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Grandma's Boy (1922)

Passed  -  Comedy | Family  -  3 September 1922 (USA)
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Always the mama's boy, or in this case a grandma's boy, Sonny joins a posse after a tramp accused of robbery and murder. He is unable to conquer his cowardice until Grandma tells him of his... See full summary »


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Always the mama's boy, or in this case a grandma's boy, Sonny joins a posse after a tramp accused of robbery and murder. He is unable to conquer his cowardice until Grandma tells him of his grandfather, also a coward, who overcame his fears with the help of a magic amulet. With new courage (and the charm), Sonny captures the fugitive and becomes the hero of the day. Written by Herman Seifer <>

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bully | cowardice | murder | fugitive | tramp | See more »


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Comedy | Family


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3 September 1922 (USA)  »

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Grandma's Boy  »

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$100,000 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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The flashback scenes set in the Civil War are actually the original short around which this movie was built. See more »


Right after Harold has been deputized, he enters the barn and lets off a shotgun blast which stirs up a flock of chickens. In the long shot, the chickens are flying around Harold and he still holds the rifle; in the next shot, a medium shot, his hands are empty; in the following shot, which is another long shot, he's once again holding the rifle. See more »


Featured in American Masters: Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius (1989) See more »


You Are the Ideal of My Dreams
(1910) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Herbert Ingraham
Sheet music shown before The Girl plays it on piano
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Getting Courage With Mr. Lloyd
13 October 2003 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

GRANDMA'S BOY is a terribly timid fellow until the old lady decides to instill some much needed courage into him.

This sweetly poignant and very funny film started off as a two-reeler, but star Harold Lloyd, with the approval of producer Hal Roach, kept adding gags until the completed picture ran about an hour. Harold also wanted something else - to instill a serious element to the story and his character, an innovation new to American comedy films.

He succeeded brilliantly, with the finished film a joy, blending the hilarious and the sentimental seamlessly. As always, Harold is a special treat to watch, his amazing athletic abilities made even more impressive by the fact that he was missing half of his right hand. The plot makes Harold deal with both a contemptible bully and a vicious tramp, giving our hero full opportunity for running, falling, leaping & almost endless fisticuffs, all of which he carries off with great skill and good humor. And just to show that his bag of tricks is not depleted Harold throws in an uproarious Civil War flashback to delight the viewer.

Lovely Mildred Davis plays the girl of Harold's dreams. Charles Stevenson as the Rival and Dick Sutherland as the Tramp both make wonderful villains. Noah Young, who so often played the heavy in Harold's films, here has the relatively small role as the sheriff of Blossom Bend. Best of all is sweet elderly Anna Townsend, playing Harold's little darling of a grandma; whether attacking the Tramp with a broom or rejoicing at her grandson's newly found courage, she remains the heart of this very special movie. Anna Townsend would die the following year, 1923, at the age of 78.

Robert Israel has composed an excellent film score which perfectly complements Harold's antics on the screen.

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