Harold Lloyd

Harold Lloyd

21 Episodes

Often overlooked in favor of his more famous contemporaries Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, bespectacled everyman Harold Lloyd was easily the equal of those silent-comedy legends in both slapstick invention and hair-raising derring-do. From the football field antics of THE FRESHMAN to the clock-hanging climax of SAFETY LAST!, Lloyd’s innovative, endearing comedy classics are packed wall-to-wall with some of the funniest and most thrilling set pieces of the silent era.

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  • Over the Fence

    Episode 1

    Presented here are two rarely seen Harold Lloyd shorts: OVER THE FENCE (1917), the first "Glasses Character" film, and THAT’S HIM (1918). Lloyd lost many of his early films in a fire, and these have been restored from the best existing elements—a 9.5 mm print and a 28 mm print, respectively—and a...

  • Take a Chance

    Episode 2

    Directed by Alfred J. Goulding • 1918 • United States

    In this one-reel film from 1918, Harold Lloyd stars as a man looking to spend his last 25 cents.

  • That’s Him

    Episode 3

    Presented here are two rarely seen Harold Lloyd shorts: OVER THE FENCE (1917), the first "Glasses Character" film, and THAT’S HIM (1918). Lloyd lost many of his early films in a fire, and these have been restored from the best existing elements—a 9.5 mm print and a 28 mm print, respectively—and a...

  • Billy Blazes, Esq.

    Episode 4

    Directed by Hal Roach • 1919 • United States

    Harold Lloyd plays Billy Blazes, a man who attempts to save Peaceful Vale from the violent Crooked Charley.

  • Ask Father

    Episode 5

    Directed by Hal Roach • 1919 • United States

    Harold Lloyd plays a young man who attempts to avoid many obstacles in order to marry his boss's daughter.

  • The Marathon

    Episode 6

    Directed by Alfred J. Goulding • 1919 • United States

    This 1919 one-reeler stars Harold Lloyd as one of Bebe Daniels’ many suitors, who, after a series of mishaps, ends up running in a local marathon. It is presented here with a new score composed and performed by Gabriel Thibaudeau.

  • Bumping into Broadway

    Episode 7

    Directed by Hal Roach • 1919 • United States

    This 1919 short is the only Harold Lloyd title other than SPEEDY set in New York City, although it was filmed entirely in Los Angeles. BUMPING INTO BROADWAY was also the first two-reeler to star Lloyd's "Glasses Character." This newly restored master ...

  • Just Neighbors

    Episode 8

    Directed by Harold Lloyd and Frank Terry • 1919 •

    Suburban neighbors join together to build a garden shed, but end up demolishing their garden in this short silent comedy.

  • His Royal Slyness

    Episode 9

    Directed by Hal Roach • 1920 • United States

    Harold Lloyd plays a tireless American bookseller traveling abroad in the kingdom of Thermosa, where he is mistaken for a prince. When the true prince returns to stake his claim to the throne, the country is thrown into turmoil.

  • An Eastern Westerner

    Episode 10

    Directed by Hal Roach • 1920 • United States

    In this two-reeler from 1920, a fast and furious parody of western films, Harold Lloyd stars as an East Coast boy shipped off to a ranch; Mildred Davis, who would later become Lloyd’s wife, costars. It is presented here with a new score composed and c...

  • Never Weaken

    Episode 11

    Directed by Fred Newmeyer • 1921 • United States

    Harold Lloyd plays a young man who is in love with a young woman, but he mistakenly believes she loves another. Despondent, he decides to commit suicide, but each attempt is unsuccessful.

  • Dr. Jack

    Episode 12

    Directed by Fred Newmeyer • 1922 • United States

    Harold Lloyd plays well-liked, common-sense country doctor Jack Jackson, who cares for the incurable Sick-Little-Well-Girl (Mildred Davis) and takes on the fraudulent Dr. Ludwig von Saulsbourg (Eric Mayne) in this upbeat silent comedy directed by ...

  • Why Worry?

    Episode 13

    Directed by Fred Newmeyer and Sam Taylor • 1923 • United States
    Starring Harold Lloyd

    A hypochondriac vacations in the tropics for the fresh air—and finds himself in the middle of a revolution instead.

  • Safety Last!

    Episode 14

    Directed by Fred Newmeyer and Sam Taylor • 1923 • United States
    Starring Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Bill Strother

    The comic genius of silent star Harold Lloyd is eternal. Chaplin is the sweet innocent, Keaton the stoic outsider, but Lloyd—the modern guy striving for success—is us. And with its...

  • The Freshman

    Episode 15

    Directed by Sam Taylor and Fred Newmeyer • 1925 • United States
    Starring Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston

    Harold Lloyd’s biggest box-office hit was this silent comedy gem, featuring the befuddled everyman at his eager best as a new college student. Though he dreams of being a big man on campus, the ...

  • For Heaven’s Sake

    Episode 16

    Directed by Sam Taylor • 1926 • United States

    The Uptown Boy, J. Harold Manners (Lloyd) is a millionaire playboy who falls for the Downtown Girl, Hope (Ralston) who works in Brother Paul's (Weigel) mission. In order to build up attendance, and win Hope's attention, Harold runs through town causi...

  • The Kid Brother

    Episode 17

    Directed by Ted Wilde • 1927 • United States
    Starring Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston

    Silent-comedy legend Harold Lloyd goes west in this irresistible blend of action, romance, and slapstick invention. The bespec­tacled everyman is at his inimitable best as Harold Hickory, the gentle son of a promi...

  • Speedy

    Episode 18

    Directed by Ted Wilde • 1928 • United States
    Starring Harold Lloyd, Ann Christy, Bert Woodruff

    SPEEDY was the last silent feature to star Harold Lloyd—and one of his very best. The slapstick legend reprises his “Glasses Character,” this time as a good-natured but scatterbrained New Yorker who ca...

  • Feet First

    Episode 19

    Directed by Clyde Bruckman • 1930 • United States

    The second and most popular talkie starring Harold Lloyd, FEET FIRST has the actor playing an upstart shoe salesman who pretends to be a millionaire tycoon in order to impress a young lady he meets in Honolulu. Directed by Clyde Bruckman, the fil...

  • Movie Crazy

    Episode 20

    Directed by Clyde Bruckman • 1932 • United States

    Harold Lloyd plays a young man who has a profound desire to be in the movies. Unfortunately, he has no real acting experience or abilities.

  • The Cat's Paw

    Episode 21

    Directed by Sam Taylor • 1934 • United States

    Harold Lloyd plays a man raised by Chinese missionaries who is brought in to help a corrupt boss run for Mayor in an American city.