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Feet First (1930)

Passed | | Comedy | 8 November 1930 (USA)
Ambitious shoe salesman, Harold, unknowingly meets the boss' daughter and tells her he is a leather tycoon. The rest of the film he spends hiding his true circumstances, in the store and ... See full summary »

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Barbara
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John Quincy Tanner
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Mrs. Tanner (as Lillianne Leighton)
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Mr. Endicott
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Sailor
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Mr. Carson - Old-timer (as Alec Francis)
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Drunken Clubman
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Janitor (as Sleep 'n' Eat)
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Ambitious shoe salesman, Harold, unknowingly meets the boss' daughter and tells her he is a leather tycoon. The rest of the film he spends hiding his true circumstances, in the store and later on a ship. Trying to deliver a letter, he later finds himself dangling high above the street on a building's scaffolding. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Release Date:

8 November 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ashi ga daiichi  »

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Budget:

$647,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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"Feet First" was the sixth most popular movie at the U.S box office for 1930. See more »

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Featured in Funny Side of Life (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Comin' Through the Rye
(1782) (uncredited)
Music traditional
Poem by Robert Burns (1782)
Sung a cappella a bit by Harold Lloyd
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A GREAT COMEDY, IN NO SENSE A REMAKE
13 November 2001 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

I first saw the finale of this film in the compilation, HAROLD LLOYD'S WORLD OF COMEDY, in 1962, in a jam-packed 800-seat theatre. The audience roared and ROARED with laughter and excitement. It was the funniest, most thrilling thing I had ever seen in movies (I was 21) and I never forgot it.

What surprised me when I finally saw the whole of FEET FIRST recently, after seeing nearly all of Lloyd's silents (including SAFETY LAST) in the intervening period, is not only how well the final building-climbing sequence still holds up, but how inventive and funny the entire film is. There's a long sequence of Harold as a shoe salesman that's as hilarious and creative as anything in his silents, and there are just no dull spots at all.

The final long sequence on the side of a building is in NO WAY just a rehash of the SAFETY LAST sequence. I doubt if there's a single gag in it that repeats anything in the earlier film. It's every bit as imaginative and hair-raising as SAFETY LAST, a real tour de force. The bumbling Willie Best is a bothersome racial caricature, certainly, yet in terms of comedy, his "unflappable" casual unconcern is a perfect foil for Lloyd's kinetic, action-filled, dangerous gags, and he has one of the funniest lines in the picture.

Keaton and Laurel & Hardy (in their features) lost creative control of their work in the sound era, Langdon never made a starring-vehicle sound film, and Chaplin didn't make a talking film until 1940. Lloyd's sound films were not so successful at the box office, and a reasonable assumption would be that they, too, lacked whatever mysterious element had made the silent comedians great. In the case of Lloyd, at least as regards to his three pre-Code era films designed for sound, this is dead wrong! FEET FIRST, MOVIE CRAZY, and THE CAT'S PAW are all top-notch comedies (and his three films that came after them aren't bad either).

As with all of Lloyd, this is best seen with an audience, but even on TV it's a funny, funny film.


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