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Whatever Happened to Hot Toddy? - The Death of Thelma Todd

This article was originally published in the January 2013 issue of the now sadly defunct New Empress Magazine. In honour of both International Women’s Day earlier this week and the centenaryof her birth, we are reposting this to celebrate Thelma Todd; one of the greatest female comedians of her era. 1.922 altre parole




Despite a couple of well-deserved Oscar nominations, Trumbo didn’t trouble the multiplexes for very long at all – perhaps it was a tad too political to draw in the crowds, even with Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston in the lead role, but you can still catch it on the big screen at independent cinemas (it’s showing at Home, Manchester until the 23rd Feb.) It’s essentially a biopic of screenwriter, Dalton Trumbo and if the name doesn’t mean an awful lot to you, certainly some of the movies he wrote will – … 360 altre parole



Standing on the shoulders of Munchkins, and walking in the steps of Comedy Giants in Culver City…

Culver City is a pleasant district to the South West of Los Angeles, not far from LAX airport. 1.563 altre parole

Short Kilts

1924 silent film comedy with James Finlayson as ‘McGregor’s son’.
Starring Stan Laurel. Directed by George Jeske. Produced by Hal Roach.

You’d have thought they’d cast someone older to play his father – or got him to wear a wig!

James Finlayson

Raggedy Rose

1926 silent film comedy with James Finlayson as the butler ‘Simpson Sniffle’.
Starring Mabel Normand. Directed by Richard Wallace in collaboration with Stan Laurel (under F. 12 altre parole

James Finlayson

Luke's Movie Muddle (1916)

While this isn’t the first Harold Lloyd movie reviewed on this blog, it is the earliest I’ve seen with him in a starring comedic role. This comes from his time working for… 416 altre parole


Sold at Auction!

1923 silent film comedy with James Finlayson as Sylvester Finkelbuster, Chief of Police, aka ‘The Man Who WAS Sold’.
Starring Snub Pollard. Directed by Charles Parrott. Produced by Hal Roach.

James Finlayson