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Another Winner from Lloyd
5 June 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Take a Chance (1918)

*** (out of 4)

Harold Lloyd plays a young man who slips and meets a wash lady (Bebe Daniels) and quickly falls for her. When a rich man ('Snub' Pollard) shows up and takes her to the park, Harold follows them but then ends up getting mixed up with an escaped convict. TAKE A CHANCE is certainly going to appeal to silent buffs and especially fans of Lloyd who gets to show that early slapstick, which is just worked to perfection here. There are several highlights here but one involves Lloyd stepping on a bar of soap and then slip sliding all over the place. The physical talents of Lloyd here are incredibly funny. Another great sequence is when he hides in the backseat of a car and makes Daniels and Pollard turn against one another by kissing her and slapping him. The final few minutes of the picture turn into one long chase as Lloyd is mistaken for an escaped prisoner and we get a lot of funny stuff here. A lot of it deals with some silly cops you can't do anything right but these guys are actually much funnier than even the Keystone Kops. As I said, Lloyd really does a fantastic job here and Daniels is as charming as ever.


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