From Thelma Todd!
Monday, December 31, 2018
Saturday, December 29, 2018
Napoleon Demara was the manager of a Lawrence theater who was involved in Thelma Todd's being signed by Paramount in the silent era. He was mentioned in the newspaper article about her being too pretty to work in a dime store.
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THOMAS F. TOOMEY and NAPOLEON DEMARA The theatrical business in Lawrence is largely represented in the enterprises of the Toomey & Demara Amusement Company. This concern controls four of the leading playhouses of the city, embracing three branches of the theatrical profession, viz., drama, vaudeville and motion pictures. The Empire, given over to vaudeville, is one of the largest and best equipped theatres in New England. It has a seating capacity of 2,300. The Broadway, with a seating capacity of 1,500, and the Premier, with a seating capacity of 700, are devoted exclusively to motion pictures. The Colonial, whose seating capacity is 1,650,provides drama. The last named is at the present writing sub-leased to a stock company. Thomas Toomey, to whom much of the success of the concern is due, came to Lawrence in 1906, when he opened the old Nickel theatre as a picture house, in what had been the Casto theatre. The first days receipts were only $8.20. The venture was extremely gloomy at the start.
The Empire Theater in Lawrence. The newspaper article called Napoleon Demara the theater's manager, but it has been said that he may actually have been the theater's owner.
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Napoleon Demara's nephew Ferdinand Demara gained some notoriety for impersonating other people in order to undertake various positions, such as doctor, prison warden, and chaplain. The movie THE GREAT IMPOSTOR was based on the story of his life.
Ferdinand Demara himself played a doctor in THE HYPNOTIC EYE, a role that was related to his having impersonated a doctor in real life..
Theater Row in Lawrence:
Friday, December 28, 2018
An early publicity story about Thelma Todd, from THE PITTSBURGH PRESS, Sun., Apr 11, 1926. G. D. Hamann ( THELMA TODD IN THE THIRTIES ) sent in this one.
Napoleon Demara and the Empire/ Warner Theater:
Thursday, December 27, 2018
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Some SEEIN' STARS cartoons posted by Jorge Finkielman on the Hal Roach Studio page at facebook.
SEEIN' STARS cartoon from 1934 with Thelma Todd drawn from a publicity photo from PALOOKA.
Laurel and Hardy drawn from a publicity picture from THE BOHEMIAN GIRL. Paula Stone was photographed with Thelma Todd in this period.
Pert Kelton appears in this 1934 cartoon. She would briefly replace Thelma Todd at the Hal Roach studio, later being replaced in the series by Lyda Roberti.
Ida Lupino knew Thelma Todd and was one of the last people to have seen her alive, at a party that she and her father threw at the Trocadero.
James Parrott worked as an actor before becoming a director. He directed several Thelma Todd and Patsy Kelly comedies as well as some Laurel and Hardy films.
Tuesday, December 25, 2018
From "The Flickers" on facebook:
"The DOG WATCH - Hollywood may have shattered the illusions of many a young girl, but it has not those of Clara Bow. She still believes in Santa Claus; and by waiting up for him, proves herself a true daughter of Christmas Eve" photo by Eugene Robert Richee ~ from Motion Picture Classic, 1929