This is an ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH direct from the HAL ROACH STUDIOS. This Photo is OVER 80 YEARS OLD!!! It features actress LYDA ROBERTI showing her dancing skills and the AVALON BOYS, who were a quartet of singers popular in the 1930s. The Avalon Quartette appeared in a number of comedy films and had a memorable role in Laurel & Hardy's WAY OUT WEST.

It's an original Photograph to promote the actresses who co-starred in the film that aired after the death of THELMA TODD. Todd's co-star PATSY KELLY was paired up in later years with blond look-a-likes of Todd, for continuing HAL ROACH Comedy film shorts for the 1936 comedy film


Patsy's working at Rumplemeyer's Donut Shop in Brooklyn. By accident she catches Mr. Rumplemeyer's trousers in the donut machine as he's leaving to pick his niece who's arriving from the old country, so he gives Patsy cab fare and sends her. She forgets her purse, so when she arrives at the immigration office, she can't pay the cabbie, who tells her he'll wait while the meter runs. Inside, Patsy finally finds the high-spirited Lyda, but by then, Patsy has sneaked into the holding area and may need a passport to get out. She hides in Lyda's trunk, but with the cabbie, a suspicious immigration officer, and a traffic cop buzzing around will uncle and niece ever connect?

Director: William H. Terhune (as William Terhune)

Stars: Patsy Kelly, Lyda Roberti, Al Shean

The entire cast included:

Patsy Kelly ... Patsy Kelly
Lyda Roberti ... Lyda Roberti
Al Shean ... Adolph Rumplemeyer
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... First Immigration Officer (as Robert O'Connor)
Joe Twerp ... Second Immigration Officer
The Avalon Boys ... Singing Group (as The Avalon Four)

It's a unique item direct from the HAL ROACH Studios. ALL ORIGINAL! It has YELLOWED with age, and PRESS SNIPE ATTACHED! It has the original film title, MUTINY ON THE BOUNDARY, a take off of MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY which was popular one year earlier!

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MORE INFORMATION ON LYDA ROBERTI: Lyda's father was German clown Roberti, her mother a Polish trick rider. As a child performer, she toured Europe and Asia with the Circus in which she was born, leaving it (and her reportedly abusive father) in Shanghai, China. In this truly international city, Lyda became a child cafe entertainer and learned the fractured English that became her trademark. Around 1927, she emigrated to California, finding work in vaudeville, where she was "discovered" in 1930 by Broadway producer Lou Holtz and became an overnight star in his 1931 show 'You Said It'. Lyda's unforgettable stage and screen character was a sexy blonde whose charming accent and uninhibited man-chasing were played for hilarious laughs. From 1932-35 she made 8 comedy and musical films mainly at Paramount, with Fields, Cantor, and other great comedians; her unique singing style was also popular on the radio and records. Her health declining from premature heart disease, she briefly replaced the late Thelma Todd in Hal Roach comedy shorts with Patsy Kelly and appeared in 3 features for MGM and Columbia, then retired from film work a few months before her fatal heart attack at age 31.

MORE INFO ON PATSY KELLY: She teamed up with Thelma Todd in a series of 2 reelers 1931-35. She won a tony in 1971 for "No, No, Nannette" Her brother gave her the nickname "Patsy." Frank Fay, her boss at one point, developed a crush on her, but she rejected him. Later, when she called him "Frank" instead of Mr. Fay, he fired her. Won Broadway's 1971 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Musical) for "No, No, Nannette. She was again nominated in the same category in 1973 for "Irene." In 1934, she was the only passenger in an automobile on the Santa Monica pier driven by actor and female impersonator Gene Malin. He accidentally backed the car off the pier and subsequently drowned. Kelly survived.

MORE INFO ON HAL ROACH: Hal Roach was born in Elmira, New York in 1892. After working as, among other things, a gold prospector, he wound up in Hollywood and began picking up jobs as an extra in comedies, where he met comedian Harold Lloyd. He began producing, directing and writing a series of short film comedies starring Lloyd around 1915. These were quite successful, and Roach started his own production company and eventually bought his own studio. By the early 1920s he had eclipsed Mack Sennett as the King of Comedy and created many of the most memorable comic series of all time, even by today's standards. These include the team of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Charley Chase and The Little Rascals. By the late 1930s Roach's formula for success was jeopardized by audience demands for bigger, feature-length productions, and he was forced to try his hand at making full-length screwball comedies, musicals and dramas, although he still kept turning out two-reel comedies. By the 1950s he was producing mainly for television. In 1983 his company developed the first successful digital colorization process. Roach then became a producer for many TV series on the Disney Channel, and his company still produces most of their films and videos.

This item is part of Backlot Movie Memorabilia and collectibles in-store inventory from our shop which is located in the heart of Hollywood, where we have been in business for OVER 40 years!!!

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