Twenty years after his triumphs as a freshman on the football field, Harold is a mild-mannered clerk who dreams about marrying the girl at the desk down the aisle. But losing his job ...
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Timid milkman, Burleigh Sullivan (Lloyd), somehow knocks out a boxing champ in a brawl. The fighter's manager decides to build up the milkman's reputation in a series of fixed fights and ... See full summary »
Country Doctor, Jack Jackson is called in to treat the Sick-Little-Well-Girl, who has been making Dr. Saulsbourg and is sanitarium very rich, after years of unsuccessful treatment. His ... See full summary »
Fred C. Newmeyer,
John T. Prince
Episodic look at married life and in-law problems. Adventures include a ride on a crowded trolley with a live turkey; a wild spin in a new auto with the in-laws in tow; and a sequence in ... See full summary »
Fred C. Newmeyer,
Twenty years after his triumphs as a freshman on the football field, Harold is a mild-mannered clerk who dreams about marrying the girl at the desk down the aisle. But losing his job destroys that dream, and when he finds a particularly potent drink at his local bar, he goes on a very strange and funny rampage (with a lion in tow).Written by
The film opens with the following written foreword: "The football game you are about to see was *actually photographed* in 1923 as part of Harold Lloyd's famous picture "The Freshman": The story of a water boy who thought he was a member of the team." See more »
When Diddlebock is reaching for Jackie's lead on the ledge, the overhead shot from behind shows Jackie's legs close to the wall. The closer shot (from the front) shows Diddlebock reaching between Jackie's legs, with Jackie's feet now on the edge. See more »
We don't start people at the top, you understand. That would be too easy. We do it the American way! We give them an opportunity to work up! - from the bottom. What satisfaction! What the feeling of accomplishment you will have, when you are able to look back, from whatever rung of the ladder you're, eh, go-getiveness would have paced you on, to say, I - I did that!
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"... and for the first time a young girl called Frances Ramsden playing the youngest Miss Otis" See more »
Originally released at 90 minutes; was then re-edited and re-released in a shorter 79-minutes version under the title "Mad Wednesday" in 1950. See more »
This film drags in some parts, and Lloyd I think puts off some modern viewers. The first time I watched it I thought it was the film equivalent of seeing Ali vs. Andre the Giant. But Sturges' brilliance is in here, and the degree to which it is derived from Lloyd is paid homage to in a wonderful, dark, surreal way. How can you not love a film that starts with the last moments of Lloyd's The Freshman and then shows the hero turned into a mail room stooge who gets buried by the corporate system? The ending is wonderfully hypnotic, happy? Well as is always the case, the poor down trodden guy figures out how to operate the machine just enough to produce his own deus ex machina. Sturges and Lloyd look more brilliant and visionary than ever from the vantage point of post-Enron, MCI, etc.
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