The young couple have decided to marry and it is time to ask the father for the hand of his daughter. Problem is, the father does not want to give the daughter away. So every time he goes ... See full summary »
Country Doctor, Jack Jackson is called in to treat the Sick-Little-Well-Girl, who has been making Dr. Saulsbourg and is sanitarium very rich, after years of unsuccessful treatment. His ... See full summary »
Fred C. Newmeyer,
John T. Prince
A mild-mannered young man has left home, and is now playing the piano in a bar in the west. The dangerous criminal Dagger-Tooth Dan enters the bar where the young man is playing. Soon ... See full summary »
After numerous failed attempts to commit suicide, our hero (Lloyd) runs into a lawyer who is looking for a stooge to stand in as a groom in order to secure an inheritance for his client (... See full summary »
The popular young Miss Wiggle has many upper-class suitors, but she prefers Harold to any of them. Her father, though, chases Harold away, because he is arranging for his daughter to marry Professor Noodle. When Harold learns this, he intercepts the Professor on his way to tea at the Wiggles' house, and he then impersonates the Professor. Written by
At the beginning of his career, Harold Lloyd copied other comedians' styles (such as his "Lonesome Luke", which was a derivation of Chaplin's "Little Tramp"). However, by 1917 Lloyd had perfected the look of his later characters (the glasses, hat and suit), but it took him another 'three or four years to soften and improve upon the character. You see, up until about 1920 or 1921, Harold Lloyd's characters in film were not especially sweet or likable--a far cry from his decent "everyman" character he later played to perfection in films like SAFETY LAST and THE FRESHMAN.
Here, Lloyd plays one of these difficult to like guys. While you want to like him and feel for him (after all, he's been told he can't marry his girlfriend), he's so mean and abrasive it's hard to care. When he visits her home, he spends most of the time slapping her father around in true slapstick fashion--resulting in an ordinary comedy for the period, but nothing that is sublime or transcendent of the medium.
I recommend this film to Lloyd fans and film historians. All others, try his later silent films first--otherwise relatively ordinary and dull films like this one will drive you away for good!
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