Monday, April 30, 2018


SNEAK EASILY ( 1932 ) was a 1932 Thelma Todd and Zasu Pitts comedy. The title appears to be a parody of SPEAK EASILY ( 1932 ), a comedy Thelma Todd had made with Buster Keaton.


Thelma Todd Newspaper Cartoons

A couple of newspaper cartoons featuring Thelma Todd that were posted in the Thelma Todd Fans Group on facebook.

The first is from SCREEN ODDITIES by Captain Roscoe Fawcett. We've had this one on the blog before.

The idea here is that Thelma Todd and ( presumably ) her husband Pat DiCicco are talking on the telephone because the bed is so large. Lupe Velez also used to have a great big bed.


Sunday, April 29, 2018


This is a French movie magazine from July 6,1933. I guess the name translates as "Cinema". The picture on the cover looks familiar.


Friday, April 27, 2018


HAP LEE'S MOVIE GAGS was a 1935 Big Little Book with jokes and pictures from the movies of the period.

The cover has caricatures of a number of movie stars, including Groucho Marx, Mae West, Jimmy Durante, Constance Bennett, Harpo Marx, Laurel and Hardy, Wallace Beery, William Powell, and Charlie Chaplin.

The spine of the book.

The same picture as on the front cover is on the back, flipped.

Charlie Chaplin, depicted with his cane on his shoulder again, as on the cover. "So you won't talk, eh?" refers to his continuing to make silent movies after the advent of talking pictures.

Groucho Marx.

Tbelma Todd and Robert Woolsey in HIPS, HIPS, HOORAY

The picture of Dorothy Lee and Bert Wheeler might be from the same movie, as they were all in it.

I thought the line was "You can be had," but I'm not sure. "You can be had" was a line Thelma Todd had in SITTING PRETTY which I thought was taken from Mae West. I don't recall seeing the movie where Mae West said the line in the first place.

Greta Garbo. I don't think I saw this movie.

Joan Blondell, minus some of her "bottom".

Harpo Marx. The text makes a reference to Philadelphia. I'm not sure how that fits in with a gag about reducing, but I remember reference to Philadelphia in comedies of that period. W.C. Fields would do that, and also Ginger Rogers in 42ND STREET ( 1933 ).

Marie Dressler and Wallace Beery.

Ebay seller's description:

This is "Hap Lee's Movie Gags" a big-little style book from 1935. The cover has great color cartoons of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, William Powell,  Groucho and Harpo Marx, Cary Grant, Charlie Chaplin, Wallace Beery, Constance Bennett,  Jimmy Durante, Mae West,  Maurice Chevalier, Leslie Howard, Edward G. Robinson, John Barrymore, Adolphe Menjou, Eddie Cantor, and Joan Blondell. The inside of the book has photos of  Lupe Velez, Jimmy Durante, Lee Tracy, Thelma Todd, Frances Dee, William Gargan, Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey, Chester Morris, Andy Devine, Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Jack Oakie, Arline Judge, Lew Ayres, Patricia Ellis, Paul Lukas,  Leila Hyams, Jean Arthur, Donald Cook, Genevieve Tobin, George Meeker, Loretta Young, Cary Grant, Spencer Tracy, Constance Cummings, Nills Asther, Robert Greig, Marjorie Rambeau,  Robert Armstrong, Isabel Jewell, Robert McWade, Fay Wray, Wallace Beery, Tim McCoy, Evelyn Knapp, Stuart Erwin, Edmund Lowe, Ann Sothern, George Raft, Jackie Cooper, Judith Wood, Carole Lombard, John Barrymore, Franchot Tone, Marion Nixon, Joel McCrea, Lillian Bond, Ginger Rogers, Mary Carlisle, Gloria Stuart, Jack Holt, Sally Blane, Bruce Cabot,  Florence Lake, Irene Franklin, Marjorie Gateson, Dorothy Lee, Roger Pryor, Franklin Pangborn, Dolores Del Rio, Richard Carle, Slim Summerville, Zasu Pitts, Eric Linden, Ben Lyon, and Joyce Compton. And also mixed in among the jokes are caricatures of Charlie Chaplin, Joe E. Brown, Mae West, Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Marie Dressler, Wallace Beery, Eddie Cantor, Joan Blondell, Greta Garbo, Jimmy Durante, Maurice Chevalier, Edward G. Robinson, Adolphe Menjou, Will Rogers, George Arliss, and John Barrymore.


