Silent Era, probably the most important silent film site on the internet, has a long-running poll to find the best…
For Heaven's Sake
The Uptown Boy, J. Harold Manners (Lloyd) is a millionaire playboy who falls for the Downtown Girl, Hope (Ralston) who works in Brother Paul's (Weigel) mission. In order to build up attendance, and win Hope's attention, Harold runs through town causing trouble, and winds up with a crowd chasing him right into the mission. He eventually wins the girl and they marry, but not without some interference from his high-brow friends.
Thoughtless millionaire Lloyd accidentally funds an inner-city mission, but his apathy turns to extreme interest when he meets the preacher's lovely daughter. I really enjoyed this film, which has two fantastic extended chase/action sequences - one with Lloyd provoking all the street thugs he can find into chasing him right into the mission (where he wins their loyalty by nonchalantly passing the collection plate to rid them of stolen jewelry before a police search), the other with Lloyd trying to corral a group of five drunk friends and get back to the mission for his wedding. Both are filled with physical gags and insane stunts, all done with a charm and physicality that belies Lloyd's milquetoast first impression.
- The General
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- City Lights
- Tol'able David
- The 'High Sign'
- Robin Hood
- Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
All of these score at least either a 3.5 out of 4 (the rating system I use when not on…
- Much Ado About Nothing
- The World's End