Dir: Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor
USA, 1924, 77 mins
Less well known than Keaton and Chaplin but equally brilliant, Harold Lloyd is forever enshrined as the fella who dangled from a clock in Safety Last (1923). That iconic moment often overshadows his other works of genius, and Girl Shy – made a year later – certainly qualifies as genius. Lloyd stars as a tailor’s apprentice with a terrible stutter. Despite being cripplingly shy around women, he writes a book brazenly titled The Secret of Love Making. When he bumps into a lady who believes his manuscript to be a work of truth, he only has one thing on his mind – but in order to get the girl, he has to overcome her bigamist boyfriend.
One of the funniest comedies of the silent era, Girl Shy also boasts the greatest race-to-the-rescue sequence in film history. And if you recognise the ending, you’ll now know where Mike Nichols got his inspiration for The Graduate’s famous wedding scene. Arrive early for drinks and Cotton Club-era tunes, before the brilliant silent film pianist Meg Morley provides the musical accompaniment.
Please note, due to unforeseen circumstances pianist Cyrus Gabrysch is no longer providing live piano for this event as stated in the brochure. Instead the fantastic Meg Morley will be providing musical accompaniment.
Doors open at 7.30pm.
Film starts at 8.15pm.