in about 100 words or less
US 60m, Silent, B&W
Director: Fred C. Newmeyer; Cast: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Anna Townsend, Charles Stevenson, Dick Sutherland
An early feature-length comedy which is more than a series of gags, Grandma’s Boy is the story of a self-professed coward who competes with a bully for the attentions of a young woman. Lloyd’s comedic escapades are smart, lighthearted and well-integrated into the plot. The film’s cartoonish flashback about his granddad’s experiences in the Civil War suggests to him that he too can be a hero, with a little help from a talisman given to him by his grandma. Predictably, Grandma’s Boy overcomes his fears to save the day and win the affections of his sweetheart (Klaus Ming December 2012).