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Ring Up the Curtain (1919)

Stage hand Harold falls in love with the leading lady of a visiting theatrical troupe.

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The Stage Hand
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The Leading Lady
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Noah Young ...
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Edith Depew
Florence Depew
Billy Fay
William Gillespie
Oscar Larson
James Parrott
William Petterson
Emmy Wallace ...
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Dorothea Wolbert
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As a group of traveling players are about to arrive at the opera house where they have their next engagement, the manager of the house is in the process of venting his frustrations with his crew. Harold, one of the stage hands, takes a liking to one of the dancers, and he willingly helps her with her baggage - until he realizes that one of her props is a live snake, which causes turmoil when he allows it to get loose. Then, when the show begins, Harold ends up causing further disruptions. Written by Snow Leopard

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Not terrible...
10 February 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

By the early 1920s, Harold Lloyd had become one of the very best and successful screen comics. However, his path to stardom was NOT so simple. In the 1910s, he played a variety of characters who really were really nothing like his sweet bespectacled guy. Even in some of his later films before going on to huge successes when he LOOKED much like the familiar guy he sure didn't act it and the formula still needed a lot of work...such is definitely the case with "Ring Up the Curtain". Sure, this incarnation of Lloyd LOOKS like the great character from such films as "Safety Last" and "The Freshman"....but act like him, not at all. Instead of being a sympathetic character with some depth and likability, this Lloyd is not much different from any other slapstick actor--ready to hit, kick or take pratfalls but nothing more. In fact, the film really has no plot--just Lloyd (and sometimes with Snub Pollard and Bebe Daniels) doing a lot of slapstick stuff with no context, no story...nothing. It's not a terrible film by 1919 standards but also has nothing to recommend it as well...unless you are die- hard fan of Lloyd and insist on seeing all his movies...the good, the bad and the indifferent.


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