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For Heaven's Sake

September 14, 2019 <m>(Saturday)
Music Box Theatre
3733 N. Southport Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60613 (US)

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Harold Lloyd's iconic screen persona-the earnest innocent next door, forever striving to make good in a boisterous and vulgar world-gets a hilarious but impolitic update in For Heaven's Sake. The first of Lloyd's features to be distributed under a lucrative deal with Paramount, For Heaven's Sake casually flaunts the comedian's plenty in the caricatured form of J. Harold Manners, a stuffed-shirt scion who thinks nothing of dropping cash on a new car to match his trousers, nor of walking away from the heap within ten minutes. But soon "the man with a mansion" meets "the miss with a mission," tossing Jobyna Ralston some scratch after destroying her foursquare father's coffee cart and inadvertently providing the seed money for a new parish. A relentless comedy that also finds room to shoehorn in born-again hoodlums, speakeasy socialites, and roadside mayhem in a double-decker bus, For Heaven's Sake remains unjustly obscure, sandwiched between The Freshman and The Kid Brother. A connoisseur's delight, it was perhaps best summed up by the historian William K. Everson:  "Like all Lloyd films, it is constructed rather than written, and assembled rather than directed. But since there is virtually no plot, and the mechanical elements aren't strained in order to make a plot, it has a grace and fluidity that many Lloyds lack." (KW)

57 min • Paramount Pictures • 35mm from Harold Lloyd Entertainment

Short: "An Eastern Westerner" (Hal Roach, 1920) - 23 min - 35mm

Live accompaniment by Music Box house organist Dennis Scott

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