American Masters: Season 4, Episode 9

Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius (1 Feb. 1992)

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A film about the career and methods of the master silent comedy filmmaker.

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Himself / 'Glasses' Character / Willie Work / Harlod Diddlebock / Harold Hall / Harold Horne / Lonesome Luke / Speedy / Harold Hickory / Dr. Jackson / Hottentott / Harold Lamb (archive footage)
David Chasman ...
Peter Robeck ...
Jack Davis ...
Himself - Brother-in-Law
Alva Lyons ...
Gloria Lloyd Roberts ...
Jane Novak ...
Herself - Actress
Andrew L. Stone ...
Himself - Theater Owner
Walter Kerr ...
Frances Metzger ...
Peggy Cartwright ...


In this film, we explore the life, career and art of silent cinema's third major talent after Charles Chaplin and Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd. We learn of his rise from a mere Chaplin rip off actor to a stellar talent when he found his own style of comedy which often involved outrageous stunts he performed even after his left hand was disfigured in an accident. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (

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absolutely GREAT
25 April 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In addition to BUSTER KEATON--A HARD ACT TO FOLLOW, this is about the best bio of silent comedians I have ever seen. While not as long and involved as the Keaton series, it was a top-notch production with wonderful information and facts throughout. In particular, they presented never before seen photos that showed HOW they did the seemingly dangerous stunts in SAFETY LAST and several other Lloyd movies. Now that he has been dead for many years, we find out that these incredibly dangerous movies weren't quite as dangerous as they looked--and this was all achieved thanks to the genius of Lloyd. The pictures actually show EXACTLY how these optical illusions were created--as for me, this made me admire the films even more--to achieve such spectacular results with the special effects of the 1920s is amazing. A wonderful documentary for all lovers of cinema and those in particular who love this great but forgotten comic.

FYI--Fortunately, while this is a nearly perfect film about Lloyd, there are also two wonderful similar documentaries about Charlie Chaplin (Unknown Chaplin) and Buster Keaton (Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow)--both written by the same two writers who made this wonderful film. See them all if you get a chance!!

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