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Encyclopedia > Harold Lloyd
Harold Clayton Lloyd
Harold Lloyd in his trademark glasses and hat, 1929
Born April 20, 1893
Burchard, Nebraska,
 United States
Died March 8, 1971 at age 77
Beverly Hills, California, USA
Parents James Darsie Lloyd and Sarah Elisabeth Fraser

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Harold Lloyd ranks alongside Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton as one of the most popular and influential film comedians of the silent film era. Lloyd made nearly 200 comedy films, both silent and "talkies", between 1914 and 1947. He is best known for his "Glasses Character", a resourceful, success-seeking go-getter who was perfectly in tune with 1920s era America. “Charles Chaplin” redirects here. ... Joseph Frank Keaton, Jr. ... A silent film is a film which has no accompanying soundtrack. ...


His films frequently contained "thrill sequences" of extended chase scenes and daredevil physical feats, for which he is best remembered today. The image of Lloyd hanging from the hands of a clock high above the street in Safety Last! (1923) is one of the most enduring images in all of cinema. Lloyd did many of these dangerous stunts himself, despite having injured himself during the filming of Haunted Spooks (1920) when an accident with a prop bomb resulted in the loss of the thumb and index finger of his right hand (the injury was disguised on film with the use of a special prosthetic glove). For people who perform risky stunts as a profession, see stunt performer. ... Safety Last! is a 1923 comedy silent film starring Harold Lloyd. ... An under 16s motorbike display team perform a potentially dangerous stunt A stunt is an unusual and difficult physical feat, or any act requiring a special skill, performed for artistic purposes in TV, theatre or cinema. ... A United States Army soldier plays foosball with two prosthetic arms Jon Comer, professional skateboarder with a prosthetic leg. ...


Although Lloyd's individual films were not as commercially successful as Charlie Chaplin's on average, he was far more prolific (releasing twelve feature films in the 1920s while Chaplin released just three), and they made more money overall ($15.7 million to Chaplin's $10.5 million). A reel of film, which predates digital cinematography. ... The 1920s is a decade that is sometimes referred to as the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties, usually applied to America. ...

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Early life and entry into films

Harold Lloyd in Safety Last! in 1923

Lloyd was born in Burchard, Nebraska to James Darsie Lloyd and Sarah Elisabeth Fraser; his paternal great-grandparents were from Wales.[1] Lloyd had moved west with his family after his father failed in numerous business ventures. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1401x1038, 219 KB) Summary Harold Lloyd in Safety Last. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1401x1038, 219 KB) Summary Harold Lloyd in Safety Last. ... Safety Last! is a 1923 comedy silent film starring Harold Lloyd. ... Burchard is a village located in Pawnee County, Nebraska. ... Official language(s) English Capital Lincoln Largest city Omaha Largest metro area Omaha Area  Ranked 16th  - Total 77,421 sq mi (200,520 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 430 miles (690 km)  - % water 0. ... This article is about the country. ...


He had acted in theater since boyhood, and started acting in one-reel film comedies shortly after moving to California in 1912 in San Diego, California. Lloyd soon began working with Thomas Edison's motion picture company, and eventually formed a partnership with fellow struggling actor and director Hal Roach, who had formed his own studio in 1913. The hard-working Lloyd became the most successful of Roach's comic actors between 1915 and 1919. Nickname: Location of San Diego within San Diego County Coordinates: Country United States State California County San Diego Founded July 16, 1769 Incorporated March 27, 1850 Government  - Mayor Jerry Sanders  - City Attorney Michael Aguirre  - City Council Scott Peters Kevin Faulconer Toni Atkins Tony Young Brian Maienschein Donna Frye Jim Madaffer... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and businessman who developed many devices which greatly influenced life around the world. ... Harold Eugene Roach, Sr. ... 1915 (MCMXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar). ... Year 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ...


He hired Bebe Daniels as a supporting actress in 1914; the two of them were involved romantically and were known as "The Boy" and "The Girl". In 1919, she left Lloyd because of greater dramatic aspirations. Lloyd replaced Daniels with Mildred Davis in 1919, who the more he watched (from a movie Hal Roach told him to check out) the more he was eager to get her. Lloyd's first reaction in seeing her was that "she looked like a big French doll!"[citation needed] Bebe Daniels in the 1920s Bebe Daniels (14 January 1901 - 15 March 1971) was a United States actress. ... 1914 (MCMXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... Actress Mildred Davis For the suspense/myster author see Mildred B. Davis Mildred Mid Davis (February 22, 1901 - August 18, 1969) was an American actress who appeared in many of Harold Lloyds classic silent comedies and eventually became his wife. ...


