Wednesday, December 16, 2009

2009 Card-vent Calendar: December 16

December 17, 2009:
1930s Josetti Tobacco (Germany) #200 Harold Lloyd

While the 1930s may have been a relatively lean time for baseball cards, "Filmbilder" were enjoying their heyday. Worldwide audiences were looking for an escape from the effects of the Great Depression. People also loved a cool, refreshing smoke. Why not knock out the two proverbial birds with one stone by buying a pack of Josettis? Plus, if you had the collector's bug, you could try to house the entire set of 272 within this snazzy album. It's got a bear on it.

Harold Lloyd was a master of physical comedy, but because he was beaten to the punch by a decade or so, he was never quite as well known as Charlie Chaplin. Still, one of his most famous action sequences, which has been referenced and parodied several times over, is recognizable to most modern filmgoers. The clock climbing scene from the silent classic Safety Last! is one of the most enduring images in American cinema. Enjoy!

6 comments:

dayf said...

Harold Lloyd was a frickin' comedy genius. Easily right up there with Charlie and Buster.

It's a damn good thing I wasn't born 120 years ago. I would have smoked so many damn cigarettes my great grandchildren would have lung cancer.

William said...

Your Page: "The clock climbing scene from the silent classic 'Safety Last!' is one of the most enduring images in American cinema."

Wikipedia: "Lloyd hanging from the hands of a clock high above the street in 'Safety Last!' is one of the most enduring images in all of cinema."

I'll assume it was an accident but at the very least hope you wrote that Wikipedia page.

Thorzul said...

"The Blogger Profile you requested cannot be displayed. Many Blogger users have not yet elected to publicly share their Profile. "

If only everyone had a blog to nitpick. Alas.

William said...

I'm sorry, it was a sadsack attempt at being funny. My emotion didn't translate well...I was intrigued enough by that video you posted that I looked it up on Wikipedia and saw a few words that sounded the same.

Just ask Kevin -- I litter his blog with verbal diarrhea as well.

ellennyc said...

"...because he was beaten to the punch by a decade or so, he was never quite as well known as Charlie Chaplin."

NOT TRUE! Lloyd was making films at the same time as Chaplin (teens and 20s), and at that time was more successful than Chaplin (he made more movies, which made more $$, and won popularity polls).

In the many years since then, HL's movies have not been shown nearly as much as Chaplin's, which was HL's choice; that's why he is not as well known now. Not to take anything away from Chaplin, who was a genius too of course, but he did not 'get there before' Harold Lloyd.

Thorzul said...

You're right about the time, however, I was referencing today's audiences. If I were to show pictures of Chaplin and Lloyd to people on the street and asked them to identify the men, what would the margin be? Like 10-1 in favor of Chaplin?