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Girl Shy (1924)

Not Rated | | Comedy , Romance | 20 April 1924 (USA)
A shy, young man, who is completely incapable of talking to women, decides to write a book that details to other bachelors how to find a girlfriend.

Directors:

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

Writers:

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

Complete credited cast:
Harold Lloyd ... Harold Meadows
Jobyna Ralston ... Mary Buckingham
Richard Daniels Richard Daniels ... Jerry Meadows
Carlton Griffin Carlton Griffin ... Ronald DeVore
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Storyline

Harold Meadows (Lloyd) is a shy, stuttering bachelor working in a tailor shop, who is writing a guide book for other bashful young men, "The Secret of Making Love," chapters from which are portrayed as fantasy sequences. Fate has him meet rich girl, Mary (Ralston), and they fall in love. But she is about to wed an already married man, so our hero embarks upon a hair-raising daredevil ride to prevent the wedding. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1924 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Girl Expert See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$625,466, 8 March 1924
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Runtime:

(Turner library print) | (1992)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Many of the exterior shots were filmed at Holmby House, the massive estate owned by Arthur Letts, owner of the Bullocks Departments Store. Harold Lloyd did not move into his Green Acres estate in Beverly Hills until 1929, five years after Girl Shy was released. See more »

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When Harold helps Mary out of the boat, the lilting boat is causing a lot of ripples in the water behind them. In the very next shot, the water has become still again, with none of the wake from before. See more »

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Title Card: The story of a bashful boy who lived in a world of ideas and ideals. He was so afraid of girls that he made a secret study of them and the more he studied them the more he feared them.
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Good Comedy & Frantic Finale, With A Good Character For Lloyd
22 December 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This is an enjoyable feature with some good comedy and a good role for Harold Lloyd, giving him plenty of opportunities to show his athleticism and his slapstick skills while developing his character at the same time. The story follows the reliable pattern of pleasant light comedy as the plot takes shape, followed by an extended race-against-time sequence for the finale.

Lloyd's character is easy to sympathize with, despite his flaws and mistakes, and his stuttering and other habits help to make the character work. It's easy to identify with both his shyness and his overly-optimistic dreams, even when the character is completely self-deluded. Jobyna Ralston is effective as the gentle young rich woman, and their relationship's ups and downs are believably portrayed.

The pace is deliberate for the most part, until everything is set up for the climactic sequence. Lloyd gets to do some impressive stunts, and there are a lot of interesting details. One notable feature is that Harold makes use of almost every conceivable form of conveyance available at the time, which adds to the effect.

As is usual for a Lloyd feature, there are a lot of visual details here and there that often set off the main action nicely. The main character is just enough different from Lloyd's best-known roles to make him interesting yet largely familiar. The story is told effectively, with a couple of recurring visual references that work well in wordlessly conveying the characters' thoughts. The romance, comedy, and action make for an entertaining mix.


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