Movie Crazy (1932) starring Harold Lloyd, Constance Cummings
Synopsis of Movie Crazy
In Movie Crazy, Harold Lloyd is a country bumpkin who desperately wants to go to Hollywood and become a star. However, he’s not that good when trying to act – but unintentionally hilarious. Despite failing his screen test, fate allows him to be hilarious on screen, and get a movie contract.
Review of Movie Crazy
The plot of Movie Crazy isn’t the most original, but Harold Lloyd is hilariously funny! His character earns his nickname of “Trouble” – unintentionally. His character isn’t funny on purpose, but he’s hilarious. There’s an extended fight scene at the end of the film that’s one of the funniest things that I’ve ever seen. Fans of the Three Stooges will recognize a bit there that was later “borrowed” in Sing a Song of Six Pants. But the entire fight scene is equal parts comedy and serious.
There is the typical “boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back” romantic subplot with Constance Cummings. He has a romantic rival in Kenneth Thomson, who becomes his opponent in the fight scene. But before then, he attends a dance. A formal dance, where he’s wearing a tuxedo. A tuxedo borrowed from a magician. Anyone who’s seen Curly Howard do this in the Three Stooges shorts knows exactly what happens next. And, along the way, he manages to alienate a producer’s wife. It’s a very funny scene, that starts slowly and works up to its’ conclusion.