Timid milkman, Burleigh Sullivan (Lloyd), somehow knocks out a boxing champ in a brawl. The fighter's manager decides to build up the milkman's reputation in a series of fixed fights and ...
See full summary »
Episodic look at married life and in-law problems. Adventures include a ride on a crowded trolley with a live turkey; a wild spin in a new auto with the in-laws in tow; and a sequence in ... See full summary »
Fred C. Newmeyer,
Twenty years after his triumphs as a freshman on the football field, Harold is a mild-mannered clerk who dreams about marrying the girl at the desk down the aisle. But losing his job ... See full summary »
Country Doctor, Jack Jackson is called in to treat the Sick-Little-Well-Girl, who has been making Dr. Saulsbourg and is sanitarium very rich, after years of unsuccessful treatment. His ... See full summary »
Fred C. Newmeyer,
John T. Prince
Timid milkman, Burleigh Sullivan (Lloyd), somehow knocks out a boxing champ in a brawl. The fighter's manager decides to build up the milkman's reputation in a series of fixed fights and then have the champ beat him to regain his title.Written by
Herman Seifer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
When producer Samuel Goldwyn bought the rights to the property in the mid-'40s for his remake, The Kid from Brooklyn (1946) (with Danny Kaye in the lead role), he also bought the original negative and almost all existing prints, and destroyed them. After that time the copyright was not renewed, and the title apparently fell into public domain, and, as a result, numerous VHS and DVD dealers, not having access to original material, included it in their inventories, offering vastly inferior copies. Harold Lloyd, however, had preserved his own original nitrate release print, which became the source for the new digital video transfer used by TCM and subsequent DVD releases. See more »
At the beginning of the film, after Austin congratulates Mr. Snodgrass, a shadow of the camera moves across Austin's back. See more »
After the Paramount logo is seen, a cow's head is superimposed on the logo. The cow then moos in what appears to be a parody of the MGM Lion's roar. The image of the cow transitions to a photo book with images of cows in the background and the credits are printed on top. A hand pages through the book. See more »
Enjoyable Comedy That Makes Good Use of a Familiar Setup
This enjoyable Harold Lloyd comedy makes good use of a familiar setup, and it also gives Lloyd a chance to do a lot of the kinds of physical gags that were such a big part of his silent movie classics. Adolphe Menjou and the supporting cast give Lloyd plenty of help, and director Leo McCarey is also right at home with this kind of material.
Lloyd plays a milkman who gets involved with a shady fight promoter, played by Menjou, after a chance encounter with the middleweight champ gives Lloyd's character a reputation as 'the fighting milkman'. The premise is funny, but it calls for some good acting and direction to make it hold up for a full-length feature, and fortunately this movie has both.
Lloyd's ducking and dancing antics bring to mind some of the classic routines in his silent movie triumphs. Besides the boxing scenes, there is a hilarious, classic sequence with Lloyd and Marjorie Gateson practicing the ducking technique together. Menjou is also in his element as the fast-talking promoter, helping even the most implausible material to work smoothly.
The result is a solid comedy that, while a cut below Lloyd's silent classics, has some very good moments and is enjoyable to watch.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this