Good-Natured But “Movie Crazy” (Another Lloyd Talkie)

A Harold Lloyd picture, the 1932 Movie Crazy had many contributors to its screenplay and it paid off.

Funny, commendable antics bolster an engaging story about a clumsy aspirant (he wants to be an actor) who’s not a good fit for Hollywood but gains a contract there nonetheless.  Lloyd plays him with his usual appeal, providing the everyman’s desperate stamina.  Some first-rate humor during a downpour occurs in the film, and it is here that Harold meets Mary Sears, an accomplished actress who becomes the movie-crazy man’s unlikely lover.  She is played by Constance Cummings, who appeared in a host of films in the early Thirties and proves in MC her ability with nuance.

It was always good to see Lloyd take his comedy seriously.  Everything from Safety Last to The Cat’s Paw was the result.

 

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