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Welcome Danger (1929)

Passed | | Comedy | 12 October 1929 (USA)
Harold Bledsoe, a botany student, is called back home to San Francisco, where his late father had been police chief, to help investigate a crime wave in Chinatown.

Directors:

Clyde Bruckman, Malcolm St. Clair (uncredited)

Writers:

Paul Gerard Smith (dialogue), Felix Adler (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Harold Lloyd ... Harold Bledsoe
Barbara Kent ... Billie Lee
Noah Young Noah Young ... Officer Patrick Clancy
Charles Middleton ... John Thorne aka The Dragon (as Chas. Middleton)
Will Walling ... Police Captain Walton (as William Walling)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Grady Sutton ... Man at Party (silent version) (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Harold Bledsoe, a botany student, is called back home to San Francisco, where his late father had been police chief, to help investigate a crime wave in Chinatown. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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HEAR the smile that makes millions laugh! (Print Ad- Nashua Telegraph, ((Nashua, NH)) 4 November 1929) See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese | German

Release Date:

12 October 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Achtung, Harold, Achtung! See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$979,828 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Billie's car is a 1923 Ford Model T. The car the man is driving when he stops to help with gas is a 1926 Chrysler 70 Series roadster. See more »

Goofs

In many of the dubbed scenes, the voices are out of synchronization with the actors' lip movements. See more »

Quotes

Harold Bledsoe: Here, useless, exert yourself.
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Alternate Versions

There is an all-silent version of this film distributed to unwired cinemas which includes more of the original "silent" version and is adapted with inter-titles for the newer sound sequences. See more »

Connections

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

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Billie
(uncredited)
Written by Lynn Cowan
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A window into Hollywood history
16 September 2003 | by classicalcharlesSee all my reviews

Anyone who's seen `Singin' In The Rain' knows the panic engendered by the arrival of sound in Hollywood. Virtually overnight, the accepted methods and styles of filmmaking had to change to accommodate the new technology, and comedies were perhaps affected most of all. Instead of relying on wild car chases, broad gestures and sight gags, movies now had to include verbal comedy of the sort that wouldn't fit neatly onto title cards, and the dialogue had to be delivered with comic timing, since it was being heard rather than read off the screen. The most remarkable thing about this movie is how easily Harold Lloyd seemed to navigate this conversion to sound. The dialogue is clever, naturalistic, well-delivered and well-recorded, and the music has obviously been scored to support the action, and all this a matter of months after the first appearance of sound technology in Hollywood! The difference in technique is apparent when you compare the broader, overdubbed silent scenes with Clancy the cop and the somewhat more subtle, sound scenes at the police station and with Billie Lee.

As a side note, notice how the character of the Chinese doctor is treated respectfully, and even the black henchman of the Dragon, apparently invulnerable except for his glass shins, isn't the usual stereotype we expect in movies of the period. On the minus side, the movie is overlong and could have done without the opening sequence involving Lloyd and his `disguised' girlfriend. But overall, this is an enjoyable comedy and an interesting record of Hollywood's transition to sound.


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