Date: July 12
Film: Never Weaken [usa, 1921]
Where: Tulsa/outdoors in a park/DVD
Who with: Greg + a bunch of strangers
Harold Lloyd's skyscraper sequence: *****!
I kind of cheated a bit with my film as I didn't watch a feature, but I did watch a classic silent comedy from 1921 starring Harold Lloyd. Five years running Greg and I have put a screen up and shown a silent film with live accompaniment from an organist. This year's short was Harold Lloyd's Never Weaken. I am quite partial to Lloyd and think he kind of gets forgotten as one silent comedies masters [Chaplin and Keaton always get the attention before him] and that's a shame. Watch the clip below to see Lloyd in all his glory as he gets caught up on a skyscraper being built and tries to make his way to safety. There were audible gasps [and laughter] from the crowd last night as they watched Lloyd's perilous adventure high above city streets. Silent comedy outdoors on a summer night with live organist? Magical.