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Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius 

A film about the career and methods of the master silent comedy filmmaker.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Harold Lloyd ... Himself / 'Glasses' Character / Willie Work / Harlod Diddlebock / Harold Hall / Harold Horne / Lonesome Luke / Speedy / Harold Hickory / Dr. Jackson / Hottentott / Harold Lamb (archive footage)
Lindsay Anderson ... Narrator (voice)
David Chasman David Chasman ... Himself
Jack Lemmon ... Himself
Peter Robeck Peter Robeck ... Himself
William Bakewell ... Himself
Jack Davis Jack Davis ... Himself - Brother-in-Law
Alva Lyons Alva Lyons ... Himself
Gloria Lloyd Roberts ... Herself
Hal Roach ... Himself
Jane Novak ... Herself - Actress
Andrew L. Stone ... Himself - Theater Owner
Walter Kerr Walter Kerr ... Himself
Frances Metzger Frances Metzger ... Herself
Peggy Cartwright ... Herself


In this film, we explore the life, career and art of silent cinema's third major talent after Charles Chaplin and Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd. We learn of his rise from a mere Chaplin rip off actor to a stellar talent when he found his own style of comedy which often involved outrageous stunts he performed even after his left hand was disfigured in an accident. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (

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1 February 1992 (Finland) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Lloyd was truly the first genius
2 April 2000 | by AmericanBeautySee all my reviews

This documentary is highly entertaining for lovers of cinema. Harold Lloyd was the first character actor to draw an audience's reaction through the use of situational comedy. He was mimicked and even outright plagiarized by those who followed him in the genre, namely Chaplin and Keaton. Lloyd was also one of the first actors to completely control his product, from inception to release, as he pioneered the use of movie previews to gauge audience reception. Lloyd is not to be overlooked as a tour-de-force of cinema.

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