After the incredible success of Laurel and Hardy, Hal Roach decided to try to replicate the formula with a series of shorts with strong female leads.
Marion Byron & Anita Garvin (1928-29)
Although this pair only made three silent shorts together, their film A Pair of Tights (1929) is considered one of the best silent shorts ever released. The Byron/Garvin dynamic worked with the tall and glamorous Anita butting up against the petite and goofy Marion.
ZaSu Pitts & Thelma Todd (1931-33)
This pairing was far more successful than the first, with the stylish Thelma paired with the moony ZaSu. The pair made five shorts together.
Thelma Todd & Patsy Kelly (1933-35)
After Pitt’s departure, Thelma was paired with the straight-talking Patsy Kelly, which resulted in even more success. Their shorts continued until Todd’s death in 1935