A Blog For Thelma Todd
Thelma Todd was a star of silent movies and later the talkies. She is remembered as much today for her mysterious death as she is for her films. In this blog, we take a look at Thelma Todd, her movies, and various commentaries.
Wheeler and Woolsey made personal appearance tours, and some of the girls who worked with them in the movies went with them on these tours. Dorothy Lee, the girl who worked with them most often, went on more than one of these tours. And Thelma Todd went with them on one tour.
From G. D. Hamann's THELMA TODD IN THE THIRTIES:
10/27/1933 EHE Harrison Carroll
Going the personal appearance idea one better, Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, Thelma Todd and Dorothy Lee will join together in a musical comedy and make a swing through Texas, up the South Atlantic Coast, the middle west and finally to New York.
The vehicle, "Dumb Bells," is all ready and the four-starred caravan will leave Hollywood soon after they finish HIPS, HIPS HOORAY at RKO. They plan to play engagements at Phoenix, El Paso, Fort Worth, Dallas, New Orleans, Memphis, Chicago, Detroit and on to Broadway.
If you can believe it's enthusiastic backers, "Dumb Bells" will not be the thrown-together show such as you road audiences have been victimized by in the past. Tim Whelan, Wheeler and Woolsey collaborated on the book, and the veteran team of Kalmar and Ruby have furnished the songs.
Betty Grable went with them on another.
Betty Grable had evidently made a splash in THE GAY DIVORCEE in 1933, singing "Let's K-nock K-nees" and dancing with Edward Everett Horton,
but wouldn't be considered a big star until the forties.
Betty Grable became the top pin-up girl of the second World War.
Here we see Betty Grable being interviewed on the radio by Paula Stone in the 1940's.
HER MAN was a dramatic film with Thelma Todd that was a smash hit, but she was in a supporting role and isn't mentioned on this sheet music for a song from the movie. Helen Twelvetrees was the feminine lead.
This song was written by director Tay Garnett and comedian Monty Collins
From 100 YEARS OF BRODIES WITH HAL ROACH on facebook.
Here's a terrific photo of Stan Laurel's daughter Lois taken with legendary film producer Hal Roach - at whose studio Laurel & Hardy, Our Gang, Charley Chase, Harold Lloyd and Thelma Todd all flourished - as he neared the age of 100.
Take a look at Top Flat on YouTube; at the beginning of Part 2, when Thelma dunks Patsy under the water in the tub, here's the watch Thelma is wearing. 1935 is engraved on the inside. Was waiting for her birthday week to post this. Got it in May 1999 when her family put her clothing and possessions, which belonged to her recently-deceased cousin Shirley, up for auction in Massachusetts. Glad to be able to share it with Thelma's fans. Happy Birthday Week, Thelma!!