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The Marathon (1919)

US 14m, Silent
Director: Alfred J. Goulding; Cast: Harold Lloyd, Snub Pollard, Bebe Daniels, Sammy Brooks

marathon-1919Vying 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).

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2 comments on “The Marathon (1919)

  1. TSorensen
    02/16/2016

    You are really doing the old silents these day.
    I love digging down in those movies of the first two decades, just too bad so much of it is lost. I do not know this one, but Harold Lloyd in my opinion only really got his act together in the twenties.

    • Klaus
      02/16/2016

      Indeed, and the more I watch, the more I realize that new ideas in film are far and few between!

      I also agree that Lloyd’s best work was to come.

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