A Blog For Thelma Todd
Thelma Todd was a star of silent movies and later the talkies. She is remembered as much today for her mysterious death as she is for her films. In this blog, we take a look at Thelma Todd, her movies, and various commentaries.
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)
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.
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
The Thelma Todd and Zasu Pitts comedies as well as the Thelma Todd and Patsy Kelly films are being released on DVD.
This item will be released October 9, 2018.
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