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A young New Yorker is the bane of his Christian parent's existence because of his constant carousing and partying at all hours. As such, his father decides to send the young man to live at ranch of his uncle in Piute Pass in the wild west to get him away from the New York temptations that lead to this unwanted behavior. Before he even gets to the ranch, the young man gets into one misadventure after another using his New York sensibilities in Piute Pass. His primary misadventure involves a sweet young ingénue, the two who fall for each other at first sight. Her father is being held captive by "Tiger Lip" Tompkins, who owns half the county and bullies the rest with his band called the Masked Angels. The ransom is her womanly favors to him. The young man tries to help free the father so that the young man and the ingénue can live happily ever after together, which does not sit well with Tiger Lip and the Masked Angels. Written by
Shortly before this film was made, Harold Lloyd was involved in an accident where a "prop" bomb exploded as he held it in his hand. Lloyd lost his thumb and index finger on his right hand in the explosion. The Goldwyn family had a flesh-colored prosthetic glove made for him so that he could continue his movie work. In many scenes in this movie, you will note that Lloyd's right hand is deliberately not being used. Furthermore, with some of the stunts Lloyd performs, it's difficult to tell that he is handicapped at all! See more »
The Boy's mother:
Don't be harsh on him, dear. I'm sure he's just at the Y-M-C-A.
He may have started to the Y-M-C-A but they moved the building.
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One of the best, if not the best of Lloyd's two-reelers, this hilarious send-up builds on the parody of "Billy Blazes" and makes it ten times funnier thanks to the great build-up given to the central character in the introductory sequences. In fact, the taxi gag gave me the heartiest laugh of the movie and the other prologue dance-hall material was certainly the equal of the wonderful chase climax. (Although in point of fact my second biggest guffaw came from Lloyd's cleverly extended re-working of that old chestnut about missing the bus and chasing after it; which then leads into a nice bit of business with the horse; which then serves to introduce our hero to Mildred Davis, that cutest of cute leading ladies).
As for production values, this two-reeler would be mighty hard to beat. Just look at the size of that cast! The sets and set-pieces stack up as wonders too and would not be thought wanting in the most toutedly expensive of "A" features. Walter Lundin's photography consistently comes across as picturesquely attractive, whilst the fluidity of Hal Roach's smoothly expansive direction certainly gives the lie to the often-repeated claim that as a director he was second-rate.
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