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.
Tala Birell and George Murphy with Thelma Todd and her mother on the boardwalk at the Santa Monica Pier.
This had mistakenly been labeled "Carole Lombard and Thelma Todd", and I had repeated that here.
From the "Thelma Todd Fan Group" on facebook:
William Drew: Concerned as I am with accuracy, it's my not altogether pleasant duty to disclose that the description of a photo as showing Thelma with Carole Lombard is in error. That's Thelma, of course, her mother and George Murphy at the 1935 San Diego Exposition but the other lady is Tala Birell, not Carole. This came to my attention yesterday when I was looking through early 1935 newspapers online for items on Thelma and I found this picture identifying the actress on the left as Tala Birell. Furthermore, Michelle Morgan in her 2015 biography of Thelma had correctly identified her as Tala. Yet despite this, in 2019 several sites, including Vince Paterno's excellent "Carole & Co.," began saying it was Carole in this photo with Thelma, a description carried over into posts here. Yes, especially from that angle, Tala does bear a resemblance to Carole, but clearly the photographers and journalists responsible for the picture and accompanying information knew the identity of everyone in the photo. Unfortunately, there seem to be no known photos of Thelma and Carole together--not that I could find, anyway, from a perusal of online sources.
Every Doc Savage story had a beautiful girl in it, and Joan Lyndell was one of the girls.
Joan Lyndell appeared in one Doc Savage adventure, THE MYSTIC MULLAH, which was originally published in DOC SAVAGE magazine in January 1935.
The name "Joan Lyndell" is close enough to Joan Blondell to cause me to think that she was named after her. Joan Blondell was popular in the movies during the period that the Doc Savage stories were originally published.
But while Joan Blondell usuallyseemed to be seeking wealth in her movies, Joan Lyndell is described as a woman who had already attained wealth, and in that way is different. Since she is described as being tall and having dark hair, she wasn't even supposed to be that similar in appearance. Only the name seems the same, but that is close enough to make it look as if they had done it on purpose.
Joan Lyndell as depicted with Doc Savage in an illustration from he original magazine.
Reblogged from docsavagetales.blogspot.com/2011/03/pulp-of-week-doc-savage-23.html
Doc Savage stories usually had a weird mystery menace as well as a beautiful girl, and this one had such a menace, ghostly green spirit snakes that seemed to defy explanation until Doc got around to explaining them.
The green snakes in this story were borrowed for the 1975 movie DOC SAVAGE: THE MAN OF BRONZE, which featured Ron Ely as Doc Savage.
Reblogged from https://gmepodcast.com/2012/08/20/tan-man-w-desk-fan/
Before that move had been made there had been plans to make a Doc Savage movie with Chuck Connors, but they were unable to get the rights to the character and they ended up making a western called RIDE BEYOND VENGEANCE. Also in the cast was Joan Blondell. Because of that, Joan Blondell herself could be seen as being linked to Doc Savage.
"Oliver Hardy attending the 1937 MGM Convention for theater circuit owners. Note that off-screen he wore eyeglasses, a detail missed in the current Docu-drama “Stan & Ollie”. Craig Calman noticed Patsy Kelly walking with Hal Roach just before Ollie. TRIVIA NOTE: Louis B. Mayer had his crews film everybody arriving & listening to speeches with Metro-Tone news cameras (which record the sound right on the film with the picture). As everyone sat down to eat, the films were rushed to the lab, processes immediately, and returned to MGM for a quick edit and then shown to all attendees after they ate. Louis thought he would impress everyone with this “instant” film presentation, but it really meant the audience had to sit through Louis’ speech a second time."
Lyda Roberti may be seen walking next to Oliver Hardy. She had replaced Thelma Todd in the series with Patsy Kelly at the Hal Roach studio.
Charlie Chaplin and Thelma Todd during the production of NAUGHTY BABY ( 1928 ). Caption says RITZY ROSIE, which was an alternate title.
Craig Calman posted this version on facebook, which had the caption in English.
There was also a caption in French, which mentioned that the film starred Alice White. Thelma
Todd was also in it, but not Chaplin. He merely happened to be there at the time that the movie was being made.