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As enjoyable as it is, it's not as strong as lloyds movies that came immediately before and after it. It still has lots to offer and there are plenty of laughs and clever visual gags to be enjoyed throughout the movie.
Another early entry from Master Comedian Harold Lloyd & this time round he is a country Doctor & always behind the 8 ball.
Filled with crowd pleaser gags & lots of fun it's hard to take this film seriously. Basically the story of rich exploited by a doctor in convincing the family the daughter is very ill.
Dr. Jack (Lloyd) quickly identifies she is fine & that's when things get complicated. Silly & harmless fun, even in his early works you can see Lloyd is going to be an incredible comedian.
A sweet tale of a young, idealistic doctor (Harold Lloyd) who manages to cure everyone's ails without actually doing anything medical. He's more of the Patch Adams mindset, you see. He'd rather prescribe fresh air and good humor. Jack faces his biggest challenge when he's asked to check on a beautiful invalid (Mildred Davis, later to become Lloyd's wife). A rival doctor (Eric Mayne) has been keeping her in bed for years, just to siphon off her rich family's funds. Poor girl. A climactic sequence involving an escaped lunatic is a bit burlesque compared to the earlier material, but "Dr. Jack" is still a nice little comedy.
While some of these jokes are highly outdated, some were absolutely and undeniably rip-roaring. The plot was a bit episodic for my tastes, but there are some gags in this movie that I will never forget. Surprisingly well done.
A lot of critics say Chaplin had more heart and Keaton better gags, but films like Lloyd's "Dr. Jack" dispute that. Though there is a certain amount of pad that Lloyd eliminated in later features, the story is sophisticated, the gags are very funny (especially the entire "escaped lunatic" run) and the characters are solid. The film has heart. It's not Lloyd's tightest, best film, but still a pleasure to watch.
Solid Harold Lloyd film, with random monkeys and lunatics.
This one is my favorite of Lloyd's movie so far. The poker and the chase through the house are hilarious and a great showcase of silent movie comedy. I also like how I've seen 3 of Lloyd's movies and have yet to see a repeated joke in them, which some old comedians fell prey to do.
The acting was also good by Lloyd who is a master at his craft, but I also liked Davis' performances. She was very likable and a good oppisote for Lloyd.
The story is still basically the same formula as the other movies (Lloyd meets girl and trys to be with her), but it still works fr him and isn't old yet.
It's a great film for Lloyd and silent comedy fans.
One of Lloyd's more human roles and sweeter films, based more on story than stunts. Even for a sixty minute movie, there is a lot of padding, though.
Not Lloyd's best work, but very good nonetheless.