Friday, May 31, 2019

HURDY GURDY Photo

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Max Davidson, Thelma Todd , and Edgar Kennedy in a publicity photo.










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Friday, May 24, 2019

HAL ROACH'S FUNNIES






HAL ROACH'S FUNNIES was an in-house publication at the Hal Roach studio. Thelma Todd and Gallant are on the cover of this issue.















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Hirschfield







Hirschfield drew many posters for the movies, some of them with Laurel and Hardy.





Hirschfield letter which describes his experiences drawing movie posters.





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Monday, May 20, 2019

Radio Station KFVD







Radio station KFVD was located on the Hal Roach Studio lot and some of his stars made broadcasts there. Zasu Pitts and Thelma Todd had their own radio program while they were making two-reelers.


RADIO DIGEST 1930




KFVD:
http://www.radioheritage.net/Story28.asp?fbclid=IwAR0Rm6pdv1-UR9ZrfmA3jeorR0zZb4y_MjIj5kW9aCawtfizciUWFhBopNw

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THE HAL ROACH COMEDY SHORTS OF THELMA TODD,ZASU PITTS, AND PATSY KELLY by Neibaur












Other books have discussed these films, but this is the first book devoted to the series. Neibaur examines each film in chronological order, and for each he provides credits, plot information, an analysis noting any common themes, and offers as much background information as he could find.

Zasu Pitts left the series, to be replaced by Patsy Kelly, after which the it became necessary to replace Thelma Todd. Thelma Todd was replaced by Pert Kelton and later by Lyda Roberti.

Neibaur refers to the death of Thelma Todd as a "crime". That's what the usual opinion is, but then again there are some who would not agree. Neibaur's thought was that since he was concentrating on the films, any further study should be done with other books that cover her death more specifically.

I was able to assist him with this book, and such familiar names as Richard W. Bann, Leonard Maltin, Michelle Morgan, and Charles Stumpf are mentioned in the acknowledgements.


This is Neibaur's 24th book.

James L. Neibaur is a film historian and educator with more than 20 books and hundreds of articles appearing in Cineaste, Classic Images, Film Quarterly, Films in Review, Filmfax, and Encyclop√¶dia Britannica.

THE HAL ROACH COMEDY SHORTS OF THELMA TODD, ZASU PITTS, AND PATSY KELLY:
https://mcfarlandbooks.com/product/the-hal-roach-comedy-shorts-of-thelma-todd-zasu-pitts-and-patsy-kelly/



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The Hal Roach Studio

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Roach Studio by Piet Schreuders, posted by Randy Skretvedt on the Hal Roach Studio page on facebook.







Hal Roach Studio Tour:http://www.lordheath.com/menu1_1240.html?fbclid=IwAR0Qg80jn5ugpD5CcHLk97PrjAtpn8e5IyPyyz467751s36fZguDGljt2uA


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Hal Roach Feature Films





Newspaper article announces Roach's move into features.












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Hal Roach Studios ID Badge




Hal Roach Studios ID Badge








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Hal Roach Studio Stationary







Stationary for the Hal Roach Studio with caricatures of Laurel and Hardy, Zasu Pitts and Thelma Todd, Charlie Chase, Our Gang, and a taxi cab meant to represent the Taxi Boys series.





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Hal Roach Studio Ad And More




MOTION PICTURE HERALD, July 30, 1932













NEW MOVIE MAGAZINE Oct. 1932


Thelma Todd and Zasu Pitts are mentioned on the right side of his page, just above the last item.



MOTION PICTURE HERALD Sept. 15, 1934


Thelma Todd and Zasu Pitts are mentioned at the end of this page along with Laurel and Hardy as making everyone laugh.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Thelma Todd As A Horse

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Two pictures with Thelma Todd being a horse and another girl being a cowboy, taken for two different studios during the same general period.



Sally Blane and Thelma Todd in a photo on the cover of POLICE GAZETTE, December 10, 1927 issue. The Paramount studio is mentioned.




Alice White and Thelma Todd in a similar pose. This is from around the time that they made NAUGHTY BABY at First National, in 1928.


Sally Blane:
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0087434/?ref_=nmbio_bio_nm


Alice White:
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0924442/



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POLICE GAZETTE With Thelma Todd Cover

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Sally Blane and Thelma Todd on the cover of POLICE GAZETTE, December 10, 1927 issue.



Sally Blane was in the movies, but was better known for being the sister of Loretta Young.



Mercedes Gleitze was a channel swimmer whose accomplishment was questioned afterward. She said she'd do it again, then failed to make it all the way across and had to be pulled out of the water into a boat.


Clara Bow was a top star, but she wasn't usually described as a "vampire', a term which had been associated with Theda Bara. The reference to "leap year" is due to a story that in leap year women propose to men rather than having it the usual way.









Ruth Elder ( top right ) made some movies when she wasn't attempting to set new records in an airplane.











Sally Blane:


Clara Bow:


Ruth Elder:


Mercedes Gleitze:






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