The 2012 Turner Classic Film Festival in Hollywood will be screening Harold Lloyd’s first independently produced feature comedy Girl Shy (1924) on April 14, 2012 at the Egyptian Theater. In that film, Harold discovers the woman he loves is about to marry a bigamist, and in a frantic race to the altar, Harold dashes all across Southern California by every conceivable mode of transport in order to halt the wedding. I explain in a prior post how Lloyd filmed one sequence in Hollywood hanging from the pole of a runaway trolley car.
Later during the race, Harold rides a horse wagon on Bunker Hill, up and down Grand Avenue, and west down 3rd Street. The corner of 3rd and Grand was Lloyd’s all-time favorite place to film – he shot scenes from seven different movies at this one spot, including Bumping Into Broadway (1919), An Eastern Westerner (1920), High and Dizzy (1920), Never Weaken (1921), Girl Shy, Hot Water (1924), and For Heaven’s Sake (1926). As I explain in one of my most popular posts, you can see where Lloyd and other Hal Roach Studios stars, including Laurel & Hardy, filmed on Bunker Hill, as shown in some amazingly sharp movie footage posted by the Prelinger Archives. Bunker Hill was completely demolished during the 1960s, and glass skyscrapers crowd the site today.
You can download below a 21.5 MB PowerPoint presentation showing a brief overview of where and how Lloyd filmed the Girl Shy scenes atop Bunker Hill. The show also includes shots from Never Weaken, Hot Water, and For Heaven’s Sake. Most of the slides are animated, so wait a moment each time before clicking the “next” button.
You will need a PowerPoint viewer to watch the show, and can download a free PowerPoint viewer at this site.
My book Silent Visions documents Lloyd’s elaborate race to the altar in great detail, staged on the streets of Hollywood, San Fernando, Altadena, Palms, Culver City, Bunker Hill, Rampart Village, Fort Moore Hill, and downtown Los Angeles, as Harold commandeers automobiles, fire engines, motorcycles, trolleys, and horse wagons in his quest.
I am also posting here again a tour of several silent-era Hollywood locations Harold Lloyd used in Girl Shy, and various other films, as well as the sites for the Lloyd, Chaplin, and Keaton Studios.
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