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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A great example of the comedy of Harold Lloyd is to be found in this short subject, An Eastern Westerner. After getting in trouble once too often, Harold's dad sends him out west where men are men and Harold will profit by their example.
Unlike most tenderfeet our west films, Harold never drops his eastern garb and stays true to himself. Of course immediately upon arriving in Piute Pass he makes an enemy of the town boss, Noah Young, a silent screen villain in the best Snidely Whiplash tradition. As is stated in the title, he owns half the town and bullies the rest with his hired men.
He's even got sweet and innocent Mildred Davis who eventually became Mrs. Harold Lloyd in real life under his thumb. He's going to marry her and she is agreeing because Young is holding her father prisoner.
All that changes with Harold on the scene. He maybe an eastern dude, but street smarts are street smarts on a western or eastern street. I think you can figure where this is going.
An Eastern Westerner is a great example of Harold Lloyd's everyman character who rises to the occasion in all of his films.
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