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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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(story), (story) (as Al Cohn) | 4 more credits »
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Harold Horne
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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
Noah Young ...
Sailor
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Mr. Carson - Old-timer (as Alec Francis)
Arthur Housman ...
Drunken Clubman
Willie Best ...
Janitor (as Sleep 'n' Eat)
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Storyline

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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Comedy

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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 »

Connections

Featured in American Masters: Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius (1989) 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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Good Low-Key Comedy With a Throwback Finale
20 March 2006 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This Harold Lloyd feature provides good low-key comedy, capped off with a lengthy finale that is very much in the style of a throwback to the finale of Lloyd's "Safety Last" and other silent classics. Lloyd has the kind of role that allows him to use most of his range of comic talents, and the story sets up plenty of predicaments for his character to try to wriggle out of.

The story has Lloyd as an ambitious but rather hapless shoe salesman, who tries to pass himself off as someone important in order to impress a young woman. It's familiar territory for Lloyd, but the story adds plenty of good material that makes the character again and again scramble for ways out of a continual series of problems.

The finale has Lloyd's character getting caught on the outside of a tall building, and desperately trying to get to safety. It contains a number of imaginative details and obstacles to add to the suspense and humor. The only drawback is the heavily stereotyped character played by Willie Best, which distracts your attention away from the good comedy material. That's nothing at all against Best, who was a talented comedic actor who simply took the roles that were available to him, and who would have succeeded if he'd been given the chance to do more.

Overall, though, it's a solid comedy, and one that allows Lloyd to do many of the things that made him so popular.


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