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
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Clyde Bruckman's solution for reworking the film as a talkie was to eliminate half the silent version and re-shoot it as a talkie. The remaining half of the picture would be dubbed - - a cumbersome experience that Lloyd found difficult to accomplish. The result was awkward and it's easy to spot the dubbed scenes in the film (most apparent in the Chinatown sequence Lloyd shares with Noah Young as Officer Clancy). It's readily apparent that Young was especially poor at looping his own voice. The problem of the speaking actors locked in place under an immobile microphone in some of the freshly shot sound sequences is also painfully apparent. See more »
In Captain Walton's office, Thorne hands the doctor a newspaper dated Friday, June 13, 1929. June 13th that year was on a Thursday. See more »
You know, if my insurance company finds out that I'm riding with you, they're gonna cancel my policy.
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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 »
The Most Chinese Head Injuries in an American Movie
How many bludgeonings can you have in a movie before it ceases to be funny? My five year old and I might disagree on this, but I think that Harold Lloyd crossed that subtle line in this movie. It started off cute and funny, but quickly became sadistic. Compared to Hot Water and Safety Last, this was a poor comedy; however, compared to the Three Stooges or The Ritz Brothers, it wasn't bad.
Maybe hitting several dozen Chinese immigrants in the head with a club was funnier back then...
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