Lloyd's early film character "Lonesome Luke" was by his own admission a frenetic imitation of Chaplin. By 1918, Lloyd and Roach had developed the "Glasses Character" (always named "Harold" in the films), a much more mature comedy character with greater potential for sympathy and emotional depth. Beginning in 1921, they moved from shorts to feature length comedies. These included the acclaimed Grandma's Boy (1922), which (along with Chaplin's The Kid) pioneered the combination of complex character development and film comedy, the sensational Safety Last! (1923), which cemented Lloyd's stardom, and Why Worry? (1923). Chaplin and Jackie Coogan in The Kid The Kid is a 1921 Charlie Chaplin film. ... Safety Last! is a 1923 comedy silent film starring Harold Lloyd. ... Movie poster for Why Worry? Why Worry? is a 1923 comedy silent film starring Harold Lloyd. ...


Lloyd and Roach parted ways in 1924, and Lloyd became the independent producer of his own films. These included his most accomplished mature features Girl Shy (1924), The Freshman (1925), The Kid Brother (1927), and Speedy (1928). Welcome Danger (1929) was originally a silent film but Lloyd decided late in the production to remake it with a soundtrack. All of these films were enormously successful and profitable[citation needed]. They were also highly influential and still find many fans among modern audiences, a testament to the originality and film-making skill of Lloyd and his talented collaborators. Like the other great silent comics, Lloyd was the driving creative force in his films, particularly the feature-length films[citation needed]. From this success he became one of the wealthiest and most influential figures in early Hollywood. Girl Shy is a 1924 comedy silent film starring Harold Lloyd. ... The Freshman is a 1925 comedy film that tells the story of a nerdy college freshman trying to become popular by joining the school football team. ... Another US poster The Kid Brother is a 1927 comedy silent film starring Harold Lloyd. ... Speedy is a 1928 silent film that was one of the films to be nominated for the short-lived Academy Award for Best Director of a Comedy. ...


'Talkies' and semi-successful transition

In 1924 he formed his own independent film production company, the Harold Lloyd Film Corporation, with his films distributed by Pathe and later Paramount and Twentieth Century-Fox. Lloyd was a founding member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Pathé or Pathé Frères is the name of various businesses founded and originally run by the Pathé Brothers of France. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... Related articles FOX Television Network Fox Searchlight Pictures Fox Entertainment Group List of Hollywood movie studios List of movies Variant of current 20th Century Fox logo External links 20th Century Fox Movies official site Twentieth Century Fox is also the punning title of a song by The Doors on their... Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study in Hollywood, California Founded on May 11, 1927 in California, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) is a professional honorary organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of motion pictures. ...


Lloyd made the transition to sound in 1929 with Welcome Danger (the original unreleased silent version of this film was screened in various cities on the 2005 re-release of Lloyd's films). Released a few weeks before the start of the Great Depression, it was a huge financial success, with audiences eager to hear Lloyd's voice on film. Lloyd's rate of film releases, which had been one or two a year in the 1920s, slowed to about one every two years until 1938. The Great Depression was a time of economic down turn, which started after the stock market crash on October 29, 1929, known as Black Tuesday. ...


The films released during this period were: Feet First (1930), with a similar scenario to Safety Last which found him clinging to a skyscraper at the climax; Movie Crazy (1932) with Constance Cummings; The Cat's-Paw (1934), which was a dark political comedy and a big departure for Lloyd; and The Milky Way (1936), which was Lloyd's only attempt at screwball comedy, at that point hugely fashionable. Another original US poster Feet First is a 1930 comedy film starring Harold Lloyd, a very famous silent comedian. ... Movie Crazy is a 1932 comedy film starring Harold Lloyd, a famous comedian who is most well-known for his silent films. ... Constance Cummings, CBE (May 15, 1910 – November 23, 2005) was an American-born British actress, known for her work on both screen and stage. ... The Cats-Paw is a 1934 film starring Harold Lloyd and directed by Sam Taylor. ... The Milky Way is a 1936 comedy film starring Harold Lloyd. ... The screwball comedy has proven to be one of the most elusive of the film genres. ...


