The Kid Brother

The Kid Brother

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 prominent lawman who lives in the shadow of his rough-and-tumble brothers. When a traveling medicine show rolls into town, it brings with it excitement, the possibility of love, and a chance for Harold to prove his mettle. Deftly balancing Lloyd’s brilliant sight gags and thrilling set pieces—including an epic, knock-down, drag-out fight aboard an abandoned ship—with one of the actor-filmmaker’s most fully realized, root-for-the-underdog narratives, THE KID BROTHER is a hilarious and heartwarming high-water mark of early screen comedy.

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The Kid Brother
  • The Kid Brother

    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...

Extras

  • THE KID BROTHER Commentary

    This commentary, recorded for New Line Home Entertainment’s 2005 DVD release of THE KID BROTHER, features filmmaker and Harold Lloyd archivist Richard Correll, author Annette D’Agostino Lloyd, and Harold Lloyd’s grandaughter Suzanne Lloyd.

  • THE KID BROTHER Alternate Score

    Presented here is an alternate audio track recorded in the late sixties and featuring Harold Lloyd’s preferred organist, Gaylord Carter. On it, Carter plays the Simonton Grand Wurlitzer pipe organ, owned by Hollywood entrepreneur Richard Simonton Sr., a close friend of Lloyd’s

  • Harold’s Leading Ladies

    In the following conversation, recorded in October 2018, author Cari Beauchamp and Harold Lloyd’s granddaughter Suzanne Lloyd discuss the three actresses who costarred with Lloyd in the course of his career: Bebe Daniels, Mildred Davis, and Jobyna Raiston.

  • Anatomy of a Gag: Monkeyshoes

    The following short program, created in 2018 by critic and filmmaker David Cairns, examines Harold Lloyd’s unique approach to gags in silent comedy and THE KID BROTHER respectively.

  • “The Kid Brother”: Close to Home

    In the following new video essay, location historian and author John Bengston discusses the Los Angeles locations used in the filming of THE KID BROTHER, employing historical research and geographic features to identify specific details.

  • Greenacres

    Harold Lloyd broke ground for his elaborate Los Angeles estate, Greenacres, during the filming of THE KID BROTHER. Presented here is a 2005 featurette in which Suzanne Lloyd provides a tour of the estate.

  • Harold Lloyd on His Career

    The following interview with Harold Lloyd was broadcast on December 14, 1962, on Dutch public television. In it, Lloyd gives a tour of his estate and discusses his work and the development of his "Glasses Character."

  • Over the Fence

    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...

  • That’s Him

    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...

  • Preserving Harold

    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...

  • The Wurlitzer: Nathan Barr and Mark Herman

    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...