One of Harold Lloyd’s best talkies—smart of him to tap Leo McCarey to shoot it (director of the very successful “talkie” comedies the Marx Brothers’ Duck Soup three years before)
Remade as The Kid from Brooklyn starring Danny Kaye in 1946- haven’t caught that yet
Can’t spot him myself but apparently Anthony Quinn’s debut. Wow- talk about a long haul before he breaks in in the 1950’s
Lloyd is always funny, so good at playing his persona- the wimp, the weakling—here nicknamed “the Tiger”- haha. He accidentally knocks out a boxing champ here and that’s our premise
Lloyd, as talented as he is, is no Chaplin—and his hiccup gag is a painful reminder of that- Chaplin could do a drunk with hiccups like nobody’s business
Adolphe Menjou is great in support as the fight promoter— “Honest” Gabby Sloan- and plays him just like the Honest John character in Pinocchio
Lionel Stander is perfect as well as a thug and trainer- that voice—named “Spider”
Impressive writing in the dialogue- “you don’t know what it is like to lose your reputation” (boxer talking about getting beat up by a weakling to a dame) and she says “12 years ago I went on a hay ride…” — I also like the “I’m not quitting. I’m just not starting” line
Keaton and Chaplin (Lloyd always the third banana—and rightly so) tackled the boxing genre—a decade before for Keaton in 1926’s Battling Butler and Chaplin 5 years prior in 1931’s City Lights
I think you will watch make way for tomorrow next since you said you were doing a Leo mcCarey study and you are on 1936.
I remember strongly recommending the movie to you.
Orson Welles believes it is the saddest movie ever made and the most convincing romance ever filmed.
You called the film overrated. How many times have you seen it? When was the last time you say it? Hopefully you will like it more this time around. I’m excited to see your thoughts on the film after rewatching it.
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