Harold Hall, an accident prone young man with little or no acting ability, desperately wants to be in pictures. After a mix-up with his application photograph, he gets an offer to have a ... See full summary »
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 Time: Several thousand cocktails before the Prohibition Hour.
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As can be deduced from its title, this short puts Harold Lloyd into a favorite environment with star comedians; still its opening moments largely take place inside a club, where rich-kid Lloyd falls foul of the proprietor because of his over-energetic dancing!
Sent out West by his disapproving family, he meets and falls for poor girl Mildred Davis - who is coveted by the tyrannical town boss, for whom she's forced to work; the latter is a truly hissable villain, a bully whom even the townsfolk would like to get rid of (as evidenced by the number of attempts made on his life throughout) but who literally holds the town in the palm of his hand (demonstrated in a wonderful optical effect) with the aid of a KKK-type gang!
Lloyd, of course, summons enough courage to protect the girl and with a good deal of ingenuity is able to teach the villain a lesson, and finally to flee the town with his new-found lover in tow. Ultimately, though certainly funny and enjoyable, this isn't up to the level of an equivalent Keaton short or the films Chaplin made for the Mutual company.
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