"Speedy" loses his job as a soda-jerk, then spends the day with his girl at Coney Island. He then becomes a cab driver and delivers Babe Ruth to Yankee Stadium, where he stays to see the ... See full summary »
Harold Hall, an accident prone young man with little or no acting ability, desperately wants to be in pictures. After a mix-up with his application photograph, he gets an offer to have a ... See full summary »
The most important family in Hickoryville is (naturally enough) the Hickorys, with sheriff Jim and his tough manly sons Leo and Olin. The timid youngest son, Harold, doesn't have the ... 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... See full summary »
Harold Lamb's dream is to go to college and become the most popular student on campus, much like the character Speedy played by actor Lester Laurel in the movie "The College Hero". Accepted into Tate College, Harold plans on emulating Speedy, including giving himself the nickname Speedy, to gain that popularity, not realizing that if he does so, he will be more the buffoon than the hero. To be the most popular student, he will have to outdo the current most popular student, football captain Chet Trask. Unaware Speedy's task is made all the more difficult when one of the upperclassmen, seeing how hard Speedy is trying to impress, does whatever he can to make Speedy look all the more ridiculous, all the while Speedy believing he is achieving his dream. The bully's efforts are made all the more easy as Speedy is able to buy his way to seeming popularity with the small nest egg he was able to accumulate from work. The one thing that Speedy may not be able to buy is his way onto the ... Written by
This is still Lloyd's "Greatest" film among many treasures!
This Is Harold's Lloyd's finest film and my personal favorite among his works. The World Television Premier of the full length newly restored version will air on TCM the first week in April. I can hardly wait! I've been a rabid and dedicated fan for well over half my life since I first saw this picture in a somewhat abridged format on 16mm at a local festival way back in 1979! By the way I am 35 years old and I've been waiting for and trying to locate a complete version for more than 20 years!
The strikingly beautiful Jobyna Ralston is wonderful in her role as Peggy "The Hat Check Girl" Harold's love interest and the hilarious "Fall Frolic" and "Day of The Big Game" sequences are among the grandest and most unforgettable moments in all of silent comedy! Lloyd always gave the credit to his Co-Directors but their can be no doubt who was always in command Harold was every bit the perfectionist that Chaplin was! He supervised and controlled each and every nuance of production!
I must make note of the fact that this film has been blatantly ripped off over the years By numerous film makers when you see It you will know some of those films and the reason why! Harold Lloyd possessed a very special film making "Genius" which is impossible not to recognize 8 decades later!
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