Harold Lloyd in ON THE BEAM - 1921 Mutoscope

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Ed Watz
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Harold Lloyd in ON THE BEAM - 1921 Mutoscope

Postby Ed Watz » Mon Apr 13, 2020 2:16 pm

When is a Harold Lloyd film not a film? Answer: when it's a roll of photographs made specially for the penny arcade!
Here's Harold dancing on a girder in a 1921 Mutoscope filmed between takes of his Hal Roach three-reeler NEVER WEAKEN.

It's only 40 seconds long, and unfortunately the image quality is poor; this was filmed with a cellphone at San Francisco's Musée Mécanique a couple of summers ago.

https://youtu.be/eWyuWeJX4Xk
"Of course he smiled -- just like you and me." -- Harold Goodwin, on Buster Keaton (1976)

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Re: Harold Lloyd in ON THE BEAM - 1921 Mutoscope

Postby DaveGlass » Mon Apr 13, 2020 5:53 pm

Wow!
Thanks for that Ed.
Very unique.

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Re: Harold Lloyd in ON THE BEAM - 1921 Mutoscope

Postby Paul E. Gierucki » Tue Apr 14, 2020 11:56 am

Knew that this existed but never had a chance to see it! Thanks for sharing, Ed!

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Re: Harold Lloyd in ON THE BEAM - 1921 Mutoscope

Postby Ed Watz » Tue Apr 14, 2020 4:20 pm

Dave and Paul,

I'm happy to share it with you (& everyone), glad you enjoyed it!

My thanks to you both for all the rare and terrific films you bring to light and generously share with all of us!

Ed
"Of course he smiled -- just like you and me." -- Harold Goodwin, on Buster Keaton (1976)

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Re: Harold Lloyd in ON THE BEAM - 1921 Mutoscope

Postby John Bengtson » Thu Apr 16, 2020 6:32 pm

Hi Ed - thanks for posting this. I saw this too at the Musee Mecanique near Fisherman's Wharf in SF.

https://museemecanique.com/

Cheers, John

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Re: Harold Lloyd in ON THE BEAM - 1921 Mutoscope

Postby Ed Watz » Fri Apr 17, 2020 2:57 am

John Bengtson wrote:Hi Ed - thanks for posting this. I saw this too at the Musee Mecanique near Fisherman's Wharf in SF.

https://museemecanique.com/

Cheers, John


Thanks, John!
This is a good place to remind anyone who hasn't already done so, to please take a minute and post a review of the Chaplin Keaton Lloyd Alley, identified and shared by John on Google Maps:
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https://www.google.com/maps/place/Chaplin+Keaton+Lloyd+Alley/@34.1011544,-118.331372,17z/data=!4m7!3m6!1s0x80c2bfcf76aabe3f:0x8c517b25c49cf4f7!8m2!3d34.1011544!4d-118.3291833!9m1!1b1

As always, our thanks to John's amazing detective work identifying hundreds of sites where film history was made by the great comedians.
With our support, hopefully this alley will receive the same Landmark Status as The Laurel & Hardy Music Box location.

Incidentally, in the 1980s I bought a stack of original RKO stills from a little old lady who ran an antique shop to the right of the alley. Chatting with her about old Hollywood, she said that she was told Buster Keaton and others filmed in the neighborhood. At the time I chalked it up to wishful thinking...the alley DID look familiar, but... Well, John proved her right!
"Of course he smiled -- just like you and me." -- Harold Goodwin, on Buster Keaton (1976)


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