The Vintagent Classics: The films that inspired us.

GIRL SHY (1924)

Run Time: 1:27:00
Producer: The Harold Lloyd Corporation
Director: Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor
Writer: Sam Taylor, Ted Wilde, Tim Whelan
Cast: Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Richard Daniels


This was Lloyd’s first independent production after his split with Hal Roach. It is what Lloyd called a “character story” (as opposed to a “gag film”), and is notable for containing fewer of the stunts which characterize Lloyd’s other films throughout most of its length, and instead focusing more on the relationship between Lloyd and Ralston. However, the lengthy finale of the film is one of the most exhilarating, non-stop action sequences of Lloyd’s career.

It was also the second of six consecutive movies pairing Harold Lloyd and Jobyna Ralston, who left Hal Roach Studios as well to continue working with Lloyd. Unlike the normal style for filmed romances prior to Girl Shy, both Ralston and Lloyd were featured in comedic scenes. – wikipedia


Harold Meadows (Lloyd) is a shy, stuttering bachelor working in a tailor shop, who is writing a guide book for other bashful young men, “The Secret of Making Love,” chapters from which are portrayed as fantasy sequences. Fate has him meet rich girl, Mary (Ralston), and they fall in love. But she is about to wed an already married man, so our hero embarks upon a hair-raising daredevil ride to prevent the wedding. – IMDB

*The Police Motorcycle which Lloyd steals is clearly a second prop bike on a trailer when Harold rides it. It is a stunt double riding for Lloyd in the cut away scenes.


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