Saturday, April 30, 2016

Dorothy Appleby In PUZZLES OF 1925




An artist paints a crossword puzzle on the back of Dorothy Appleby in a publicity photo for the theatrical review PUZZLES OF 1925, which she starred in, and which was written by Elsie Janis.

Reblogged from http://www.shorpy.com/node/20658





The name "Sydney Thompson" has been signed to some of the art in the background; it is likely that this was the name of the artist who is adorning the back of Dorothy Appleby.




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Thelma Todd Bathing Beauty Photo




Thelma Todd wasn't one of Mack Sennett's bathing beauties, but there are bathing beauty photos of her just the same. Here she walks on the beach with a parasol, seemingly using it to shield herself from our eyes rather than the rays of the sun.








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Paramount Publicity Pictures Of Clara Bow






Some drape art pictures they made of Clara Bow at Paramount during the silent era. The same studio made drape art pictures of Thelma Todd.























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Friday, April 29, 2016

SCREEN ODDITIES - FAMOUS FUNNIES #17




SCREEN ODDITIES from the same issue of FAMOUS FUNNIES. Wallace Beery, Mae West, Bette Davis, and Bing Crosby are among the stars depicted. And a pair of ankles. I remember that there was a woman in the movies in this period who was supposed to have such beautiful legs that they'd show them, even though the rest of her wasn't supposed to be so much. Actually they compared her to Zasu Pitts.







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OLLY OF THE MOVIES - FAMOUS FUNNIES #17




Olly pretends to be a princess and is then taken for a missing princess by some people from eastern Europe. Some of the Russian "royalty" came over here after the revolution, not a few of them were in Hollywood at the time. Thelma Todd was associated with Ivan Lebedeff in this period.













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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thelma Todd Fashion Photo






Thelma Todd poses for a fashion photo for the 1935 RKO production LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE, which also had Pert Kelton in the cast.















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Thelma Todd Fashion Photo




Thelma Todd in a fashion photo from when she was working for First National around the time that sound came in. Someone wrote "Alison Loyd" on the back of the photo ( evidently unsure of the spelling ) and later crossed it out again as Thelma Todd was no longer using that name, which was associated with the movie CORSAIR.












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Thelma Todd In THE GAY DEFENDER





THE GAY DEFENDER was a 1927 Paramount production that starred Richard Dix and Thelma Todd. Here is a picture of Thelma Todd in costume for this movie, which was set in California in the 1850's.















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Thelma Todd In THE KING




THE KING was a 1929 Hal Roach production, starring Harry Langdon and Thelma Todd. This publicity photo is stamped LOOK library on the back and has a notation that she was no longer among the living. The original caption states that Thelma Todd was in a number of MGM productions before she was "discovered" by Hal Roach. They might have said that because Roach's films were distributed by MGM at the time. Actually Thelma Todd's career began at Paramount.













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Early Paramount Publicity Photo





One of the drape art photos of Thelma Todd, this one stamped LOOK library on the back, along with a notation that Thelma was no longer among the living. 











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Early Paramount Publicity Photo





Thelma Todd is supposed to be playing football in this Paramount publicity photo by Clifton L. Kling. Note the stitching on the top of the football, which isn't quite as neat as what we are used to today.











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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Thelma Todd At Rest





Thelma Todd appears grateful for a chance to rest in this photo, which is marked "MGM" at lower right and must have been a Hal Roach publicity photo.







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Monday, April 25, 2016

Early Paramount Publicity Photo





An early Paramount publicity photo of Thelma Todd by George P. Hommel. The back of the picture says that she is a Paramount Jr. Star and played "Lena" in the movie RUBBER HEELS.













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Early Photo Of Thelma Todd




This is the way Thelma Todd looked before they made her loose weight. And she looks great the way she was. The picture is stamped "International News Photos" on the back with a date of May 1957, which is presumably when someone was using it.














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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Early Paramount Publicity Photo




Early Paramount publicity photo.






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Early Paramount Publicity Photo




Another early publicity photo of Thelma Todd at Paramount.







Ebay seller's description:

THELMA TODD taken in 1927 by photographer,  GEORGE P. HOMMEL with Paramount Pictures.  There is no photographer stamp but well documented this photo was taken by HOMMEL, thus an unmarked photo by HOMMEL.  Sexy pre-code photo in the early years of THELMA TODD.  She is only 21 years old in this photo.



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Early Paramount Publicity Photo





An early publicity photo of Thelma Todd at Paramount, taken in front of the same backdrop as the other drape art pictures. The back is stamped "Culver Service" and states that she is a beauty contest winner.









Ebay seller listing: Photograph of actress THELMA TODD taken during her early Paramount period.  There is a note on verso that reads "won state beauty contest as Miss Massachusetts" which might mean that this is taken right when she arrived in Hollywood. The photograph was used by Culver Archive and magazines (see credit stamps and labels on verso).



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Thelma Todd In THE GAY DEFENDER





Thelma Todd in a publicity photo from the 1927 Paramount production THE GAY DEFENDER.









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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Birthday Of Shirley Temple




Shirley Temple, who was one of the biggest stars of the thirties, was born on this day in 1928.





Official site:
http://www.shirleytemple.com/


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Friday, April 22, 2016

SCREEN ODDITIES - FAMOUS FUNNIES #16




Will Rogers, Zasu Pitts, Joe E. Brown, Claire Trevor, Harold Lloyd, and Ann Sothern are among the stars featured this time. Will Rogers died on August 15, 1935, so this was published after his death. FAMOUS FUNNIES was made up of reprints and this issue was dated November 1935.









