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Professor Beware (1938)





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Harold Lloyd plays a professor of Egyptology, frightened by the notion that he has fallen under an ancient Egyptian curse. Lloyd has the opportunity to join an archeological expedition to search for a missing tablet that will determine his fate, but he has to travel from Los Angeles to New York before the party sails to Egypt. Alas, Lloyd is also required to appear in court to answer charges of "indecent exposure" (it's a long story). The rest of the film is a frantic chase with the authorities pursuing the fugitive professor across the country, highlighted by a daredevil sequence atop a moving train. Most of the individual gags are funny, but Professor Beware is several notches below the standard set by Harold Lloyd's silent films. The lukewarm boxoffice response to this film would convince Lloyd that he should retire from performing--which he did, returning to the screen only for 1947's Sins of Harold Diddlebock.


Harold Lloyd
as Professor Dean Lambert
Raymond Walburn
as Judge James G. Parkhouse Marshall
Phyllis Welch
as Jane Van Buren
William Frawley
as Snoop Donlan
Thurston Hall
as J.J. Van Buren
Cora Witherspoon
as Mrs. Ophelia Pitts
Sterling Holloway
as Rupert the Bridegroom
Montagu Love
as Dr. `Prof.' Schmutz
Etienne Girardot
as Judge Henry
Christian Rub
as Gustave the museum attendant
Spencer Charters
as Sheriff Henry Sweatt
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams
as Motorcycle Officer
Ward Bond
as Motorcycle Officer
Wright Kramer
as Dr. Ellerson, Expedition Director
George Humbert
as Restaurant Keeper
Leonid Kinskey
as Tableau director
Charlotte Wynters
as Dorothy the Reporter
James Donlan
as Reporter in Museum
Charles Lane
as Joe the Photographer
Clara Blandick
as Mrs. Green the Landlady
Bruce King
as `Neferus' in Tableaux
John Ward
as Captain of `Jasmine' Yacht
Jim Farley
as Fire Chief
Duke York
as Handshakers, Paint-Brush Gag
Bobby Barber
as Handshakers, Paint-Brush Gag
Eddie Dew
as Railroad Workman
Theodore Lorch
as Railroad Workman
Dewey Robinson
as Wrestler/Lemonade-Stand Man
Brandon Hurst
as Charlie the Butler
Huntly Gordon
as Mr. Capell, Film Producer
Buster Slaven
as Western Union boy
Bruce Mitchell
as Cop by fire truck
Wade Boteler
as Officer in court
Bud Geary
as Van Buren's Chauffeur
Guy Wilkerson
as Shoeshine customer
Billy Bletcher
as Shoeshine Customer
William Wagner
as Court clerk
Irving Bacon
as Painter
John Wray
as Head lawyer
Eddy Chandler
as Camp boss
Frances Morris
as Miss Perkins, Ellerson's secretary
Eddie Parker
as Detective
Robert E. O'Connor
as Cop at estate
Walter James
as Man with new hat
Harry Holman
as Man Shaving on Boat
Max Wagner
as Chinatown barker
Kit Guard
as Brawler
Harry Wilton
as Brawler
Roger Gray
as Brawler, Hand Gag
Huntley Gordon
as Mr. Capell, Film Producer
Heinie Conklin
as Billboard Sign Painter
Matt McHugh
as Divorced man on highway
Arthur Ayleswofth
as Desert Gas Station Attendant
Paul Bryar
as Harry, radio patrolman
Nella Walker
as Railroad information clerk
Harry Wilson
as Brawler
Rex Lease
as Reporter
Mark Collver
as Dock Worker
Jimmie Dime
as Dock Worker
David Sharpe
as Lloyd's Double
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This is as wild and funny a picture as Harold Lloyd has ever made. Our guess is that he will need another two years to recover from his bruises and get his breath back.

July 22, 2019 | Full Review…

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