Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Monday, October 30, 2017
Termed a team
The four referred to are Mabel Todd, Patsy Kelly, Fuzzy Knight, and Walter Brennan. Incidentally, Fuzzy Knight was in TOP FLAT ( 1935 ) with Thelma Todd and Patsy Kelly.
Mabel Todd is with Fuzzy Knight and Gary Cooper is with Merle Oberon.
Now Mabel Todd is with Fuzzy Knight and Gary Cooper is not with Merle Oberon. Not too surprising. He mostly didn't like her in the story anyway.
Sunday, October 29, 2017
THE COWBOY AND THE LADY featured another Todd and Kelly team.
How times change and public opinion changes about honesty in relationships. I know it must have seemed 'funny' at the time, to audiences back then, as Merle deceived Gary about her background, but I cringed watching it. I'm thankful that now there is at least the opportunity, if one chooses, to work on transparency in a romantic relationship and having the characteristic of congruence illuminate the relationship. All that being said, you could tell Fuzzy Knight, Walter Brennan, Patsy Kelly and Mabel Todd were having a great time in this movie.
Cooper needed a punch to the mouth as he spewed garbage about lookin down noses as the character looked down his nose at the rich farts lookin down their nose at him.
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I don't suppose that Mabel Todd and Patsy Kelly were really working as a team so much as that there were two funny women as well as two funny men ( Fuzzy Knight and Walter Brennan ) in the movie and all four comedy relief types were termed a team by publicity. The four funny people did not act in as bizarre a fashion as the main two characters in the story, although that could have been partly because less footage was devoted to them in the production. They simply did not have time to act as asinine as the stars in this story.
Friday, October 27, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Monday, October 23, 2017
Laurel and Hardy pose with a movie camera.
Zasu Pitts next to a pair of spotlights.
Buster Keaton with a pair of lights.
Bela Lugosi by a spotlight during the making of DRACULA.
Bessie Love with a hand-cranked movie camera such as was used in the silent era.
Joan Blondell with studio lights.
Original press caption, December 30, 1932:
HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. -- Mary Pickford was painfully but not seriously injured when a 150 pound lamp fell and knocked her unconscious while she was t work on a United Artists set. Though nursing several bruises on her left arm and an aching head, in real trouper fashion she resumed her work before the motion picture cameras. Miss Pickford is shown seated in front of the big light that fell and hit her.
Thelma Todd with a movie camera.
Thelma Todd and Patsy Kelly with director Gus Meins. The gadget behind them is a wind machine to help give the illusion of speed in the scene being filmed.
Thelma Todd and Patsy Kelly with a movie camera. Note the fill light used to balance lighting.
Zasu Pitts poses with some lighting equipment.