in about 100 words or less
US 14m, Silent
Director: Alfred J. Goulding; Cast: Harold Lloyd, Snub Pollard, Bebe Daniels, Sammy Brooks
Vying for the attention of a pretty young woman, a group of men try to impress her in a garden setting. With the help of her father, Snub gets the honor to take her to the marathon – a footrace in which Lloyd eventually gets involved. Surprisingly Lloyd’s character does not win the race, as I expected he would. A few funny scenes, including a tiny but very powerful dog, and an early use of the “mirror gag”, later made famous in Duck Soup (1933). Lacking much in the way of charm, Lloyd’s character is pretty interchangeable in the otherwise unpredictable comedy (Klaus Ming, February 2016).