Series: Harold Lloyd

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

Stars: Harold Lloyd, Bebe Daniels, Snub Pollard
Company: Pathé Exchange
Released: 16 March 1919
Length: 1 reel
Production No.: L-52
Filming dates: September 3-8, 1918
Rating: -/10

Look Out Below!

Harold and Bebe are at street level when they are berated by policeman Noah Young. Unfortunately they sit down on an iron girder which is then raised by a crane to the top of a building. Harold soon realises how high up he is when he shuffles his feet and cannot feel the floor beneath them. He alerts Bebe to the situation and the two of them panic with fear. Construction worker Snub rubs his eyes in disbelief before rescuing the girl, leaving poor Harold to fend for himself. In a rare display of anger, Snub turns aggressive towards Harold, threatening to fight him, antagonising Harold further by having his arm firmly around Bebe. Snub then leaps onto the girder, hanging high above the street below to confront Harold.
Down below, the foreman (Bud Jamison) witnesses the fracass above and takes a lift to the top of the structure. He escorts Bebe to safety then turns his attentions to the fighting Harold and Snub. Harold manages to climb off the girder to safety, leaving Snub swinging on his own. Snub does manage to climb off and after catching up with an escaping Harold, uses him as a wheelbarrow and steering him back to the swinging girder [see favourite bit].
Harold is lowered back to the ground, much to his relief where he finds the foreman getting a bit overfriendly with his girl. Harold marches over to them as the footage fades to black.

Favourite bit
There is no shortage of trust involved when you allow your co-star to walk you around on your hands across a narrow wooden plank and onto a moving girder suspended in the air. This could have gone horribly wrong for both actors. Gutsy.

Copyrighted December 4, 1918.
Reissued February 12, 1922.
A complete print of the film exists, though obtaining a copy of it is proving to be difficult. I was able to work with approximately half of the footage.
When Harold and Bebe are raised by the crane it would appear Bebe isn't acting, but rather, holding on for dear life.
Just what exactly is the guy doing sitting on the end of the structure banging his hammer?
My opinion
The outside shots are well photographed and the viewer is taken in with the action.

Harold Lloyd
The boy
Bebe Daniels
The girl
Snub Pollard
Noah Young
Bud Jamison
Dee Lampton
Fat worker
Sammy Brooks
Worker with hammer
Billy Fay
Lew Harvey
Margaret Joslin
Oscar Larson
Marie Mosquini
William Peterson
Jerome LaPlanche
James Parrott
D. Coburn

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The Harold Lloyd Encyclopedia by Annette D'Agostino Lloyd (book) (John Bengtson) (Girard Perregauz) (Georges D'Acunto)
David Glass (print)
Jesse Brisson (help and information)
Marc Wanamaker (Bison Archives) (images - used with written permission, March 16, 2016)

This page was last updated on: 17 May 2022