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DVD Review – Thelma Todd & Zasu Pitts: The Hal Roach Collection 1931-33

Thelma Todd & Zasu Pitts: The Hal Roach Collection 1931-33

Directed by Hal Roach, Marshall Neilan, George Marshall, Gus Meins, and others.

Starring Thelma Todd and Zasu Pitts.

Synopsis:

Thelma Todd and Zasu Pitts are a comedy duo in these seventeen, pre-code shorts from Hal Roach.

A little over two years ago Turner Classic Movies held an online course on slapstick comedy. While I’d watched Hal Roach’s “Our Gang” shorts before, studying them cultivated a new fondness for the series. It was also during this course that I watched my first Thelma Todd short, “Pip from Pittsburg,” with Charley Chase.

While I don’t remember whether we were told about her suspicious death then, or if it was something I learned about later in the backmatter of an issue of Angel City, I always wanted to seek out more of Todd’s comedy. The same year “Pip from Pittsburg” (1931) came out,

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