Girl Shy

Released - April, 1924  Harold Lloyd Comedy Coll 1 Girl Shy

Directed By - Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor

Starring – Harold Lloyd (Harold Meadows), Jobyna Ralston (Mary Buckingham), Richard Daniels (Jeremiah ‘Jerry’ Meadows), Carlton Griffin (Ronald De Vore).

Description – Tailor’s apprentice Harold Meadows works in a small shop owned by his uncle. Harold is extremely shy, mostly due to his stuttering, and has not had any luck meeting a girl. In fact, whenever he even tries to speak with a girl his stuttering becomes even worse.

In an effort to help others like himself he is writing a book titled ‘The Secret of Making Love.’ The content of the book comes not from his experience, but from his fantasies. On his way to Los Angeles, by train, to bring his completed book to a publisher, Harold meets rich young socialite Mary Buckingham.

As luck would have it, the two hit it off and with Mary, Harold’s shyness begins to go away. The two are smitten with each other. One problem, Mary already has a suitor who plans on marrying her.

Harold’s book, at first rejected by the publisher, is later accepted. Excited to share the news with Mary, Harold sees a story in the newspaper announcing Mary’s wedding. But, something new surfaces; it seems Mary’s fiancee is already married and Harold sets out to stop their wedding and win the hand of the girl he loves.

Thus begins one of comedian Harold Lloyd’s most famous sequences. The frantic trip to stop the wedding includes bootleggers, car chases, a trolley, a motorcycle, a horse-drawn carriage, and a ride on horseback.

NOTABLE: Girl Shy was silent comedian Harold Lloyd’s first independant motion picture after having split from Hal Roach.

The film was the second of six pairing Lloyd with actress Jobyna Ralston who also left Hal Roach to continue working with Lloyd.

Many of the exterior shots for the film were filmed at Haroly Lloyd’s estate, Green Acres, in Beverly Hills, California.

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