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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.

Directors:

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

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Come and See the Enormous Giant, 8ft. 9in. high, who helps Harold Quell a Revolution in Six reels of the cleverest and funniest humor imaginable. (Print Ad-The News,(( Hobart, Tasmania)) 15 August 1925)


Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1923 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

1000:1 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$220,626 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$446,863, 31 December 1924
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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Color (tinted and toned)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Last film of Harold Lloyd's at Hal Roach Studios. See more »

Goofs

When Harold shots the cannon on Colosso's back at the raft on the river, a bag containing the explosives hanging on a wire across the river is briefly visible before it detonates. In a following shot, the bag containing explosives on the side of the bridge deck is also briefly visible before it goes off. Still later the same scenario occurs when Harold accidentally shoots the hen-house with Pipps inside - the bag is visible above the ground with a wire running from it off to the right. Wires are also visible that are attached to the hen-house to pull it apart when the explosion happens. See more »

Quotes

Harold Van Pelham: I can't understand. Isn't it strange how I wanted to fight the moment he touched you?
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Connections

Referenced in Dogs of War! (1923) 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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