Arts 77

Published on December 1st, 2005 | by Greg


Harold Lloyd- Black, White, Silent, Funny as Ever

Even some of the grandparents we spoke to didn’t remember Harold Lloyd- mostly famous for his stunt where he was hanging from a clock, he was nonetheless one of the premier comedians of the 1920’s. Perhaps third only to his contemporaries Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, his expressions and body language communicate plenty that serves to make this new boxed set, The Harold Lloyd Comedy Collection funny most of the way through.

Each of these films (13 shorts, 15 features) has been remastered, restored, and rescored, and there are too many bonus features to name (commentary on Safety Last! by Leonard Maltin is interesting, and the film itself is probably the best of the set). Thankfully, this a set that has been given the proper treatment, but that means it’s pricier than you may want to pay for (mostly) silent, black and white comedies- the complete set of three DVDs is around $90, but you can buy individual disks for $30. There’s even some 3D photography included (and the glasses to view them)- about the only thing missing is a model prop clock!

If you haven’t heard of “The King of Daredevil Comedy” before (and we hadn’t), you’re missing out on some excellent comedy that has inspired many of the comics that came after. The Harold Lloyd Comedy Collection has plenty of replay value, and even if you’re not usually a fan of silent/black and white movies, you’ll find plenty to like in Harold Lloyd. Even the special effects (done with camera tricks, but surprisingly convincing) are pretty neat!

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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