Sunday, November 19, 2017

Autographed Thelma Todd Photo



A photograph from the early part of Thelma Todd's career, autographed to someone who seems to have been the same type.


Signature reads, "To 'D', With fondest regards, from one blonde 'huzzy' to another (I'll get that fox yet! ) Fondly, Thelma". "Hussy" ( spelled huzzy ) is intended to be humorous and evidently the letter was written to another woman with a similar look. "Fox" I would interpret as meaning a man that Thelma Todd was interested in. The implication is that the recipient knew what she was talking about and it is likely that this is referring to something that was mentioned in previous correspondence.

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Thelma Todd Article In LE FILM Article February 1936

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Le Film Magazine from France, February 1936. The entire magazine is printed in French. Simone Simon of Ladies in Love graces the front cover.Katharine DeMille is on the back cover. There are 36 pages in all.There is A 5 page tribute to Thelma Todd, there are14 photos of Thelma.The Article is called The Final TVTragedy of Thelma Todd.




















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Saturday, November 18, 2017

OLLY OF THE MOVIES - FAMOUS FUNNIES #69

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"Louella" may have been named after Louella Parsons, a gossip columnist who wrote about the affairs of the stars. I remember someone questioning the use of  the expression "make love" on a television show which pretended to be a series of two-reel comedies from the era of Laurel and Hardy. The term was in use in movies then, but it wasn't meant to be a reference to sex.








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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thelma Todd And Irvin S. Cobb Item



Irvin S. Cobb was a noted writer who is supposed to be best remembered as the author of FISHEAD. He was also in the movies and made some two-reel comedies for Hal Roach. It appears that he likes Thelma Todd.







Posted by James L. Neibaur on facebook. Neibaur is the author of a book on the Thelma Todd series which will be available next year.


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SHOW BUSINESS Photo



SHOW BUSINESS ( 1932 ) was a Zasu Pitts and Thelma Todd comedy. In this photo, Anita Garvin and Thelma Todd appear to be having a tug of war over an article of clothing that Thelma Todd seems to need more than Anita Garvin.



Posted by James L. Neibaur on facebook. Neibaur is writing a book on the Thelma Todd series which will be on sale next year.


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THE ANIMATED MARX BROTHERS



A new book about the Marx Brothers in animated from is now available.


Reblogged from http://www.bearmanormedia.com/the-animated-marx-brothers-hardcover-edition-by-matthew-hahn?search=Animated%20marx%20brothers





"A treasure trove for Marxists of all stripes." -Joe Adamson
The Animated Marx Brothers To many people, The Marx Brothers always seemed cartoonish. Small wonder that film animators plucked their personas from their first appearances in The Cocoanuts (1929) and Animal Crackers (1930) and caricatured them in countless animated appearances in theatrical cartoons. Their animated likenesses have since been wisecracking in television cartoons, direct-to-video movies, fan films, commercials, flip books, avatars, emoji, a slot machine, and two TV pilots so rare they were once thought not to exist.
At last, Marx Brothers fans can rejoice. Matthew Hahn’s search for every animated appearance of a Marx brother has trailed longer than Groucho’s coattails. His discoveries include the backstories of the studios, moviemakers, and stars, rare test drawings from the Smithsonian Institution National Portrait Gallery, abandoned projects, connections, coincidences, and apocrypha.
Through the reels of Silly Symphonies, Looney Tunes, and Merrie Melodies, to their comic clashes with Heckle & Jeckle, Oswald Rabbit, Krazy Kat, Pooch the Pup, Buddy, Cubby, Willie Whopper, Flip the Frog, and Popeye, journey back through the most detailed analyses ever compiled of animated Marx Brothers appearances. The author also draws from appearances in You Bet Your Life (1950), Quick Draw McGraw(1959), The Simpsons (1989), Tiny Toon Adventures (1990), and Animaniacs (1993), among many others.
Featured contributions include Walt Disney, Ub Iwerks, Walter Lantz, Rudold Ising, Hugh Harman, Shamus Culhane, Joe Grant, Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, Friz Freleng, T. Hee, Robert McKimson, Bob Godfre, Bill Hanna, Joe Barbera, Michael Maltese, Daws Butler, Dayton Allen; Pat Harrington, Jr.; Frank Felker, Frank Ferrante, Dan Castellanata, Laurel & Hardy, Joe E. Brown, Greta Garbo, Frank Nelson, and Jerry Colonna.
Illustrated. Foreword by Joe Adamson, an authority on The Marx Brothers and animation. Epilogue contains a never-before-published Groucho anecdote. Index. Bibliography.
About the author: Matthew Hahn is an award-winning filmmaker, whose research for this subject took more than thirty years.
"Just when I thought I knew everything about The Marx Brothers, Hahn’s book is a complete and detailed guide to the rare and unexplored world of Marx animation. From famous Warner Bros. shorts to TV commercials, theatrical releases, print ads, promos and unreleased gems and on and on, this is the first companion that perfectly lays out every aspect of anything ever drawn of The Marx Brothers. Concise and nicely written, it made me want to search high and low for these amazing treasures." -Mike Rowe, actor, comedian, and TV presenter
"The Marx Brothers arguably generated more laughter than any other comedy team. And Mr. Hahn's wonderful book is a potent reminder of their pop culture influence. Mickey Mouse and Popeye donned Groucho's greasepaint. Bugs Bunny was inspired by the Marx spirit. The Marx presence in animation perpetuates their legacy as does this brilliant contribution." - Frank Ferrante, Groucho Marx portrayer

"Matthew Hahn has written an authoritative guide to the appearances of our Brothers' likenesses in animated cartoons, from the dawn of the motion picture age to today. . . I can assure you that this deserves a place on your Marxian bookshelf. Includes a beautifully-written foreword by Joe Adamson himself!' - Noah Diamond, author, Gimme a Thrill: The Story of I'll Say She Is, The Lost Marx Brothers Musical and How It Was Found






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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

ALL-AMERICAN TOOTHACHE Photos




Two photos that were posted by James L. Neibaur on facebook.


