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Thelma Todd’s Film on TCM

Posted by Vinay Sojitra on Aug 31, 2010 | Leave a Comment
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About a dozen Thelma Todd shorts were shown yesterday on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) as a part of “Summer Under the Stars” series. An American actress, Thelma Alice Todd was appeared in about 120 pictures between 1926 and 1935. She won the title of Miss Massachusetts in 1925 and was spotted by a Hollywood talent scout and started her career in film. She is best memorized for her comedic roles in films like Marx Brothers’ Monkey Business and Horse Feathers, a number of Charley Chase’s short comedies, and co-starring with Buster Keaton and Jimmy Durante in Speak Easily.

Thelma Todd's Film on TCM

Thelma Todd was died at the age of 29, under unexplained circumstances on Dec. 16, 1935. Her death was lined a suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning, but many of her fans was believed that it was actually murder associated to the goings-on at her nightclub/restaurant “Thelma Todd’s Sidewalk Cafe.”

The Maltese Falcon / Dangerous Female (1931) which was shown as a part of “Summer Under the Stars” series was find infinitely more entertaining than John Huston‘s celebrated 1941 remake. The Maltese Falcon escapes with certain elements less evident in the 1941 remake, including the daddy-son affiliation between Dudley Digges and his “gunsel” Dwight Frye. Bebe Daniels, Otto Matieson, and Una Merkel are also the enjoyable cast.

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Thelma Todd’s Film list on TCM:

Thelma Todd's Film on TCM

6:00 AM: Broadminded (1931)

A rejected suitor leaves town and gets mixed up in an international chase.
Cast: Joe E. Brown, Ona Munson, Bela Lugosi.
Dir: Mervyn LeRoy.
BW-72 mins, TV-G

7:15 AM: Son Of A Sailor (1933)

A lovesick fool bumbles into espionage and finds a stolen plane.
Cast: Joe E. Brown, Jean Muir, Thelma Todd.
Dir: Lloyd Bacon.
BW-73 mins, TV-G

8:30 AM: REAL MCCOY, THE (1930)

Charlie pretends to be a hillbilly to impress country girl Thelma Todd in hopes of making her his girlfriend.
Cast: Charley Chase, Thelma Todd
Dir: Warren Doane
BW-21 mins, TV-G

9:00 AM: Short Film WHISPERING WHOOPEE (1930)

Charley hires three “party girls” to help him land a business deal.
Cast: Charley Chase, Thelma Todd
Dir: JamesW. Horne
BW-21 mins, TV-G

9:30 AM: Short FilmDOLLAR DIZZY (1930)

Two millionaires try to escape the suitors out to marry them for their money.
Cast: Charley Chase, Thelma Todd, Edgar Kennedy.
Dir: JamesW. Horne.
BW-26 mins, TV-G

10:00 AM: Short Film HIGH C’S (1930)

An entertainer serving in World War I puts music before military service.
Cast: Charley Chase, Thelma Todd, Carlton Griffin.
Dir: JamesW. Horne.
BW-29 mins, TV-G

10:30 AM: PIP FROM PITTSBURG, THE (1931)

Charley agrees to go on a blind date to a dance to help out his friend. Concerned it will be a big disaster like his last blind date Charley tries to be as off putting as possible and goes all out trying to make himself look bad. He is rude to her on the phone, refuses to shave, wears his friend’s old suit and even eats garlic. Unfortunately for him, however, his date turns out to be the lovely Thelma Todd.
Cast: Charley Chase; Thelma Todd
Dir: JamesParrott
BW-21 mins, TV-G

11:00 AM: Short FilmNICKEL NURSER, THE (1932)

A millionaire hires an efficiency expert to get his daughter in line.
Cast: Charley Chase, Thelma Todd, Billy Gilbert.
Dir: Warren Doane.
BW-21 mins, TV-G

11:30 AM: Hips, Hips, Hooray (1934)

Two salesmen try to market a flavored lipstick.
Cast: Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, Ruth Etting.
Dir: Mark Sandrich.
BW-68 mins, TV-G

12:45 PM: Cockeyed Cavaliers (1934)

Two nitwits are mistaken for the king’s physicians in medieval England.
Cast: Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, Thelma Todd.
Dir: Mark Sandrich.
BW-72 mins, TV-G

2:00 PM: Short FilmCATCH AS CATCH CAN (1931)

ZaSu Pitts is a hotel phone operator who finds love in a wrestler with a little matchmaking help from friend Thelma Todd.
Cast: Thelma Todd, ZaSu Pitts, Big Boy WilliAMs
Dir: Marshall Neilan
BW-20 mins, TV-G

2:30 PM: Short FilmRED NOSES (1932)

Comedic duo Thelma Todd and ZaSu Pitts get sent to a spa while recovering from being sick, but it turns out not to be the relaxation they need.
Cast: Thelma Todd, ZaSu Pitts
Dir: James W. Horne
BW-21 mins, TV-G

3:00 PM: Short Film SHOW BUSINESS (1932)

