|FROM HAND TO MOUTH (director/writer: Alfred J. Goulding; screenwriter: H.M. Walker; music: Robert Israel; cast: Harold Lloyd (penniless man), Mildred Davis (heiress), Harry 'Snub' Pollard (kidnapper), Peggy Courtwright (waif), Gus Leonard (Will Walling, lawyer), Charles Stevenson (stolen wallet cop); Runtime: 22; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Hal Roach; Kino; 1919-silent)|
|"One of the more
enjoyable Harold Lloyd two-reel silent slapstick
by Dennis Schwartz
Spooks"/"All Aboard"/"A Chump at Oxford") directs
with gusto one of the more enjoyable Harold Lloyd
two-reel silent slapstick comedies.
penniless Harold Lloyd is starving when he hooks up on
a street curb with the also hungry waif, Peggy
Courtwright, and her pet dog. The dog steals
money from gamblers playing cards in the street. They
learn the money is counterfeit when purchasing bakery
items with it. Before arrested a heiress, Mildred
Davis, comes out of her crooked lawyer's office and
pays the tab. Meanwhile Snub Pollard, one of her shady
relatives, schemes with her crooked lawyer (Gus
Leonard) to kidnap her with his hired goons so
she doesn't return by midnight to the lawyer's office
to sign the will to claim her inheritance. The car
full of kidnappers bring along Lloyd as a Patsy to be
blamed for their crime. But Lloyd instead attempts to
rescue her and escapes. In an hilarious scene Lloyd
gets the entire police station to go with him to the
gang's hideout by antagonizing them. Before, when he
asked a number of street cops to help, they refused to
listen to him.
regular partner Bebe Daniel was recruited for bigger
parts and more money by rival studios and was replaced
by the teenager Mildred Davis. She was
recruited by Lloyd's friend Hal Roach. It was her
first appearance in a Lloyd film, though she acted
in other films (the Our Gang films). Four years
later, they were married. Their
marriage was one of the few Hollywood happy marriages.
It only ended because of her death in 1969.
REVIEWED ON 3/14/2015 GRADE: B+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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