The Complete Hal Roach Thelma Todd and Patsy Kelly Comedy Collection Out This June

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.

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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)

Miss Annie Rooney (1942) "Who Is She?" Clip w/ Shirley Temple, June Lockhart & Dickie Moore

Here's a clip from Miss Annie Rooney (1942) where Shirley has a "Cinderella" moment with a young and snobbish June Lockhart and then is rescued by Dickie Moore. Don't blink and you'll catch a quick glimpse of young, pre-Superman Noel Neill.



Restored and on Blu-Ray & DVD from ClassicFlix. Buy today!

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SYNOPSIS:

It’s spring in the Rooney household, and starry-eyed Annie dreams of blossoming love. Her father dreams of something more tangible -- to be parked on easy street. But in their working-class Irish neighborhood, the odds are against them both.

Shirley Temple stars in the title role of Miss Annie Rooney and displays all the endearing charms that made her America’s little sweetheart. Along the way, Annie jitterbugs a path straight into the heart of Marty (Our Gang alum Dickie Moore) who may fulfill the hopes of both Annie and her father.

Co-starring William Gargan and Shirley’s Captain January co-star Guy Kibbee, and featuring Peggy Ryan, Roland Dupree and June Lockhart, Miss Annie Rooney is a fun, heart-warming treat that all Shirley Temple fans will enjoy!

Down Three Dark Streets (1954) ClassicFlix Trailer

Here's a trailer we cut for Down Three Dark Streets (1954) starring Ruth Roman and Broderick Crawford. Street date is Tomorrow (04/24)!


When FBI agent Zack Stewart is gunned down in the line of duty, supervisor John "Rip" Ripley (Broderick Crawford) takes over his caseload. Believing that one of Stewart’s three active investigations will reveal the identity of his killer, agent Ripley’s assignment takes him “Down Three Dark Streets”:  chasing down fugitive criminal Joe Walpo (Joe Bassett), breaking down small-time hood Vince Angelino (Gene Reynolds), and hunting down an unknown extortionist threatening helpless Kate Martell (Ruth Roman)—ending with a thrilling climax set against the backdrop of the iconic "Hollywood" sign!

With a supporting cast that includes Martha Hyer, Casey Adams, Jay Adler, Claude Akins and William Johnstone, Down Three Dark Streets was directed by Arnold Laven (Without Warning!) and produced by Jules V. Levy and Arthur Gardner.  The trio would enjoy much success in television as the creative team behind such hits as The Rifleman and The Big Valley.

Oscar-winning cinematographer Joseph F. Biroc (The Towering Inferno) adds the right noir flavor to the tight screenplay by Bernard C. Schoenfeld and The Gordons. Gordon and Mildred Gordon (who wrote the book on which Streets is based, Case File: FBI) would later supply screenplays for such classic films as Experiment in Terror and That Darn Cat!

Five Steps to Danger (1957) Trailer

Here's a trailer we cut for Five Steps to Danger (1957) starring Ruth Roman and Sterling Hayden. Street date is this Tuesday (04/24)!


Sneak Peek at Art for The Man Who Watched Trains Go By (1952)

Here's a sneak peek of the cover art for our upcoming release of The Man Who Watched Trains Go By (1952) starring Claude Rains & Marta Toren.
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Down Three Dark Streets (1954) starring Broderick Crawford & Ruth Roman is in the house and ready to ship! Streets in less than two weeks. Restored and in its original 1.75:1 aspect ratio. Buy it today!







Five Steps to Danger (1957) Has Arrived

Five Steps to Danger (1957) starring Ruth Roman and Sterling Hayden is in the house and ready to ship. Have you pre-ordered your copy?

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KINO: Wayne and Arthur in Lady Takes a Chance, Plus Doug Fairbanks in May -- 3 Day Special Price

Starring John Wayne and Jean Arthur, Kino has slated a May 15th street date for the romantic western comedy A Lady Takes a Chance (1943) on Blu-ray and DVD. We have a 3 day special price on this one!

Also coming to Blu-ray and DVD on May 1st is the Douglas Fairbanks silent western drama The Half-Breed (1916).

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here.