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For Heaven's Sake (1926)

An irresponsible young millionaire changes his tune when he falls for the daughter of a downtown minister.



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Complete credited cast:
Hope, The Downtown Girl
Noah Young ...
Bull Brindle,The Roughneck
The Gangster (as James Mason)
Paul Weigel ...
Brother Paul, The Optimist


The Uptown Boy, J. Harold Manners (Lloyd) is a millionaire playboy who falls for the Downtown Girl, Hope (Ralston) who works in Brother Paul's (Weigel) mission. In order to build up attendance, and win Hope's attention, Harold runs through town causing trouble, and winds up with a crowd chasing him right into the mission. He eventually wins the girl and they marry, but not without some interference from his high-brow friends. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Release Date:

5 April 1926 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A nős hős  »

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(Turner library print)

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1.33 : 1
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This film was the first shown in the Museum of Modern Art's festival tribute to film comedy in 1976. See more »


In the runaway bus sequence, when Harold is on the topless bus trying to gain access to the wheel, his boater is knocked toward the rear of the bus by the banner hanging over the roadway. In the next scene, we see him wearing the hat and climbing onto the bonnet of the bus. When he slips on the banana peel and falls down by the front lights he is no longer wearing the hat. When he crashes through the windscreen, again, the hat is not with him. When the motorcycle policeman attempts to ticket him, however, he grabs the boater from the inside of the vehicle and makes good his escape. See more »


Title Card: The Grotto Cafe, in Slattery Square - Bohemian and table d'hokum.
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An Utter Delight From Mr. Lloyd
9 August 2003 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

Uptown millionaire J. Harold Manners leads a life insulated by his immense wealth until he meets a very pretty young lady working with her father in a Downtown skid row mission.

Comic genius Harold Lloyd had another tremendous success with FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE, a silent film very simple of plot but wildly delirious in terms of hilarious detail & inspiration. Harold had the enviable knack of making an audience like him immediately and empathize with his tribulations. They entered into and became a part of his gags, watching them build and grow, until the final explosion of laughter and the immediate start of his next comedic onslaught.

Here, Harold has two of his finest sequences, two very different extended chases which illustrate his visual wizardry and perfect timing. In the first, Harold infuriates a growing crowd of enraged hoodlums, crooks and ne'er-do-wells into chasing him into the mission, so as to please the sweet young lady. In the second, which climaxes the movie, Harold races to his own delayed wedding, through crowded New York streets (actually filmed in Los Angeles), while shepherding five very friendly and extremely intoxicated bums, culminating in a wild ride atop a runaway double-decker bus. Through it all, Harold exhibits his magnificent athletic ability, putting himself in real danger, a self-imposed peril made even more remarkable by the fact that he was missing half of his right hand.

The production values in the film are absolutely first rate, even down to casting the ‘faces,' wistful & careworn, seen in the mission scenes. The logistics involved in filming the action sequences on actual city streets, involving crowds of extras and split-second precision timing for the stunts, is beyond merely impressive. Lloyd, who fathered the idea, put the film through five previews until he was sure he had it perfect.

Jobyna Ralston once again amply fills the role of the girl of Harold's dreams. Diminutive Paul Weigel exudes saintly goodness as her father. Noah Young brings bullish bluster to his role of a tough gangster tamed by Mr. Lloyd.

Robert Israel has composed an excellent film score which perfectly complements Harold's antics on the screen.

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