Saturday, January 28, 2017

"Luke's Movie Muddle"

The Harold Lloyd film "Luke's Movie Muddle" (Rolin Films, 1916) was shot at the Hollywood Theatre, 6764 Hollywood Blvd. Well, at least the exteriors. Here Lloyd is fighting with a policeman about how far out on the sidewalk he can place his Pathe sign. The sidewalk tile says "Hollywood Theatre."

In the seven minute film Lloyd plays a theatre owner who also has to usher and run the boxoffice as well as putting up with a sleepy projectionist. Also featured are Bebe Daniels and Snub Pollard. Hal Roach directed.  Here Lloyd, in the middle, is showing a patron to a seat after first selling the ticket and then rushing to the door to tear it.

He later gets more violent -- not ushering but rather throwing and shoving his patrons into their seats. Presumably all the interiors were done at Hal Roach Studios. It's a small room and the seats are just folding chairs.

A look at the murals on the side wall of the room. At the rear there's a ladder up to the booth. He has several fights with the projectionist.

Back in the boxoffice at the Hollywood again -- between fights with the patrons and staff. Thanks to Jonathan Raines for spotting the film as featuring the Hollywood.

Silent film detective John Bengtson has the Hollywood as #19 on his "Hollywood's Silent Echos: A Tour of Silent-era Hollywood Film Locations." It's a pdf attached to the Silent Locations blog. It was assembled as a bonus following a talk he gave at the 2013 TCM Festival. He's the author of "Silent Visions: Discovering Early Hollywood and New York through the Films of Harold Lloyd" as well as several other books about early film.

The film is available on YouTube in several versions from Change Before Going, CBGP Silents and Padamson, the latter one including the opening title cards.

See the page about the Hollywood Theatre on the Los Angeles Theatres site for more about the 1913 vintage building.

On IMDb: "Luke's Movie Muddle"

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