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Why Worry? (1923)

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Harold Van Pelham (Lloyd) is a hypochondriac, rich businessman who sails to the tropics for his 'health.' Instead of the peace and seclusion he is seeking, he finds himself in the middle of... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Harold Van Pelham
Jobyna Ralston ...
The Nurse
John Aasen ...
Colosso (as Johan Aasen)
Wallace Howe ...
The Valet
Jim Mason ...
Jim Blake (as James Mason)
Leo White ...
Gaylord Lloyd ...
Mark Jones ...
Mounted Captain


Harold Van Pelham (Lloyd) is a hypochondriac, rich businessman who sails to the tropics for his 'health.' Instead of the peace and seclusion he is seeking, he finds himself in the middle of a revolution. He is imprisoned where he befriends the friendly giant, Colosso (Aasen), and they engineer an escape. Together, they quell the revolution. Written by Herman Seifer <>

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9 September 1923 (USA)  »

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(Turner library print)

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(tinted and toned)|

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1.33 : 1
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Harold Lloyd's first film with leading lady Jobyna Ralston. She was picked primarily because Lloyd wanted somebody who was exactly the opposite of his previous leading lady, Mildred Davis, who had by then retired from films to become Mrs. Harold Lloyd. See more »


The chalk marking Harold makes for the spare in bowling changes. See more »


Harold Van Pelham: Why didn't you tell me I love you?
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Referenced in Dogs of War (1923) See more »

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Okay, But Harold''s Had Funnier Films
8 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a so-so silent film comedy starring Harold Lloyd. It was okay but not as good as I had expected it after reading several national critics rave about it. I've also seen other Lloyd films and this doesn't match up. It doesn't mean it doesn't have its funny moments: it does, but not enough of them to highly recommend.

The highlight, as is the case with so many silent film comedies, is the last 10-15 minutes in which the action is almost non-stop.

Most the slapstick action involves Harold and a giant....and I mean giant! This guy has to be one of the biggest people I've ever seen, on or off screen.

Harold plays a rich insomniac who heads to a remote South American country for a little R&R. Unfortunately, he runs smack into a revolution and is considered a threat. So, not only is the little town in chaos but Harold's life is particularly in danger. However, our hero has the giant on his side after helping the big boy get rid of his horrible toothache. Together, the two of them wipe out an entire army! Ludicrous, of course....but that's a Lloyd film and it supposed be ridiculously funny.

And, as usual in these films, Harold falls in love with Jobyna Ralston, a pretty woman who was in a number of his films, starting with this one. He quells the riot, gets the girl and loses his hypochondria....all in one hour!

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