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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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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

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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Trivia

The float plane shown picking up the mail is a 1926 Savoia. Savoia-Marchetti, American Aero: American Aeronautical Co, Port Washington NY. Savoia planes were more often called American Marchetti to disguise their Italian origin of design although they were built in the US under license. It was equipped with a 90hp Kinner K-5. Wing span: 34'1" Length: 25'0" Load: 699 lbs. v: 86/75/40 range: 290 miles/ceiling: 7000'. Cost: $7,375 with starter and navigation lights. NC378N was one of only 25 built in this configuration. See more »

Quotes

John Quincy Tanner: I thought I heard a bell?
Barbara: So did I?
Harold Horne: Well, you hear a lot of funny things down here in the tropics: mosquitos and dragons and bananas.
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Spoofed in Short Time (1990) 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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Well below his best
17 April 2009 | by dockbennettSee all my reviews

A mild mannered young man, working at the bottom rung of a shoe shop, falls for a high society girl and tries to reinvent himself. Lloyd's second talkie is really divided into three sections; working and meeting the girl, unwittingly traveling on a cruise ship, and then hanging onto a high rise building for his life. However, it's well below the standard of the best of Harold's silents (like the lovely "The Kid Brother"). The film does get better as it goes (the ship and building sections do become reasonably entertaining, if nothing else), but it's rarely very funny, and one can't help but think it would have worked better as a silent.


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