To this point the films had been personally produced by Lloyd's own company, Unfortunately, his screen character was too old-fashioned for movie audiences of the 1930s. As the length of time between his film releases increased, his popularity declined, and so did his production company. His final film of the decade, Professor Beware, was made by the Paramount staff, with Lloyd functioning only as actor.


On March 23, 1937, Lloyd sold the land of his studio Harold Lloyd Motion Picture Company to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The location is now the site of the Los Angeles California Temple.[1] March 23 is the 82nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (83rd in leap years). ... 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the largest attraction in the citys Temple Square. ... The Los Angeles California Temple is the tenth operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. ...


Lloyd produced a few comedies for RKO Radio Pictures in the early 1940s but otherwise retired from the screen until 1947. He returned for an additional starring appearance in The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947), an ill-fated homage to Lloyd's career directed by Preston Sturges and financed by Howard Hughes. The idea was to show what happened to Harold's optimistic character from The Freshman in later life. Diddlebock actually opened with footage from The Freshman, and Lloyd was sufficiently youthful-looking to match the older scenes quite well. Lloyd and Sturges had different conceptions of the material, however, and fought frequently during the shoot. The finished film was released briefly in 1947, then shelved by producer Hughes. Hughes recut the film and reissued in 1950 under the title Mad Wednesday. It was a sad end to a brilliant film career. The classic logo of RKO Radio Pictures. ... Preston Sturges (August 29, 1898 – August 6, 1959), originally Edmund Preston Biden, was a celebrated screenwriter and director born in Chicago. ... For the Welsh murderer, see Howard Hughes (murderer). ... The Freshman is a 1925 comedy film that tells the story of a nerdy college freshman trying to become popular by joining the school football team. ...


Marriage and home

Lloyd married his leading lady, Mildred Davis, on Saturday February 10, 1923. Together, they had two children: Gloria (born 1923), and Harold Lloyd, Jr., (1931-1971). They also adopted Peggy (1924-1986) in 1930. Lloyd, for a time, discouraged Davis from continuing her acting career. He later relented, but by that time her career momentum was lost. Mildred died in 1969, two years before Lloyd's death. Actress Mildred Davis For the suspense/myster author see Mildred B. Davis Mildred Mid Davis (February 22, 1901 - August 18, 1969) was an American actress who appeared in many of Harold Lloyds classic silent comedies and eventually became his wife. ...

Harold Lloyd and future wife: Mildred Davis in I Do in 1921

Lloyd's Beverly Hills home, "Greenacres" was built in 1926–1929, with 44 rooms, 26 bathrooms, 12 fountains, 12 gardens, and a nine hole golf course. The estate left the possession of the Lloyd family in 1975, after a failed attempt to maintain it as a public museum. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 482 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1182 × 1471 pixel, file size: 383 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Harold Lloyd in I Do in 1921 http://www. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 482 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1182 × 1471 pixel, file size: 383 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Harold Lloyd in I Do in 1921 http://www. ...


The grounds were subsequently subdivided, but the main house remains and is frequently used as a filming location, appearing in films like Westworld and The Loved One (film). It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Westworld was a 1973 film written and directed by Michael Crichton. ... The Loved One is a 1965 film based on The Loved One: An Anglo-American Tragedy (1948) a short satirical novel by Evelyn Waugh about the funeral business in Los Angeles. ... A typical plaque showing entry on the National Register of Historic Places. ...


Radio and retirement

In October 1944, he emerged as the director and host of The Old Gold Comedy Theater, an NBC radio anthology series, when Preston Sturges turned the job down but recommended him for it. The show presented half-hour radio adaptations of recently successful film comedies, launching with a version of Palm Beach Story with Claudette Colbert and Robert Young. The National Broadcasting Company or NBC is an American television broadcasting company based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... The Palm Beach Story is a 1942 romantic screwball comedy film written and directed by Preston Sturges. ... Claudette Colbert (September 13, 1903 - July 30, 1996) was an Academy Award-winning and Golden Globe-winning French-American actress in Hollywood film, stage, television and radio. ... Robert Young may refer to several different people: Robert Young (politician) (1834–1904), New Brunswick politician and businessman Robert Young (Biblical scholar), author of Youngs Literal Translation of the Bible Robert Young (actor) Robert Young (director), movie and television director Robert Young (linguist), co-author of the Analytical Lexicon...


