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A Sailor-Made Man (1921)

Passed | | Comedy | 25 December 1921 (USA)
An idle, wealthy playboy foolishly joins the Navy when the father of the girl he wants to marry tells him to get a job to prove himself worthy.

Director:

Fred C. Newmeyer (as Fred Newmeyer)

Writers:

Hal Roach (story), Sam Taylor (story) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Harold Lloyd ... The Boy
Mildred Davis ... The Girl
Noah Young Noah Young ... The Rowdy Element
Dick Sutherland ... Maharajah of Khairpura-Bhandanna
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When The Girl's father insists that, before he will agree to The Boy's marrying his daughter, he must first prove that he can do something more worthwhile than act the playboy. He joins the navy. When his ship docks at a Middle Eastern kingdom, The Girl and her father also arrive by yacht. The local maharajah kidnaps The Girl and it is up to The Boy to rescue her. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Released on 25 December 1921, it grossed $485,000. The success of this film as a feature led Lloyd to abandon making 2-reel shorts. His next film, Grandma's Boy (1922) was designed from the start as a 5-reel feature and would be released nine months after A Sailor-Made Man (1921). See more »

Goofs

When The Girl takes the cigar away from the old woman on the streets of Khairpura-Bhandanna, she turns and sees Harold approaching; she then immediately reaches out her arms to embrace him and she's holding the cigar in her right hand. In the next shot, as she has her arms around Harold's neck, the cigar is now in her left hand. See more »

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Title Card: ABINGTON ARMS - An ultra fashionable summer resort overlooking the bluff _ And there's a lot of it to overlook.
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Featured in American Masters: Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius (1989) See more »

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Good First Lloyd Feature
1 January 2011 | by jayraskin1See all my reviews

At 46 minutes, it is hard to consider this a feature film, but apparently the distributors did and it launched Lloyd's career as a feature film star. It was released ten months after Chaplin released "The Kid," his first feature. However, both of these films were seven years after Marie Dressler, Charlie Chaplin and Mabel Normand's "Tillie's Punctured Romance," which was the first comedy feature, albeit not a very good one.

The movie is in three parts with millionaire Harold lazily announcing he is going to marry Mildred Davis in the first part. Her father demands he get a job and so he joins the Navy. The second part takes place at sea with Harold becoming friends with tough sailor Noah Young. The third part takes place in an Arabian Nights like far Eastern land, where Mildred is vacationing and Harold's ship coincidentally lands.

The first two parts are competent and amusing, but nothing special. It is the last part, where the film leaves reality that the film starts to really surprise and glow, as it foreshadows Douglas Fairbanks "Thief of Bagdad" (1924).

Everything here is well done. It is only in comparison to some of Lloyd's more brilliant sequences that the film suffers. Noah Young is excellent as the Navy tough guy who becomes Lloyd's loyal sidekick.

This film is more for Lloyd and silent film fans. As noted by another reviewer, it doesn't have the brilliant sequences that would make newbies embrace Lloyd as a genius or fall in love with silent film art.


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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

25 December 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A tengeri medve See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2002 restoration) | (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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