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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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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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Gasping thrills and fun in Hawaii! Aboard an ocean liner! In an air-plane! On the tall tower of a sky-scraper! With Harold feet first always! (Print Ad- Poughkeepsie Eagle-News, ((Poughkeepsie NY)) 7 November 1930) See more »

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Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Includes footage of Matson Lines steamship SS Malolo (launched 1927). See more »

Quotes

Female Customer: I think that left one's a little tight. Haven't you a larger size?
Shoe Salesman: No, I haven't. But, I can have it stretched for you and make it very comfortable.
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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 »

Connections

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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ashi ga daiichi See more »

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Budget:

$647,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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