Hollywood: Season 1, Episode 5

Hazard of the Game (5 Feb. 1980)

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A tribute to the death-defying and sometimes deadly art of the silent movie stuntman is featured in this episode.

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Actress 'Safety Last'
Actress 'Beloved Rogue'
Allan Dwan ...
Paul Malvern ...
Odille Osborne ...
Herself (as Mrs. Buck Jones)
Harvey Parry ...
Albert S. Rogell ...
Himself (as Al Rogell)


A tribute to the death-defying and sometimes deadly art of the silent movie stuntman is featured in this episode. Former stuntmen Yakima Canutt, Harvey Parry, Bob Rose, and Paul Malvern reminisce on their careers with Rose recounting the circumstances of the deadly water stunt in "The Trail of '98," and Viola Dana describing the accidental death of her stunt-flyer fiancé, Ormer Locklear. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Hollywood Episode 5
28 August 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Hollywood: Hazard of the Game (1980)

**** (out of 4)

Fans of silent cinema can always point their finger at pure drama in many of the stunts that were performed by both the actors as well as stunt men. This was long before rear-projection so there was nothing fake going on. If you wanted something dangerous and thrilling on film then you had to do the stunt. This fifth-entry in the terrific documentary series takes a look at these brave men and some of the remarkable stunts they were able to do. Stuntmen Harvey Parry, Bob Rose and Paul Malvern are on hand to tell some terrific stories about the work they did in films such as SAFETY LAST!, THE BLACK PIRATE, BELOVED ROGUE, THUNDERING HOOFS, ROBIN HOOD and many, many others. There are some very good stories about the famous building sequence in Harold Lloyd's SAFETY LAST! and we get to hear how the stunt was done and what influenced. There's a brief interview with Lloyd here but we also get to hear from the stunt person who agreed to not tell anyone he did the stunt until after Lloyd passed. There's some amazing footage from the films shown here and it's rather breath-taking seeing these stunts simply because you know how dangerous they were. It was great fun and even more thrilling hearing from the actual men doing them as we get to here how the stunts were prepared and if there was anything that went wrong. Needless to say, considering how dangerous this stuff was there's plenty of time devoted to those who actually lost their lives. We hear about the flood sequence in NOAH'S ARC but we also hear about some now-forgotten films including TRAIL OF '98, which had four men getting killed in a rapids sequence and 1920's THE SKYWAYMAN where Ormer Locklear and another man were killed when a stunt went horribly wrong. Fox went ahead and released the film with the footage in it but all prints are now long gone. Those who aren't familiar with silent movies will certainly gain some appreciation here just by being able to see how dangerous this stuff once was and I'm sure they'll respect these people a lot more since the stunts were real and not just some computer screen doing all the work.

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