Harold LLoyd

Harold Lloyd

Get Out and Get Under – Harold Lloyd

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…)

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The Freshman, starring Harold Lloyd

The Freshman, starring Harold Lloyd

movie review of  The Freshman  (1925) starring Harold Lloyd

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In  The Freshman,  Harold Lloyd plays the role of Harold (Speedy) Lamb, a starry-eyed college freshman, who’s been dreaming of becoming a “big man on campus”, imitating his college football player idol all the way down to imitating a (silly) jig that he does before shaking someone’s hand.   Once he’s at college, his over-eagerness makes him an object of ridicule by many, but his determination compensates.  For example,  Harold Lloyd thinks he’s made the college football team, when at first the coach is simply using him as a tackling dummy  (a very funny scene), and later as the waterboy. (more…)
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The Cats-Paw, starring Harold LLoyd

The Cats-Paw, starring Harold Lloyd

movie review of  The Cats-Paw  (1934) starring Harold Lloyd

Buy from Amazon.com The Cats-Paw is a very different Harold Lloyd movie; however, it’s also a very funny movie, and one that I enjoyed very much.

Very different from his roles up to this point,  Harold Lloyd plays the part of Ezekiel Cobb, a naive young man who’s been raised in China by his missionary parents.   He returns to the United States to seek a wife –  much of the humor in the early part of the movie deals with the ‘fish out of water’ nature of his character, as contemporary American slang is a foreign language to him.   Along the say, he is enlisted by the corrupt political machine of the fictional city of Stockport, led by the corrupt Jake Mayo (played by George Barbier) to run as the ‘reform’ candidate, where he’s expected to be the “cats paw” of the party leadership – and expected to lose.    Unexpectedly, he wins and starts a campaign to live up to his promise to clean up the town of the corrupt political machine that runs things behind the scenes. (more…)

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