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High and Dizzy (1920)

Passed | | Comedy, Short | 11 July 1920 (USA)
A tipsy doctor encounters his patient sleepwalking on a building ledge, high above the street.

Director:

Hal Roach

Writers:

Frank Terry (story), H.M. Walker (titles)
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Complete credited cast:
Harold Lloyd ... The Boy
Roy Brooks Roy Brooks ... His Friend
Mildred Davis ... The Girl
Wallace Howe Wallace Howe ... Her Father
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Dr. Hale, fresh out of medical school and having opened his own practice with no patients, is trying to impress a father and his daughter, the latter potentially to be his first patient. But Dr. Hale becomes more enamored with her as a potential girlfriend, especially when her father chooses not to have her treated by him. To help out a colleague in the office building, Dr. Hale ends up getting drunk with his new friend, leading to the pair getting into some misadventures with a policeman out on the street, and in a hotel. Dr. Hale's inebriation brings him into the realm of the beautiful girl again, their further misadventures high above the streets of the city which may provide some keys as to how they should live their future. Written by Huggo

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The Cleverest and Most Rollicking Comedy Ever Produced (Print Ad- Syracuse Journal, ((Syracuse NY)) 7 August 1920)

Genres:

Comedy | Short

Certificate:

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Trivia

Harold Lloyd married his co-star Mildred Davis on 10 February 1923. They remained married until her death on 18 August 1969. They had three children. See more »

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Title Card: The Boy has rushed into the nerve racking whirlpool of professional practice. Graduated from medical college as an M.D., Ph.D. and T.N.T.
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Connections

Featured in Is It Real?: Extreme Sleepwalking (2005) See more »

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a perfect introduction to Harold Lloyd's brand of comedy
9 January 2005 | by django-1See all my reviews

I watched and taped all of TCM's tribute to Harold Lloyd last year, and have recently been working my way through the last few items I taped but hadn't watched. Wanting to turn my girlfriend on to Lloyd, I asked her to watch this short, made after he had established his "glasses character" but before he made the move to longer, feature-length films. HIGH AND DIZZY is the perfect introduction to Harold Lloyd's brand of comedy. As a doctor with few patients (he has cobwebs on his office phone), Lloyd shows great personal charm and the gags are brilliantly devised to move fast yet work a routine in every possible way before moving on from it. For instance, one scene where Lloyd helps his friend (they are both inebriated) put on a coat, and there is a telephone pole between the man's back and his coat, occurs naturally in the plot sequence, is milked every possible way for about thirty or forty seconds, and then leads to another ridiculous situation. The whole film is that well-constructed. Lloyd's great physical skills are in evidence throughout. Of course, there has to be a "danger" element in a Lloyd film, so here he (and his sleepwalking female patient) are put on a ledge. A drunken man AND a sleepwalker on a ledge about twenty stories high! Now THAT is a brilliant set-up for comedy. The clarity of the copy of the film provided to TCM by the Lloyd estate is sparkling, and Robert Israel's musical score, which subtly works sound effects (pratfalls, ringing telephones) into the musical compositions, helps to move the film along and also helps people not used to watching silent films to appreciate what is happening. It's sometimes hard to get an average person to watch a feature-length silent film, so HIGH AND DIZZY might be the perfect short to show someone as an example of Harold Lloyd's dazzling comedy genius. I heard a rumor that SAFETY LAST may be shown theatrically in 2005--let's hope that's true. Imagine how wonderful it will be to see Harold Lloyd's most famous "thrill comedy" on the big screen!


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Country:

USA

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Release Date:

11 July 1920 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Höhenrausch See more »

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Rolin Films See more »
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Runtime:

(Turner library print)

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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