Some saw The Old Gold Comedy Theater as being a lighter version of Lux Radio Theater, and it featured some of the best-known film and radio personalities of the day, including Fred Allen, June Allyson, Lucille Ball, Ralph Bellamy, Linda Darnell, Susan Hayward, Herbert Marshall, Dick Powell, Edward G. Robinson, Jane Wyman, and Alan Young, among others. But the show's half-hour format — which meant the material might have been truncated too severely — and Lloyd's sounding somewhat ill at ease on the air for much of the season (though he spent weeks training himself to speak on radio prior to the show's premiere, and seemed more relaxed toward the end of the series run) may have worked against it. Lux Radio Theater, one of the genuine classic radio anthology series (NBC Blue Network (1934-1935); CBS (1935-1955), adapted first Broadway stage works, and then (especially) films to hour-long live radio presentations. ... He has eyes like Venetian blinds and a tongue like an adder — radio/television critic John Crosby about humourist Fred Allen, portrayed here by caricaturist Al Hirschfeld. ... June Allyson (October 7, 1917 – July 8, 2006) was an American film and television actress, popular in the 1940s and 1950s. ... Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an iconic American actor, comedian and star of the landmark sitcom I Love Lucy, a four time Emmy Award winner (awarded 1953, 1956, 1967, 1968) and charter member of the Television Hall of Fame. ... Ralph Rexford Bellamy (June 17, 1904 – November 29, 1991) was a Tony Award-winning American actor with a career spanning sixty-two years. ... Linda Darnell Monetta Eloyse Darnell, better known as Linda Darnell (born October 16, 1923; died April 10, 1965), was a American film actress. ... Susan Hayward (June 30, 1917 – March 14, 1975) was an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Herbert Marshall (1890-1966) was a popular English cinema and theatre actor who overcame the loss of a leg during World War I, to enjoy a long career, initially as a romantic lead and then in character roles. ... Richard Ewing Dick Powell (November 14, 1904 – January 2, 1963) was an American singer, actor, producer, and director. ... Edward Goldenberg Robinson (born Emanuel Goldenberg, Yiddish: עמנואל גולדנברג; December 12, 1893 – January 26, 1973) was an American stage and film actor of Romanian origin. ... Jane Wyman (born Sarah Jane Fulks on January 5, 1917 in Saint Joseph, Missouri)[1] is an Academy Award-winning, Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated American actress also known for being the first wife of president Ronald Reagan. ... Alan Young and singer Olga San Juan at the Armed Forces Radio Service in the 1950s. ...


The Old Gold Comedy Theater ended in June 1945 with an adaptation of Tom, Dick, and Harry, featuring June Allyson and Reginald Gardiner and wasn't renewed for the following season. Many years later, acetate discs of 29 of the shows were discovered in Lloyd's home, and they now circulate among old-time radio collectors. Tom Dick & Harry is a Bollywood comedy film released on May 12, 2006. ... June Allyson (October 7, 1917 – July 8, 2006) was an American film and television actress, popular in the 1940s and 1950s. ... Reginald Gardiner (February 27, 1903-July 7, 1980) was a British-born actor in film and television. ...


Lloyd remained involved in a number of other interests, including civic and charity work. Inspired by having overcome his own serious injuries and burns, he was very active with the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, and eventually rose to that organization's highest office, Imperial Potentate. Logo of the Shriners The Shriners, or Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, are an Order appendant to Freemasonry. ...


He appeared as himself on several television shows during his retirement, first on Ed Sullivan's variety show Toast of the Town June 5, 1949 and again in July 6, 1958. He appeared as the Mystery Guest on What's My Line? in April 26, 1953, and twice on This Is Your Life: on March 10, 1954 for Mack Sennett, and again on December 14, 1955 on his own episode.[2] The Ed Sullivan Show was an American television variety show that ran from June 20, 1948, to June 6, 1971, and was hosted by Ed Sullivan. ... Whats My Line? was a weekly panel game show originally produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman for CBS television. ... This Is Your Life was a television documentary series hosted by Ralph Edwards, which originally aired in the United States from 1952 to 1961, and again from 1972 on NBC. It originated as a radio show airing from 1948 to 1952 on NBC Radio. ... Mack Sennett (1880 - 1960) Mack Sennett (January 17, 1880 – November 5, 1960) was an innovator of slapstick comedy in film. ...


