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Welcome Danger (1929)

Passed  |   |  Comedy  |  12 October 1929 (USA)
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Harold Bledsoe, a botany student, is called back home to San Francisco, where his late father had been police chief, to help investigate a crime wave in Chinatown.

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(dialogue) (as Paul Gerard Smith) , (story), 3 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
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Harold Bledsoe
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Billie Lee
Noah Young ...
Patrick Clancy
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John Thorne (as Chas. Middleton)
Will Walling ...
Capt. Walton (as William Walling)
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Grady Sutton ...
Man at Party (silent version) (scenes deleted)
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Harold Bledsoe, a botany student, is called back home to San Francisco, where his late father had been police chief, to help investigate a crime wave in Chinatown. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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For the First Time! Hear Harold Lloyd Talk

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Release Date:

12 October 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Achtung, Harold, Achtung!  »

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Budget:

$979,828 (estimated)
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(Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Originally filmed as a silent feature (directed by Malcolm St. Clair) it was largely re-shot for sound release (directed by Clyde Bruckman). When it was previewed, it was over three hours in length, but cut to under two hours before general release. See more »

Goofs

In many of the dubbed scenes, the voices are out of synchronization with the actors' lip movements. See more »

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Featured in American Masters: Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius (1989) See more »

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When You Are Mine
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Written by Paul Titsworth and Lynn Cowan
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Silence is Golden
16 September 2006 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

There are actually two different versions of this film available. Yes, Lloyd re-shot a lot of his silent footage and released it as a "talkie". But he also released the silent version to the overseas markets and to theaters not yet wired for sound. While the story remains the same, the two versions are quite different in several areas.

I recently had the privilege of seeing the silent version restored by Jere Gulden of the UCLA Film & Television archives with a new score by Robert Israel at the Motion Picture Academy.

I enjoyed it. While not as good as the classic Lloyd films like "Safety Last", "The Freshman" and my personal favorite, "The Kid Brother", it's still pretty good and I think is superior to the sound version, particularly in the use of music. Also, it seems like once Lloyd found sound, sometimes he didn't know when to shut up. There are some nice moments in the sound version, but by 1928 Lloyd really knew what he was doing with silence and I think this version is superior.

Barbara Kent provides a nice, though tiny love interest (her bio says she was only 4'11). The scene in which Lloyd, without knowing she is the girl in the picture, goes on and on how beautiful she is, is heart warming and romantic. It plays so much better in the silence. Kent was brought back for Lloyd's "Feet First".

Just a note: the great Edgar Kennedy only appears in the sound version. He replaces the desk Sargent from the silent movie.

Hopefully they will soon release both versions on one DVD, similar to what they did with the two versions of "The Big Sleep" (war and post war versions).


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