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Among Those Present (1921)

An ambitious coat-room checker impersonates an English nobleman.

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Fred C. Newmeyer (as Fred Newmeyer)

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Hal Roach (story) (as Hal E. Roach), Sam Taylor (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Harold Lloyd ... The Boy
Mildred Davis ... The Girl
Aggie Herring Aggie Herring ... Her Mother
James T. Kelley ... Her Father (as James Kelly)
Vera White Vera White ... The Society Pilot
William Gillespie ... The 'Hard-Boiled Party'
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Of the wealthy O'Brien family, Mrs. O'Brien likes to flaunt their wealth and social standing, whereas Mr. O'Brien and their young adult daughter just like having fun doing the simpler things in life that don't require a lot of money. Mrs. O'Brien is having her social pilot arrange a weekend fox hunt, at which Mrs. O'Brien insists that the pilot arrange for Lord Abernathy, a renowned outdoorsman from out of town who is staying at the Ritz-Waldorf Hotel, to attend. The pilot knows that Lord Abernathy's attendance is crucial for her own plans, while the pilot's accomplice knows that getting Lord Abernathy to attend would be difficult. The accomplice instead hires a Ritz-Waldorf coat check bellboy name O'Reilly, who has a knack for impersonating the rich and famous when he wears the garb, to pretend to be Lord Abernathy, they telling him the deception is all in fun. At the weekend gathering, O'Reilly is adept enough at spinning yarns of his supposed outdoor exploits, but it may be a ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Short

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USA

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Release Date:

29 May 1921 (USA) See more »

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High Society See more »

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Rolin Films See more »
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(Turner library print)

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Title Card: THE PLACE - Society's outer crust - Where the Want-to-be's and the Would-be's shake hands with the Never-will-be's.
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Inventive, amusing
2 September 2003 | by rmax304823See all my reviews

Harold Loyd is pretty funny, and a good physical comic. Among Those Present deals with the contrast between high society and the rest of us. It seems to have been a more popular theme during the 1920s than it is now. (Cf., The Great Gatsby.) Not that we don't have our share of contemporary explorations of the same issue, as in Trading Places, but now the contrast seems to be more about wealth and less about "class" in the old fashioned sense.

The first half of Among Those Present has Loyd imitating a British aristocrat, telling ridiculous stories about "the hunt" to an assembly of awed guests at a tony party, and trying to ride a horse that others refer to as a "brute." (The subsequent ride is more imaginative than the similar one in Auntie Mame.) In the second half, Loyd has lost his trousers escaping from a bull through a barbed wire fence but doesn't realize it. This is the most outlandishly amusing part of the film. No matter how Loyd tries to cover up the fact that he is pantsless, the attempt fails. It's like Laurel and Hardy trying to change trousers after their escape from prison. Probably the single funniest moment in the movie is when Loyd, still in his skivvies, finds himself hopping froglike past a couple of dignified ladies on a bench. (I won't explain what led up to this.)

I laughed out loud a few times even though I wasn't in a particularly good mood while watching it. I mean, my brain hadn't been chemically altered or anything. It's quite amusing.


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