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½ March 26, 2016
Good innocent fun with some great dialog
November 24, 2012
A delightfully inventive and utterly bonkers attempt on the part of Sturges to try and revive Lloyd's career. It's far from Sturges' or Lloyd's best work (in fact, there are long stretches, especially in the second half, that feel utterly disastrous), but there are flashes of brilliance and scenes of exquisite, delirious Sturges madness (Harold's declaration of love is the highlight--besides, of course, the extended prologue from "The Freshman"), and it's hard not to at least admire the effort and appreciate the oddity of the piece.
September 11, 2012
My favorite so far by Preston Sturges. Harold Lloyd is hilarious.
½ October 7, 2011
Two versions of this film exist, the 90-minute Preston Sturges original, and the Howard Hughes 77-minute re-cut called "Mad Wednesday", neither of which are highlights of Lloyd or Sturges' brilliant comedy careers. Ostensibly, Sturges coaxes Lloyd out of acting retirement to play a middle-aged version of his silent persona, who inadvertently buys a circus while high on a lethal alcoholic drink. Lots of slapstick between Lloyd and Sturges regular Jimmy Conlin, including a "Safety Last" type high wire act on the ledge of a tall downtown building (complete with circus lion), but nothing here comes close to 1925 Lloyd or 1942 Sturges.
July 28, 2011
One of my favorite films. Tremendously funny. Lloyd's scene with Jimmy Conlin and Edgar Kennedy, wherein the character has his first alcoholic drink, is alone almost worth the price of admission.
Super Reviewer
October 19, 2009
Another hilarious film from my favorite silent film clown, Harold Lloyd. And this time, it's with sound. Harold plays the title character, who gets fired from his job after 22 years, is talked into his first alcoholic drink, which turns into lots of them, wins a bunch of money on the horses after betting his severance pay, ane then buys a cash-poor circus with his winnings. The rest of the film details his efforts to get rid of the circus.

This has all the stuff you expect from Lloyd -- Mr. Everyman in trouble, unrequited love, and crazy stunts. Especially fun was getting to hear his comic timing with dialogue after years of his silent antics. Best scene: the "morning after", when Harold wakes up on his sister Flora's (played by damn-near twin Margaret Hamilton) sofa, and tries to explain to her the previous day's events that he doesn't entirely recall himself.

There have been lots of comedy films about guys recovering from benders and trying recall their actions, but this is the the best I've seen. One downside -- the copy I saw (on TCM of all places) was terrible. Looked like it was filmed with a camera from a gumball machine and a Vaseline-covered lens. Someone really needs to look into restoring this wonderful film. TCM, are you listening?
September 2, 2009
This surprisingly strange comedy is kind of a precursor to "Dude Where's My Car" albeit with much more of a set up. I was not actually familiar with this film until I caught it on TCM. It is actually rather unusual, but it is unique and clever and boasts, despite being more verbal than physical, a very fine performance from Harold lloyd, who was definitely giving his all to the role. Very funnny cameo from Margaret "wicked Witch" Hamilton too.
½ June 14, 2009
without question, a failure. but rarely has such a failure been so fascinating to watch. sturges couldnt really reign in lloyd which definetely gave it a screwball out of control feel but it was perhaps a bit too much. this really needed the sturges touch. however, this was a fun playful film and unfairly disregarded like most of lloyd later works.
December 31, 2008
Light and amusing, but pretty directionless. Lloyd is entertaining company and the film is snappy enough, but consists of what is basically a few amusing scenes thrown together in a pretty haphazard fashion. Even the one set-piece sequence of slapstick stunt-pratfallery is marred by the use of visual effects, which betrays Lloyd's reputation as a fearless stunt comedian. Entertaining, but disposable.
½ July 29, 2008
Very entertaining Harold Lloyd film, the cast is wonderful, particularly the supporting cast. Great pace, well written and directed. Not up with Lloyd's silent films, but well worth a look.
July 19, 2007
Super Reviewer
February 28, 2007
This is a movie that deserved much better than it got. I loved it.
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