For Heaven's Sake (1926 film)
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|For Heaven's Sake|
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|Directed by||Sam Taylor|
|Produced by||Harold Lloyd|
|Edited by||Allen McNeil|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Box office||$2.6 million|
For Heaven's Sake is a 1926 comedy silent film directed by Sam Taylor and starring Harold Lloyd. Commercially, it was one of Lloyd's most successful films and the 12th highest-grossing film of the silent era, pulling in $2,600,000.
Millionaire J. Harold Manners (Harold Lloyd) finds himself in the poor part of town one day. When he accidentally sets fire to a charity pushcart dispensing free coffee and owned by do-gooder Brother Paul (Paul Weigel), he pulls out his checkbook to cover the damage. Brother Paul, who was talking to another person about his dream to build a mission, assumes he wants to pay for the mission and tells him $1000. Though he finds that a rather hefty amount for a mere pushcart, Manners pays without complaint.
Once Manners reads in the newspaper that he is sponsoring a mission, he goes there to dissociate himself from it. He is aghast to find it named the J. Harold Manners Mission. When he starts to tear down the sign, he is scolded by Brother Paul's pretty daughter, Hope (Jobyna Ralston), who does not know who he is. Far from being offended, he is smitten with her. Thus, when Brother Paul returns and invites him inside to tour the place, he readily accepts. Hope, once she learns his identity, apologizes.
In order to build up attendance, Manners runs through town provoking people, and winds up with a crowd chasing him right into the mission. Some of the men are in possession of the proceeds of a jewel robbery. Before they can beat him up, however, the police arrive. The quick-witted Manners takes up a "collection"; the crooks deposit their loot in the hat he is using while the police search everybody. This act earns him the friendship of the gang.
He eventually wins the girl and they decide to get married at the mission. His high-brow friends decide to kidnap him, believing they are saving him from a terrible mistake. As they drive away, one of them tells the wedding's "reception committee" that Manners is not going to marry Hope. The disappointed committeemen get drunk. Then their leader decides to go to Manner's club to confirm the news. They free Manners and head back to the mission. Manners has his hands full shepherding five drunks, but finally gets them all there and marries Hope.
In the late 1920s, Lloyd alternated between making what he called "gag pictures" and "character pictures". This was a "gag picture".
This was the first Lloyd film distributed by Paramount Pictures, and was a difficult production for Lloyd and his film company. Numerous scenes were filmed and later cut from the released version. Some of the cut elements, especially an underworld theme, were incorporated into Lloyd's 1928 film Speedy. Lloyd was somewhat disappointed in the final product, and considered shelving the picture. However, it grossed over 2 million dollars upon release.
- Harold Lloyd as The Uptown Boy
- Jobyna Ralston as The Downtown Girl
- Oscar Smith as James - Manners' Chauffeur (uncredited)
- Noah Young as The Roughneck
- Jim Mason as The Gangster (listed in the credits as James Mason, unrelated to the more famous James Mason)
- Paul Weigel as The Optimist
- Hal Craig as Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
- Richard Daniels as Bum (uncredited)
- Robert Dudley as Harold's Secretary (uncredited)
- Francis Gaspart as Man (uncredited)
- Jack Herrick as Mug in Straw Hat (uncredited)
- Jackie Levine as Little Boy (uncredited)
- Andy MacLennan as Gangster in Mission at Collection (uncredited)
- Earl Mohan as Bum (uncredited)
- Steve Murphy as Tough Guy in Pool Hall (uncredited)
- Blanche Payson as Lady on the Street (uncredited)
- Constantine Romanoff as Mug (uncredited)
- Dick Rush as Cop (uncredited)
- Charles Sullivan as Boxer in Pool Hall (uncredited)
- Leo Willis as Mug Who Gets Kicked (uncredited)
- Announcement of the world premiere in the Spokane Daily Chronicle of March 31, 1926
- "Biggest Money Pictures". Variety. June 21, 1932. p. 1.
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