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DVD: Lombard plays 'Fast And Loose,' and put on Thelma's shorts



Yesterday's entry alerted you to a new and improved Criterion DVD of the Carole Lombard classic "My Man Godfrey." As it turns out, it's not her only film now making waves on home video.

"Fast And Loose" (above, with Frank Morgan), the 1930 film Lombard shot at Paramount's Astoria studios in Queens, was recently issued on DVD-R via Universal Vault. (Universal holds rights to much of Paramount's pre-1948 library thanks to a deal in the mid-fifties.) It's among the first batch of vault releases for Universal since 2016.



That's Miriam Hopkins, later a Lombard rival for roles, on the cover of that publicity book; Carole here has a supporting part. Part of the script was written by Preston Sturges, a friend of Lombard's, although she never got around to working with him once he became a noted director. I think Carole would be amused to discover that here, she's billed above Hopkins and Morgan. (She's not in the artwork, either -- that's Hopkins and future cowboy star Charles Starrett.)



Someone at Nitrateville.com recently bought a copy and reports that its picture and sound quality both are excellent. You can purchase a copy for $10.49 at https://www.lovingtheclassics.com/by-title/f/fast-and-loose-1930.html, or for $19.98 at Amazon.com (https://www.amazon.com/Fast-Loose-Carole-Lombard/dp/B07CVRWD79/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1529271773&sr=8-2&keywords=fast+and+loose+dvd).

But Lombard isn't the only ill-fated blonde comic beauty getting her propers on DVD. If you like your comedy in two-reel doses, have we got news for you.



Thelma Todd, the beloved star of Hal Roach shorts, is part of two upcoming DVD collections co-starring each of her two most notable femme partners.



While Thelma's first female teammate in comic crime was Zasu Pitts, their 17-film collection won't be available until October; Todd's 21 shorts with Patsy Kelly, made between 1933 and 1935, will be released a week from Tuesday (June 26).

The Todd-Kelly three-disc set includes three two-reelers made after Thelma's mysterious death where Roach teamed Patsy with Pert Kelton and Lyda Roberti. Both are fine comic actress, but neither of them is Todd.



Thelma's pre-Code sex appeal is apparent in this screenshot from "Babes In The Goods" in early 1934. But her comic talent was such that she didn't miss a beat once the Code was enforced and lingerie shots were deemed verboten.

Order the Todd-Kelly package from Amazon for $39.99. Go to https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D2SWHJD.



The Todd-Pitts set, whose extras include stills, a poster gallery and several commentaries, is to be released Oct. 9 and can be pre-ordered at Amazon for $39.95. Learn more at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DPFG4S6/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_U_9BvjBbPF2QE72.
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