Tag Archives: Harold Lloyd

Preston Sturges – The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947)

Also known as Mad Wednesday, this collaboration between silent comedy star Harold Lloyd and screwball comedy genius Preston Sturges was meant to be a splashy comeback for both. Unfortunately, it sank at the box office.

The film starts with original footage from Lloyd’s 1925 classic The Freshman. Because of his success on the football field, Harold Diddlebock (Lloyd, who seems to have hardly changed in 22 years, – still sporting a straw hat, and horn rimmed glasses) is offered a job. Full of hope and promise, the former gridiron champ finds himself in a minor bookkeeping position, where he remains forgotten for the next 22 years, until he’s abruptly fired. Read More »

Clyde Bruckman & Harold Lloyd – Movie Crazy (1932)

Synopsis:
Harold Hall, an accident prone young man with little or no acting ability, desperately wants to be in pictures. After a mix-up with his application photograph, he gets an offer to have a screen-test, and goes off to Hollywood… Read More »

Clyde Bruckman & Harold Lloyd – Feet First (1930)

Synopsis:
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. Read More »

Fred C. Newmeyer & Sam Taylor – Hot Water (1924)

Harold Lloyd silent film. Episodic in nature (effectively three short films merged into one), the first episode features Hubby winning a live turkey in a raffle and taking it home on a crowded streetcar, much to the chagrin of the other passengers. The second features Hubby grudgingly taking the family en masse out on his brand new Butterfly Six automobile, and the third is an escapade with his sleepwalking mother-in-law. The third segment almost qualifies the film as a horror movie, as in it, Hubby mistakenly believes he has killed his mother-in-law, and when she starts sleepwalking later, he thinks she’s a ghost haunting him. Read More »

Leo McCarey & Ray McCarey & Norman Z. McLeod – The Milky Way (1936)

Harold Lloyd’s most critically successful talkie. Timid milkman, Burleigh Sullivan, 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 then have the champ beat him to regain his title. Read More »

Fred C. Newmeyer – Grandma’s Boy (1922)

Grandma’s Boy is a 1922 family comedy film starring Harold Lloyd. The film was highly influential, helping to pioneer feature-length comedies which combined gags with character development. This film was also an immensely popular, commercially successful film in its time. Read More »

Fred C. Newmeyer & Hal Roach – Now or Never (1921)

Harold Lloyd silent comedy. A young man, unaccustomed to children, must accompany a young girl on a train trip. Read More »