Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Bibliography II ( Revised )




This is a list of books that have been written, but not published.




Hamann, G. D.                                      THELMA TODD IN THE 20'S. A collection of newspaper articles from the earlier part of Thelma Todd's career.




Stevenson, Dave                                          JUST THELMA. The Life and Career of Thelma Todd.
Announced years ago, another announcement dated Jul 31, 2011 said it was soon to be published and credited  "Dave Stevenson, Cole Johnson and Mark Johnson. Proofreading and editing by Ali Stevenson"




Strait, Ray with Richard Gottlieb                                  THELMA TODD ( 1978 )

                        

I usually try to write about this stuff in a more or less impartial way, after I made the other bibliography I thought maybe I should have said something like that. Certainly some of the books are better than others. Maybe I'll have more to say about them later, and maybe I'll have more to say about some of the unpublished ones later. - Benny Drinnon





Raymond Strait's site:
http://raymondstrait.com

Monday, August 29, 2016

Bibliography ( Revised )

Books about Thelma Todd. This list includes books that may deal with her only in part, but does not include books that have not yet been published.


Anger, Kenneth                              HOLLYWOOD  BABYLON



Austin, John                                    HOLLYWOOD'S UNSOLVED MYSTERIES ( 1970 )
-----------------                                 HOLLYWOOD'S UNSOLVED MYSTERIES ( 1990 )
-----------------                                 MORE OF HOLLYWOOD'S UNSOLVED MYSTERIES


Carr, William                                  HOLLYWOOD TRAGEDY



Donati, William                              THE LIFE AND DEATH OF THEMA TODD
-------------------                             LUCKY LUCIANO
-------------------                             IDA LUPINO


Edmonds, Andy                               HOT TODDY


Guiles, Fred Lawrence                       STAN: THE LIFE OF STAN LAUREL



Hammond, G. D.                              THELMA TODD IN THE 30's


Heiman, Jim                                      OUT WITH THE STARS



Jacobson, Laurie                               HOLLYWOOD HEARTBREAK
----------------------                              DISHING HOLLYWOOD


Jenning, Patrick and Croddy, Marshall    TESTIMONY OF A DEATH: MYSTERY, MEDIA, AND MYTH IN 1935 LOS ANGELES


McCabe, John                                  MR. LAUREL AND MR. HARDY
--------------------                              LAUREL AND HARDY


Maltin, Leonard                                  MOVIE COMEDY TEAMS
-------------------                                THE GREAT MOVIE SHORT SUBJECTS


Munn, Michael                                 THE HOLLYWOOD MURDER CASEBOOK


Morgan, Michelle                             THE ICE CREAM BLONDE
 
                             
Neutzel, Charles                              WHODUNIT? HOLLYWOOD STYLE



Parish, James Robert                     THE FUNSTERS
---------------------------                    THE HOLLYWOOD BOOK OF SCANDALS


Skretvedt, Randy                              LAUREL AND HARDY


Vanderbuilt, Gloria                           BLACK KNIGHT, WHITE KNIGHT




Ward, Richard Lewis                           A HISTORY OF THE HAL ROACH STUDIO




Wolfe, Donald H                                   THE BLACK DAHLIA FILES


Wolf, Marvin and Katherine Mader   FALLEN ANGELS












Friday, August 26, 2016

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Thelma Todd In SPEAK EASILY




Thelma Todd in a publicity photo for SPEAK EASILY






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Thelma Todd In SPEAK EASILY




Another picture of Thelma Todd from the film.








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SPEAK EASILY




Thelma Todd and Buster Keaton in a scene from SPEAK EASILY. MGM complained about Buster Keaton's morals while making his movies seem less moral.






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SPEAK EASILY Photo




Thelma Todd with Buster Keaton and Jimmy Durante in a scene from SPEAK EASILY.







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SPEAK EASILY Ad




This ad from a British film mag from Dec. 1932 would have it that both Buster Keaton and Jimmy Durante are in love with Thelma Todd, which isn't what is actually in the movie. Although Buster Keaton is supposed to be the star, Jimmy Durante's picture is bigger and is at the top of the page.






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SPEAK EASILY Poster



A poster for SPEAK EASILY showing Buster Keaton, Jimmy Durante, and Thelma Todd. They used Thelma Todd's picture a lot in advertising this film. They used her picture a lot in advertising other films she was in. She wasn't always in them that much.








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SPEAK EASILY Photo



SPEAK EASILY was a 1932 MGM production starring Buster Keaton and Jimmy Durante, with Thelma Todd.






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Monday, August 22, 2016

Thelma Todd And Jack Haley In FOLLOW THROUGH





Jack Haley and Thelma Todd in the 1930 Paramount production FOLLOW THROUGH. The idea is that they're at a costume party and that Thelma Todd is dressed as Cleopatra.









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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Watch SING, SISTER, SING



SING, SISTER, SING was a 1935 Thelma Todd and Patsy Kelly comedy in which Thelma turns out to be a sleepwalker who walks out a window for a daredevil sequence of the Harold Lloyd variety.




You Tube description:
At a residence hotel, Patsy is moving in with Thelma. Thelma has prepared some rules, including singing whenever one feels quarrelsome or angry. Although Thelma tells Patsy that they'll share everything, there's precious little closet or drawer space for Patsy's clothes, little room to maneuver around Thelma in the bathroom, and then a sleepless night for Patsy when Thelma goes sleepwalking. Can they share and share alike, or will Patsy keep on singing? With Dutch subtitles.



SING, SISTER, SING:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0027004/


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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Autographed Thelma Todd Photo




This one is addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Des Baillets. The handwriting resembles known copies of Thelma Todd's writing.






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Autographed Thelma Todd Photo




The signature on this one looks different, I don't think it's by Thelma Todd. Actually a lot of the autographed photos were signed by people like secretaries.








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Autographed Thelma Todd Photo




This one seems to be addressed to someone named Lopez.







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Thursday, August 11, 2016

VAMPING VENUS




Thelma Todd points to a measuring tape around her ankle. The idea is that her measurements compare to those of Venus, who she plays in this film.






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VAMPING VENUS




Thelma Todd with Charlie Murray in a publicity photo for VAMPING VENUS ( 1928 ).







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Thelma Todd Photo





Thelma Todd in what looks like an older photo.





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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Monday, August 8, 2016

Pert Kelton Pictures





PAN HANDLERS ( 1936 ) with Patsy Kelly, in place of Thelma Todd.





Frame enlargements from PAN HANDLERS.







Pert Kelton and Zasu Pitts in SING AND LIKE IT, 1934.
























































































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