Always the mama's boy, or in this case a grandma's boy, Sonny joins a posse after a tramp accused of robbery and murder. He is unable to conquer his cowardice until Grandma tells him of his grandfather, also a coward, who overcame his fears with the help of a magic amulet. With new courage (and the charm), Sonny captures the fugitive and becomes the hero of the day.Written by
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Given the right words of encouragement by his grandmother, a milquetoast lad gradually finds the courage to stand up to his longtime rival in this early career Harold Lloyd comedy. The plot is a bit more complicated than just that as there is an accused murderer in town too who Lloyd also finds the courage to pursue, but given the brief one-hour running time, the film works fine with is rather simple story. Highlights include Lloyd and his rival inadvertently holding hands - after reaching behind a lady sitting between them - and the pair both accidentally chewing mothballs in a chocolate box and having to keep their disgust out of sight of the woman. There is also a great bit in which Lloyd's finger gets caught in a jar and the look-alike used for Lloyd as a young boy has an uncanny resemblance. The structure of the film is a little awkward with an extended flashback involving Lloyd's grandfather subtracting from the immediacy of the action, but the film concludes on a high note with innovative tracking shots and lots of great sight gags in the final quarter. If not as funny as 'Speedy' or as imaginative as 'Safety Last!', this is still an amusing earlier effort with Lloyd very much in his element.
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