The following is Thrilling Days of Yesteryear’s contribution to The Funny Lady Blogathon, hosted by Movies Silently from June 29-30. For further information on the subjects chosen for this event and participating blogs, please click here.
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The event has been the subject of several books and articles—one of them, Andy Edmunds’ Hot Toddy, was adapted into a TV-movie in 1991 entitled White Hot: The Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd…with blonde sexpot Loni Anderson in the title role. This, however, is going to be the extent of my discussion on this particular topic…because I’d rather talk about instead how I best remember Thelma Todd: as one of the finest film comediennes in the history of motion pictures.
back in September of 2010—and I still think my favorite of their shorts is Asleep in the Feet (1933)…with second place going to The Bargain of the Century (1933—directed by Charley Chase) and third Maids a la Mode (1933). Sadly, Pitts left the Roach studios in mid-1933 after failing to come to terms with a new contract…but the Todd two-reel shorts continued; this time pairing Thelma with comedienne Patsy Kelly. I’m on record as saying that while the Todd-Kelly shorts lack the charm of the previous Todd-Pitts entries there is still much comedy gold to be mined from them; I’ve also written about some of their comedies here but my particular favorites include Babes in the Goods (1934), Hot Money (1935) and Top Flat (1935).