Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Paula Stone Party

A better copy of a picture we had on the blog before.

From Captain Bijou on facebook:

Fay Wray was the guest of honor at a party thrown on February 2, 1936 to welcome her home after she had worked in British films.

Some of the stars in attendance were (back row left to right): James Blakely, Johnny Mack Brown, Donald Woods, Basil Rathbone and Dorothy Stone. Front row (0left to right): Dolores Del Rio, Fay Wray, Jeanette MacDonald, Paula Stone, Ella Wickersham, Anita Louise, Fred Stone and Glenda Farrell.


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Hal Roach Studios 20th Anniversary Party

The boss with Laurel and Hardy.

Stan Laurel, Mrs. Hal Roach, Oliver Hardy, and Thelma Todd.
Mrs. Roach, Oliver Hardy, Thelma Todd. There was a newspaper article that made a reference to Thelma Todd making faces at Stax ( photographer at the Hal Roach studio ) when he was taking pictures of her. Randy Skretvedt said, "Roy Seawright described Stax to me as a very sweet, very dedicated man who exemplified Southern manners (he was from Kentucky) but had no sense of humor at all, which of course made him the target of practical jokes from the high-spirited denizens of the Roach lot."

Oliver Hardy, Thelma Todd, Hal Roach, Patsy Kelly's left eye, Stan Laurel.

Oliver Hardy, Thelma Todd, Hal Roach, and Stan Laurel.

Oliver Hardy, Mrs. Hal Roach, Will Rogers, Stan Laurel.

At left, Oliver and Myrtle Hardy, Wallace MacDonald and in the background Jesse Lasky. At right coming toward us, Ruby and James Parrott, and Mr. and Mrs. Kent Taylor.

Oliver Hardy, Mrs. Marguerite Roach, Will Rogers, Stan Laurel.

Mrs. Hal Roach, Theda Bara, Hal Roach, Charles Brabin at 20th anniversary of Roach as producer.

Louis B Mayer and Jean Harlow at the Hal Roach 20th Anniversary party December 8, 1933.


Hal Roach 20th Anniversary Celebration

From the Hal Roach Studio group on facebook.

Will Rogers used to write for the papers. Here's something he wrote about the party.

And here he is at the party, with Hal Roach, Theda Bara, and Charlie Chase.


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Thelma Todd And Patsy Kelly Series From Classicflix

The complete series of two-reel comedies will be available for the first time from Classicflix.

Reblogged from

CLASSICFLIX: Silver Series Launches with Todd-Kelly Complete Collection

For the first time on any home video comes all 21 of Hal Roach's two-reelers starring the comedy team of Thelma Todd and Patsy Kelly.
The Complete Hal Roach Thelma Todd and Patsy Kelly Comedy Collection is the inaugural release of our Silver Series line and will street on DVD this June 26th. The 3-disc set also contains as bonus features the three shorts Patsy Kelly filmed after the untilmely death of Thelma Todd.
Initial distribution for this set and all future ClassicFlix releases will be at ClassicFlix.com, Twilight Time and Amazon (pending future distribution agreements). 
About the Silver Series line:
The ClassicFlix Silver Series line will focus on bringing lesser-known titles out of studio vaults at affordable prices. Discs will be pressed (not MOD) upon release, but may become MODs after depletion of initial pressing.
About the The Complete Hal Roach Thelma Todd and Patsy Kelly Comedy Collection (see below).
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.
  • Beauty and the Bus
  • Backs to Nature
  • Air Fright
  • 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
  • Treasure Blues
  • Sing Sister Sing
  • The Tin Man
  • The Misses Stooge
  • Slightly Static
  • Twin Triplets
  • Hot Money
  • Top Flat
  • 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)


Monday, May 14, 2018

Clara Bow And Her Baby

A little late for mother's day, which was yesterday, but here is an autographed picture of Clara Bow and her son George.



MIXED NUTS ( 1934 ) features Dorothy Granger ( shown wrestling on the poster, above ) and Carol Tevis, and was made during the same period as their "Blondes And Redheads" comedies. But they only had small parts in this one, which had a lot of girls in it, the most important of which was Thelma Hill. Thelma Hill had been a Mack Sennett bathing beauty and had worked with Laurel and Hardy during the silent era; this seems to have been her last film.


Saturday, May 12, 2018


ROUGH NECKING is a 1934 Blondes and Redheads comedy with Carol Tevis, June Btewster, and Grady Sutton.