Saturday, April 30, 2016
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.
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.
Friday, April 29, 2016
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.
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.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
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.
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.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Monday, April 25, 2016
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.
Sunday, April 24, 2016
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.
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).
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Friday, April 22, 2016
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.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
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
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.
Monday, April 18, 2016
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Saturday, April 16, 2016
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.
Friday, April 15, 2016
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.