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Girl Shy (1924)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 20 April 1924 (USA)
A shy, young man, who is completely incapable of talking to women, decides to write a book that details to other bachelors how to find a girlfriend.

Directors:

Fred C. Newmeyer (as Fred Newmeyer), Sam Taylor

Writers:

Sam Taylor (story), Ted Wilde (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Harold Lloyd ... Harold Meadows
Jobyna Ralston ... Mary Buckingham
Richard Daniels Richard Daniels ... Jerry Meadows
Carlton Griffin ... Ronald DeVore
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Storyline

Harold Meadows (Lloyd) is a shy, stuttering bachelor working in a tailor shop, who is writing a guide book for other bashful young men, "The Secret of Making Love," chapters from which are portrayed as fantasy sequences. Fate has him meet rich girl, Mary (Ralston), and they fall in love. But she is about to wed an already married man, so our hero embarks upon a hair-raising daredevil ride to prevent the wedding. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Comedy | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1924 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Girl Expert See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(Turner library print) | (1992)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The $3,000 advance royalty check Harold receives from the publisher would equate to over $43,000 in 2018. See more »

Goofs

In the principal of "united we stand" (as is so eloquently illustrated with the bundle of sticks in "The Straight Story"), a thick sheaf of paper sheets is hard to rip through all at once, so it would be impossible to tear up several layers of folded paper into narrow strips, the way Harold supposedly does with the check when he tears up the sealed envelope without opening it. To actually tear the check between each of the digits of the "3000" so that it formed four individual narrow strips, Harold would have needed to remove the check from the envelope, and also separate it from the cover letter, so that he could have just the single fragile sheet to minutely tear into the thin shards. See more »

Quotes

Uncle Jerry: What do you think? My nephew has a girl at last!
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Alternate Versions

In addition to the 'My Vampire' and 'My Flapper' sequences, there was a third interlude involving the girl with the curls, where Harold finds her as a Mary Pickford-type milk maid. The scene does not survive (it was cut after a preview) but a photograph of the scene has appeared in several publications. See more »

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Great Romantic Comedy
19 October 2000 | by gelatofloSee all my reviews

GIRL SHY is one of Lloyd's classics where that tight structure as the trademark of his comedy is most obvious. Every gag is so closed linked to another. It really leaves you marvel at his ability of building up and controlling his work. Besides, it is one of the great romantic comedies of the silent era, full of breath-taking imageries(like the scene when the Boy was dreaming about the Girl while fishing under a bridge..). It is hilarious throughout(especially for those 2 fantasy sequences). The great final chase is full of typical thrills that only Lloyd's comedy can provide(and, as we know it, `inspired' the final chase in The Graduate). Lloyd showed some wonderful drama acting ability too(when he had to dissuade the Girl from seeing him any more).


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