Fifth about The Seventh

Speedy

Speedy: this classic comedy (directed by Ted Wilde, but as much a product of producer/star Harold Lloyd) is a mix of two halves that fail to completely match; each one is perfectly charming on its own, but the end result feels a bit disjointed. The story has its heart in the right place and has a certain naïveté, but it is left alone for most of the run time. A good portion of the film is used instead to tour around New York City, and while it’s an interesting experience to see the city in the 1920’s, that has essentially no bearing on the story. Lloyd displays nice energy in his performance, but the gags aren’t particularly strong. Editor Carl Himm makes the breakneck pace of some action sequences work rather well.

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