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Welcome Danger (1929)





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A stuffy milquetoast botanist is forced to prove his mettle when he must travel back home to fill his prominent police-captain father's sizable shoes, resulting in the breaking up of a notorious drug ring. Harold Lloyd's first all-talkie is wildly uneven, often miscalculated and clumsy, but frequently hilarious.


Harold Lloyd
as Harold Bledsoe
Barbara Kent
as Billie Lee
Noah Young
as Off. Patrick Clancy
William Walling
as Capt. Walton
James Wang
as Dr. Chang Gow
Douglas Haig
as Buddy Lee
E.H. Calvert
as Chief Jim Bledsoe
Edgar Kennedy
as Desk Sergeant
Tetsu Komai
as Florist
Wang Lee
as Chinaman
Jim Mason
as Dick the Dude
Nelson McDowell
as 1st Train Passenger
James B. Leong
as Florist Henchman/High Priest
Soo Hoo Sun
as Dead Chinaman
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Critic Reviews for Welcome Danger

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

A present for fans of the bespectacled slapstick star.

May 10, 2005

[Welcome Danger] is Harold Lloyd's first "talkie," but, except for the daring use of a blank screen during dialogue sequences, mere is little valuable in the new entertainment that has not been carried over from the old.

May 20, 2021 | Full Review…

This is not the film to catch the talented Lloyd do his stuff.

April 20, 2006 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Welcome Danger


"Welcome Danger" has the dated weaknesses of its time, with a creaky sound mix (most of the film has no musical score) and a barrage of Chinese stereotypes (opium, fireworks, laundries). Lloyd plays a botanist-turned-policeman hot on the trail of a Chinatown drug ring in San Francisco, but he's also keen to woo a sweet ingenue with a sick little brother. The film is grossly overlong, doesn't have enough laughs and milks some ideas to death. Fingerprints, for instance. And you've never seen so many people get conked on the head. (Why is always so easy to knock people unconscious in the movies?) Watch for a surprising moment in the final act when the score is finally prominent and strays into the famous theme of Alfred Hitchcock's TV show.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer


[font=Century Gothic][color=sienna]"Kung-Fu Hustle" starts out with one gang walking into a police station and walking out again with one of their wives who had been accused of spitting. Once they are outside of the police station, another gang, bigger and badder than they are, called the Axe Gang dressed in undertaker chic, comes along...the kind folks of Pig Sty Alley manage to keep out of such wordly concerns until an inept wannabe gangster drags them into this. [/color][/font] [font=Century Gothic][color=#a0522d][/color][/font] [font=Century Gothic][color=#a0522d]"Kung-Fu Hustle" is a wonderfully inventive action movie. Yes, much of it does depend on special effects but they are all put to good use. As with "Shaolin Soccer", Stephen Chow seems to be sympathizing with the common man. "Kung-Fu Hustle" proves that you don't really need arcane philosophy to make a great action movie; just a great sense of fun. If there is a moral here, it is always to pay your landlord/landlady on time.[/color][/font] [font=Century Gothic][color=#a0522d][/color][/font] [font=Century Gothic][color=navy]"3-Iron" is your typical story of a young man who rides around on his motorcycle planting take-out circulars on front doors to mark whether or not the occupants are at home. When they are not at home, he stays the night but takes nothing and even tidies up somewhat. Eventually, he comes upon an upper scale dwelling where he thinks he is alone. But he comes upon a young woman who has been abused by her husband. The young man finds a creative use for a golf club.[/color][/font] [font=Century Gothic][color=#000080][/color][/font] [font=Century Gothic][color=#000080]"3-Iron" is a unique movie. Neither of its protoganists say anything except for one sentence. I think it takes great courage to tell a story with so little dialogue and to have so much trust in the audience to follow the story in this way. Another plus is that it does not follow the usual thriller of the week storyline. I think director Kim Ki Duk is trying to make a statement about the nature of freedom and property. [/color][/font] [font=Century Gothic][color=#000080][/color][/font] [font=Century Gothic][color=darkslategray]"Welcome Danger" is another silent movie starring Harold Lloyd.(I know there is a version of this movie with some sound. This version is completely silent.) This one is about a botanist heading west to San Francisco and eventually becomes enbroiled in romance and drug smuggling in Chinatown. I found this film to be amusing, although sometimes a little too busy for its own good and not in the league with "Safety Last."[/color][/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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