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CLASSICFLIX: Silver Series Launches with Todd-Kelly Complete Collection

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  1. rdf8585

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    For the first time on any home video comes all 21 of Hal Roach's two-reelers starring the comedy team of Thelma Todd and Patsy Kelly.

    The Complete Hal Roach Thelma Todd and Patsy Kelly Comedy Collection is the inaugural release of our Silver Series line and will street on DVD this June 26th. The 3-disc set also contains as bonus features the three shorts Patsy Kelly filmed after the untilmely death of Thelma Todd.

    Initial distribution for this set and all future ClassicFlix releases will be at ClassicFlix.com, Twilight Time and Amazon (pending future distribution agreements).

    About the Silver Series line:

    The ClassicFlix Silver Series line will focus on bringing lesser-known titles out of studio vaults at affordable prices. Discs will be pressed (not MOD) upon release, but may become MODs after depletion of initial pressing.

    About the The Complete Hal Roach Thelma Todd and Patsy Kelly Comedy Collection (see below).

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    For the first time on home video comes all 21 of Hal Roach's two-reelers starring the lovely Thelma Todd and the pugnacious Patsy Kelly. These timeless shorts showcase the incredible comedic talents of an unsung duo who simply wanted to make audiences laugh... and succeeded!

    In Hollywood, the laugh factory operated by Roach was known to one and all as "The Lot of Fun." Established in 1915, the studio hosted many of the familiar names in comedy at one time or another: Harold Lloyd, Charley Chase and the popular and iconic team of Laurel and Hardy.

    Determined to find the female equivalent of "The Boys," Roach paired Thelma Todd (already under contract and a veteran of several Chase shorts) with comic actress ZaSu Pitts. Thelma and ZaSu appeared in 17 shorts between 1931 and 1933 that were very popular with moviegoers, but their fruitful partnership ended when Pitts and Roach failed to come to terms on a new contract.

    After seeing comedienne Patsy Kelly in the stage production of Flying Colors, Roach agreed that she was the perfect replacement for ZaSu, and the new team of Todd-Kelly was soon putting out hilarious efforts like Babes in the Goods(1934), Maid in Hollywood (1934) and Top Flat (1935). All-American Toothache (1936) would be their final pairing as Todd's tragic death brought an end to the girls' entertaining partnership.

    Though efforts were made to jump-start the franchise with Pert Kelton and Lyda Roberti, the writing was on the wall where Roach's two-reelers were concerned as the producer soon transitioned solely to "streamliners" and feature films.

    SHORTS:

    1933

    • Beauty and the Bus
    • Backs to Nature
    • Air Fright
    1934

    • Babes in the Goods
    • Soup and Fish
    • Maid in Hollywood
    • I'll Be Suing You
    • Three Chumps Ahead
    • One-Horse Farmers
    • Opened by Mistake
    • Done in Oil
    • Bum Voyage
    1935

    • Treasure Blues
    • Sing Sister Sing
    • The Tin Man
    • The Misses Stooge
    • Slightly Static
    • Twin Triplets
    • Hot Money
    • Top Flat
    1936

    • An All-American Toothache
    BONUS FEATURES:

    • Patsy Kelly and Pert Kelton Short Pan Handlers (1936)
    • Patsy Kelly and Lyda Roberti Shorts At Sea Ashore and Hill-Tillies (both 1936)
     
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    Woo-hoo!
     
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    Good Bonus features - and lets hope the 17 Todd-Pitt shorts are released as well.
     
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    That would be nice but I understand another company has the license to those shorts.
     
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    Great news!
     
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    Interesting. Let's hope this does well so other companies who have the rights to other parts of the Roach Library will put the material they have out on DVD.
     
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    Speaking of Hal Roach, has there been any word about the release of the discovered reel from L&H's silent short "Battle of the Century" from a few years ago and if so, any new updates on a possible release?
     
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    Always glad to see more Hal Roach material show up on disc. I think there are a quite a number of these I haven't seen. Patsy Kelly can occasionally wear a bit thin with me, and I admit I have a greater preference for the earlier Todd-Pitts entries. The whole series could be somewhat uneven at times, to put it charitably. But I'll never forget the big laugh I got in that Todd-Pitts short where the gals were on the train with their pet monkey, who starts pestering Anita Garvin in the Pullman car. That's the great thing about the Roach shorts. They lull you into a happy mood with the atmosphere and music, and then hit you almost unexpectedly with some really, really funny bits. The last Todd-Kelly short I remember seeing was a pretty big clunker, though. In fact, I'm not even too sure I recall ANY of the Todd-Kelly ones standing out all that much. But I'm still thoroughly happy to see these come out.

    Actually, I'm glad this release is going to include the Lyda Roberti stuff. I've often found her a pretty hilarious comedienne, with her bizarrely mixed European accent and wacky syntax. Such a shame she died so young, just like Todd. And for that matter, Marjorie White, who was also a marvelous, funny gal. Rough decade for some really funny, talented ladies.
     
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