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Thelma Todd

Highest Rated:   100% Counsellor at Law (1933)
Lowest Rated:   67% The Maltese Falcon (1931)
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Gorgeous blonde comedienne Thelma Todd was born in Massachusetts, where for two years she was a sixth-grade teacher at Lowell Normal School. After winning the Miss Massachusetts beauty contest in 1924, Todd was selected by producer Jesse L. Lasky to join Paramount Pictures' newly created school for young actors; the school lasted only one year, during which time Todd and her 15 "classmates" (among them Charles "Buddy" Rogers, later the husband of Mary Pickford) appeared in the Paramount film Fascinating Youth (1926). She remained at Paramount until 1927, then moved to First National, where she made her talkie bow in the horror-comedy Seven Footprints to Satan (1929). Though she yearned for dramatic roles, Todd was best suited to comedy, as proven by her long association with the Hal Roach Studios. After appearing as leading lady and comic foil to Harry Langdon, Charley Chase, and Laurel and Hardy, Thelma was given her own starring series of Roach two-reelers in 1931, teamed first with ZaSu Pitts and then with Patsy Kelly. She also appeared with the Marx Brothers in Paramount's Horse Feathers (1932) and Duck Soup (1933); with Joe E. Brown in Broad Minded (1931) and Son of a Sailor (1933); with Buster Keaton in Speak Easily (1932); and with Wheeler and Woolsey in Hips, Hips, Hooray (1934) and Cockeyed Cavaliers (1934). In 1931, she became the protegée and lover of eccentric director Roland West, who decreed that Thelma was too good for mere comic roles and decided to promote her as a dramatic actress. He changed her name to Alison Loyd and starred her in his gangster melodrama Corsair (1931), but the metamorphosis didn't take and soon she was back to comedy assignments with her original name, with a few noncomic roles in such films as the original Maltese Falcon (1931). Late in 1935, Thelma made her last feature-film appearance as the Gypsy Queen in Laurel and Hardy's The Bohemian Girl (1936). On December 14, 1935, hours after leaving a party in an uncharacteristic ill temper, Thelma was found dead in her garage, slumped over the steering wheel of her car. Thelma had died of carbon monoxide poisoning; to this day, it has never been satisfactorily determined whether she committed suicide, was murdered by the gangsters who had recently tried to extort money from her, or died accidentally. Out of respect for their well-liked co-worker, Laurel and Hardy had all but one of Thelma Todd's scenes removed from the final release print of Bohemian Girl.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Klondike
  • Klondike
2014
No Score Yet Unaccustomed As We Are
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Hips, Hips, Hooray!
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Laurel & Hardy
  • Actor
1958
No Score Yet The Bohemian Girl
  • Gypsy queen's daughter
1936
No Score Yet Cockeyed Cavaliers
  • Lady Genevieve
1934
No Score Yet Palooka
  • Trixie
1934
No Score Yet Hips, Hips Hooray
  • Amelia Frisby
1934
No Score Yet Lightning Strikes Twice
  • Judith 'Judy' Nelson
1934
100% Counsellor at Law
  • Lillian La Rue
1933
No Score Yet The Devil's Brother
  • Lady Pamela
1933
No Score Yet Sitting Pretty
  • Actor
1933
96% Horse Feathers
  • Connie Bailey
1932
No Score Yet Speak Easily
  • Eleanor Espere
1932
No Score Yet Red Noses
  • Thelma
1932
No Score Yet The Big Timer
  • Kay Mitchell
1932
No Score Yet Call Her Savage
  • Sunny De Lane
1932
94% Monkey Business
  • Lucille Briggs
1931
67% The Maltese Falcon
  • Iva Archer
1931
No Score Yet Chickens Come Home
  • Mrs. Hardy
1931
No Score Yet Corsair
  • Alison Corning
1931
No Score Yet Another Fine Mess
  • Lady Plumtree
1930
No Score Yet Unaccustomed As We Are
  • Mrs. Kennedy
1929
No Score Yet The Long, Long Trail
  • Actor
1929
No Score Yet Naughty Baby
  • Actor
1928
No Score Yet The Noose
  • Phyllis
1928
No Score Yet Nevada
  • Hettie Ide
1927

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