A Sailor-Made Man (1921)

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An idle, wealthy playboy foolishly joins the Navy when the father of the girl he wants to marry tells him to get a job to prove himself worthy.



  • Harold Lloyd in A Sailor-Made Man (1921)
  • Harold Lloyd in A Sailor-Made Man (1921)
  • Mildred Davis and Harold Lloyd in A Sailor-Made Man (1921)
  • A Sailor-Made Man (1921)
  • Harold Lloyd in A Sailor-Made Man (1921)
  • Mildred Davis and Harold Lloyd in A Sailor-Made Man (1921)

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30 September 2003 | Ron Oliver
| Caught In A Souk With Mr. Lloyd
A Hal Roach HAROLD LLOYD Film.

A conceited young twerp joins the Navy to impress his girl and becomes A SAILOR-MADE MAN.

Big changes were in store for popular silent comic Harold Lloyd with the production of this film. Up until this point he had specialized in short subjects and his distribution agreement with Pathé allowed him to make only two-reelers. But the gags in A SAILOR-MADE MAN grew to be so funny and complicated that Harold kept adding to the picture until the final cut ran a tad over 45 minutes - extremely unusual for comedies in 1921. Pathé took the chance and released it; audiences were delighted, which pleased everyone. Lloyd was to make only feature-length films from that point on.

The film breaks neatly into three parts, with the insufferably insensitive Harold in the first segment infuriating nearly everyone until his comeuppance in a Naval recruiting station. In the middle segment Harold has a series of shipboard adventures mostly dealing with the big boat's bully. Finally, and rather unexpectedly, the plot throws Harold into a wonderful escapade straight out of the Arabian Nights, as he confronts the mad Maharajah of an Oriental kingdom who has kidnapped Harold's girl. There are plenty of fakirs and scimitars and hairbreadth escapes, all punctuated by Harold's splendid athletic exuberance.

Mildred Davis plays Harold's distressed love. Noah Young, who appeared in many of Lloyd's films, is great fun as the thuggish seaman who becomes Harold's best buddy. Dick Sutherland is properly repulsive as the monkey-faced potentate.

Harold loved filming on location and for this film he took his cameras to the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Port of Los Angeles.

Robert Israel has composed an excellent film score which perfectly complements Harold's antics on the screen.

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