Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Trailer For Thelma Todd And Patsy Kelly Comedies

The Thelma Todd and Patsy Kelly series is now available on DVD.

The Complete Hal Roach Thelma Todd and Patsy Kelly Comedy Collection is a must have for any fan of Thelma Todd and/or Patsy Kelly or who just likes classic comedy-- especially the type of comedy turned out at Hal Roach Studios.


For the first time on home video comes all 21 of Hal Roach's two-reelers starring the lovely Thelma Todd and the pugnacious Patsy Kelly. These timeless shorts showcase the incredible comedic talents of an unsung duo who simply wanted to make audiences laugh... and succeeded!

In Hollywood, the laugh factory operated by Roach was known to one and all as "The Lot of Fun." Established in 1915, the studio hosted many of the familiar names in comedy at one time or another: Harold Lloyd, Charley Chase and the popular and iconic team of Laurel and Hardy.­

Determined to find the female equivalent of "The Boys," Roach paired Thelma Todd (already under contract and a veteran of several Chase shorts) with comic actress ZaSu Pitts. Thelma and ZaSu appeared in 17 shorts between 1931 and 1933 that were very popular with moviegoers, but their fruitful partnership ended when Pitts and Roach failed to come to terms on a new contract.

After seeing comedienne Patsy Kelly in the stage production of Flying Colors, Roach agreed that she was the perfect replacement for ZaSu, and the new team of Todd-Kelly was soon putting out hilarious efforts like Babes in the Goods (1934), Maid in Hollywood (1934) and Top Flat (1935). All-American Toothache (1936) would be their final pairing as Todd's tragic death brought an end to the girls' entertaining partnership.

Though efforts were made to jump-start the franchise with Pert Kelton and Lyda Roberti, the writing was on the wall where Roach's two-reelers were concerned as the producer soon transitioned solely to "streamliners" and feature films.


(1933) Beauty and the Bus, Backs to Nature, Air Fright

(1934) Babes in the Goods, Soup and Fish, Maid in Hollywood, I'll Be Suing You, Three Chumps Ahead, One-Horse Farmers, Opened by Mistake, Done in Oil, Bum Voyage

(1935) Treasure Blues, Sing Sister Sing, The Tin Man, The Misses Stooge, Slightly Static, Twin Triplets, Hot Money, Top Flat

(1936) An All-American Toothache


- Patsy Kelly and Pert Kelton Short Pan Handlers (1936)
- Patsy Kelly and Lyda Roberti Shorts At Sea Ashore and Hill-Tillies (both 1936)


Saturday, June 23, 2018



The first three have cartoon blondes in the corner

The last one doesn't. It might be that the cartoon girls are meant to represent Thelma Todd - there are supposed to be twins in the story - but re.ally they seem to be there because of the title, which describes blondes in the plural sense.


Thelma Todd?

This is a picture that is being offered for sale on ebay as a picture of Thelma Todd.

But it is not a picture of Thelma Todd, although it is a picture from a Thelma Todd picture, CHEATING BLONDES. 

Actually that was Mae Busch with a black eye in that picture. Evidently it was another instance of the black eye gag. And here is another picture from the picture, which shows Mae Busch (left ) with Thelma Todd. 

Reblogged  from https://free-classic-movies.com/movies-03a/03a-1933-05-01-Cheating-Blondes/index.php



CHEATING BLONDES was a 1932 dramatic film starring Thelma Todd. We've had this movie on the blog before, but the old entry seems to have quit working. 


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Thelma Todd And Zasu Pitts Films Released

The Thelma Todd and Zasu Pitts comedies as well as the Thelma Todd and Patsy Kelly films are being released on DVD.

Reblogged from

This item will be released October 9, 2018.

Editorial Reviews

These sexy, pre-code two-reel comedies showcasing Thelma Todd's timeless beauty and impeccable comedic ability. that wowed audiences during the Depression, tickling their funny bones as well. The vivacious, talented, and lovely Thelma Todd was Hal Roach's top female comedian, who in her short 29-year lifetime graced over 100 films. This collection brings together all of the films from her collaboration with Zasu Pitts, a veteran character actress with wonderful comedy timing and delightful comedic gestures who proves a fine comic foil for the blonde beauty. These two-reel short comedies also feature the wonderful Hal Roach stock company of comedians: Billy Gilbert, James C. Morton, Charlie Hall, Anita Garvin, Bud Jamison, and others, as well as special collaborations with other top Hal Roach stars like Laurel and Hardy and Charley Chase. The shorts: 1931: Let's Do Things, Catch-As Catch-Can, The Pajama Party, War Mamas, On The Loose - 1932: Sealskins, Red Noses, Strictly Unreliable, The Old Bull, Show Business, Alum and Eve, The Soilers, Sneak Easily - 1933: Asleep In the Feet, Maids a La Mode, The Bargain of the Century, One Track Minds Bonus features include: Stills and poster gallery, Restored from the original negatives, Commentaries by Richard M. Roberts, Randy Skretvedt, Brent Walker and Robert Farr

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Thelma Todd Photo

Thelma Todd in the thirties.


Thelma Todd Photo

This was listed on ebay as a photo from CORSAIR ( 1931).


Autographed Thelma Todd Photo

Another autographed photo from the same general period.

The signature reads, "To D, with fondest regards, from one blonde huzzy to another. ( I'll get that fox yet. ) Fondly, Thelma".


Friday, June 15, 2018

An Autographed Photo For Oliver Hardy

An autographed photo which Thelma Todd gave to Oliver Hardy ( nicknamed "Babe" ) in 1929.

Posted by James Mullholland in the Thelma Todd Fans group on facebook.

"To Babe, with pleasant memories- and Best Wishes. Sincerely, Thelma Todd."

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

New Book On Thelma Todd's Shorts

James Neibaur's new book will be available sooner than he thought. Here is a message he posted in the Thelma Todd Fans group on facebook with a picture of the book's cover.

Many of you remember my working on this book and posting updates in here. I thought it would come out next year, but it looks like the publisher is putting it out this Fall. Here is the cover:

The publisher says Fall, but amazon says December -- here is the amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1476672555/ref=sr_1_27?s=books...Manage


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Excercise Photos

Actually this is a page from a book, which has a picture of Jean Harlow exercising on one side, and Thelma Todd on the other.

Jean Harlow suffered from kidney trouble and was not the picture of health that MGM publicity would have had us believe. 

PT stands for "Physical Therapy", I suppose. This is a publicity photo for RED NOSES ( 1932 ), with Zasu Pitts. The other two girls in this photo can also be seen in that film.


Thelma Todd In The Fan Magazines

A little more from the fan magazines.