- SKU: 14625015
- Release Date: 09/13/2005
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Although he didn't realize it at the time, this was Harold Lloyd's last two-reeler (the next film, A Sailor-Made Man, would start off as a tworeeler but grow into four). It begins as an office romance, with Harold in love with a girl (Mildred Davis) who works next door to his place of employment. Her boss, an osteopath, is about to let her go since he has no patients. Harold saves her job by taking an acrobat (Mark Jones) out for a stroll -- the acrobat fakes a fall and Harold, after "fixing" him, hands out the osteopath's business cards. After saving his girl's job, Harold walks in on her embracing another man (Roy Brooks) -- what Harold doesn't know is that the man is her brother, a newly ordained minister. Devastated, Harold decides to commit suicide. From that moment on, the rest of the film is a Lloyd tour de force in which he tries several ways to off himself, but can't quite get the job done. Finally, he sets a gun up so he will be shot when the office door is opened. Then he blindfolds himself. A light bulb bursts, convincing him that he is dead, just as his chair slides onto a beam from the construction going on next door. Harold is suspended in mid-air, and once he realizes the precarious position he is in, all thoughts of suicide fly out the window. He must navigate hot rivets and loose beams and find his way to safety at the bottom of the partially constructed building. When he reaches the ground he discovers his misunderstanding regarding his girl. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi
High and Dizzy
Harold Lloyd runs afoul of some bootleg hootch in this two-reel comedy. When his friend (Roy Brooks) shows him a little distillery he has hidden away in his office, Harold is fascinated. But while they're admiring one of the bottles, the cork pops out and the liquor begins to run over. The two men have no choice but to drink it, of course. Harold and his pal then embark on a number of wild, drunken adventures which eventually lead them up to the ledge of a skyscraper. Things get really interesting when Harold encounters a pretty sleepwalker (Mildred Davis) hundreds of feet above the sidewalk. Although he's none too steady himself, Harold does his best to come to her rescue. After more than a few moments of clumsiness and thrills, he looks down at the street and this sobers him up quick. Any similarity between the stunts in this film and some of those in Safety Last are probably not a coincidence. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi
The City Slicker
Now or Never
This Harold Lloyd three-reeler is one of his best short subjects, in good part because of the interplay between him and child actress Anna May Bilson. Bilson almost steals the show as Dolly, the lonesome little girl who begs to go with her babysitter Mary (Mildred Davis) on a short trip. Mary is going home to see her boyfriend who has promised to come get her when she turns 18. Since her boyfriend is Harold, complications naturally arise. As Harold heads to see his girl, a bum tricks him out of his money. When he once again sees the bum, he is clinging to the rails of a moving train, so Harold grabs onto the rails, too. The money gets lost, but the train turns out to be the same one that Mary and her charge are on. It is discovered that her employer is also on the train, so Mary leaves Dolly with Harold until she can explain the child's presence. The rest of the film primarily consists of charming comic moments between Harold and Dolly, while he attempts to stay on the train without a ticket. All ends well, as it turns out Mary's employer has just hired Harold to work at his firm. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi
The Non-Stop Kid
From Hand to Mouth
This two-reel Harold Lloyd short introduced Mildred Davis as his new co-star -- she took Bebe Daniels' place; Daniels, an extremely talented comedienne, left to become a star in her own right. This picture has a bit more pathos than Lloyd's normal fare. Davis is a pretty young lady who is about to inherit a fortune, but a gang of crooks, led by Snub Pollard, are plotting to get control of her money with the help of her shyster attorney. While on a drive, Mildred sees a boy (Lloyd) protecting a little child (Peggy Courtwright) from a crowd. When she finds out that Harold is in trouble because he tried to use a counterfeit bill to buy some food for himself and the little girl, she pays for the food and leaves. Harold, touched by her act, goes looking for her. Meanwhile, Snub is planning to kidnap Mildred so that she won't be able to sign the documents that will give her the fortune -- if she cannot be found by midnight, she loses the inheritance. Harold gets mixed up with the bad guys and agrees to help them get Mildred. Of course he bungles everything, both unintentionally and on purpose, and manages to get Mildred to the lawyer's office to sign the necessary papers. Romance follows, as it eventually did for Lloyd and Davis. They married in 1923. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi
Ring Up the Curtain
Among Those Present
By 1921, Harold Lloyd was gradually easing into full-length comedies. This was his second three-reel film; by the end of the year he would release A Sailor-Made Man at four reels and beginning with the film after that, Grandma's Boy, he would completely graduate into features. Here, Lloyd plays a coatroom boy who likes to impersonate a certain English nobleman. A family of social climbers are told that the real nobleman is to arrive in the U.S. They enlist the help of a "society pilot" (Vera White) to bring him to their home, and when she can't get the real lord, she uses Harold instead. He turns out to be a big hit, especially with the family's pretty daughter (Mildred Harris), and he weaves incredibly tall tales about his game hunts. When he mounts a horse to join a fox hunt, he winds up getting himself involved in a load of comic exploits that put his tall tales to shame. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi
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