Tonight's subject is Harold Lloyd, the silent screen's most financially successful comedian, who talks about how he created the famous 'glasses' character which gradually catapulted him to the top in 1920s Hollywood.
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Tonight's subject is Harold Lloyd, the silent screen's most financially successful comedian, who talks about how he created the famous 'glasses' character which gradually catapulted him to the top in 1920s Hollywood.

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Silent screen 'master comedian and good citizen' Harold Lloyd
16 January 2015 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

The Dec 14 1955 broadcast honoring silent screen comedian Harold Lloyd finds him one of the more amiable subjects, incredulous at being tonight's subject, but a willing participant (Groucho Marx steals the introduction at the popular Brown Derby restaurant). Lloyd's boyhood found young Harold emulating his literary idol Tom Sawyer, promising to teach magic tricks to any friends willing to do chores for him. The flip of a coin saw his father taking the Nebraska family out to sunny California, where Harold tries to find work as an extra in Hollywood, along with aspiring actor Hal Roach, who would become the producer that launched Harold's starring career. We learn about how the exit of brunette leading lady Bebe Daniels led to her replacement, Mildred Davis, a success opposite Harold first on screen in several films, then off screen, with 46 happy years of wedded bliss (her nickname was 'Mid'). Their three children also make a brief appearance, Gloria (mother of granddaughter Suzanne), Peggy, and Harold Jr. (also an actor, who sadly passed away just three months after his father). The most poignant story relates how Harold lost the thumb and forefinger on his right hand (occasionally visible during the show) because a prop bomb turned out to be quite real, its explosion putting Lloyd in the hospital for three months in 1919, unsure whether he would ever be able to act on screen again. His huge success with the eternally optimistic 'glasses' character was a natural extension of his own outlook on life, and we see clips of his most famous sequence from "Safety Last," clinging for dear life from the hands of a tall building clock (the culmination of his fascination with stunt oriented 'thrill comedy'). Makeup artist Wally Westmore shares Harold's tremendous competitiveness, and we learn about his three decades of work as a Shriner for the Masonic Temple. It's a glowing tribute to, as Ralph Edwards puts it, 'an American institution.'


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