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Look Pleasant, Please (1918)

A photo studio operator seems only interested in flirting with women. After slapping at his advance, a women phones her husband to come kill him. Unsure what to do, Harold randomly enters the studio and is offered to 'manage' the store.

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A photo studio operator seems only interested in flirting with women. After slapping at his advance, a women phones her husband to come kill him. Unsure what to do, Harold randomly enters the studio and is offered to 'manage' the store.

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A start to Lloyd's invaluable zaniness
9 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Look Pleasant, Please is one of the early Harold Lloyd shorts, where the comedian adopted his signature "glasses" character, who, while consistently well-meaning, always found a way to get into trouble and waltz into sticky situations. Here, he plays a man who is victim to a cruel misunderstanding when a photo studio operator ('Snub' Pollard), who's prime interest is flirting with his female customers, takes a pass at one of his female clientele (Bebe Daniels) and goes too far. She phones for her husband, who agrees to come down and rough up the photographer, but when the photographer lends his job over to Harold in a panic, he now becomes the unintentional target for the woman's brutish husband.

There isn't a great deal to say about Look Pleasant, Please other than its own look is rather unpolished and quite manic but not to any particular fault. It moves, it's kinetic enough to be entertaining, but it also stops and recognizes setup is key overall, never loaning too much of its energy to slapstick, although finding a time and place for it. Lloyd is a thoroughly watchable talent, frantic and bearing enough energy for the entire cast of characters, and clearly loves what he's doing every step of the way. The short is sweet and cheerful and, in its own right, a staple to what the late 1910's cinema was all about.

Starring: Harold Lloyd, 'Snub' Pollard, and Bebe Daniels. Directed by: Alfred J. Goulding.


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