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Feet First (1930)

Passed | | Comedy | 8 November 1930 (USA)
An ambitious shoe salesman unknowingly meets his boss' daughter and tells her he is a leather tycoon, then has to try to hide his true circumstances.

Directors:

Clyde Bruckman, Harold Lloyd (uncredited)

Writers:

John Grey (story), Alfred A. Cohn (story) (as Al Cohn) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Harold Lloyd ... Harold Horne
Barbara Kent ... Barbara
Robert McWade ... John Quincy Tanner
Lillian Leighton ... Mrs. Tanner (as Lillianne Leighton)
Henry Hall ... Mr. Endicott
Noah Young Noah Young ... Sailor
Alec B. Francis ... Mr. Carson (as Alec Francis)
Arthur Housman ... Drunken Clubman
Willie Best ... Charcoal - Janitor (as Sleep 'n' Eat)
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Storyline

Ambitious shoe salesman, Harold, unknowingly meets the boss' daughter and tells her he is a leather tycoon. The rest of the film he spends hiding his true circumstances, in the store and later on a ship. Trying to deliver a letter, he later finds himself dangling high above the street on a building's scaffolding. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ashi ga daiichi See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$647,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,589,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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This film has been preserved by the UCLA Film and Television Archive. See more »

Quotes

Drunken Clubman: Oh, come on out. I'll buy you a little drink.
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Drunken Clubman: Well, what do you do? Dip your bread in it? Come on.
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Alternate Versions

This film was only available in a 68 minute cut-down version for many years. In 2003, it was restored by the UCLA to its full running time of 93 minutes. See more »

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Featured in Hollywood and the Stars: The Funny Men: Part 1 (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Comin' Through the Rye
(1782) (uncredited)
Music traditional
Poem by Robert Burns (1782)
Sung a cappella a bit by Harold Lloyd
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"Feet First" bogs down
1 July 2006 | by DamonfordhamSee all my reviews

The earliest sounds films tend to be weak, awkward, and more interesting for historical reasons other than entertaining. This is a classic example. "Feet first" strikes me as quite weak, and Harold Lloyd is one of my all time favorites.

Here, our man is a shoe salesman who tries to move up in his business. The humor and gags drag like lead, and if you have this on DVD you will skip a number of scenes trying to get through it. There is one mildly amusing moment where HL practices public speaking pounding his fists and waving his hands with a ridiculously pompous pontification "If it weren't for shoes, we'd all be---BAREFOOT!" But things don't get really funny or interesting until the skyscraper-climbing scene reminiscent of SAFETY LAST. That's well done. As for Willie "Sleep & Eat" Best as the hapless janitor trying to help Harold during his predicament, his character was WAY too stupid (such as the "hose scene") and it is horrible to hear the beloved Lloyd refer to this African-American comic as "Charcoal," (especially when one considers that Lloyd is usually kind and polite to Black and other nonwhite characters in his films). Admittedly, the fact that Lloyd and Best become equally scared at the sight of the gorilla (as was the case with Lloyd, Sunshine Sammy Morrison, and the supposed ghosts in "Haunted Spooks") takes SOME of the edge off the stereotype.

In either case, this is only for hardcore Harold completists. Casual fans will want to stick to GRANDMA'S BOY, SAFETY LAST, WHY WORRY, etc.


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