100 YEARS OF HAROLD LLOYD to Debut on iTunes 12/15

Random Media and Harold Lloyd Entertainment are pleased to announce the release of 100 Years of Harold Lloyd, fifteen works from the library of legendary silent film star Harold Lloyd. Seven features and eight shorts will be available for rental or download to own on iTunes beginning December 15th in the US and around the world.

Harold Lloyd (1893-1971) was one of the great comic stars of the cinema, a genius on par with Chaplin and Keaton. Yet, he came from a humble background, and perhaps this was the key to his affinity with "the ordinary man" who does extraordinary things. His motion picture career spanned 34 years and over 200 comedies. Among his most famous films are Grandma's Boy (1922), Safety Last! (1923), The Freshman (1925), The Kid Brother (1927), Speedy (1928), and Movie Crazy (1932).

100 Years of Harold Lloyd will be available in three packages: The Films: a package of seven features; The Shorts Vol. 1, a package of three shorts; and The Shorts Vol. 2, a package of five shorts. The films will be released in various languages in over fifteen countries, many for the first time.

The feature films included in the package are: Dr. Jack (1922), Why Worry? (1923), Safety Last! (1923), The Freshman (1925), For Heaven's Sake (1926), The Kid Brother (1927), Speedy (1928). The shorts included are: An Eastern Westerner (1920), High and Dizzy (1920), Never Weaken (1921) in the first, and Take a Chance (1918), Young Mr. Jazz (1919) The Marathon (1919), Bumping into Broadway (1919), His Royal Slyness (1920), in the second.

This unprecedented release follows on the heels of the Criterion Collection's DVD and Blu-ray debut of Speedy, Lloyd's final silent film.

"We are honored to be able to bring this collection of extraordinary films to an international audience," Eric Doctorow, CEO of Random Media said. "Partnering with Criterion and iTunes made this possible and we are grateful for their help to make this happen."

Sue Lloyd Hayes, Harold Lloyd's granddaughter and CEO of Harold Lloyd Entertainment, said, "This is a very thrilling way to bring Harold Lloyd to the digital age with his death-defying stunts and pure humor to the new generation with genuine laughter."

Towards the end of his life, Lloyd himself stated, "It has been amazing to me that these comedies can still strike a responsive note of laughter with audiences of all ages and in all parts of the world. Laughter is the universal language. It establishes a common identity among people-regardless of other differences. It is the sweetest sound in the whole world."


Safety Last!

Harold Lloyd Classic SAFETY LAST! with Live DJ Re-Score for AFI FEST

By: The American Film Institute 



 #FlashBackFriday Harold Lloyd and his best friend Richard Simonton, Sr. crashing their kids Halloween party in 1970!

This image is originally from a 3-D slide and can be viewed in 3-D using a stereoscope or Loreo or similar type of 3-D viewer. 



Harold Lloyd and Richard Simonton, Sr. Halloween 1970


Harold Lloyd at Disneyland!

Classic Hollywood 'Hollywood Home Movies: Disneyland is an E-ticket to the park's past
By Susan King for "The Los Angeles Times"

Hollywood Home Movies: Disneyland'

Where: Linwood Dunn Theater, Pickford Center, 1313 Vine St., Hollywood

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Tickets: The event is sold out, but there will be a standby line

Info: www.oscars.org

For a misty-eyed ride into that past, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is presenting "Hollywood Home Movies: Disneyland," a sold-out show Saturday night, Oct. 24, at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Los Angeles.

Suzanne Lloyd at DisneylandCulled from the Academy Film Archive's vast home movie collection, the featured clips include color footage from opening day, July 17, 1955; nominees for the foreign-language film Oscar (and Federico Fellini's wife, actress Giulietta Masina) visiting the park in 1957; amateur home movie footage of families enjoying the Mad Tea Party, Dumbo and Jungle Cruise attractions; and even actor Steve McQueen and his family on a 1970 VIP tour for daughter Terry's 10th birthday.

Suzanne Lloyd, the granddaughter of comedic actor Harold Lloyd, also will be on hand to present 3-D photographs of Disneyland taken by the silent film great a week before the park's opening.

The evening isn't just a celebration of the park's 60th anniversary but also a glimpse at how Disneyland "was a similar and yet distinct experience for all different kinds of people from all different places," said Randy Haberkamp, the academy's managing director for programming, education and preservation.

Suzanne Lloyd, the granddaughter of comedic actor Harold Lloyd, also will be on hand to present 3-D photographs of Disneyland taken by the silent film great a week before the park's opening.

"Seeing real people in a particular year, you realize what people were wearing, the way people behaved in an amusement park," Haberkamp said. "It does show the differences in culture over the decades and the difference in the attractions."

The earliest footage in the program predates the opening of Disneyland by seven years. It's from the Ward Kimball Collection donated by his son, animator John Kimball, who will be appearing at the event. Ward Kimball was one of Disney's Nine Old Men group of core animators. The 1948 clips show Walt Disney enjoying miniature steam trains that inspired the creation of the park.

"That was a key year for the future of Disneyland and everything," said John Kimball, who is featured in the footage as a little boy. "It was kind of a landmark year for big changes that were going to be taking place. My father had a railroad in our backyard in east San Gabriel. Walt would come out there, and they would run his train. It went from the back of the property to the front of the property, a distance of maybe 500 feet."

The color footage of opening day shows just how unfinished the park was.

"They had about 15 rides on opening day," said Lynne Kirste, the special collectors curator who selected the footage and will host the evening. "The trees are little. Now everything is manicured."

A woman modeled a strapless bath suiting outside a store on Main Street. "They had a Cole of California bathing suit shop," Kirste said. "They would never do that now. It's too sexy."

Fabulous footage from 1958 shows Guy Williams and the cast of Disney's ABC series "Zorro" performing live for fans, and home movies shot between 1955 and 1959 capture appearances by the Mouseketeers and Bob-O the Clown.

Neile Adams, who was married to McQueen from 1956 to 1972, has donated home movies and more than 30 scrapbooks of her life with the actor. Adams' movies are a kick to watch, not only for the outrageous clothing worn by the visitors but also for the joy on the faces of daughter Terry, son Chad McQueen and their friends as they enjoyed the VIP perks, such as not having to wait in lines. No one seems to recognize Steve McQueen — perhaps it's his totally uncool hat — when he and Chad buy popcorn. But as soon as he sees the camera on him, he motions to Adams to stop filming.

"He was having a little hissy fit," Adams said. "We were fighting. Eventually it was OK. For about an hour he wouldn't speak to me."

Harold Lloyd was great friends with Disney and used to go out with Walt, Suzanne Lloyd said. "They would dress up and go to costume parties and do crazy things."

Harold Lloyd began shooting 3-D photographs in 1947. "He never shot anything but 3-D," Suzanne said. "He felt it was so real."

She recalled going to Disneyland with her grandfather, her governess and others on what she thought was a preview day. Her grandfather used his Stereo Realist camera to take stunning photographs of his granddaughter eating hot dogs and hamburgers, as well as the stage coach ride, the carousel and the trolley on Main Street. Stardust memories, indeed.


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