Comedic duo Thelma Todd and ZaSu Pitts travel along with their musical monkey to a show but their antics on the train antagonize the show Director.
Cast: Thelma Todd, ZaSu Pitts
Dir: Jules White
BW-20 mins, TV-G

3:30 PM: Short Film ASLEEP IN THE FEET (1933)

Comedic duo Thelma Todd and ZaSu Pitts try their hand at being charitable by working at a dance club to raise money for a friend.
Cast: Thelma Todd, ZaSu Pitts
Dir: Gus Meins
BW-19 mins, TV-G

4:00 PM: Short FilmMAIDS A LA MODE (1933)

Hal Roach’s comedic duo Thelma Todd and ZaSu Pitts find themselves in a jam when they get caught by their boss at a party.
Cast: Thelma Todd, ZaSu Pitts
Dir: Gus Meins
BW-18 mins, TV-G

4:30 PM: Short FilmBargain of the Century (1933)

Hal Roach’s comedic duo Thelma Todd and ZaSu Pitts find themselves in a jam once again when they are the cause of a police officer losing his job.
Cast: Thelma Todd, ZaSu Pitts
Dir: Charley Chase
BW-19 mins, TV-G

5:00 PM: SOUP AND FISH (1934)

In this Todd/Kelly short, the girls crash a high society party and have trouble fitting in.
Cast: Patsy Kelly, Thelma Todd
Dir: Gus Meins
BW-18 mins, TV-G

5:30 PM: ONE HORSE FARMERS (1934)

The girls buy a farm in Paradise Acres and get scammed.
Cast: Thelma Todd, Patsy Kelly
Dir: Gus Meins
BW-17 mins, TV-G

6:00 PM: OPENED BY MISTAKE (1934)

Patsy looses her job and needs a place to stay over night after getting kicked out of her apartment. She convinces Thelma to let her spend the night at the hospital where Thelma works as a nurse.
Cast: Patsy Kelly, Thelma Todd
Dir: James Parrott
BW-19 mins,

6:30 PM: SING SISTER SING (1935)

Thelma Todd and Patsy Kelly move into an apartment together and become roommates. They end up driving each other crazy and Patsy moves out!
Cast: Thelma Todd, Patsy Kelly
Dir: James Parrott
BW-20 mins, TV-G

7:00 PM: Short Film HOT MONEY (1935)

In this Todd/Kelly short, Patsy and Thelma come across some much needed money that happens to be stolen.
Cast: Thelma Todd, Patsy Kelly
Dir: James W. Horne
BW-17 mins, TV-G

7:20 PM: Short Film Hour For Lunch, An (1939)

BW-9 mins,

7:30 PM: TOP FLAT (1935)

In this Todd/Kelly short, Thelma tries to convince Patsy that she’s struck it rich.
Cast: Thelma Todd, Patsy Kelly
Dir: William:  Terhune
BW-19 mins, TV-G

8:00 PM: Monkey Business (1931)

Four stowaways get mixed up with gangsters while running riot on an ocean liner.
Cast: The Marx Brothers, Thelma Todd, Rockliffe Fellowes.
Dir: Norman Z. McLeod.
BW-78 mins, TV-G, CC

9:30 PM: Horse Feathers (1932)

In an effort to beef up his school’s football team, a college president mistakenly recruits two loonies. Cast: The Marx Brothers, Thelma Todd, David Landau.
Dir: Norman Z. McLeod.
BW-67 mins, TV-G, CC

10:45 PM: Short FilmAnother Fine Mess (1930)

Two vagabonds move into a deserted mansion and pretend to be its owners.
Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Thelma Todd.
Dir: James Parrott.
BW-28 mins, TV-G

11:21 PM: Short FilmGrand Dame, The (1931)

BW-8 mins,

11:30 PM: Short FilmChickens Come Home (1931)

A man risks his marriage to help his best friend deal with blackmailers.
Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Thelma Todd
Dir: James W. Horne
BW-30 mins, TV-G

12:08 AM: Short FilmTree In A Test Tube (1943)

C-6 mins,

12:15 AM: Devil’s Brother, The (1933)

Two wannabe bandits are hired as servants by the real thing.
Cast: Laurel & Hardy, Dennis King, Thelma Todd.
Dir: Hal Roach.
BW-90 mins, TV-G, CC

2:00 AM: Short FilmBohemian Girl, The (1936)

Two pickpockets raise a stolen child, not realizing she’s royalty.
Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Thelma Todd.
Dir: JamesW. Horne, Charles Rogers.
BW-71 mins, TV-G

3:15 AM: Maltese Falcon, The (1931)

In the first screen version of The Maltese Falcon, detective Sam Spade investigates the theft of a priceless statue.
Cast: Bebe Daniels, Ricardo Cortez, Dudley Digges.
Dir: Roy Del Ruth.
BW-79 mins, TV-G, CC

4:45 AM: Mary Stevens, M.D. (1933)

A woman doctor decides to have a baby without benefit of marriage.
Cast: Kay Francis, Lyle Talbot, Glenda Farrell.
Dir: Lloyd Bacon.
BW-72 mins, TV-G

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