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Grandma's Boy

Mildred Davis , Noah Young , Fred Newmeyer  |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Mildred Davis, Noah Young, Dick Sutherland, Anna Townsend, Harold Lloyd
  • Directors: Fred Newmeyer
  • Format: Silent, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Unknown Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 22, 2004
  • Run Time: 61 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006PWM3M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,008,943 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"There are comedy bits in it which are screamingly funny-- as good as anything of their kind." -- Picture-Play, May 1922

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too few Harold Lloyd Films!!!!!!!!! September 25, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Nobody should deny us the privilage of these classic Harold Lloyd Comedies:
-Safety Last -The Freshman -The Kid Brother -Speedy
And much more, PLEASE release them in respectable editions, and if at all possible, CRITERION please take note!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keaton fan taken in by Lloyd February 5, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I was fortunate enough to see the Harold Lloyd short NEVER WEAKEN during a Paragon Ragtime Orchestra production in Pittsburgh. This was my first experience with this electrifying performer. Anyone who has seen this short will understand when I say that I raced home to order ANY of his movies that I could find. GRANDMA'S BOY was the first one I came upon, and I clicked the "Buy" button without hesitation. I'd be lying if I didn't say I was more than a little shocked the first time through this film. Compared to the frantic, hilarious NEVER WEAKEN, well, it's just so different! But it didn't take me long to determine that it was different in a great way. There is much more character development in this feature length film, but it's paced so well that it never drags. Clever gags are placed all through the film to keep anyone's attention. And, unlike most of Chaplin's and Keaton's works, the girl gets her share of portraying the hilarity. Mildred's "I Love You" song is one of the movie's fantastic highlights. Just that big ol' bow in her hair is enough to give me the giggles. Even the title cards are used for a laugh, not just for the words they contain -- although that's funny too -- but for how they're constructed on the screen.
Now, for those of you silent comedy fans who are accustomed to Kino's Keaton releases, or Chaplin's Centennial Collection, you are not going to get that kind of preserved quality print here, or in most any Harold Lloyd VHS available today; which is a grotesque, horrible shame. There are scratches all through the film, not all the words on the title cards fit in the screen, and sometimes the contrast is so bad as to ruin certain gags. (What was it that granny put on Harold's shoes that attracted the cats?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Charming, Funny--LLOYD IS INCOMPRABLE! July 6, 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Grandma's Boy is a gorgeous movie that helps to place Harold Lloyd among the great silent geniuses of our time. Ingeniously entwining entertaining gags with warm character development, Grandma's Boy is truly one of Lloyd's greatest achievments as an actor and innovator.
Unlike Lloyd's previous short subjects and first full-length feature, (1921's A Sailor-Made Man) Grandma's Boy contains a truly moving story and a main character to which we all can relate--a concept that has endeared Harold Lloyd into the hearts of all his fans.
If you enjoy the characterization of Harold in Grandma's Boy, I also strongly recommend my personal favorite Lloyd film Girl Shy, released in 1924. 1925's The Freshman and 1927's The Kid Brother are also wonderful character comedies. However, if you are strictly a lover of hilarious gags, 1923's Saftey Last! is absolutley fantastic.
If there is one downfall to Grandma's Boy, it is related not to the film itself, but to the organ score that accompanies it. Music does so much to create the mood in any movie, silent or talkie, and the ghastly sounds of an organ just don't do the trick.
However, do not let anything discourage you--See the film that Charlie Chaplin christened: " One of the best-constructed screenplays I have ever seen".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh "Boy"! What A Harold Lloyd Film This Is! April 28, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
All through April on TCM they have been playing Harold Lloyd comedies. I believe all of his silents features, many of his talking pictures and a few shorts. They have been beautifully remastered. The prints looks fantastic and they all have brand new scores. I only mention this because I've noticed some people complain about the way these old copies look. I haven't seen them so I honestly can't compare the two. I have also heard the music score to these films are quite bad. Usually some ragtime piano or organ music.
I hope the Harold Lloyd Trust will begin to release the new versions they have. Because anyone you appreciates Lloyd's comedies, NEEDS to see these new beautiful prints.
"Grandma's Boy" is a comedy I have heard much about. Many see it as the film that "made" Lloyd. The one comedy that started to set his name apart from others. I believe it is a wonderful movie. It does something very few Lloyd comedies do. It contains heartfelt moments. I've found that in all of Lloyd's movies we care about his character. We want him to succeed. We want him to get the girl in the end. To prove himself worthy in the father's eyes. To actually survive the stunts. He was seen as the "everyman". But, even though all Lloyd comedies possess this quality few have taken full advantange of it. When I personally say that one Lloyd comedy is better than another I'm not speaking about laughs. I find that too subjective to rate a movie by. Just because I laughed at something, doesn't mean everyone else will. When I recommend one Lloyd comedy over another I'm thinking about the character development. The way the film is constructed. Are there moments when the viewer connects with the film. Are the plots fully realized.
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