Series: Harold Lloyd

Director: Gilbert W. Pratt
Producer: Hal Roach
Titles: H.M. Walker
Photography: Walter Lundin

Stars: Harold Lloyd, Snub Pollard, Bebe Daniels
Company: Pathé Exchange
Released: 21 April 1918
Length: 1 reel
Production No.: L-26
Filming dates:
January 30 - February 7, 1918* [Rob Stone]
January 20 - February 18, 1918** [Annette D'Agostino Lloyd]

Rating: 2/10

It's A Wild Life

From the available footage for reviewing:
Harold is sitting on the bottom of some steps when he is shooed away by Helen Gilmore who then takes Bene Daniels back indoors. Blaisdell and Snub arrive together outside Bebe's house to escort her and Gilmore into a waiting cab. Bebe, Gilmore and Blaisdell get in, with Snub having to climb through the window as the cab pulls away. Harold awaits a streetcar, which pulls up and he boards but the conductor doesn't allow him on becauyse he doesn't have the proper ticket. Harold steps off the moving streetcar and onto a passing car before taking refuge on its side fender, lighting a match from the road as the car drives along oblivious to his presence. Harold then scoops up a newspaper which has blown into the road. The cab arrives at a cafe and the ladies go inside whilst Snub and Blaisdell fumble around to pay the fare. Harold climbs into the cab unseen, then emerges the other side to the bewilderment of the driver who doesn't notice Harold has just stolen the money out of his hands (actually to be fair I had to watch it three times to see it!)
Inside the cafe Harold is seated at a table when he catches the eye of Bebe. He hides under a table before a couple (Charles Stevenson and a woman) are seated there by waiter Dee Lampton. Harold keeps moving causing the couple to keep getting up and moving their chairs. Harold moves the table into area where the other diners are sitting and is discovered by the waiter. Harold and Bebe take to the floor and begin dancing. Harold backs into Blaisdell and accidentally kicks him. Blaisdell reacts and Harold beats him up after a cop witnesses their altercation....

Favourite bit
As Harold Lloyd steps off the moving streetcar and onto the side of the taxi (though it should be observed there is a noticeable jump cut in the take which adds some questionability to the stunt)

Copyrighted June 8, 1918.
Reissued August 20, 1922.
Something to do with a Women's Ascot Race is on the side of the streetcar.
My opinion
Incomplete version of the film reviewed, but it just looks like your typical Harold Lloyd film.

Harold Lloyd
The boy
Snub Pollard
Bebe Daniels
The girl
William Blaisdell
Helen Gilmore
The girl's mother
Margaret Joslin
Dorothea Wolbert
Sammy Brooks
Short diner
Dee Lampton
Charles Stevenson
Dinner guest/
William Gillespie
Band leader
Chris Lynton
Harry Clifton
Lige Conley
James Fitzgerald
Tall waiter
Gus Leonard
Estelle Harrison
Diner with Charles Stevenson
Maynard A. Laswell
James Parrott
Cab driver
Jane Blyler
Marvin Lobach
Max D. Hamburger
Hazel Powell
Lew Harvey
Oscar Larson
Grace Madden
Belle Mitchell
Grace Hamilton
William Peterson
Lulu Novello
Fred Newmeyer
Harold McLernon
Edith Sinclair
Nina Speight
Lew Powers
Billy Fay
Robert Yost

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Acknowledgements: (Robert Demoss/The Lucky Corner)
The Harold Lloyd Encyclopedia by Annette D'Agostino Lloyd (book)
Dave Glass (some footage)
John Benson (some footage)
Jesse Brisson (help; identification of Harry Clifton, Chris Lynton, Lige Conley, James Fitzgerald, Gus Leonard, James Parrott, Estelle Harrison)

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