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Harold Lloyd (1893-1971)

  1. Cary Grant, Bringing Up Baby, 1937.      Grant was favorably compared to silent comic Harold Lloyd (glasses and all) in the screwball comedy. And with reason. Director Howard Hawks showed Grant many Lloyd films. In fact, Hawks had first wanted Lloyd to play David Huxley. RKO refused to have Katharine Hepburn co-starring with a milquetoast - preferring the effete, not to say gay Grant.
  2. Kay Kyser, My Favourite Spy, 1941.      The name is Kyser, Kay Kyser. Yet how a popular US bandleader got mixed up in espionage is… really not worth relating. KK is to comedy what Rasputin was to rock ’n ’roll. Yet KK was chosen to take over from a genius like Lloyd. Un-be-lieve-able! Bob Hope re-made it in 1950. No genius but now ya talkin’! Who better to deliver a line like: “When I look into a girl’s eyes, I can tell just what she thinks of me. It’s pretty discouraging, too.” Well, yes, you’re right – that was Woody Allen, proving Hope was his idol.  
  3. Lloyd Corrigan, It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World, 1962.    Producer-director Stanley Kramer’s movie was stuffed full with stars - mainly comics. Not all agreed to join  the party, being terrified at the prospect of working with the great Spencer Tracy.   Lloyd, for example, passed on being the Mayor of Santa Rosita.

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