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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
The Nurse
John Aasen ...
Colosso (as Johan Aasen)
Wallace Howe ...
Mr. Pipps
Jim Mason ...
James H. Blake (as James Mason)
Leo White ...
The Mighty Herculeo
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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1000:1 = Harold Lloyd  »

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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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Ringling Brothers circus giant Cardiff Giant (aka George Auger) was contracted to play the role of Colosso, but died shortly after filming began. A nationwide publicity campaign was instituted to find a replacement. Norwegian John Aasen, living in Minnesota, was discovered as a result of a newspaper article about his shoe size. 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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WHY WORRY? (Fred Newmeyer and Sam Taylor, 1923) ***
18 December 2006 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

I had watched this in Hollywood as well but, given its late-night broadcast (being the last of 7 Lloyd films shown in a row), I was quite tired when its turn came and therefore not in the best position to appreciate it!

Lloyd is a spoilt millionaire and a hypochondriac to boot - not his typical struggling character therefore, but just as resourceful in dealing with situations beyond his control; he goes to a supposedly peaceful South American republic for health reasons and finds it torn by revolution! This film, then, would seem to be the precursor of all the south-of-the-border comedies which came much later - for instance Woody Allen's BANANAS (1971).

Still, while the comic action scenes at the climax certainly deliver the goods - Lloyd is assisted by a giant he met while in prison (and whom he had rid of a crippling toothache) - I think that the film is at its best during the earlier stages (especially the hilarious scene in which, taking a stroll around the village streets, he admires the leisurely lifestyle of the simple-folk there - with everyone he meets apparently sound asleep, unaware that their predicament is actually the result of a fresh beating by the oppressive militia!). Incidentally, this was Jobyna Ralston's first film with Lloyd (playing his loving nurse who, at one point, is disguised as a Mexican serving-boy in order to escape the lecherous attentions of the chief villain!).

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