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This is an ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH direct from the HAL ROACH STUDIOS. This Photo is OVER 80 YEARS OLD!!! It features actress PERT KELTON and PATSY KELLY.

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. This one is for the 1936 comedy film

PAN HANDLERS

The girls get jobs selling aluminum cookware door to door. In the film the girls spend their last fifty-dollars buying some pots and pans that they then have to try and sell. Door after door they're turned down until they run across a new bride, Rosina Lawrence, who offers to buy them if the girls will cook a meal for her husband and his boss.

Director: William H. Terhune (as William Terhune)

Stars: Patsy Kelly, Pert Kelton, Rosina Lawrence

The entire cast included:

Patsy Kelly ... Patsy
Pert Kelton ... Pert
Rosina Lawrence ... Housewife
Grace Goodall ... Anchor Brand Aluminum Representative

It's a unique item direct from the HAL ROACH Studios. ALL ORIGINAL! It has YELLOWED slightly with age, and PRESS SNIPE ATTACHED!

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MORE INFO ON PERT KELTON: Pert Kelton (October 14, 1907 October 29, 1968) was an American vaudeville, movie, radio and television actress. She was the first actress who played Alice Kramden in The Honeymooners with Jackie Gleason and was a prominent comedic supporting film actress in the 1930s. She performed in a dozen Broadway productions between 1925 and 1968. However, her career was interrupted during the 1950s as a result of blacklisting.

Kelton was born in Great Falls, Montana. Her parents were in Vaudeville. The daughter joined the act, making it the Three Keltons.

Kelton was a young comedian in A-list movies during the 1930s, often as the leading lady's wisecracking friend. She had a memorable turn in 1933 as dance hall singer "Trixie" in The Bowery alongside Wallace Beery, George Raft, Jackie Cooper and Fay Wray. Directed by Raoul Walsh, the film depicts Steve Brodie, the first man to supposedly jump off the Brooklyn Bridge and live to brag about it. Kelton sings to a rowdily appreciative crowd in an energetic dive, using a curious New York accent to good comedic effect, with Beery and Raft arguing over her attentions afterward.

As the witty young Minnie in Gregory LaCava's pre-Code comedy Bed of Roses (1933), she plays a bawdy prostitute (along with Constance Bennett) fond of getting admiring men helplessly drunk before robbing them, at least until getting caught and tossed back into jail. Kelton has all the best lines, surprisingly wicked and amusing observations that would never be allowed in an American film after the Hollywood Production Code was adopted. The movie remains realistic in terms of the interactions of the characters and features an early turn by Joel McCrea as the leading man, a small boat skipper who pulls Bennett from the river after she dives to escape capture.

After her appearance in the film Whispering Enemies (1939), Kelton focused on radio, television and theatre. She did not return to the big screen until 1962, when she was cast as Mrs. Paroo in The Music Man.

During the 1940s, she was a familiar radio voice on such programs as Easy Aces, It's Always Albert, The Stu Erwin Show and the 1941 soap opera We Are Always Young. In 1949, she did the voices of five different characters on radio's The Milton Berle Show. She was also a regular cast member of The Henry Morgan Show. In the early 1950s, she played the tart maid in the Monty Woolley vehicle, The Magnificent Montague.

Kelton appeared in Henry Morgan's Great Talent Hunt, first aired January 26, 1951, hosted by Henry Morgan, and with Kaye Ballard, Art Carney, and Arnold Stang.

Kelton was the original Alice Kramden in The Honeymooners comedy sketches on the DuMont Television Network's Cavalcade of Stars. These sketches formed the eventual basis for the 1955 CBS Television sitcom The Honeymooners. Jackie Gleason starred as her husband Ralph Kramden, and Art Carney as their upstairs neighbor Ed Norton. Elaine Stritch played Trixie, the burlesque dancer wife of Norton, for one sketch before being replaced by Joyce Randolph.

Kelton appeared in the original sketches, generally running about 10 to 20 minutes, shorter than the later one-season half-hour series and 1960s hour-long musical versions. However, she was abruptly dropped from her role as a result of blacklisting and was replaced by Audrey Meadows; rather than acknowledge that she was being blacklisted, her producers explained that her departure was based on alleged heart problems. In his book The Forgotten Network, David Weinstein says Kelton remained on Cavalcade of Stars through the final season of the series (1951-1952), and suggests that it may have been because Jackie Gleason had resisted attempts at having her dropped.

In the 1960s, Kelton was invited back to Gleason's CBS show to play Alice's mother in an episode of the hour-long musical version of The Honeymooners (also known as The Color Honeymooners), with Sheila MacRae as a fetching young Alice. By this time, the original age discrepancies were reversed, with Ralph married to a much younger Alice than himself. Gleason was one of several big names in entertainment determined to break the curse of the blacklist as many rejected the Red Scare of the 1950s as straight hysteria.

In 1963 Kelton appeared on The Twilight Zone, playing the overbearing mother of Robert Duvall in the episode "Miniature."

In her last years, she was strongly identified with Spic and Span because of her TV commercials for that product.

Kelton made her Broadway debut at age 17 in Jerome Kern's Sunny. She played "Magnolia" and sang a song of the same name.

Years later, she was twice nominated for Tony Awards: in 1960, as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Musical) for Frank Loesser's Greenwillow and as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) for Spofford (196768). However, her most memorable Broadway appearance was as the impatient Mrs. Paroo (the mother of Marian Paroo) in Meredith Willson's The Music Man (1957), which she reprised in the 1962 film adaptation; this has become the film role for which she is probably best remembered.

Pert Kelton was part owner of the Warner Kelton Hotel, built in the late 1920s, at 6326 Lexington Avenue, Los Angeles. (A February 20, 1928, article in The Ogden (Utah) Standard Examiner identifies the hotel as the Walton-Kelton Hotel.) The hotel catered to actors and musicians such as Cary Grant, Orry Kelly, and Rodgers and Hart. It had a small outdoor theatre at its rear, along with a wishing well that may have inspired the song "There's a Small Hotel" from the musical On Your Toes (1936). It also housed a speakeasy in the basement. A sign above the hotel entrance reads "Joyously Enter Here".

On October 30, 1968, Kelton died of heart disease at age 61.

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.

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PERT KELTON Patsy Kelly PAN HANDLERS Original PHOTO Hal Roach Studios 1936 Todd
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