Lonesome Luke has a movie theater and also works the box office and as an usher. He has to put up with, among other things, an incompetent projectionist who falls asleep all the time. Complications ensue.

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Luke
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Projectionist
Charles Stevenson ...
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Billy Fay
Fred C. Newmeyer
Sammy Brooks
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Angry customer
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Earl Mohan ...
Customer with glasses
Ray Robertson
Harvey L. Kinney
H.L. O'Connor
Hilda Limbeck
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Lonesome Luke has a movie theater and also works the box office and as an usher. He has to put up with, among other things, an incompetent projectionist who falls asleep all the time. Complications ensue.

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Not particularly inspired or entertaining
6 December 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In his days before becoming a mega-star in the 1920s, Harold Lloyd was a very prolific actor in a series of rather shabby comedies where he played a character named 'Lonesome Luke'. Luke was in some ways a knock-off of Charlie Chaplin's 'Little Tramp' but he lacked Chaplin's grace or likability. The public liked these films, but Lloyd yearned to make better films--and the 1920s were wildly successful when he perfected his bespectacled 'Everyman' character. While I have only seen a few of the Luke comedies, there probably aren't too many more out there due to the decomposition of Nitrate stock. In the case of these films, this isn't that great a loss!

Here in LUKE'S MOVIE MUDDLE we find Luke in charge of a movie theater. He not only works the box office but collects tickets and acts as the usher. While this COULD have been cute, the whole thing is handled in a very graceless manner. For laughs, Luke slaps around audience members--throwing them into their seats and hitting them like some sort of boorish jerk. Well, unfortunately, this is the general tempo of the film. While giving it a 3 seems very charitable, it earns this because MANY slapstick films of the day weren't much better--with pointless punching, gouging and bonking. Definitely a product of the times but thankfully his films of the 20s were simply brilliant and today must rank among the very best silent comedies ever. This is ironic, because as a Chaplin knock-off he was terrible but as his own original creation he was on par with Chaplin. Don't believe me? Try THE FRESHMAN or SAFETY LAST (among others) and you'll see what I mean.


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