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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>

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"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)


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Trivia

Assuming its copyright has not lapsed already, this film and all others produced in 1927 enter the U.S. public domain in 2023. 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 Hollywood and the Stars: The Funny Men: Part 1 (1963) See more »

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The best of the Harold Lloyd comedies...simply wonderful...
28 January 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

I kept thinking how he deserves recognition as one of the great silent comedians alongside Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin--especially with his wonderful work in the well-crafted THE KID BROTHER.

The simple plot has him as the youngest and rather nerdy kid brother with his two strapping brothers towering over him as the apple of their father's eyes. Whenver something has to be done, he's left out of the picture while his father assigns his brothers to the task.

But the funniest scenes have to do with him trying to outwit and pull fast tricks on his brothers in a series of sight gags. They're perfectly willing to bully him whenever a show of muscle is involved--particularly when impressing a girl they all have a yen for.

There are too many sight gags to enumerate here and they all involve physical dexterity and timing of the highest order. A particularly demanding set of stunts are performed in the latter half of the story when our hero must board a ghost ship to retrieve money his father has been accused of stealing. The scenes involve a monkey in a sailor suit and a vicious villain out for the kill in keeping hold on stolen money.

All of it is photographed with great style and there's an emotional attachment to the romantic angle involving the girl (JOBYNA RALSTON) so that the hectic comedy is anchored by a story that keeps the comedy on firm ground.

Summing up: A delightful physical comedy, wonderfully photographed and played by an excellent cast, with Lloyd at his all-time best. In my opinion, this one tops SAFETY FIRST.


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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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Gross USA:

$1,553,522
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Runtime:

(1990 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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