Feet First was Lloyd’s first proper talkie; the earlier Welcome Danger had been originally shot as a silent and then jerry-rigged to include dialogue. Lloyd plays a young shoe salesman whose love for a rich industrialist’s secretary inspires him to masquerade as a millionaire. (Coincidentally it turns out that same industrialist is the CEO of the shoe company Lloyd’s character works for.) At the climax Harold vows to get a crucial document off the ocean liner they’re on to a potential business partner on the mainland. He ends up taking an airplane ride inside a mailbag. Unfortunately, the bag gets tossed onto a scaffold that lifts him to the top of a tall building and a Safety Last type predicament. The sequence is funny, but somewhat marred by Harold’s screams and cries of help that make it a little too scary. But that didn’t stop Feet First from being the most popular of Lloyd’s talkies. I think the movie is good as any of his silent features.
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