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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 Girard Smith (dialogue) (as Paul Gerard Smith), 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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Action! Thrills! Love! A masterpiece of Lloyd fooling. The world-famous comedian adds words to his action-and how! Here's the greatest talkomedy entertainment ever! (Print Ad-Granby Leader-Mail,((Granby, PQ)) 27 December 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)

Gross USA:

$3,100,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Began shooting as a silent in August, 1928 at Metropolitan Studios, it would become an agonizingly long and complicated production. It was finally released on October 12, 1929 as a talkie after largely being re-shot with another director - Clyde Bruckman as a talkie (marking the first time Lloyd worked from a script) and painstakingly edited down from an original 16-reels (some 2 hours and forty-five minutes) to 12-reels. The silent version cost $521,000 and another $281,000 was spent on the sound negative. While the novelty of hearing Lloyd speak made it his largest grossing hit since The Freshman (1925), those steep production costs resulted in a huge drop in net profits from his earlier features. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Patrick Clancy: [Walks in after a brawl in a Chinese restaurant] What are you trying to do here, start a revolution?
Harold Bledsoe: Just a moment, I came here to get your gun.
Patrick Clancy: My gun?
Harold Bledsoe: Yes, there it is.
[Takes it out of the pocket of a knocked out Chinese patron]
Patrick Clancy: Well, that is my gun.
Harold Bledsoe: You see, I chased him in here. But, they all looked alike.
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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 »

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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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Silence is Golden
16 September 2006 | by zsenorsockSee all my reviews

There are actually two different versions of this film available. Yes, Lloyd re-shot a lot of his silent footage and released it as a "talkie". But he also released the silent version to the overseas markets and to theaters not yet wired for sound. While the story remains the same, the two versions are quite different in several areas.

I recently had the privilege of seeing the silent version restored by Jere Gulden of the UCLA Film & Television archives with a new score by Robert Israel at the Motion Picture Academy.

I enjoyed it. While not as good as the classic Lloyd films like "Safety Last", "The Freshman" and my personal favorite, "The Kid Brother", it's still pretty good and I think is superior to the sound version, particularly in the use of music. Also, it seems like once Lloyd found sound, sometimes he didn't know when to shut up. There are some nice moments in the sound version, but by 1928 Lloyd really knew what he was doing with silence and I think this version is superior.

Barbara Kent provides a nice, though tiny love interest (her bio says she was only 4'11). The scene in which Lloyd, without knowing she is the girl in the picture, goes on and on how beautiful she is, is heart warming and romantic. It plays so much better in the silence. Kent was brought back for Lloyd's "Feet First".

Just a note: the great Edgar Kennedy only appears in the sound version. He replaces the desk Sargent from the silent movie.

Hopefully they will soon release both versions on one DVD, similar to what they did with the two versions of "The Big Sleep" (war and post war versions).


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