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Professor Beware (1938)

Passed  |   |  Comedy  |  20 June 1938 (USA)
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Egyptologist, Dean Lambert (Lloyd), accused of car-theft, skips bail and begins a cross-country trek to join a group in New York headed for Egypt. With the police close on his trail he gets... See full summary »

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Egyptologist, Dean Lambert (Lloyd), accused of car-theft, skips bail and begins a cross-country trek to join a group in New York headed for Egypt. With the police close on his trail he gets in and out of scrapes along the way. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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He's Back ! In A Merry Riot Of Fun!

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20 June 1938 (USA)  »

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Le professeur Schnock  »

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$820,000 (estimated)
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On 3 April 1940 in U. S. Federal Court in Los Angeles, Federal Judge Henry W. Goddard, after trial lasting several weeks, ordered dismissal of the infringement suit of William Jordan Rapp and Lowell Brentano against Harold Lloyd and Harold Lloyd Corp. Plaintiffs had charged plagiarism of their work, "Greek to You," in the film "Professor Beware." Judge Goddard ruled that the film was adapted from a play, "The Road to Jericho," and said, "I think it is plain that defendants have not copied plaintiff's work." Phillips and Nizer were attorneys for the defendants. See more »

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A Nice, Forgettable Little Comedy
26 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I recall that for many years this was the only one of Harold Lloyd's movies that occasionally turned up on screen in New York City. It is a passably funny film about an archaeologist who falls for the daughter of a tycoon and finds himself fighting the forces of Wall Street and fate itself to get the young lady. Lloyd's character is trying to fight an apparent curse from the tomb that he opened. The film literally goes to it's conclusion before the viewers learn if the curse will or will not work. Lloyd is ably supported in the film by Raymond Walburn, William Frawley, Lionel Stander, and Thurston Hall. Phyllis Welch was the young woman Lloyd pursues. She did nicely in the role, but not spectacularly. Her career soon faded from sight.

Of the sound films made by Lloyd, "Professor Beware" usually is near the bottom. It is better (in my opinion) than "Welcome Danger" or "Feet First", but it falls below the other four sound films. The problem with it is that it lacks any relationship to the type of film identified with Lloyd at his peak. It's situation comedy plot could have been done by most other comedians or leading men of the day. But it is not a total failure, and is worth watching.


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