Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Friday, May 27, 2016
Olly's adventures continue, and the plot continues to unfold.
"Jimmy Bangem" is a Jimmy Cagney character: they had Jimmy Cagney hitting women in the movies during that period. It was a questionable thing and the production code later toned down the movies because of complaints.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Pictures from a foreign fan magazine of Thelma Todd as Venus from the 1927 First National production VAMPING VENUS and of Raquel Torres from one of her movies.
Jorge Finkielman: When they say that Thelma Todd is an MGM star, that is because they ( MGM ) actually distributed the First National productions in Latin America.
Monday, May 23, 2016
Sunday, May 22, 2016
More Thelma Todd pictures.
An early photo from the 1920's.
With Johnny Weissmuller in Santa Monica.
With Johnny Weissmuller and a Santa Monica lifeguard.
A gag picture of Thelma Todd taken on the set of BRATS, which was scaled to make Laurel and Hardy look like little children.
Special thanks to Jorge Finkielman for providing us with these photos.
Saturday, May 21, 2016
CUCKOO CAVALIERS was a 1940 Columbia short subject which had the Three Stooges attempting to run a beauty parlor with disastrous results. In this photo, from the left, are: Dorothy Appleby, Bob O'Connor, Larry Fine, Estilita Zarco, Curly Howard, Carmen Bailey, Moe Howard, and Blanche Vischer.
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Friday, May 13, 2016
Bela Lugosi, Heather Angel, Robert Woolsey, and Ann Sothern, and Hugh Herbert are among the stars profiled this time.
Regarding the Ann Sothern item: Motion picture work tends to proceed slowly, and actors have to wait between shots while preparations are made for the next scene.
Thursday, May 12, 2016
An autographed photo of Thelma Todd from early in her career.
An enlarged view of the autograph.
Here her name is signed with a separate letter "T" for both the first and last names. Later on her signature would often have one letter T for both the first and last names, which were arranged with the remaining letters of one over the other in order to make it work.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Thelma Todd, Jimmy Durante, Buster Keaton, and Hedda Hopper in a publicity photo for SPEAK EASILY. There is no such scene in the actual movie.
Publicity claimed that Hedda Hopper in this movie dressed like Elsie Janis. I wouldn't know.
Monday, May 2, 2016
Thelma Todd with Buster Keaton in a publicity photo from SPEAK EASILY. During this period MGM charged that Buster Keaton was immoral, which seems to have been one of the things that led to his dismissal from that studio. But the same studio was also responsible for Keaton's films becoming less innocent than they had been in the silent era.
British film mag Dec. 1932. SPEAK EASILY didn't actually have Jimmy Durante and Buster Keaton both in love with Thelma Todd, but they could have had it that way in the movie. It might even have been better. But Thelma Todd was always playing an "other woman" in the movies, so they did that here, too, and Ruth Selwyn played Buster Keaton's true love.