Friday, April 2, 2021

Part 2: The Strange and Mysterious Circumstances of Thelma Todd


Nicole Frederick documentary.


A belief does not prove something, and not believing something does not disprove something. In this case, they didn't prove anything. Something that could be said of both the original investigation and this video. 

The statement was made that Pat DiCicco was not a suspect, but he was one of the last people to see her alive, and ordinarily would have been considered at least a possible suspect if the authorities were looking for one. The problem here was that the investigation didn't get that far, for which reason it also is not certain if the case should be called a "crime", as I believe it was termed here.

Roland West was not considered to be one of the last people to see her alive, but I can see how someone might think he was, as she had gone back to the restaurant where he was at. But there is no proof, which isn't the only problem with this story, which attempts to overcome the objection that Thelma Todd would have known about the dangers of CO poisoning by placing the blame on someone else, who would also have known about the dangers of CO poisoning. 

The story about Roland West unintentionally causing the death of Thelma Todd was not a new one when it was published by Marvin Wolf, as about the same story had previously appeared in HOLLYWOOD HEARTBREAK by Laurie Jacobson. The Marvin Wolf book shown in video does not have the story, which was in a magazine article that was published separately. 

Richard W. Bann is an authority on the Hal Roach studio. He has said that Hal Roach complained about Marvin Wolf's account, something that has been ignored by accounts such as this video. He has also written that the nickname "Hot Toddy" was used by Thelma Todd herself.

Where controversy exists, I think it's better to listen to both sides. Not everyone does this, but everyone should.

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Below is a link to the first part of the Nicole Frederick documentary.

The Life And Career Of Thelma Todd Part 1

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And here are a few related links. "Thelma Todd's Death Solved" by Marvin Wolf is here, along with  some of my previous posts which are related to what was in the video. I may not have all the answers, but I can tell you a little about this stuff.

Pat DiCicco:

Hollywood And The Underworld:

Memory And Mr. Roach:

"Thelma Todd's Death Solved" by Marvin Wolf:

Was Thelma Todd's Career In A Decline When She Died?:

Roland West:

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