Safety Last! (1923) starring Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis
Synopsis of Safety Last!
With its torrent of perfectly executed gags and astonishing stunts, Safety Last! is the perfect introduction to the comic genius of Harold Lloyd. He plays a small-town bumpkin trying to make it in the big city, who finds employment as a lowly department-store clerk. Laugh-out-loud funny and jaw-dropping in equal measure, Safety Last! is a movie experience par excellence, anchored by a true legend. (more…)
Speedy (1928) starring Harold Lloyd, Ann Christy, Bert Woodruff, Babe Ruth, Byron Douglas
Synopsis of Speedy
An Eastern Westerner (1920) starring Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis
Synopsis of An Eastern Westerner
In the silent short film An Eastern Westerner, the father of a spoiled young man ships him out West from New York to his uncle’s ranch. The father hopes that the young man will toughen up and learn responsibility. Once there, he squares off against a town bully and falls for a local belle. (more…)
From Hand to Mouth (1919) starring Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Peggy Cartwright, Snub Pollard
From Hand to Mouth begins with a pretty young woman (Mildred Davis) stands to inherit a fortune. But a crooked lawyer deliberately does not tell her she must prove her claim before midnight. If she fails, the inheritance will go to her foster brother, whom the lawyer’s in league with. With blatant eye-winking between the two demonstrates. The lawyer decides to be doubly certain and hires a man (Snub Pollard) and his gang to kidnap her.
Meanwhile, a penniless young man (Harold Lloyd) and an unrelated child (the waif, Peggy Cartwright) are both hungry. (more…)
Bumping into Broadway (1919) starring Harold Lloyd, Bebe Danial, Snub Pollard
Synopsis of Bumping into Broadway
Harold Lloyd silent comedy short film where he’s an aspiring playwright who spends his last dime to help his boardinghouse neighbor, a struggling starlet (Bebe Daniels) pay her rent. Pursuing her, he winds up at a gambling club, where he accidentally wins big, just before a police raid. (more…)
Synopsis of The Sin of Harold Diddlebock
In The Sin of Harold Diddlebock, Harold Diddlebock is a bank cashier with 22 years of service behind him and thinks only ahead to a time when he can marry the cashier further down the aisle. When he gets fired his dream appears to be over, but a winning streak at betting finds him the new owner of a circus. Then the fun really begins! (more…)
Grandma’s Boy (1922) starring Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis
Grandma’s Boy is the story of a quiet, shy, and yes, cowardly young man played by Harold Lloyd. His childhood is shown in flashback, humorously showing his cowardly nature. Which gets him in further trouble as he’s courting his girlfriend (Mildred Davis) only to be intimidated by a bully (Charles Stevenson) who takes credit for churning the ice cream (the film is set back in the 1920’s after all) and ends up pushing him into a well — where his suit comically shrinks. (more…)
Dr. Jack (1922) starring Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis
I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by Harold Lloyd’s Dr. Jack. I’m not a huge fan of Harold Lloyd, but I truly enjoyed Dr. Jack. The basic plot deals with the Sick-Little-Well-Girl (played by Harold Lloyd’s future wife, Mildred Davis). She’s been under the care of an unscrupulous doctor, who keeps her medicated, in the dark (literally) and away from song and laughter. Feeding her father’s fear of the slightest sniffle, and charging him exorbitant fees. The family lawyer doesn’t trust the doctor, and suggests to the father that he bring in another doctor to consult.
At the same time, the audience is being introduced to Dr. Jack (Harold Lloyd), a poor but beloved country doctor, who dashes out on a medical emergency — “Mary’s dying!” This leads to several very funny comic scenes on the way, as he leaves his car running in a circle on his front lawn while he dashes into his house to get his medical bag, moves cows out of the way while the car is running behind them, and being pulled over by a motorcycle cop (who merely wants to give him the remainder of his breakfast that his housekeeper has packed for him). His car overheats on the way, and he falls off the police officer’s motorcycle, borrows a bicycle and falls off that, and runs the rest of the way. Only to find out that “Mary” is a young girl’s doll, who’s fallen into their well. (more…)
Get Out and Get Under (1920), starring Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis
Get Out and Get Under is a Harold Lloyd silent film comedy with a very basic plot. The Boy (Harold Lloyd) oversleeps, and must get to the home of The Girl (Mildred Davis) to put on an amateur theatrical production before his rival can take his place. But he runs into one problem after another on his way there. Get Out and Get Under is a very funny film, and served as my introduction to Harold Lloyd. I knew that he was renowned for his dangerous, physical comedy. There’s plenty of room for that here, with his misbehaving vehicle. But I’d never actually watched a Harold Lloyd comedy before. (more…)