Series: Lonesome Luke

Director: Hal Roach
Producer: Hal Roach
Photography: Walter Lundin

Stars: Harold Lloyd, Bebe Daniels, Snub Pollard
Company: Pathé Exchange
Released: 03 September 1916
Length: 1 reel
Production No.: A-6
Filming dates: April 17 - May 2, 1916
Rating: 3/10

Luke Joins The Navy

Available on DVD:

The girl (Bebe Daniels) enters a store where her boyfriend Luke (Harold Lloyd) is working as a clerk. When Luke begins flirting with the girl, the owner appears and hits Luke with a sack so hard it knocks him over the counter. A group of three men (Pollard, Joslin, Lampton) are sitting around a table drinking tea when Snub gets up and leaves. Back in the store, Luke's rival (Bud Jamison) arrives and starts hitting on Bebe. Luke protests but gets whacked again, this time by Jamison, over the counter. Snub's wife (Margaret Joslin) realises her husband is missing and gets up to find him. A burly sailor (Charles Stevenson) enters the store and removes bully Bud and kicks his ass down the street before leaving the store arm-in-arm with the girl. Luke follows them outside, cries and then is slapped by a man wearing a sherrif's badge.
Snub pops by the store and together with Luke they observe a navy recruitment poster but then Snub is escorted away by his wife. A peddler (Sammy Brooks) tries his luck in the store before being kicked out by the owner. The film quickly shifts to Luke and Snub coming on board a ship full of naval officers before being put to work scrubbing the decks. Soon after, Snub's wife storms onto the boat and chases Snub around the deck before being caught and escorted off by two seaman.  This is where the footage ends.

Favourite bit
Harold Lloyd most likely performed this stunt himself, as he balances on a the ship's mast as he attempts to attach a rope to the far end.

This was the 36th film produced in the series, the 35th to be released.
This is the one of the oldest films I have from Hal Roach available for review on this website. Taking away the title card and one intertitle card during the film, the existing footage lasts for exactly 4 minutes and 3 seconds.
The opening scene (from the existing footage) is a few frames outside a store advertising Jevne's bread. The wording in the window is for Lipton's Tea.
The shipboard scenes were shot on a navy battleship on a day it was open to the public. In some scenes, sailors from the ship are visible in the background watching the action.
A print of this film survives in the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
My opinion
Nothing special.

Harold Lloyd
Lonesome Luke
Bebe Daniels
The girl
Snub Pollard
Margaret Joslin
Snub's wife
Dee Lampton
Snub's son
Bud Jamison
Charles Stevenson
Sammy Brooks
Jewish man
Fred C. Newmeyer
Harry Todd
Store owner
Billy Fay
May Cloy


The Harold Lloyd Encyclopedia by Annette D'Agostino Lloyd (book)
Tommie Hicks (help)
Steve Rydzewski (identification of Harry Todd)

This page was last updated on: 11 October 2021