Thursday, April 26, 2018

Thelma Todd With The Bear, And Harry Langdon, Too

There was a bear they used to photograph all the girls with, here is a picture of Thelma Todd with him.

This scene was later depicted in a SCREEN ODDITIES cartoon, with the caption "Thelma Todd has even the bears eating out of her hand.

Thelma Todd and Harry Langdon with the bear, in SKY BOY ( 1929 ).

The Harry Langdon puzzle may also be related to this film, as it shows him in the polar regions.


Harry Langdon In The Fan Magazines

Harry Langdon item


Harry Langdon and costar Nancy Dover are profiled on the right-hand side of this page. Henry Armetta is profiled at top right.


Harry Langdon At The Roach Studio

Harry Langdon's career went into a decline after the coming of sound. In 1929 he made a series of two-reel comedies for Hal Roach, but it didn't last and he soon moved on to other studios, later returning to Roach as a gagman.

Reblogged from

Scenes from the short promotional film Hal Roach made to announce that Harry Langdon would be working for his studio. Thelma Todd also appeared in this film.


Thelma Todd And Harry Langdon

Harry Langdon and Thelma Todd in a publicity photo for HOTTER THAN HOT.


Thelma Todd And Harry Langdon

Harry Langdon and Thelma Todd in a publicity photo for HOTTER THAN HOT.



Harry Langdon and Thelma Todd stand in front of an old fire engine in a publicity photo for the 1929 Hal Roach production HOTTER THAN HOT.


Tuesday, April 24, 2018


SITTING PRETTY was a 1933 Paramount production. This lobby card with Thelma Todd and Jack Oakie might give you the impression that Thelma Todd and Jack Oakie were a romantic couple in the movie, but actually she played an "other woman" in the story and you were supposed to be rooting for Ginger Rogers, who was supposed to have ended up with Jack Oakie at the conclusion.

From the Thelma Todd Fans Group on facebook.


Monday, April 23, 2018

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Cover Girl

Thelma Todd on the cover of FILM FASHIONLAND.


Thelma Todd In Pajamas

Thelma Todd wearing pajamas in another publicity photo for Hal Roach.


HIGH C'S Photo

This is a publicity photo from HIGH C'S, a Hal Roach comedy starring Charley Chase.

From Jorge Finkielman.


Saturday, April 14, 2018

ANOTHER FINE MESS Filming Locations

ANOTHER FINE MESS was a 1930 Hal Roach production starring Laurel and Hardy.

Chris Bungo post in the Thelma Todd fan group on facebook:

Thelma Todd doing great work with Laurel and Hardy in this one.
My new "then and now" presentation of the locations used in the 1930 Laurel and Hardy film ANOTHER FINE MESS:


Friday, April 13, 2018

Thelma Todd Photos

Two more photos from Jorge Finkielman.

Thelma Todd in one of a series of photos showing her looking at magazines from different countries. American movie stars were very popular in other lands, and these photos were aimed at that market.

Fashion shot.


Early Thelma Todd Photo

Thelma Todd in an early picture that shows how she originally looked before the studios made her lose weight. Why they would do that, I'll never know.

From Jorge Finkielman.


Thelma Todd With Johnny Weissmuller

A couple of photos of Thelma Todd and Johnny Weissmuller, who played Tarzan, at Santa Monica.

From Jorge Finkielman.



Thelma Todd with Dennis King and Hal Roach during the production of THE DEVIL'S BROTHER ( 1933 ).

From Jorge Finkielman