WEAKEN (director: Fred Newmeyer;
Roach/Sam Taylor/H.M. Walker; cinematographer:
editor: T. J.
Crizer; music: Robert Israel; cast: Harold Lloyd (The Boy),
Mildred Davis (The Girl), Roy Brooks (The Other Man),
Mark Jones (The Acrobat), Charles Stevenson (The Police
Gillespie (The Doctor); Runtime: 19; MPAA
Rating: NR; producer: Hal Roach; TCM; 1921-silent)
"Moderately funny Harold Lloyd two-reeler."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Moderately funny Harold
Lloyd two-reeler, which was his last. Reminds one of
Safety Last, with Lloyd dangling from a skyscraper.
When Harold's receptionist girlfriend (Mildred Davis)
is told by her doctor boss he will have to let her go
because of lack of patients, Harold brings him
patients the illegal way and saves her job. But his
girlfriend loves Roy (Roy Brooks) and accepts his marriage proposal. Harold is
forlorn and tries a number of funny ways to try and
commit suicide, but thankfully bungles all attempts.
That Lloyd did his own
stunts, added to the thrill of his so-called thrill
flicks (involving dangerous stunts). It's directed by childhood
friend Fred Newmeyer, and is written by business partner Hal Roach
and Sam Taylor and a team of gag writers.
REVIEWED ON 7/4/2012 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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