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A Sailor-Made Man (1921)

An idle, wealthy playboy foolishly joins the Navy when the father of the girl he wants to marry tells him to get a job to prove himself worthy.

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Fred C. Newmeyer (as Fred Newmeyer)

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Hal Roach (story), Sam Taylor (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Harold Lloyd ... The Boy
Mildred Davis ... The Girl
Noah Young Noah Young ... The Rowdy Element
Dick Sutherland ... Maharajah of Khairpura-Bhandanna
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Storyline

When The Girl's father insists that, before he will agree to The Boy's marrying his daughter, he must first prove that he can do something more worthwhile than act the playboy. He joins the navy. When his ship docks at a Middle Eastern kingdom, The Girl and her father also arrive by yacht. The local maharajah kidnaps The Girl and it is up to The Boy to rescue her. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

None | English

Release Date:

25 December 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A tengeri medve See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Runtime:

(2002 restoration) | (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Both Lloyd and Hal Roach would haul the initial cuts of their films to theaters in the outskirts of Los Angeles for unannounced test screenings. They would carefully gauge the reactions of these audiences to individual scenes and re-cut the films accordingly. This film was unusual in that it was conceived as a 2-reel short but the 4-reel (just over 40 minutes) first cut tested so strongly with the test audience they were loathe to cut any of it. By audience default, it became his first feature-length comedy, by accident. See more »

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When The Girl takes the cigar away from the old woman on the streets of Khairpura-Bhandanna, she turns and sees Harold approaching; she then immediately reaches out her arms to embrace him and she's holding the cigar in her right hand. In the next shot, as she has her arms around Harold's neck, the cigar is now in her left hand. See more »

Quotes

The Girl: Father says we'll sail 'round the world _ maybe farther _ and you're invited.
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Caught In A Souk With Mr. Lloyd
30 September 2003 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

A Hal Roach HAROLD LLOYD Film.

A conceited young twerp joins the Navy to impress his girl and becomes A SAILOR-MADE MAN.

Big changes were in store for popular silent comic Harold Lloyd with the production of this film. Up until this point he had specialized in short subjects and his distribution agreement with Pathé allowed him to make only two-reelers. But the gags in A SAILOR-MADE MAN grew to be so funny and complicated that Harold kept adding to the picture until the final cut ran a tad over 45 minutes - extremely unusual for comedies in 1921. Pathé took the chance and released it; audiences were delighted, which pleased everyone. Lloyd was to make only feature-length films from that point on.

The film breaks neatly into three parts, with the insufferably insensitive Harold in the first segment infuriating nearly everyone until his comeuppance in a Naval recruiting station. In the middle segment Harold has a series of shipboard adventures mostly dealing with the big boat's bully. Finally, and rather unexpectedly, the plot throws Harold into a wonderful escapade straight out of the Arabian Nights, as he confronts the mad Maharajah of an Oriental kingdom who has kidnapped Harold's girl. There are plenty of fakirs and scimitars and hairbreadth escapes, all punctuated by Harold's splendid athletic exuberance.

Mildred Davis plays Harold's distressed love. Noah Young, who appeared in many of Lloyd's films, is great fun as the thuggish seaman who becomes Harold's best buddy. Dick Sutherland is properly repulsive as the monkey-faced potentate.

Harold loved filming on location and for this film he took his cameras to the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Port of Los Angeles.

Robert Israel has composed an excellent film score which perfectly complements Harold's antics on the screen.


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