Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Joan Blondell's Birthday




Reblogged from the Joan Blondell appreciation page on facebook.

A celebration of Joan Blondell’s birthday (TODAY)! on the set of Adventure with Clark Gable, Greer Garson, Lina Romay and director Victor Fleming.






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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Scrapbook Picttures




A collection of pictures of Thelma Todd that Dusty Sage found in a scrapbook someone had made, from a post she made in the Thelma Todd group on facebook.



An early publicity photo shows Thelma with long hair. The studios cut her hair as was the fashion at the time.



Harry Langdon was a silent star who made talkies for Hal Roach in a comeback which ultimately proved to be unsuccessful. The bear in this picture was photographed with a number of movie actresses in this period.

The tires on the old cars weren't as good as what is available today, and punctures could be a problem.
Joe Breen ( bottom ) oversaw the enforcement of the production code. In other words, he was a censor.

Thelma Todd collected expensive perfume, which was stolen after this picture was published.

The husband of Thelma Todd ( mentioned on the right ) was Pat DiCicco. They made her diet regardless.




Thelma Todd did like flowers.



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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

STRING BEAN JACK




STRING BEAN JACK, the first color Terrytoon, was released August 26, 1938. The mother in this cartoon is a Zasu Pitts character ( "Oh dear!" ), while the two-headed giant's harp is a Harpo Marx character.







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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Paula Stone Party




Thelma Todd with the candy at Paula Stone's party, with Jeanette MacDonald and Patsy Kelly.








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Wheeler And Woolsey And Friends On Tour










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.








Betty Grable:
http://bettygrable.net/

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002107/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_Grable


Dorothy Lee:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothy_Lee_(actress)

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0497186/

Dorothy Lee on personal appearance tour with Wheeler and Woosey:
http://books.google.com/books?id=ZlNcYGUwEpMC&pg=PA86&lpg=PA86&dq=wheeler+and+woolsey+personal+appearance&source=bl&ots=Ve_bLczM2D&sig=YHg4QLiy57ENLiu2QDCBGDtkxa8&hl=en&sa=X&ei=96XxUYSRB4PRqgH20gE&ved=0CD4Q6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=wheeler%20and%20woolsey%20personal%20appearance&f=false


Wheeler And Woolsey:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheeler_%26_Woolsey

http://talkieking.blogspot.com/2009/01/wheeler-woolsey-great-comedy-team.html

Wheeler And Woolsey Fan Page:
http://users.wowway.com/~stoogeman/




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Wheeler And Woolsey With Thelma Todd And Dorothy Lee




Dorothy Lee frequently appeared in films with Wheeler and Woolsey. Thelma Todd made two pictures with them, HIPS HIPS HOORAY ahd COCKEYED CAVALIERS.








  




Bert Wheeler with Thelma Todd. 


















 Thelma Todd with Bert Wheeler's cigar and glasses.















Dance scene-  Wheeler and Woolsey with Dorothy Lee and Thelma Todd. 




Dorothy Lee with Wheeler.




Wheeler and Woolsey.











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HIPS HIPS HOORAY Sheet Music





Wheeler and Woolsey are shown on the cover along with Ruth Etting, who made many musical short subjects, but appeared in few features.










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Wheeler And Woolsey With Dorothy Lee





Bob Woolsey, Dorothy Lee and Bert Wheeler play with what appears to be a Cubby Bear* puzzle.







*Van Buren studios cartoon character, similar to Mickey Mouse.  The cartoons were released by RKO, the studio Wheeler and Woolsey were working for. 


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Wheeler And Woolsey In ACTION COMICS #1





ACTION COMICS #1 introduced Superman, and Wheeler and Woolsey characters would appear in Superman stories. But Wheeler and Woolsey themselves also appeared on this page in ACTION COMICS #1.





Wheeler and Woolsey characters in Superman stories:
http://benny-drinnon.blogspot.com/2012/03/wheeler-and-woolsey-in-superman-comics.html


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Monday, August 14, 2017

HORSEFEATHERS Photo



Thelma Todd poses for Paramount again with the same vase.






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Thelma Todd Paramount Photo





Thelma Todd in a publicity photo for HORSEFEATHERS ( 1932 ). Visible at the right is a vase that can also be seen in a couple of other publicity photos from this period.






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Same Backdrop




This picture of Clara Bow at Paramount was taken in front of the same backdrop




as this picture of Thelma Todd.







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Saturday, August 12, 2017

SPEAK EASILY Photo





Hurrell photo of Thelma Todd in costume for SPEAK EASILY ( 1932 ), with the original caption.













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First National Picture





Thelma Todd at First National ( Warner Brothers ) in 1928.














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