Lloyd studied colors, microscopy, and was very involved with photography, including 3D photography and color film experiments. Some of the earliest 2-color Technicolor tests were shot at his Beverly Hills home. He became known for his nude photographs of models, such as Bettie Page and stripper Dixie Evans, for a number of men's magazines. He also took photos of Marilyn Monroe lounging at his pool in a bathing suit which were published after their deaths. In 2004, his granddaughter Suzanne produced a book of selections from his photographs, Harold Lloyd's Hollywood Nudes in 3D! (ISBN 1-57912-394-5). This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Photography is the process of making pictures by means of capturing light on a light-sensitive medium, such as a sensor or film. ... Stereoscopy, stereoscopic imaging or 3-D (three-dimensional) imaging is a technique to create the illusion of depth in a photograph, movie, or other two-dimensional image, by presenting a slightly different image to each eye. ... Logo celebrating Technicolors 90th Anniversary Technicolor is the trademark for a series of color film processes pioneered by Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation (a subsidiary of Technicolor, Inc. ... For other uses, see: Beverly Hills (disambiguation). ... The word nude may refer to: The state of nudity. ... Bettie Mae Page (born April 22, 1923), more commonly known as Bettie Page, was an American model and pin-up girl, active mostly in the 1950s. ... Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962), was a Golden Globe Award-winning American actress, singer, model and pop icon. ...


Lloyd also provided encouragement and support for a number of younger actors, including Jack Lemmon, Debbie Reynolds and Robert Wagner. John Uhler Lemmon III (February 8, 1925 – June 27, 2001), better known as Jack Lemmon, was one of the most award-winning American actors of his generation. ... Debbie Reynolds (born April 1, 1932) is an American actress, dancer and singer. ... For other persons named Robert Wagner, see Robert Wagner (disambiguation). ...


Renewed interest

The Harold Lloyd Comedy Collection of DVDs, released November 2005

Lloyd kept copyright control of most of his films and re-released them infrequently after his retirement. As a consequence, his reputation and public recognition suffered in comparison with Chaplin and Keaton, whose work has generally been more available. Image File history File linksMetadata HaroldLloyd_dvd2. ... Image File history File linksMetadata HaroldLloyd_dvd2. ...


Also, Lloyd's film character was so intimately associated with the 1920s era that attempts at revivals in 1940s and 1950s were poorly received, when audiences viewed the 1920s (and silent film in particular) as old-fashioned. In the early 1960s, Lloyd produced two compilation films, featuring scenes from his old comedies, Harold Lloyd's World of Comedy (1962) and The Funny Side of Life (1963).


These films were positively received and renewed interest in Lloyd, helping to restore Lloyd's status among film historians. Throughout his later years he screened his films for audiences at special charity and educational events, to great acclaim.


Following his death, most of his feature films were marketed by Time-Life Films and shown frequently on television, but these were poorly presented, with intrusive narration and insensitive musical scores. Through the efforts of Kevin Brownlow and David Gill and the support of granddaughter Suzanne Lloyd Hayes, the British Thames Silents series re-released some of the feature films in the early 1990s on video (with new orchestral scores by Carl Davis). Time-Life is a book, music, and video marketer, that since 2003 has been combined with catalog reseller Lillian Vernon as a subsidiary of Direct Holdings Worldwide, and is no longer owned by its former parent Time Warner. ... Kevin Brownlow (2 June 1938–) is a film historian, television documentary-maker, and author born in Crowborough, Sussex. ... Sir David Gill (June 12, 1843 – January 24, 1914) was a Scottish astronomer who spent much of his career in South Africa. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Carl Davis CBE (born October 28, 1936, New York City, United States) is an American conductor and composer who has been living in the UK since 1961. ...


More recently, the remainder of Lloyd's great silent features and many shorts were fully restored, with new orchestral scores by Robert Israel. These are now frequently shown on the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable channel. An acclaimed 1990 documentary by Brownlow and Gill also created a renewed interest in Lloyd's work in the early 1990s. A DVD Collection of restored versions of most of his feature films (and his more important shorts) was released by New Line Cinema in partnership with the Harold Lloyd Trust in November 2005, along with limited theatrical screenings in New York and other cities in the US, Canada and Europe. Annette Lloyd has also said that if there is a large-enough show of support by fans, a second collection may be released in the future[3]. Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is a cable television channel featuring commercial-free classic movies, mostly from the Turner Entertainment and Warner Bros. ... Harold Clayton Lloyd (April 20, 1893 – March 8, 1971) was an American film actor and director, most famous for his silent comedies. ... DVD (commonly known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... New Line Cinema, founded in 1967, is one of the major American film studios. ... New York, NY redirects here. ...


