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Book Review: THE HAL ROACH COMEDY SHORTS OF THELMA TODD, ZASU PITTS, AND PATSY KELLY

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day Jr. on Jan 30, 2019

One of the home video highlights of 2018 was the official release of all the Hal Roach comedy shorts of Thelma Todd, Zasu Pitts, and Patsy Kelly....and now we have a book to go along with them. James L. Neibaur's THE HAL ROACH COMEDY SHORTS OF THELMA TODD, ZASU PITTS, AND PATSY KELLY, published by M read more

The Funny Papers: Patsy Kelly and Thelma Todd, The Slapstick Buddy Duo

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Kellee Pratt on Jan 29, 2019

The Funny Papers: Patsy Kelly and Thelma Todd, The Slapstick Buddy Duo Lately, I’ve been binge-watching an Amazon Prime show which has also garnered attention at the Golden Globes, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. It’s a hilarious delight that many classic film fans may likely enjoy for its classic 1950s/ read more

Thelma Todd & Zasu Pitts: The Hal Roach Collection 1931-33

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day Jr. on Nov 4, 2018

This summer Classic Flix released the entire series of Thelma Todd-Patsy Kelly short subject comedies on DVD, and now the Sprocket Vault brings us the complete Thelma Todd-Zasu Pitts series on DVD as well. The Todd/Pitts/Kelly comedies, produced at the Hal Roach Studios, are now finally all availabl read more

The Complete Hal Roach Thelma Todd Patsy Kelly Comedy Collection

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day Jr. on Jul 19, 2018

I've been waiting years for any of the Thelma Todd/Zasu Pitts/Patsy Kelly comedy short subjects to be officially released on home video. Finally there's some light at the end of the tunnel. ClassicFlix has released all 21 of the Thelma Todd/Patsy Kelly shorts as a DVD set, and the Thelma Todd/Zasu P read more

TRAGIC STARS: THELMA TODD

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Nov 23, 2015

The death of fun-loving and beautiful Thelma Todd was one of Hollywood's most tragic deaths.  Beautiful Thelma Todd She was a smart, beautiful movie star. She was loved by her public and by many men. Yet, somehow, Thelma Todd never seemed to be able to grab and hold that brass ring. Somethin read more

The Ice Cream Blonde: The Whirlwind Life and Mysterious Death of Screwball Comedienne Thelma Todd

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Nov 23, 2015

Author Michelle Morgan’s proved her mettle writing about tragic blondes before; I reviewed her highly intriguing biography of Marilyn Monroe a few years back. When Morgan announced her plans to write a book on Thelma Todd I waited with bated breath. Probably, and unfortunately, more remembered read more

Book Review--The Ice Cream Blonde: The Whirlwind Life and Mysterious Death of Screwball Comedienne Thelma Todd

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Oct 28, 2015

The Ice Cream Blonde: The Whirlwind Life and Mysterious Death of Screwball Comedienne Thelma Todd Chicago Review Press Michelle Morgan, 2015 Available November 1 It's always complicated to explore the lives of stars who die young. For all they had to offer the world, actresses like Sharon Tate, Jea read more

Thelma Todd

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day Jr. on Jul 29, 2013

On this day in 1906 movie actress Thelma Todd was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts. She originally studied to be a teacher but after winning a beauty contest in her hometown her looks got her a Hollywood tryout. She made a number of silent features, but after the sound era began Thelma gained fame fo read more

Thelma Todd

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day Jr. on Jul 29, 2013

On this day in 1906 movie actress Thelma Todd was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts. She originally studied to be a teacher but after winning a beauty contest in her hometown her looks got her a Hollywood tryout. She made a number of silent features, but after the sound era began Thelma gained fame fo read more

HOLIDAY CHEER - Thelma Todd

All Good Things Posted by monty on Dec 24, 2012

Merry Christmas from Thelma! read more

White Hot: The Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd (1991)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by Kristen on Aug 2, 2012

Celebrity biopics are nothing new in the entertainment world but from the 1960s-1990s and again in the 2000s there was a spate of made-for-television and cheap theatrical celebrity biopics.  Many of them were based on lurid books and/or attempted to tell “the real story.”  I’m t read more

Pawesome Pet Pictures: Thelma Todd.

Noir and Chick Flicks Posted by Dawn on Sep 14, 2011

A one-time teacher and beauty queen, Thelma went to Hollywood in the 1920s and soon became a comedienne, with many performances in comedy shorts (with Zasu Pitts, Patsy Kelly, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, and others). In the 1930s, she ran a restaurant called, "Thelma Todd's Sidewalk Cafe." read more

Hanging Out at Paramount Studios 1927: Louise Brooks, Thelma Todd, Jack Luden, Gary Cooper

Classic Cinema Gold Posted by Art on Aug 25, 2011

Hanging Out At Paramount Studios in 1927 Gary Cooper, Jack Luden, Louise Brooks, Thelma Todd, Nancy Phillips, James Hall, Doris Hill, and Josephine Dunn.  . Share: • Posted by Art • Thursday, August 25th, 2011 at 5:3 read more

Thelma Todd "The Ice Cream Blonde."

Noir and Chick Flicks Posted by Dawn on Aug 30, 2010

During the silent era, Todd performed in supporting roles that made full use of her beauty. With the talkies, Todd was given opportunity to expand her roles when producer Hal Roach signed her to perform with comedy stars Harry Langdon, Charley Chase, and Laurel and Hardy. In 1931 she was given her read more

SUtS: Thelma Todd

True Classics Posted by Brandie on Aug 29, 2010

Thelma Todd is somewhat overlooked today, as not many modern audiences remember her tragically short career. She died at the age of 29, having completed over 100 short-subject and feature-length pictures in the ten years between her debut in 1926 and her death in 1935. Her death was surrounded by co read more

The Ice Cream Blonde: The Whirlwind Life and Mysterious Death of Screwball Comedienne Thelma Todd

Out of the Past - A Classic Film Blog Posted by Raquel Stecher on Nov 30, -0001

The Ice Cream Blonde The Whirlwind Life and Mysterious Death of Screwball Comedienne Thelma Todd by Michelle Morgan 9781613730386 - 288 pages Chicago Review Press November 2015 Barnes and Noble Shop Indie Bookstores Amazon How will you be remembered after you die? If you’re like me you dre read more

Interview with Thelma Todd biographer Michelle Morgan

Out of the Past - A Classic Film Blog Posted by Raquel Stecher on Nov 30, -0001

Michelle Morgan I had the honor to interview Michelle Morgan, author of The Ice Cream Blonde: The Whirlwind Life and Mysterious Death of Screwball Comedienne Thelma Todd , which I reviewed on this blog last month. It's a fantastic biography that humanizes an otherwise tragic figure. If you haven't read more

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