Speedy (1928)


“[after riding in Speedy’s cab] If I ever want to commit suicide, I’ll call you” – Babe Ruth

Number of Times Seen – 1 (24 Oct 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A young man obsessed with the Yankees and baseball keeps losing the jobs he finds due to mishaps while trying to help his girlfriend’s grandfather keep his trolley business from being shut down by a crooked landowner.

My Take on it – I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing many Harold Lloyd films, but I was laughing from start to finish with this film.

Lloyd does a wonderful job keeping the story hilarious the whole time while still keeping things with a poignant and timeless plot.

The story manages to flow exceptionally well from subject to subject without losing any of the momentum along the way.

It is truly a wonder to watch as he is able to add mishap after mishap to the story and there is no question about the fact that they are all thought out and planned so perfectly to be so entertaining to watch.

It is so hard no to laugh at all of the comical things that happen to this character in his seemingly normal life.

The scenes in Coney Island are the best and give us a perspective on how life was 90 years ago that is a bit different from today yet still filled with fun and (mis)adventures.

The overall story is framed really well in a way that turns the story into a timeless one that theoretically could even take place today.

Love the cameo by The Babe.

Bottom Line – Lloyd is hilarious in this film and I loved the way the story flows from subject to subject without losing any momentum. He truly is a wonder to watch and the number of mishaps in this film are so thought out and ingenious that it’s so hard to not laugh the entire time. The scenes filmed in Coney Island are great and the way that the overall story is framed works quite well that it makes the story feel so timeless. The cameo by Babe Ruth is classic. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The streetcar crash into the elevated train support was an unplanned accident (no one was injured); the idea of replacing the broken wheel with a manhole cover had to be improvised on the scene. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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