Harold Lloyd's World of Comedy

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World of Comedy
World of Comedy.jpg
Directed by Harold Lloyd
Produced by Harold Lloyd
John. L. Murphy
Starring Harold Lloyd
Distributed by Continental Distributing
Release date
  • 1962 (1962)
Running time
94 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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][2]

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 hadn't been publicly screened during the previous three decades.[3][4]

Reception[edit]

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.[5] It premiered at the 1962 Cannes Film Festival where it received a standing ovation.[6][7][8]

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[9] and cloying narration.[10][11][12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Three Classic Silent Screen Comedies Starring Harold Lloyd By Donald W. McCaffrey
  2. ^ The Harold Lloyd encyclopedia Annette M. D'Agostino.McFarland, 2004
  3. ^ "Harold Lloyd's World of Comedy / Funny Side of Life". The Age of Comedy. Archived from the original on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2011-10-02. 
  4. ^ Harold Lloyd's world of comedy William Cahn . Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1964
  5. ^ "Harold Lloyd's World of Comedy / Funny Side of Life". The Age of Comedy. Archived from the original on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2011-10-02. 
  6. ^ Bringing Up Oscar: The Story of the Men and Women Who Founded the Academy By Debra Ann Pawlak.
  7. ^ "Harold Lloyd - Famous Comedian and in 1950 was the Imperial Potentate of the Shrine of North America". Phoenixmasonry.org. 1971-03-08. Retrieved 2011-10-02. 
  8. ^ “Alexander Walker Outstanding and outspoken film critic and writer”. The Guardian. 16 July 2003 .
  9. ^ "Harold Lloyd's World of Comedy / Funny Side of Life". The Age of Comedy. Archived from the original on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2011-10-02. 
  10. ^ "Harold Lloyd's World Of Comedy | Review by Chris Tookey". Movie-film-review.com. Retrieved 2011-10-02. 
  11. ^ "Lloyd, Harold". Encyclopedia of the Great Plains edited by David J. Wishart
  12. ^ Review in the New York Times

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