Wednesday, August 20, 2014
GOD GAVE ME TWENTY CENTS was one of Thelma Todd's first movies. Here are a couple of photos from this movie, both of which happen to have her on the left.
Two 7 3/8" X 9 5/8" Vintage Original glossy, Double-Weight Linen backed photos with borders of THELMA TODD and cast in the 1926 film, "GOD GAVE ME TWENTY CENTS". This was her second film she was ever in as an actress. In both of the photos, she is in the upper-left corner. She was uncredited in this film. Extremely RARE to ever see photos from the beginning of her film career and uncredited days in film history.
On the back of each photo, handwritten lightly in pencil is "Thelma Todd (L.) 1926". Also handwritten, but in blue ink, is "God Gave Me 20 C."
This is a 7 Up ad from the seventies, utilizing a picture of the Out Gang kids to which they have added 7 Up bottles.
I imagine the kids were not actually involved in this campaign and didn't make any money out of it, just as they didn't make anything when their films were run on television.
A 1952 Monogram reissue poster for FREE EATS.
It seems that Monogram put in the names of various members of the gang whether they were in the film the poster was for or not. Incidentally, Monogram also made the "East Side Kids" movies with "Sunshine Sammy" ( Ernie Morris ) who had been in Our Gang comedies when he was a little boy. Thelma Todd made the movie KLONDIKE at Monogram in 1932.
Press sheet for FREE EATS, an Our Gang comedy produced by the Hal Roach Studio 1n 1932.
An item at lower right proclaims that Spanky McFarland is a new member of the gang. FREE EATS marked his first appearance in an Our Gang comedy.
The old type of artwork seen on these posters tended to depict black people in a way that has since been criticized. But at the time these films were made it was unusual for movies to even depict people of different races as friends, the way the kids were in these films.
And here are a couple of Spanky items that were on the press sheet, I'll put them in at a larger size to make them easier to read.
Monday, August 18, 2014
Today is the birthday of Huntz Hall
who was one of the original Dead End Kids, later a member of the East Side Kids and the Bowery Boys. Like Dorothy Appleby, Huntz Hall and the Dead End Kids came from Broadway.