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The Kid Brother (1927)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 17 January 1927 (USA)
A sheriff's milquetoast son has a chance to prove himself when a medicine show run by con artists comes into town.

Directors:

Ted Wilde, Harold Lloyd (uncredited) | 2 more credits »

Writers:

John Grey (story), Ted Wilde (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Harold Lloyd ... Harold Hickory
Jobyna Ralston ... Mary Powers
Walter James Walter James ... Jim Hickory
Leo Willis Leo Willis ... Leo Hickory
Olin Francis ... Olin Hickory
Constantine Romanoff ... Sandoni (as C. Romanoff)
Eddie Boland Eddie Boland ... 'Flash' Farrell
Frank Lanning ... Sam Hooper
Ralph Yearsley Ralph Yearsley ... Hank Hooper (as R. Yearsley)
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Storyline

The most important family in Hickoryville is (naturally enough) the Hickorys, with sheriff Jim and his tough manly sons Leo and Olin. The timid youngest son, Harold, doesn't have the muscles to match up to them, so he has to use his wits to win the respect of his strong father and also the love of beautiful Mary. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

"The Freshman" is down on the farm! And there's a real plot with bashful love-making and everything! (Print Ad- Buffalo Courier-Express, ((Buffalo, NY)) 23 January 1927)


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mountain Lad See more »

Filming Locations:

Glendale, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$712,625, 31 December 1927
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1990 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

All the male lead characters have the same first name as the actors who play them, with the exception of Jim Hickory, whose first name comes from the actor's last name, James. See more »

Goofs

While being chased in the woods, the tear or patch on the chaser's shoulder changes shape and sides. See more »

Quotes

Jim Hickory: The Hickoryville citizens have collected their share for the dam and it is now in my keeping. We are now waiting further instructions from you regarding the dam money.
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Alternate Versions

In 1990, The Harold Lloyd Trust and Photoplay Productions presented an 82-minute version of this film in association with Thames Television International, with a musical score written by Carl Davis. The addition of modern credits stretched the time to 83 minutes. See more »

Connections

Featured in American Masters: Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius (1989) See more »

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Very Entertaining & Very Imaginative
19 December 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

Even by Harold Lloyd's high standards, this is one of his most entertaining and most imaginative movies. It combines humor and melodrama very well, and it is particularly rich in sight gags, again even by Lloyd's standards. Lloyd has a character that is well suited to his style, and he adds some impressive stunts as well.

As "The Kid Brother", Lloyd's character is the put-upon son of a tough sheriff, with two older, domineering brothers. The story has Harold involved romantically with Jobyna Ralston, who comes to town with a traveling medicine show that the sheriff is trying to shut down. There is also a large sum of money that has been collected for a new dam, and entrusted to the sheriff. There is a lot going on, and Lloyd's character faces challenges and difficulties both from his family and from the villains in the medicine show.

The efforts of Lloyd's character to win the respect of his family give the plot some depth that complements the comedy and melodrama well. The action sequences often combine stunts, drama, and visual comedy at the same time, and there are just enough thoughtful moments to keep the important characters from becoming flat. Constantine Romanoff makes a memorable villain, and the lengthy showdown in the old abandoned ship is a wonderful set piece with lots of interesting details.

It's well worth watching a number of times, in order to catch and enjoy everything that Lloyd and the rest of the cast and crew have packed into less than an hour and a half of running time. How fortunate it is that this and Lloyd's other gems have finally come out on DVD for all of us silent movie fans to enjoy.


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