Series: Harold Lloyd

Director: Alf Goulding
Producer: Hal Roach
Titles: H.M. Walker
Photography: Walter Lundin

Stars: Harold Lloyd, Bebe Daniels, Snub Pollard, Sammy Brooks, William Fay
Company: Pathé Exchange
Released: 20 April 1919
Length: 1 reel
Production No.: L-57
Filming dates: September 28, 1918 (Annette D'Agostino Lloyd);
September 23-27, 1918 (Rob Stone)

Rating: 1/10

Crack Your Heels

From the 2 minutes of footage available for review:
The story takes place on a farm. Bebe is entertaining herself with a horse. Wait, maybe I should have rephrased that... Too late now. An old hag with a broom calls after Bebe from the porch of her home. She is joined by Snub, who calls over to two lazy farmhands (Dee Lampton and Sammy Brooks). Snub approaches the men and hits Lampton so hard with the broom that his hat flies off and lands on a horse. Bebe comes over to break up a potential problem but Lampton kicks Snub and runs off into a barn.
Harold is on foot, walking along a dusty track with a suitcase when he stops to eat a sandwich. He is passed by five female farm hands all brandishing tools. He follows them onto the farm where the Lampton/Pollard fight is still going on. With the twitchy Snub armed and waiting to flatten Lampton, Lampton slips away and leaves Harold to take over from him in the fight. Harold hits Snub with a broom and Snub hits Harold back. Snub's wife re-appears and Harold hits her too. Harold dives into a dog kennel to avoid being seen as Snub's wife finds poor Sammy Brooks standing there with the broom. She attacks him and chases him across the farm. Snub grabs Bebe and starts kissing her hand passionately but she pushes him away. Harold emerges from the kennel and his struggles with Snub resume....

Favourite bit
Margaret Joslin versus Sammy Brooks is a bit of a mismatch, don't you think?

Copyrighted 31 January 1919.
Reissued November 13, 1921.
The film was released on Harold Lloyd's 26th birthday.
Approximately 1 minute 59 seconds of the film were available to me for review.
My opinion
It's Harold Lloyd. You can probably guess how good it is simply from that statement.

Harold Lloyd
Bebe Daniels
The girl
Snub Pollard
Margaret Joslin
Snub's wife
Sammy Brooks
Short farm hand
Dee Lampton
Fat farm hand
Estelle Harrison
Farm girl
Emmylou Wallace
Girl stroking horse
Billy Fay
Marie Mosquini
Oscar Larson
Wallace Howe
Noah Young
William Peterson
Belle Mitchell
Catherine Surtees
James Parrott
Dorothea Wolbert
Grace Madden
[listed by HLE but possibly confused with Golda Madden?]
Golda Madden
[not listed by HLE but a still from the film confirms her]
Fred Newmeyer
Lew Harvey

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The Harold Lloyd Encyclopedia by Annette D'Agostino Lloyd (book) (Silent Hollywood)
The Harold Lloyd Facebook page (still)
Dave Glass (footage)
Jesse Brisson (identification of Emmylou Wallace)

This page was last updated on: 15 October 2021