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The Kid Brother (1927)

A sheriff's milquetoast son has a chance to prove himself when a medicine show run by con artists comes into town.

Directors:

Ted Wilde, Harold Lloyd (uncredited) | 2 more credits »

Writers:

John Grey (story), Ted Wilde (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Harold Lloyd ... Harold Hickory
Jobyna Ralston ... Mary Powers
Walter James Walter James ... Jim Hickory
Leo Willis Leo Willis ... Leo Hickory
Olin Francis ... Olin Hickory
Constantine Romanoff ... Sandoni (as C. Romanoff)
Eddie Boland Eddie Boland ... 'Flash' Farrell
Frank Lanning ... Sam Hooper
Ralph Yearsley Ralph Yearsley ... Hank Hooper (as R. Yearsley)
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Storyline

The most important family in Hickoryville is (naturally enough) the Hickorys, with sheriff Jim and his tough manly sons Leo and Olin. The timid youngest son, Harold, doesn't have the muscles to match up to them, so he has to use his wits to win the respect of his strong father and also the love of beautiful Mary. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lillebror See more »

Filming Locations:

Glendale, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$712,625, 31 December 1927
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1990 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

All the male lead characters have the same first name as the actors who play them, with the exception of Jim Hickory, whose first name comes from the actor's last name, James. See more »

Goofs

Backgrounds changes when the billy goat is eating the laundry. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: Harold, the youngest Hickory, was born on April Fool's Day. The stork that brought him could hardly fly for laughing.
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Alternate Versions

In 1990, The Harold Lloyd Trust and Photoplay Productions presented an 82-minute version of this film in association with Thames Television International, with a musical score written by Carl Davis. The addition of modern credits stretched the time to 83 minutes. See more »

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Featured in Harold Lloyd Comedy Collection: Mini Biographies (2005) See more »

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a wonderful and well-crafted film
14 June 2005 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In some ways it's a shame that Harold Lloyd is so associated with the film Safety Last. This is not because it is a bad film (in fact it's one of his better ones) but because it represents a style of film that is based almost completely on physical humor, whereas his best films also included significantly more plot, exceptional cinematography and a lot of heart.

Among my favorites is THE KID BROTHER. It is very funny at times, but all the humor takes a back seat to the plot involving Lloyd falling for Jobyna Ralston (as he had in many previous films). The camera work is just unbelievable and just goes to show that just because this is a silent film doesn't mean it wasn't a very artistic film. A funny, sweet, beautiful and memorable film! And, because of it's gorgeous and beautifully crafted scenes, it's highly reminiscent of the best of Chaplin's full-length films, such as CITY LIGHTS. This film certainly has a lot of heart and will shock anyone expecting slapstick.

So is THE KID BROTHER or THE FRESHMAN Lloyd's best film--it's hard to say. The FRESHMAN is more enjoyable and funny, but there is an elegance to THE KID BROTHER that help it transcend the genre--making it truly a work of art. As for me, I love them both and recommend you see them soon!


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