Harold LLoyd

Harold Lloyd hanging on for life from a clock in the iconic scene in Safety Last!

Safety Last! [Harold Lloyd]

Safety Last! (1923) starring Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis

Synopsis of Safety Last!

Harold Lloyd hanging on for life from a clock in the iconic scene in 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…)

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Speedy (1928) starring Harold Lloyd, Ann Christy, Bert Woodruff, Babe Ruth

Speedy [Harold Lloyd]

Speedy (1928) starring Harold Lloyd, Ann Christy, Bert Woodruff, Babe Ruth, Byron Douglas

Synopsis of Speedy

Speedy (1928) starring Harold Lloyd, Ann Christy, Bert Woodruff, Babe RuthHarold “Speedy” Swift, a fan of Babe Ruth and the New York Yankees, saves from extinction the city’s last horse-drawn trolley, operated by his girlfriend’s grandfather.

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An Eastern Westerner (1920) starring Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis

An Eastern Westerner [Harold Lloyd]

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…)

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Movie Crazy (1932) starring Harold Lloyd, Constance Cummings

Movie Crazy

Movie Crazy (1932) starring Harold Lloyd, Constance Cummings

Synopsis of Movie Crazy

Movie Crazy (1932) starring Harold Lloyd, Constance CummingsIn 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. (more…)

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From Hand to Mouth (1919) starring Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Peggy Cartwright, Snub Pollard

From Hand to Mouth

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…)

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Bumping into Broadway (1919) starring Harold Lloyd, Bebe Danial, Snub Pollard

Bumping into Broadway

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…)

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The Sin of Harold Diddlebock, starring Harold Lloyd

The Sin of Harold Diddlebock

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…)

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Movie poster for Grandma's Boy, starring Harold Lloyd

Grandma’s Boy

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…)

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Kino Video Slapstick Symposium - The Harold LLoyd Collection - Includes the 1922 feature Grandma's Boy and seven rare short comedies

The Harold Lloyd Collection | Slapstick Symposium

Editorial Review of The Harold Lloyd Collection (Slapstick Symposium), courtesy of Amazon.com

Buy from Amazon.com  This collection of vintage  Harold Lloyd comedies is worth the price just for  Grandma’s Boy, a splendid hour-long feature from 1922. Lloyd plays a small-town fellow who lives with his frisky grandmother; convinced of his own cowardice, he yearns to compete for the hand of a pretty girl. His courtly call to the girl’s home is the occasion for battle with a ridiculous ‘formal’ suit, mothballs, and a litter of kittens attracted by the goose grease on his shoes. There’s also a long (and quite funny) flashback to Lloyd’s ancestor, tangled in a Civil War fracas. (more…)

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Dr. Jack movie poster, starring Harold Lloyd and Mildred Davis

Dr. Jack | Harold Lloyd | movie review

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…)

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