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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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 »
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Travelling to South America to convalesce, a wealthy hypochondriac inadvertently thwarts a military coup after the locals mistake him for an intervening US banker (and as he mistakes them for hotel employees) in this chaotic Harold Lloyd comedy. The film has some very funny moments due to language barrier issues with Lloyd hilariously signing his name on a list of prisoners to be shot at sunrise at one point, however, mistaken identity comedy is hardly Lloyd's forte. As such, the film is full of gags that do not exactly give Lloyd the chance to show off what he does best. There is also a painfully long sequence that seems to go on forever as Lloyd tries to extract a sore tooth from giant he befriended in jail. As the giant in question though, John Aasen turns in a remarkably good performance for a first time actor. Quality supporting turns also come from Jim Mason as the revolutionary leader and Jobyna Ralston as Lloyd's long-suffering nurse. Given the title and the protagonist's hypochondria, it would have been nice for the film to offer some food for thought in terms of worrying about problems that are not as big as they seem, but everything here is about the laughs. It is amusing too, but Lloyd is not always in his element.
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