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Harold Lloyd's World of Comedy

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World of Comedy
Directed byHarold Lloyd
Produced byHarold Lloyd
John. L. Murphy
StarringHarold Lloyd
Music byWalter Scharf
Distributed byContinental Distributing
Release date
  • 1962 (1962)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

World of Comedy, also known as Harold Lloyd's World of Comedy, is a 1962 American documentary compilation of scenes from Harold Lloyd's best known films. The clips were personally selected by Lloyd, who also wrote the voiceover narration.[1]

The film marked the return of Lloyd to cinemas after an absence of almost two decades, and it included extended excerpts from the classics Safety Last! and Feet First which had not been publicly screened during the previous three decades.[2]

Reception

The film was well received by most critics and audiences as a reminder of Lloyd's creative output as the third (with Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton) of the "Big 3" great silent comedy filmmakers.[3] It was premiered at the 1962 Cannes Film Festival where it received a standing ovation.[4]

Although enthusiastically well received by audiences with fond memories of Lloyd's films, the reception by younger critics was slightly more reserved. Specific criticisms include the lack of context for some of the clips[5] and cloying narration.[6]

See also

References

  1. ^ Donald W. McCaffrey, Three Classic Silent Screen Comedies Starring Harold Lloyd
    - Annette M. D'Agostino, The Harold Lloyd Encyclopedia, McFarland, 2004
  2. ^ "Harold Lloyd's World of Comedy / Funny Side of Life". The Age of Comedy. Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
    - William Cahn, Harold Lloyd's world of comedy. Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1964
  3. ^ "Harold Lloyd's World of Comedy / Funny Side of Life". The Age of Comedy. Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
  4. ^ Debra Ann Pawlak, Bringing Up Oscar: The Story of the Men and Women Who Founded the Academy
    "Harold Lloyd - Famous Comedian and in 1950 was the Imperial Potentate of the Shrine of North America". Phoenix Masonry. 8 May 1971. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
    - "Alexander Walker Outstanding and outspoken film critic and writer", The Guardian, 16 July 2003 .
  5. ^ "Harold Lloyd's World of Comedy / Funny Side of Life". The Age of Comedy. Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
  6. ^ Chris Tookey. "Harold Lloyd's World Of Comedy". Movie film review. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
    - David J. Wishart (ed), "Lloyd, Harold". Encyclopedia of the Great Plains
    - Bosley Crowther, "Harold Lloyd:Compiled Sequences of His Films Are Shown", New York Times, 5 June 1962
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