Ted Wilde (December 16, 1889 – December 17, 1929) was a comedy writer and director during the era of silent movies, though he also produced two movies with sound in 1930. He was born in New York, New York. His initial career was as a member of Harold Lloyd’s writing staff. His final film as a director was Clancy in Wall Street in 1930. He died of a stroke in Hollywood, California and was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director of a Comedy Picture, but did not win, in the 1st Academy Awards for the film Speedy. —Wikipedia
Tedious little movie, of interest only for the location views of NYC. There's not a lot here, just some gags strung together, showing Harold Lloyd playing an unemployable baseball fanatic, losing a succession of jobs largely through his own stupidity, and then suddenly deciding to rise to the occasion to rescue his father's failing business. Forgettable, like much of Lloyd's work.
More sweet than truly funny. Watching it, I'm struck by the gentleness and lack of darkness of Lloyd's world in comparison to those inhabited by Keaton and Chaplin. Despite its race against the clock climax, nothing much really feels at stake. Stil,l some of the indivdual sequences - a trip to Coney Island, in particular- rank amongst the greatest in all of silent comedy.