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Lonesome Luke, Messenger (1917)

While on the job, delivering a message, Luke finds himself in a girl's seminary.


Hal Roach


Cast overview, first billed only:
Harold Lloyd ... Lonesome Luke
Bebe Daniels
'Snub' Pollard
Gilbert Pratt
Fred C. Newmeyer
Billy Fay Billy Fay
Nina Speight Nina Speight
Charles Stevenson Charles Stevenson
Dorothea Wolbert
May Ballard May Ballard ... (as Mabel Ballard)
Evelyn Page Evelyn Page
W.L. Adams W.L. Adams
Max Hamburger Max Hamburger
Harry Rindfleish Harry Rindfleish
David Voorhees David Voorhees
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While on the job, delivering a message, Luke finds himself in a girl's seminary.

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Lonesome Luke is a "messenger" now, you know- and at that he shows some speed (Print Ad- Bend Bulletin, ((Bend, Ore.)) 6 October 1917)


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The 59th of 67 short films Harold Lloyd made as the character "Lonesome Luke". See more »


Short messenger: The boss says you better get back to work. He's promoting you to Vice President of licking stamps.
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One of the Fastest Films Ever Made
3 June 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Lonesome Luke, Messenger (1917)

*** (out of 4)

Harold Lloyd and 'Snub' Pollard play delivery boys who are sent to deliver some packages to an all girl's seminary school where all hell breaks loose. If you're looking for some sort of story then you're going to be highly disappointed but if you just want a good time then this one-reeler delivers the goods. I must say that I've seen some fast moving films in my life but I'm not sure I've ever seen anything as fast as this. I say fast because there's so much stuff that's constantly happening and at an incredibly fast rate. It's hard for you to adjust your eyes to what you're seeing before you're quickly at another sequence. This here is certainly good to a point but things really start to pick up once the two boys start getting into some trouble. One of the highlights include Lloyd peeking at some girls through a keyhole before getting busted. Another highlight has Lloyd flirting with a couple cute girls and it appears the comedian was influenced by Chaplin here. There's also some scenes with Bud Jamison where he, Snub and Lloyd are all beating and slapping each other around, which seems like something that might have influenced The Three Stooges. While this film is no where near flawless I think silent film buffs should enjoy the madness.

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Release Date:

5 August 1917 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Luke in Messenger No. 19 See more »

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Rolin Films See more »
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1.33 : 1
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