Movie Crazy ★★★½

Harold Lloyd attempts to break into the movies. He proves to be a terrible actor but his charming, lovable innocence captures the heart of Constance Cummings. Despite his ineptness, Lloyd gets a film contract and the girl too.

In 1929, Harold Lloyd had some assets as he moved from silent into sound films, including long experience making movies, an established character ("Glasses") who could be easily transitioned, first rate comic timing, and athletic ability. He had some liabilities too. His persona was limited to either a go-getter or an innocent. As he aged, it became more difficult to portray either of these roles.

In Movie Crazy, Lloyd makes the most of his innocent character. The gags are frequent, the physical comedy funny, and the film ends on a comic fight that utilizes Lloyd’s best assets.

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