Monday, November 27, 2017

This Twelve Cylinder Joy Wagon -- November 27, 2017

Moving Picture World, 10-November-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."  The transition must have been exhausting.

"From Laramie to London" is listed in some sources as a Lonesome Luke, but I would say Harold is wearing glasses in this image.

Moving Picture World, 10-November-1917
"Love, Laughs and Lather" was a late Lonesome Luke.

Moving Picture World, 10-November-1917
"This twelve cylinder joy wagon travels sixty miles a minute, with our hero in the new and comical role of a barber."

Moving Picture World, 10-November-1917
"The Flirt" was a glass picture.  I left the note about "Under the Stars and Stripes in France" to show what was popular.

Moving Picture World, 10-November-1917
"This is a high powered laugh producer..."  Note that Snub Pollard is listed as Harry.

Moving Picture World, 17-November-1917
"We Never Sleep" was the last Lonesome Luke film.

Moving Picture World, 24-November-1917
The glass pictures were often called Harold Lloyd comedies.

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