Tributes and references to Lloyd

The 2001 Futurama episode "That's Lobstertainment!" was a tribute to Harold Lloyd, featuring an alien version of him, named Harold Zoid. Futurama is an Emmy Award-winning animated sitcom created by Matt Groening (creator of The Simpsons) and David X. Cohen for the Fox Network, and will resume airing in 2008 on Comedy Central. ... Thats Lobstertainment! is the 8th episode in season 3 of Futurama. ...


In the opening scene of Back to the Future, amongst the plethora of clocks in "Doc" Brown's house, one featuring the tiny figure of Lloyd hanging from the hands can be seen. Back to the Future is a 1985 science fiction/comedy film directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Bob Gale and Zemeckis. ...


Academy Award

In 1952, Lloyd received a special Academy Award for being a "master comedian and good citizen." The second citation was a snub to Chaplin, who at that point had fallen foul of McCarthyism and who had had his entry visa to the United States revoked. Regardless of political aspects, Lloyd accepted the award in good part. Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... A 1947 comic book published by the Catechetical Guild Educational Society warning of the dangers of a Communist takeover. ...


Death

Lloyd died at age 77 from prostate cancer on March 8, 1971, in Beverly Hills, California, USA. He was interred in a crypt in the Great Mausoleum at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. Prostate cancer is a disease in which cancer develops in the prostate, a gland in the male reproductive system. ... March 8 is the 67th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (68th in leap years). ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday. ... For other uses, see: Beverly Hills (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Gates of Forest Lawn Forest Lawn Memorial Park is a cemetery in Glendale, Los Angeles County, California. ... Nickname: The Jewel City Location of Glendale within Los Angeles County and the State of California. ...


"The Third Genius"

Lloyd was the subject of a television documentary series in 1990, Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius by Kevin Brownlow and David Gill, which followed similar acclaimed documentaries about the other great silent film clowns Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. [2] The film was shown in America on the PBS program American Masters. Through the participation of Lloyd's granddaughter and estate trustee, Suzanne Lloyd, the filmakers had full access to Lloyd's films and his personal archive. Kevin Brownlow (2 June 1938–) is a film historian, television documentary-maker, and author born in Crowborough, Sussex. ... Sir David Gill (June 12, 1843 – January 24, 1914) was a Scottish astronomer who spent much of his career in South Africa. ... “Charles Chaplin” redirects here. ... Joseph Frank Keaton, Jr. ... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... American Masters is a PBS television show which does biographies on what it judges are the best artists, actors and writers of the United States. ...


A highlight of this program was an interview with Lloyd's friend and partner Hal Roach, then 98 years old. Other Lloyd associates, friends, and family members also participated in the film. Harold Eugene Roach, Sr. ...


The two hour documentary revealed the methods behind Lloyd's celebrated high-altitude stunts, which he rarely discussed in public during his lifetime. They were staged on prop facades built above the entrance to the Hill Street Tunnel, or on the rooftops of other buildings in downtown Los Angeles. Lloyd was usually about 20 feet above a hidden platform, but the camera was positioned such that Lloyd appeared to be high above the streets below. The documentary noted, however, that if Lloyd had fallen, he might well have plummeted to the street despite these precautions. Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ...


Walk of Fame

Harold Lloyd has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His was only the fourth ceremony preserving his handprints, footprints, autograph, and outline of his famed glasses, at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, in 1927. In 1994, he was honored with his image on a United States postage stamp designed by caricaturist Al Hirschfeld. A band plays on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ... This article lists people who have been featured on United States postage stamps. ... Al Hirschfeld photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1955 Albert Hirschfeld (June 21, 1903 – January 20, 2003) was an American caricaturist, best known for his simple black and white satirical portraits of celebrities and Broadway stars. ...


Filmography

Surviving films

These are the films which are known to survive in various film archives around the world. Some are also available on video or DVD. Tragically, the negatives of many of Lloyd's early films were lost in a fire at his estate in 1943. Please note: this list is constantly changing as new films are discovered all the time, and is very likely incomplete. All of the films are listed in order of release date.