Thelma Todd and Patsy Kelly in a scene from ALL-AMERICAN TOOTHACHE. The plot involves dentistry and Patsy has a toothache; Thelma is trying to get her to have the tooth pulled.





Cast photo. Johnny Arthur is pointing at his mouth, Thelma Todd looks concerned and Patsy Kelly looks dazed. Mickey Daniels has pulled a tooth and Duke York looks on. 











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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Tarzan, Jean




From "Captain Bijou" on facebook.




TARZAN AND JEAN - Johnny Weissmuller (1904-1984) issues forth his famous Tarzan yell for Jean Harlow (1911-1937) during break in the shooting Jean's 1933 MGM film opposite Clark Gable, HOLD YOUR MAN.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

MAID IN HOLLYWOOD Photo




This behind the scenes photo was posted on facebook by author James Neibaur, who is working on a new book about the Thelma Todd series which will be out next year. On the left we see Thelma Todd in costume, looking at a magazine which has "book" in the title, possibly REDBOOK. In the middle is director Gus Meins and on the right is Thelma's costar in the series, Patsy Kelly.






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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017

OLLY OF THE MOVIES - FAMOUS FUNNIES

This time there's a bathing beauty contest.


This comic strip was published in the 1930's, so the 1940 bathing suit would have been intended as a forecast of the future.







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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Charles Gemora With Thelma Todd




SEVEN FOOTPRINTS TO SATAN ( 1929 ). Thelma Todd with Charles Gemora, in ape costume.





SEAL SKINS ( 1932 ). Thelma Todd, Charles Gemora, and Zasu Pitts.





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Somnambulism







HOUSE OF TERROR and SING, SISTER SING dealt with the subject of sleepwalking.


Eve Southern ( left of Thelma Todd in the picture below ) was the sleepwalker in HOUSE OF TERROR, AKA HOUSE OF HORROR.





 
                                               In SING, SISTER SING Thelma Todd was the sleepwalker.

Reblogged from http://thrillingdaysofyesteryear.blogspot.com/2010/09/kelly-second.html






THE HAUNTED HOUSE:
http://vitaphone.blogspot.com/2006/11/screams-and-laughter-but-what-came.html

http://books.google.com/books?id=ajXwxJuYd5gC&pg=PA252&lpg=PA252&dq=Thelma+Todd+sleepwalking&source=bl&ots=yBdywQQ8q0&sig=CygK5SK431PLGjIq2h0KlrnRog0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=8Yy1U5TQL8OKyASb3YG4Aw&ved=0CE4Q6AEwCA#v=onepage&q=Thelma%20Todd%20sleepwalking&f=false


SING, SISTER SING:
http://www.lordheath.com/index.php?p=1_1342_Sing-Sister-Sing

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

THE HAUNTED HOUSE Lobby Card




And they lived happily ever after.








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THE HAUNTED HOUSE Lobby Card




Thelma Todd and friends on another lobby card for the movie. Guess which one gets the girl.






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THE HAUNTED HOUSE Lobby Card



Thelma Todd's likeness appears on this lobby card, but not her name.






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THE HAUNTED HOUSE Lobby Card




Thelma Todd is prominent on this lobby card for THE HAUNTED HOUSE, but Chester Conklin gets higher billing.





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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

THE HAUNTED HOUSE Soundtrack




The soundtrack for THE HAUNTED HOUSE still exists, although the film itself is long gone. That happens sometime with separate elements for picture and sound. The Vitaphone system used phonograph records for the soundtrack. This system was later replaced by sound on film.





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https://vitaphone.blogspot.com/2006/11/screams-and-laughter-but-what-came.html?m=1
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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Horsing Around

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Thelma Todd and Sally Blane in this Paramount publicity photo



 are in about the same pose as Thelma Todd and Alice White in this First National photo.


They must have thought it was a good gag. Incidentally, Sally Blane was the sister of Loretta Young, who appeared with Thelma Todd in SEVEN FOOTPRINTS TO SATAN at First National.



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Friday, November 3, 2017

Thelma Todd And Sally Blane On POLICE GAZETTE Cover



THE NATIONAL POLICE GAZETTE Dec. 10, 1927. Thelma Todd and Sally Blane on the cover.




A variety of pictures can be seen on the pages that follow.


Clara Bow ( below at right ) was a star at Paramount. "Vampire" or "Vamp" was a term associated with Theda Bara: here it seems they are using it as a synonym for "glamour girl". Actually it refers to a different type than Clara Bow. Harold Lloyd's GIRL SHY ( 1924 ) had a sequence with "The Vamp" and "The Flapper" as different types in the same story, but the vamp was a type more associated with earlier movies and the flapper was more associated with modern movies at this time. Both terms were still in use in the 1930's, but were considered somewhat archaic by that time.




























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OLLY OF THE MOVIES - FAMOUS FUNNIES #67

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween



From Ann Savage!






This time she's dressed as a savage.

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Happy Halloween

From Ann Savage!




That one looks familiar.



Reminds me of a guy named Shickelgruber. The one that used to hang out in beer joints till he got in trouble. And politics.





That's a naval gun in the last photo, but she's using it as a broom.


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