Friday, September 15, 2017

And the New One Reel Rolin Comedies Featuring Harold Lloyd -- September 15, 2017

Moving Picture World, 22-September-1917
Harold Lloyd had been successfully appearing in the Lonesome Luke comedies for Hal Roach's Rolin since 1915.  He felt dissatisfied with the unrealistic Luke, who had started as an imitation of Charley Chaplin, and looked for a new character.  Lloyd came up with what he called the "Glass Character."  "Over the Fence" was the first film with the glass character.  In what may have been a unique arrangement, Lloyd appeared in two-reelers as Lonesome Luke and one-reelers as the glass character.  Lloyd reasoned that the new character would get more exposure in the shorter films, which could be released more frequently. 

Moving Picture World, 01-September-1917
"The two-reel pictures are Lonesome Luke Comedies and the one-reelers will be known as Harold Lloyd Comedies.  These will altername with the Luke two-reelers till further notice..."

Moving Picture World, 08-September-1917
"On September 9 comes the first of the new one-reel Harold Lloyd comedies." 

Moving Picture World, 29-September-1917
"Lonesome Luke Comedies are in two reels -- the Harold Lloyd Comedies in one.  Each produced by Rolin.  Each the best of its kind."  I like the photo of Harold as Lonesome Luke. 

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