Harold Lloyd in “For Heaven’s Sake”
Today is the anniversary of the release date of the Harold Lloyd feature For Heaven’s Sake (1926).
Directed by Sam Taylor, this comedy casts Harold in his callow young rich man mode, falling in love with a young missionary girl (Jobyna Ralston) and helping save her father’s soup kitchen. While the comedy may sound sacrilegious, it is anything but. Harold eventually winds up a convert and marries the girl, and (in case you’re wondering where the humor comes in) befriends a couple of dozen drunken hoboes along the way, in a number of scenes that recall Douglas Fairbanks’ The Habit of Happiness.
Some funny clips:
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