|HIGH AND DIZZY (director/writer: Hal Roach; screenwriter: story by Frank Terry/H.M. Walker; cinematographer: Walter Lundin; music: Robert Israel; cast: Harold Lloyd (drunk doctor), Mildred Davis (sleepwalker), Roy Brooks (bootlegger doctor pal), Wally Howe (her father), Charles Stevenson (Cop); Runtime: 25; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Hal Roach; Criterion Pictures; 1920-silent)|
obnoxious than funny."
by Dennis Schwartz
as one of Harold Lloyd's early “thrill
pictures,” that anticipates Safety Last-Lloyd's
classic thrill picture that came 3 years later. Hal
Roach ("Turnabout"/"Ask Father"/"Bumping into
Broadway") directs the slapstick comedy with
his usual flare for cartoonish gags. It's based
on a story by Frank Terry.
young doctor, Harold Lloyd, irks the father (Wally
Howe) of his sleepwalker patient Mildred Davis, his
only patient, and they leave the office before he can
examine her but not before declaring his love for her.
Seeking solace from his neighboring office doctor pal,
Ray Brooks, the two get plastered on the home
booze the pal bottled from his office still. On
the street they harass a street cop (Charles Stevenson)
and manage to get out of the way of a sidewalk lift,
and somehow wind up in the same hotel of the would-be
sleepwalking patient. The doctor and
patient wind-up on the hotel ledge. When
safely back in the hotel room, the lovesick doctor
proposes and she accepts.
REVIEWED ON 3/14/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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