The most important family in Hickoryville is (naturally enough) the Hickorys, with sheriff Jim and his tough, manly sons, Leo and Olin. The timid youngest son, Harold (Harold Lloyd) doesn’t have the muscles to match up to them so he has to use his wits to win the respect of his father. Harold is smitten by Mary (Jobyna Ralston), travelling with her late father’s medicine show. When the show burns down, Harold invites her to stay at his house with his father and brothers. The towns money is stolen by thugs from the medicine show but Harold’s father is accused. With encouragement from Mary, Harold sets out to find the real crooks.
Today The Kid Brother is recognised as a cinematic masterpiece combining drama with comedy gags and important characters. Harold Lloyd was always ahead of his time in terms of the modernism of the storyline and filmmaking techniques and The Kid Brother is a terrific example of how great Harold Lloyd really was. —Octuor de France
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
An all-American boy with an all-American childhood, comedian Harold Lloyd became entranced with amateur dramatic productions through odd jobs as a theatre usher, call boy, and stage hand. After working in a stock company where he specialized in intricate character make-up, Lloyd moved from Nebraska to California, where there was more theatrical work. While assisting at a San Diego dramatic school, Lloyd took extra work in several of the silent film companies operating up the coast in Los Angeles. One of his fellow extras was Hal Roach, who had plans to become a film producer. One small inheritance later, Roach set up his own movie company and hired Lloyd as his comedy star. Lloyd’s first film character, Willie Work, didn’t work, though it enabled him to teach himself the skills of film comedy from the ground up. Leaving Roach briefly for bit work at Mack Sennett’s Keystone studios, Lloyd returned to Roach and developed a new characterization, Lonesome Luke — which frankly wasn’t new… read more
Lewis Milestone (born Lewis Milstein in the Ukraine) came to the U.S. as a teenager, and while in the Army during World War I was an assistant director on training films. In Hollywood, he began working as an editor, and after writing and assistant directing in the early 1920s, he helmed his first feature for producer Howard Hughes, Seven Sinners (1925). Milestone’s comedy Two Arabian Knights (1927) was widely admired, but the director didn’t hit his stride until 1930 with All Quiet on the Western Front, his landmark adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s war novel. In the ‘30s Milestone scored major achievements in several genres, including comedy (The Front Page), musical (Hallelujah, I’m a Bum), and espionage (The General Died at Dawn); he capped the decade with his classic drama Of Mice And Men (1939), adaptated from John Steinbeck’s novella. Notable among his work of the 1940s and ‘50s are the war films Edge of Darkness (1943), The Purple Heart (1944), A Walk in the Sun (1946), and… read more
Lloyd's bumbling nice guy persona is put to work well within thiis delightful film, placed in the midst of a hard-working family and the youngest of three brothers, you see Harold pitted against ridicule and watch his character become bolder. The ending scenes on the boat are the gem of the film, with laughter and intensity both balanced in a climatic battle shaming most action films. Silent comedy gold.