Just Nuts

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Year:
1915
Running time:
10 minutes
Studio:
Harold Lloyd
Territory:
International
Directed by:
Hal Roach
Starring:
Harold Lloyd
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Description

Released on April 19, Just Nuts is Harold Lloyd's oldest surviving film and the only remaining example of his earliest screen persona, Willie Work.

Just Nuts is a one reel blitz of slapstick romance and Willie is the "poor misguided nut" at the centre of it all: chasing an unattainable girl, meeting stiff competition from other suitors and encountering trouble at every turn. Appearing in an overcoat and old top hat, and sporting a pencil-line moustache, Lloyd's first comic creation owed a clear debt to Chaplin - but this performance is now remembered as the moment when a new legend of silent comedy emerged.

The playfully named character posed a question and a challenge - will he†work†or won't he? 100 years later, the answer is clear: Just Nuts was the beginning of a prolific and popular career that made Harold Lloyd one of the biggest film stars of the era and secured his place in the medium's history.

Genre

Comedy