
This is a publicity picture for SON OF A SAILOR, in which Thelma Todd played a foreign spy and wore a brunette wig.
"Vitaphone" referred originally to a sound on disc process, but the name continued to be used by Warner Brothers after the system was replaced by sound on film. The name First National likewise continued to be used after that studio had merged with Warner Brothers. The old First National logo with the ring around the country may be seen at the bottom of this picture.
A number of Our Gang related items were available while the comedies were being made. This is one of them.
Ebay seller's description:
This is a darling little piece of doll sewing history. As for as I can tell, the kit is complete except for the mini doll. The box is stamped 1931 by the Standard Solophone company.
The kit includes embroidery hoops, silk embroidery flosses, thimble, needles (a bit rusty) and 12 different stamped motifs to be embroidered and sewn. One piece has a few stitches in it already.
The box measures 18" x 10.5".
The little girl on the left was Toronto's choice to play Jean Darling. This was part of a campaign to get kids in different city to impersonate the Our Gang kids. The idea was that the impersonators would themselves attempt to make their own comedy film.
The historic photo was taken at the Hal Roach studio in 1929. It shows Laurel and Hardy showing the then new sound equipment to members of "Our Gang." Gangsters left to right: Harry Spear, Mary Ann Jackson, Alan "Farina" Hoskins, Pete the Pup, Joe Cobb, Jean Darling. Sound engineer Elmer Raguse is at the controls of the RCA sound truck. The Hal Roach Studio dressing rooms are in the background.