  • Give and Take (1994 - may be an alternate title for some other film)

Early

    • Just Nuts (1915) - as Willie Work
    • Miss Fatty's Seaside Lovers (1915) - also starring Fatty Arbuckle
    • Court House Crooks, or Courthouse Crooks (1915) - as Young Man Out of Work (uncredited)

Lonesome Luke

    • Some Baby (1915) - with Snub Pollard
    • Giving Them Fits (1915)
    • Peculiar Patients' Pranks (1915)
    • Luke, the Candy Cut-Up (1916)
    • Luke and the Rural Roughnecks (1916)
    • Luke, Crystal Gazer (1916)
    • Luke Joins the Navy (1916)
    • Luke and the Bang-Tails, or Luke and the Bangtails (1916)
    • Luke's Movie Muddle, also known as The Cinema Director (1916)
    • Luke Locates the Loot (1916)
    • Luke's Shattered Sleep (1916)
    • Lonesome Luke on Tin Can Alley (1917)
    • Lonesome Luke, Messenger (1917)
    • Lonesome Luke's Wild Women (1917)

Glasses character ("The Boy")

    • Over the Fence (1917) - introduction of the "glass character"
    • Pinched (1917)
    • By the Sad Sea Waves (1917)
    • Bliss (1917)
    • Rainbow Island (1917)
    • The Flirt (1917)
    • Lonesome Luke in When Clubs Are Trump (1917) - as Lonesome Luke (who was still a huge audience draw, much to Lloyd's chagrin)
    • All Aboard (1917)
    • Move On (1917)
    • Bashful (1917)
    • Step Lively (1917)
    • Back to the Woods (1918)
    • The Tip (1918)
    • Beat It (1918)
    • A Gasoline Wedding (1918)
    • Look Pleasant, Please (1918)
    • Here Come the Girls (1918)
    • Let's Go (1918)
    • Pipe the Whiskers (1918), as Janitor
    • It's a Wild Life (1918)
    • The Non-Stop Kid (1918)
    • Two-Gun Gussie (1918)
    • Fireman, Save My Child (1918)
    • The City Slicker (1918)
    • Somewhere in Turkey (1918)
    • An Ozark Romance (1918)
    • Are Crooks Dishonest?, sometimes wrongly titled as Doing, Doing, Done (1918)
    • Why Pick on Me? (1918)
    • Hear 'Em Rave (1918)
    • Take a Chance (1918)
    • She Loves Me Not (1918)
    • On the Jump (1918)
    • Pay Your Dues (1919)
    • Going! Going! Gone! (1919)
    • Ask Father (1919)
    • On the Fire, aka. The Chef (1919)
    • I'm on My Way (1919)
    • Look Out Below (1919)
    • Next Aisle Over (1919)
    • A Sammy In Siberia (1919)
    • Young Mr. Jazz (1919)
    • Ring Up the Curtain, aka. Back-Stage! (1919)
    • The Marathon (1919)
    • Spring Fever (1919)
    • Billy Blazes, Esq. (1919) — as Billy Blazes; the film was a parody of Westerns of the time
    • Just Neighbors (1919)
    • At the Old Stage Door (1919)
    • Never Touched Me (1919)
    • Count Your Change (1919)
    • Chop Suey & Co. (1919)
    • Be My Wife (1919)
    • Don't Shove (1919)
    • Bumping Into Broadway (1919)
    • His Only Father (1919)
    • Captain Kidd's Kids (1919)
    • From Hand to Mouth (1919)
    • His Royal Slyness (1920)
    • Haunted Spooks (1920)
    • An Eastern Westerner (1920)
    • High and Dizzy (1920)
    • Get Out and Get Under, aka. My Beautiful Automobile(?) (1920)
    • Number, Please? (1920)
    • Now or Never (1921)
    • Among Those Present (1921)
    • I Do (1921)
    • Never Weaken (1921)

Later shorts

Feature-length films

For a detailed listing see: Harold Lloyd's Feature Films Roscoe Conkling Arbuckle (March 24, 1887 – June 29, 1933) was an American silent film comedian. ... Harry Snub Pollard (November 9, 1889 - January 19, 1962) was a silent movie comedian, popular in the 1920s. ... Back to the Woods (1937) is the 23rd of Columbia Pictures 190 short subjects starring the comedy team of the Three Stooges. ... The Tip is the first episode of the second season of HBOs prison drama, Oz. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... i like western films The Western is an American genre in literature and film. ... Never Weaken is a 1921 silent comedy film starring Harold Lloyd directed by Fred Newmeyer. ... The gang wages war using old vegetables as munitions. ... A poster for the 1931 Our Gang comedy Love Business featuring depictions of (from left to right): Pete the Pup, Jackie Cooper, and Norman Chubby Chaney. ... Movie poster for Why Worry? Why Worry? is a 1923 comedy silent film starring Harold Lloyd. ... For main details see: Harold Lloyd Harold Lloyd (1893–1971) was an American actor and filmmaker, most famous for his hugely successful and influential silent film comedies. ...

