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Never Weaken (1921)

Our hero (Lloyd) is infatuated with a girl in the next office. In order to drum up business for her boss, an osteopath, he gets an actor friend to pretend injuries that the doctor "cures", ... See full summary »

Director:

Fred C. Newmeyer (as Fred Newmeyer)

Writers:

Hal Roach (story), Sam Taylor (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Harold Lloyd ... The Boy
Mildred Davis ... The Girl
Roy Brooks ... The Other Man
Mark Jones ... The Acrobat
Charles Stevenson Charles Stevenson ... The Police Force
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Storyline

Our hero (Lloyd) is infatuated with a girl in the next office. In order to drum up business for her boss, an osteopath, he gets an actor friend to pretend injuries that the doctor "cures", thereby building a reputation. When he hears that his girl is marrying another, he decides to commit suicide and spends the bulk of the film in thrilling, failed attempts. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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See It Once "You'll See It Ten Times" You'll 'Never Weaken' (Print Ad- Sunday Chronicle, ((Paterson, NJ)) 25 December 1921) See more »

Genres:

Short | Comedy | Thriller

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nur nicht schwach werden See more »

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Rolin Films See more »
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Runtime:

| (2005 DVD)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Harold Lloyd's last short film before permanently moving to feature-length pictures. See more »

Quotes

Emmett's wife: Emmett, carry mother's parcels for her.
The Boy: [Pretending to be Emmett] Aw! - let the old gas bag carry her own.
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The cast title page is headed "Just passing by". Below the cast list: The Plot - a youth of twenty-one and a maid of eighteen. Shakespeare couldn't have asked for more. See more »

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a lot like three shorts combined
10 May 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a very good Lloyd short, but in some ways it's like three totally different movie shorts grafted together. The overall effect, though, is excellent and this is a wonderful short.

The first portion consists of Harold trying to help his girlfriend keep her job as a receptionist for a chiropractor by, rather unscrupulously, drumming up business for them. Harold is a bit uncharacteristically cruel during these efforts, but I gotta admit they are still quite funny.

The second segment is also a bit uncharacteristic, as Harold mistakenly thinks his girl loves another so he tries repeatedly to kill himself. This is pretty maudlin and I felt just a tiny bit uneasy laughing at suicide.

However, it then transitioned from this into a live-action version of a Sweet Pea and Popeye cartoon. You know, the one where the baby climbs onto a high-rise under construction and nearly gets killed again and again and again. Harold Lloyd handles these stunts very deftly and the film ends when he is saved and he learns that his girl not only wants to marry him but the guy she was talking to earlier turned out to be her brother--the preacher! A cute film.


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