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Why Worry? (1923)

A hypochondriac vacations in the tropics for the fresh air - and finds himself in the middle of a revolution instead.


Fred C. Newmeyer (as Fred Newmeyer), Sam Taylor


Sam Taylor (story), Ted Wilde (story assistant) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Harold Lloyd ... Harold Van Pelham
Jobyna Ralston ... Harold's Nurse
John Aasen ... Colosso (as Johan Aasen)
Wallace Howe Wallace Howe ... Mr. Pipps
Jim Mason ... James H. Blake (as James Mason)
Leo White ... The Mighty Herculeo
Gaylord Lloyd Gaylord Lloyd ... Undetermined Secondary Role
Mark Jones ... Mounted Captain


Harold Van Pelham (Lloyd) is a hypochondriac, rich businessman who sails to the tropics for his 'health.' Instead of the peace and seclusion he is seeking, he finds himself in the middle of a revolution. He is imprisoned where he befriends the friendly giant, Colosso (Aasen), and they engineer an escape. Together, they quell the revolution. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Tickling the town pink! A Barrage of Giant Laughter (Print Ad- Greensboro Daily News, ((Greensboro NC)) 14 November 1923) See more »


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Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the 500 movies nominated for the Top 100 Funniest American Movies. See more »


The chalk marking Harold makes for the spare in bowling changes from when it is initially made and when the same door is seen later in the film. See more »


Title Card: Was it Shakespeare or Will Rogers who once said - "A man knoweth not the full joy of responsibility until it leapeth upon him."
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Referenced in Dawson City: Frozen Time (2016) See more »

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Very Entertaining, With Lots of Good Absurdist-Style Humor
28 November 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This is one of Harold Lloyd's most entertaining comedies, with Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston and John Aasen making good use of a variety of material, especially a lot of Absurdist-style gags and routines. It starts just a little slowly in setting things up, but once it gets going, there are a lot of good laughs without a slow stretch.

Lloyd plays a good-natured but completely oblivious upper-class hypochondriac who travels to the tropics for a rest, and finds himself in the middle of a chaotic revolution. His naive initial reactions to the situation are quite amusing, and few screen comics could have pulled them off as well as Lloyd does.

As things get hotter for Lloyd and Ralston, the hilarious giant Colosso (Aasen's character) joins the madness, and that leads to some even more humorous gags. The lengthy sequence resulting from the first meeting between Harold and Colosso is very cleverly done, squeezing more than you would ever have guessed possible out of a simple situation. Afterward, Colosso's size and strength are used in many imaginative ways, with a lot of rather elaborate sight gags that are set up nicely.

The whole thing works very well. Once everything is set up, it flies by so quickly that it seems only to have taken a fraction of its running time.

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Release Date:

9 September 1923 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

1000:1 See more »


Box Office


$220,626 (estimated)
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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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(Turner library print)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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