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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.

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

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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 ... 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

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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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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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The $3,000 advance royalty check Harold receives from the publisher would equate to over $43,000 in 2018. See more »

Goofs

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Girl: Oh, Harold, could I have a cute little needle and thread to sew a tiny little hold in my stocking?
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Alternate Versions

In addition to the 'My Vampire' and 'My Flapper' sequences, there was a third interlude involving the girl with the curls, where Harold finds her as a Mary Pickford-type milk maid. The scene does not survive (it was cut after a preview) but a photograph of the scene has appeared in several publications. See more »

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References Trifling Women (1922) See more »

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Great Slapstick Action Romance
4 August 2002 | by SchlockmeisterSee all my reviews

I have not seen very many Harold Lloyd movies, but if this film is any indication of his massive talent, I need to remedy that as soon as possible.

Harold is wonderful as Harold Meadows, a man so shy around women that he stutters until a whistle is blown. He is at work on a book about seducing women strangely enough and the imaginary scenes of him using his "techniques" on both a Vampire (Vamp) and a Flapper are early indications that this is going to be a very funny film.

The plot has been more than ably shared already, I will just add a few short observations.

It was a treat to see some of the earliest Our Gang / Little Rascal kids in this movie. In the opening scene in the tailor shop the wild-haired boy getting his pants stitched is Jackie Condon and the cute, chubby boy sitting on the floor is the first Our Gang "Fat Kid" , Joe Cobb. Later during the chase scene as Harold is riding horses, a freckle-faced boy calls out a cheer, this is Mickey Daniels, also of Our Gang fame.

I enjoyed, as everyone seems to of course, the chase/race at the end. It seems that they purposely used every form of land transport known at the time to get Harold to the place he needed to be.

Early product placement? Crackerjack boxes play a major role in this film.



All in all, this was am excellent introduction to Harold Lloyd for me, it makes me want to see more. I recommend it highly!


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