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Among Those Present (1921)

Passed | | Comedy, Short | 29 May 1921 (USA)
An ambitious coat-room checker impersonates an English nobleman.

Director:

Fred C. Newmeyer (as Fred Newmeyer)

Writers:

Hal Roach (story) (as Hal E. Roach), Sam Taylor (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Harold Lloyd ... The Boy
Mildred Davis ... The Girl
Aggie Herring Aggie Herring ... Her Mother
James T. Kelley James T. Kelley ... Her Father (as James Kelly)
Vera White Vera White ... The Society Pilot
William Gillespie ... The 'Hard-Boiled Party'
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Storyline

Of the wealthy O'Brien family, Mrs. O'Brien likes to flaunt their wealth and social standing, whereas Mr. O'Brien and their young adult daughter just like having fun doing the simpler things in life that don't require a lot of money. Mrs. O'Brien is having her social pilot arrange a weekend fox hunt, at which Mrs. O'Brien insists that the pilot arrange for Lord Abernathy, a renowned outdoorsman from out of town who is staying at the Ritz-Waldorf Hotel, to attend. The pilot knows that Lord Abernathy's attendance is crucial for her own plans, while the pilot's accomplice knows that getting Lord Abernathy to attend would be difficult. The accomplice instead hires a Ritz-Waldorf coat check bellboy name O'Reilly, who has a knack for impersonating the rich and famous when he wears the garb, to pretend to be Lord Abernathy, they telling him the deception is all in fun. At the weekend gathering, O'Reilly is adept enough at spinning yarns of his supposed outdoor exploits, but it may be a ... Written by Huggo

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bellboy | impersonator | See All (2) »

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

None

Release Date:

29 May 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

High Society See more »

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Rolin Films See more »
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Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

When Harold comes across a boy eating in a field during the fox hunt, the salt shaker and the food the boy has changes hands between shots. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. O'Brien, the Mother: Your idea of high society is to sit on the top porch with your shoes off.
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Referenced in Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) See more »

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Good Combination of Slapstick & Satire
4 October 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This Harold Lloyd comedy has a good combination of slapstick and satire. It also features Lloyd experimenting with Chaplin-style material, as his character impersonates an English lord as part of a parody on the idle rich. On the production end, Fred C. Newmeyer, Hal Roach, and Sam Taylor put together a good story with plenty of laughs and a good pace.

After the other main characters have been introduced, Lloyd's character makes a clever entrance. He plays the kind of eager-to-succeed young man that he later went on to portray in some of his finest full-length movies, and this character is brought into the world of a family run by an equally ambitious matriarch. There is nothing subtle about the characters, and the amusing title cards also add some extra sarcasm to the portrayal of the upper classes.

Although this is the kind of setup that Chaplin was particularly known for, Lloyd and company give it a different feel that works well. The story moves smoothly from one zany situation to the next, and there is a good combination of comedy material, with sight gags blended together with the slapstick and with Lloyd's occasional feats of athleticism. It makes for an enjoyable movie that gives Lloyd plenty of material to work with.


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