|FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE (director: Sam Taylor; screenwriters: story by John Grey, Clyde Bruckman & Ted Wilde; cinematographers: Walter Lundin/Henry N. Kohler; editor: Allen McNeil; music: Robert Israel; cast: Harold Lloyd (J. Harold Manners), Jobyna Ralston (Hope), Paul Weigel (Brother Paul), James Mason (The gangster), Noah Young (Bull Brindle, The Roughneck), Oscar Smith (James - Manners' Chauffeur), RobertDudley (Harold's secretary); Runtime: 55; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Harold Lloyd; Paramount; 1926-silent)|
still rocks because of its great sight gags
by Dennis Schwartz
tagline for the Harold Lloyd feature gag comedy is:
"A man with a mansion. A
miss with a mission." Lloyd regular Sam
Taylor ("Safety Last"/"Why Worry?"/"Girl
Shy") directs from a story by John
Grey, Clyde Bruckman
& Ted Wilde. But Lloyd, not listed on the
written credits, certainly had the most creative input
writing and direction of the film.
plays the Uptown suave, carefree millionaire J.
Harold Manners, who ventures to a downtown
restaurant meeting and when not locating it he
accident burns down Preacher Paul's (Paul Weigel)
outdoor coffee stand. The kindly preacher gives free
coffee and sermons to the poor folks in the LA Bowery.
Through a misunderstanding Harold writes a thousand
dollar check for damages, and the next day in the
newspaper he learns Brother Paul used the money to
open a mission with his name on it. Harold is not
pleased with the honor until he meets the preacher's
sweet daughter Hope (Jobyna Ralston) and
becomes smitten with her. Harold then tries to impress
Hope, as he helps fill the mission with the underworld
crowd from the next door poolroom. Harold marries the
Downtown girl despite being kidnapped on his wedding
day by his fellow rich Uptown club members, who think
he married the wrong girl. But the hoodlum converts
cheer the couple after he's rescued.
The film still rocks because of its great sight gags and chases.
REVIEWED ON 7/14/2015 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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