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 »
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
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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 »
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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