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Harold Lloyd was one of the great comic stars of the cinema, a genius on a par with Chaplin and Keaton. Born in Burchard, Nebraska, on April 20, 1893 Lloyd was acting at an early age with theatrical repertory companies. He made his film debut as an extra in a 1913 one-reel film for the Edison Film Company. He became friends with another extra, Hal Roach, and when Roach formed his own film company, he invited Lloyd to join him.
Lloyd’s initial comic characterization was a tramp character called Willie Work. After a series of partings over money and subsequent reconciliations, Roach and Lloyd created a new character, called Lonesome Luke, which became popular, despite Lloyd’s dislike of imitating Charlie Chaplin, which the film distributor, Pathé, demanded.
Then Lloyd found the idea that was to become his trademark, and change him from a good comedian to a major star: the glasses. Lloyd persuaded Roach and his distributor to abandon Lonesome Luke and in 1917 Lloyd shed grotesque comedy clothes and characterizations for a pair of horn-rimmed glasses. In doing so, Lloyd created an American archetype, an optimistic and determined go-getter sporting spectacles and a toothy smile.
Lloyd retained the “Glass Character” (as Lloyd called his comic persona) throughout the rest of his motion picture career, which spanned 34 years and over 200 comedies. Among his most famous films are Grandma's Boy (1922), Safety Last! (1923), The Freshman (1925), The Kid Brother (1927), Speedy (1928), and Movie Crazy (1932), all included here amongst many other gems in this most comprehensive of collections.
It looks really dated and th quality is poor. It looked better on TVPublished 2 months ago by Old Woodhousian
Brilliant collection of his films, beautiful quality, stunning artist, could not be bettered in any way. Go buy it if you want some seriously brilliant comedy on filmPublished 12 months ago by Mr. K. Hubbard
I had not seen the one with Harold LLoyd climbing precariously up the outside of a building since the 1970's - the last time it was shown on terrestial television - it was as funny... Read morePublished 22 months ago by C. Flannery
This guy was an absolute genius, far superior to Chaplain. The stunts are truly amazing, the stories original (although he always gets his girl at the end) and the quality is... Read morePublished 22 months ago by MikeW
exellent collection of harolds films , cant fault it at all , must be on par with the laurel and hardy boxsetPublished on 13 Dec. 2012 by nicholas holt
For lovers of silent (and early sound) movies this collection is a MUST addition. The boxed set sits on our bookshelf alongside Buster Keaton, oh, and Norman Wisdom.Published on 3 Dec. 2012 by Mike S
A must watch for any fan of quality acting (it could be argued that Lloyd was the best 'actor' out of the 3 silent comedian greats) and entertaining storytelling and romance. Read morePublished on 10 Feb. 2012 by Mr. S. P. Drake
This is a fantastic film collection that is well worth taking time to watch, if you view the films one after another you get a little blasé and don't fully appreciate the... Read morePublished on 27 Jan. 2012 by D. Brothwood