Always the mama's boy, or in this case a grandma's boy, Sonny joins a posse after a tramp accused of robbery and murder. He is unable to conquer his cowardice until Grandma tells him of his grandfather, also a coward, who overcame his fears with the help of a magic amulet. With new courage (and the charm), Sonny captures the fugitive and becomes the hero of the day.Written by
Herman Seifer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Can There Be Such a Thing as a Silent Film That's Too Talky?
I saw "Grandma's Boy" as the main feature in a Harold Lloyd double bill at the Pickwick Theatre in Park Ridge, Illinois as part of a summer silent film festival. (It was paired with the 1920 short, "Number, Please?") First of all, let's keep festivals like that alive.
As for the movie....Pretty much any Harold Lloyd movie is worth your time, but I have to admit this wasn't one of his better efforts. He plays a wimp who finally learns to stand up for himself after his grandmother gives him a magical charm formerly belonging to his grandfather. This is a slow, talky film (if you can describe a silent as "talky," but you know what I mean) and doesn't have nearly as many of those delightful stunts and pratfalls that the best Lloyd movies are known for. See it if you're a Lloyd fan, but if you're new to him, there are better introductions and just know that you're not seeing him at his best here.
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