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OLLY OF THE MOVIES - FAMOUS FUNNIES #16




The Laurel and Hardy characters appear again briefly on this page, but not on the next. For some reason, the Stan Laurel character doesn't seem to do any talking, only "Ollie" Hardy, who converses with Olly Of The Movies.
















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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

FILMS SELECTOS With Mary Carlisle And Thelma Todd




This 1932 Spanish magazine has Mary Carlisle on the front cover and Thelma Todd ( as Alison Loyd ) on the back.








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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Bringing New Life To Former Thelma Todd's Sidewalk Cafe





Reblogged from http://www.palipost.com/bringing-new-life-to-former-thelma-todds-sidewalk-cafe/


“Bringing New Life” to Former Thelma Todd’s Sidewalk Cafe

By JACQUELINE PRIMO | Assistant Managing Editor
Plans for the former Thelma Todd’s Sidewalk Café building are coming to light.
The building located at 17575 Pacific Coast Highway sold on Jan. 13, 2015 to Hayman Properties, LLC for $6 million.
Robert Hayman at the 17575 PCH property.  Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer
Robert Hayman at the 17575 PCH property.
Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer
Robert Hayman, the firm’s CEO and Principal, told the Palisadian-Post in November 2015 that he has no plans to demolish the property, quelling any rumors that had spread to the contrary.
“We are interested in rehabilitating and bringing new life to the building while preserving those features that convey its history,” said the company’s COO Michael Treiman during a March 2016 tour of the property, which is now empty of tenants.
The apartment with its original sliding door is where Thelma Todd once lived. Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer
The apartment with its original sliding door is where Thelma Todd once lived.
Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer
Hayman Properties enforced that during the building’s pending “soft demolition,” the goal is to return the property to its days of glory and breathe new life into a building that has been partially forgotten.
“We’ve learned a lot from the Pacific Palisades Historical Society,” Treiman told the Post, adding that Hayman Properties has been working with a historical consultant as well as conservancy societies to come up with a plan for the property.
An exterior wall by a second-story patio  Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer
An exterior wall by a second-story patio
Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer
Hayman Properties’ plans include exposing the majestic dual staircases that had been walled off at some point during the building’s 87-year history, waterproofing the building, working to meet ADA requirements and focusing on preservation.
The property was built in 1928 by Alfonzo Bell and first operated as a community center with first-floor archways open to PCH. Parts of the building were boarded up after the Stock Market Crash of 1929.
The third-story operated as a Prohibition-era ballroom. Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer
The third-story operated as a Prohibition-era ballroom.
Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer
Film noir director Roland West bought the building shortly after, turning the place into a joint café/restaurant/nightclub with a ballroom during the Prohibition era.
West remodeled parts of the building to make the transformation, including closing off the archways with a wall. This room served as Joya’s Dining Room, named after West’s estranged wife Jewel “Joya” Carmen who owned the PCH property with him. The building’s original front doors still display the name “Joya’s” in etched glass.
“One aspect of this rehabilitation is reconstructing the metal-frame windows visible in historic photographs from the early 1930s, when Thelma Todd’s Café first occupied the building,” Treiman said.
And to put things bluntly, Hayman Properties has no plans to turn the building into residential housing or a strip mall. Hayman and Treiman said the building will likely serve as office property eventually.
“What we want to do dovetails perfectly with what the building’s history is,” Hayman said optimistically of the planned renovations. “The exterior will remain intact…Even most of the interior will stay the same.”





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SPEAK EASILY - Thelma Todd, Zasu Pitts, And Ruth Selwyn






SPEAK EASILY was a 1932 MGM production starring Buster Keaton. Thelma Todd and Ruth Selwyn were in it, but not Zasu Pitts, who was appearing with Thelma Todd in the series at the Hal Roach studio.










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NEVADA Photo




NEVADA was a 1927 Paramount production starring Gary Cooper, Thelma Todd, and William Powell.







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Monday, April 18, 2016

Autographed Thelma Todd Photo





This looks like an early picture of Thelma Todd, and the autograph looks like it was printed on by the studio. They frequently did that with publicity pictures.






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Early Thelma Todd Photo





Thelma Todd appears to be fixing her eyebrows in this photo, which had a date of 1926 on it.











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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Thelma Todd Photos

Some more pictures of Thelma Todd.


                                                   An early publicity photo at Paramount.



VAMPING VENUS



With Charley Chase at the Hal Roach studio.




Art deco.









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Thelma Todd Photo And Postcard Made From It






Here is a glamour shot of Thelma Todd and a modern postcard that was made with it in England.






Swiftsture Postcards, issued in the year 2000.








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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Young Thelma Todd At The Roach Studio





Here is an early picture of Thelma Todd from the silent era back before her hair was bobbed which they used for a publicity picture after she went to work for Hal Roach.



Notice the mention of Metro Goldwyn Mayer and Hal Roach at the bottom of the picture.



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Friday, April 15, 2016

SCREEN ODDITIES - FAMOUS FUNNIES #15




Jean Harlow, Marlene Dietrich, Clark Gable, Boris Karloff, and Charlie Chaplin appear this time, as well as a Cecil B. Demille item related to the movie CLEOPATRA.







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