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Grandma's Boy (1922)

A meek young man must find the courage within when a rogue tramp menaces his home town.

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Fred C. Newmeyer (as Fred Newmeyer)

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Hal Roach (story), Sam Taylor (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Harold Lloyd ... Harold - Grandma's Boy
Mildred Davis ... Mildred - Harold's Girl
Anna Townsend Anna Townsend ... Harold's Grandma
Charles Stevenson ... Harold's Rival
Dick Sutherland ... The Rolling Stone
Noah Young Noah Young ... Sheriff of Dabney County
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Morgan ... Little Boy with Grandma (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

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 Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Where Laughter Reigns and Joy Pours! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1922 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

He Who Hesitates See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$94,412 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$261,400, 31 December 1922
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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Runtime:

| (2002 release)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Grandma's boy puts six mothballs in the chocolate box. His girl gives him one from the box, but when his rival later picks up two, there are seven mothballs in the box instead of five. See more »

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Title Card: .The place. BLOSSOM BEND: One of those slow towns where the Tuesday morning Express arrives Wednesday afternoon. If Monday's train gets out of the way.
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You Are the Ideal of My Dreams
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Music and Lyrics by Herbert Ingraham
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charming, snappy, and modern
1 August 2002 | by claudecatSee all my reviews

Another fun Lloyd movie, set in the standard small, rural town of silent movies. (I always wonder how close those were to reality.) Lloyd is endearing as a timid boy, and displays some fine acting as well as comic ability. Anna Townsend as Lloyd's grandma is refreshingly both tough and likeable, a bonus for the modern female viewer. Mildred Davis (Lloyd's future wife) doesn't have a huge part, but plays it well. (Though I wonder about the childlike clothes she wears; would anyone over 13 really have sported a massive hair bow in 1922?) The movie seems to have had great influence: the civil-war sequence must have been an inspiration for Keaton's "The General", and a flashback to Harold's boyhood shows how his distinctive bespectacled look even helped create Harry Potter. As usual, several good animal actors. There is one joke--having to do with a white family's black butler--that is in kind of questionable taste, but it could be construed as more of a comment on class than race. You'll enjoy watching this with your kids (or without!)


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