Saturday, September 28, 2019

Lupe Velez' Bed

Photo of Lupe Velez' bed, with the original caption.

Reblogged from

This is the luxurious bedroom with the 8-foot bed in which the body of Mexican-born actress Lupe Velez was found a few hours after she had  committed suicide. A note left by her indicated that she blamed her action on a broken love affair 12-15-1944

Thelma Todd had an even bigger bed, according to publicity. The man shown in this cartoon with her is Pat DiCicco, who was married to her at the time.


Thursday, September 26, 2019

The Unfunny Death Of Lupe Velez

When I wrote about mistakes in Kenneth Anger's HOLLYWOOD BABYLON, I didn't write very much about Lupe Velez, because I didn't know very much about her. Actually she was associated with Clayton Moore, and since I met him* I could have asked him about her, but I hadn't known that. That was also before I knew about HOLLYWOOD BABYLON.

That book had a picture of Lupe Velez with Clayton Moore.

It also had a story that Lupe Velez drowned in a toilet.

There are a number of problems with this story, which have been pointed out before. The death certificate for Lupe Velez lists Seconal poisoning as the cause of death, not drowning. It is doubtful that Velez could even have moved from her bed to the bathroom while under the influence of such a large dose of Seconal, a drug noted for being fast-acting. To accept this story it would be necessary to disregard everything that was said by the authorities at the time.

 Actually the only thing it has going for it is that some people like the idea of drowning in a toilet. It's something that they put in dirty comics, such as WATCHMEN. I'm aware that the situation exists, but I'm not saying it's good. I also don't think that the death of Lupe Velez is, or was, in any way humorous.

*I was on television with Clayton Moore when he appeared at Riley Hospital in Indianapolis.

Lupe Velez:

Clayton Moore:




Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Pet Photos


Some pictures of classic stars and their pets.

Mary Pickford

                                                                Bebe Daniels

Clara Bow

Jean Harlow

                                                                            Lupe Velez

Mary Carlisle

Marilyn Monroe

Liz Taylor

                                                                           Stan Laurel

Billy Barty

Lon Chaney jr.


Monday, September 23, 2019

Thelma Todd And Gallant Photos

Two Photos from  PICTURE SHOW July 7, 1934.


Thelma Todd and Gallant - PICTURE SHOW July 7, 1934

A picture of Thelma Todd and Gallant from PICTUREGOER, July 7, 1934.

There's also an item for "smellies", something that was later called "Smellevision". It never caught on under any name.


Friday, September 20, 2019

Studio Equiptment

From The Vitaphone Project on facebook:

"Here’s how they made the court-room scenes for “On Trial,” in sound. See the sound-proof camera booths at left and right, and note the microphone over the head of Pauline Frederick on the witness stand." ~ from Screenland, 1929


Studio Equipment


Joan Blondell on the set of Night Nurse


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Spanky And Alfalfa With A Searchlight

From the Hal Roach Studio on facebook.

Spanky and Alfalfa on the Hal Roach lot - 1935.


Thelma Todd Photo

A Hal Roach studio publicity photo said to date from 1935. Note the spotlight on the right.


Thursday, September 12, 2019

Monday, September 9, 2019

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Anita Garvin As One Of the Mack Sennett Bathing Beauties


Frothe "We Love Anita Garvin" group on facebook:

A very young Anita (top center), as one of the Mack Sennett Bathing Beauties, in a traveling stage show, 1919.



Thursday, September 5, 2019

Sidney Skolsky Column

Sidney Skolsky column about Thelma 1932

Thelma Todd's weight was 149 pounds at one time.  She did not feel that she was overweight, but the studios did. Their insistence that the actresses be thin caused many problems.

SCREEN ODDITIES also had the waitress story.

Thelma Todd's bed was depicted in another cartoon.

The Starved Stars