Doctor Jack is the title of a 1922 movie starring Harold Lloyd. ... Safety Last! is a 1923 comedy silent film starring Harold Lloyd. ... Movie poster for Why Worry? Why Worry? is a 1923 comedy silent film starring Harold Lloyd. ... Girl Shy is a 1924 comedy silent film starring Harold Lloyd. ... Hot Water is a 1924 silent comedy film starring Harold Lloyd. ... The Freshman is a 1925 comedy film that tells the story of a nerdy college freshman trying to become popular by joining the school football team. ... For Heavens Sake is a 1926 comedy silent film starring Harold Lloyd. ... Another US poster The Kid Brother is a 1927 comedy silent film starring Harold Lloyd. ... Speedy is a 1928 silent film that was one of the films to be nominated for the short-lived Academy Award for Best Director of a Comedy. ... Another original US poster Feet First is a 1930 comedy film starring Harold Lloyd, a very famous silent comedian. ... Movie Crazy is a 1932 comedy film starring Harold Lloyd, a famous comedian who is most well-known for his silent films. ... The Cats-Paw is a 1934 film starring Harold Lloyd and directed by Sam Taylor. ... The Milky Way is a 1936 comedy film starring Harold Lloyd. ...

Autobiography and notable biographies

  • Lloyd, Harold (1928, revised 1971). An American Comedy. 
  • Schickel, Richard (1974). Harold Lloyd: the shape of laughter. New York Graphic Society. ISBN 0-8212-0595-1. 
  • McCaffrey, Donald W. (1976). Three Classic Silent Screen Comedies Starring Harold Lloyd. Associated University Presses. ISBN 0-8386-1455-8. 
  • Reilly, Adam (1977). Harold Lloyd: The king of daredevil comedy. Macmillan. ISBN 0-02-601940-X. 
  • Dardis, Tom (1983). Harold Lloyd: The Man on the Clock. Viking. ISBN 0-14-007555-0. 
  • Vance, Jeffrey, and Suzanne Lloyd (2002). Harold Lloyd: Master Comedian. Harry N Abrams. ISBN 0-8109-1674-6. 
  • D'Agostino Lloyd, Annette M. (2003). The Harold Lloyd Encyclopedia. McFarland & Company. ISBN 0-7864-1514-2. 

See also

This is a list of United States comedy films. ...

References

  1. ^ Los Angeles California Temple Church of Latter Day Saints. Retrieved March 23, 2007
  2. ^ Harold LloydIMDB.com Appearances as self. Retrieved March 23, 2007.
  3. ^ The Trust needs your help. Discussion on Harold Lloyd Community Forum

External links

Wikimedia Commons has media related to:
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  • Harold Lloyd at the Internet Movie Database
  • Official site (only the official message board is currently online)
  • HaroldLloyd.us — a site with articles and information, maintained by Annette Lloyd
  • Harold Lloyd Forum part of ComedyClassics.org
  • Harold Lloyd Photos at Silent Ladies & Gents
  • BBC Radio Interview with Suzanne Lloyd (2002)
  • Doctor Macro: Harold Lloyd
  • [3] AllExperts site - same text as Wikipedia

  Results from FactBites:
 
Harold Lloyd - MSN Encarta (206 words)
Harold Lloyd (1893-1971), American motion-picture actor, one of the leading performers of the golden age of comedy.
Harold Clayton Lloyd was born in Burchard, Nebraska, and started acting in one-reel film comedies in 1912 in San Diego, California.
By the 1940s Lloyd was no longer active in the film industry, but in 1947 director Preston Sturges lured him out of retirement for a film intended to explore the later life of Lloyd's innocent optimist character of the 1920s (it included footage from his popular motion picture The Freshman).
Harold Lloyd presented in Arts section (841 words)
Lloyd’s dissatisfaction with comedy-conformer Luke led him to create the Glasses Character in 1917, and this was the character that was to achieve for Lloyd world-wide fame and immense wealth.
Harold Lloyd made his first Lonesome Luke two-reeler in 1917, his first Glasses Character two-reeler in 1919, his first three-reeler and his first feature in 1921, eleven silent features from 1921-1928, seven sound features from 1929-1947, and two film compilations, in 1962 and 1966.
Harold Lloyd continues to be recognized as one of the three supreme geniuses of silent film comedy.
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