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Welcome Danger

Released Oct 12, 1929 1h 52m Comedy List
Reviews 44% Audience Score 50+ Ratings
Milquetoast botanist Harold Bledsoe (Harold Lloyd) reluctantly travels to San Francisco to take over his late father's position as a high-ranking police detective. Despite the meddling of a crotchety sergeant (Edgar Kennedy) and the bluster of an outraged community leader (Charles Middleton), Harold begins an investigation of a Chinatown opium smuggling ring led by a mysterious figure known as the Dragon, while also wooing the tomboyish pixie Billie Lee (Barbara Kent). Read More Read Less

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J. Hoberman Village Voice A present for fans of the bespectacled slapstick star. May 10, 2005 Full Review C.A. Lejeune Observer (UK) [Welcome Danger] is Harold Lloyd's first "talkie," but, except for the daring use of a blank screen during dialogue sequences, mere is little valuable in the new entertainment that has not been carried over from the old. May 20, 2021 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews This is not the film to catch the talented Lloyd do his stuff. Rated: C Apr 20, 2006 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member This was Harold Lloyd's first talkie. The premiere was two weeks prior to the 1929 stock market crash. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review eric b "Welcome Danger" has the dated weaknesses of its time, with a creaky sound mix (most of the film has no musical score) and a barrage of Chinese stereotypes (opium, fireworks, laundries). Lloyd plays a botanist-turned-policeman hot on the trail of a Chinatown drug ring in San Francisco, but he's also keen to woo a sweet ingenue with a sick little brother. The film is grossly overlong, doesn't have enough laughs and milks some ideas to death. Fingerprints, for instance. And you've never seen so many people get conked on the head. (Why is always so easy to knock people unconscious in the movies?) Watch for a surprising moment in the final act when the score is finally prominent and strays into the famous theme of Alfred Hitchcock's TV show. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Had fun while watching it. It's cute and funny. Not saying this is the best he ever made, but still does its job: entertainment. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member About 30 minutes too long, Harold Lloyd dips his toe into this experimental, choppy early sound movie. The final act is a lot of fun but the pace is often too slow and plodding. I'd love to see the silent version of this as I'm sure it would be a big improvement. Harold's character is not very sympathetic early on but becomes much more likeable as the movie continues. After barely putting a foot wrong in his previous movies, it's the fans and those who are just curious who will likely get the most out of this movie. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Lloyd speaks! in this another of his danger films tries to woo the girl & bust up a drug ring. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review walter m [font=Century Gothic][color=sienna]"Kung-Fu Hustle" starts out with one gang walking into a police station and walking out again with one of their wives who had been accused of spitting. Once they are outside of the police station, another gang, bigger and badder than they are, called the Axe Gang dressed in undertaker chic, comes along...the kind folks of Pig Sty Alley manage to keep out of such wordly concerns until an inept wannabe gangster drags them into this. [/color][/font] [font=Century Gothic][color=#a0522d][/color][/font] [font=Century Gothic][color=#a0522d]"Kung-Fu Hustle" is a wonderfully inventive action movie. Yes, much of it does depend on special effects but they are all put to good use. As with "Shaolin Soccer", Stephen Chow seems to be sympathizing with the common man. "Kung-Fu Hustle" proves that you don't really need arcane philosophy to make a great action movie; just a great sense of fun. If there is a moral here, it is always to pay your landlord/landlady on time.[/color][/font] [font=Century Gothic][color=#a0522d][/color][/font] [font=Century Gothic][color=navy]"3-Iron" is your typical story of a young man who rides around on his motorcycle planting take-out circulars on front doors to mark whether or not the occupants are at home. When they are not at home, he stays the night but takes nothing and even tidies up somewhat. Eventually, he comes upon an upper scale dwelling where he thinks he is alone. But he comes upon a young woman who has been abused by her husband. The young man finds a creative use for a golf club.[/color][/font] [font=Century Gothic][color=#000080][/color][/font] [font=Century Gothic][color=#000080]"3-Iron" is a unique movie. Neither of its protoganists say anything except for one sentence. I think it takes great courage to tell a story with so little dialogue and to have so much trust in the audience to follow the story in this way. Another plus is that it does not follow the usual thriller of the week storyline. I think director Kim Ki Duk is trying to make a statement about the nature of freedom and property. [/color][/font] [font=Century Gothic][color=#000080][/color][/font] [font=Century Gothic][color=darkslategray]"Welcome Danger" is another silent movie starring Harold Lloyd.(I know there is a version of this movie with some sound. This version is completely silent.) This one is about a botanist heading west to San Francisco and eventually becomes enbroiled in romance and drug smuggling in Chinatown. I found this film to be amusing, although sometimes a little too busy for its own good and not in the league with "Safety Last."[/color][/font] Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Milquetoast botanist Harold Bledsoe (Harold Lloyd) reluctantly travels to San Francisco to take over his late father's position as a high-ranking police detective. Despite the meddling of a crotchety sergeant (Edgar Kennedy) and the bluster of an outraged community leader (Charles Middleton), Harold begins an investigation of a Chinatown opium smuggling ring led by a mysterious figure known as the Dragon, while also wooing the tomboyish pixie Billie Lee (Barbara Kent).
Director
Clyde Bruckman
Screenwriter
Paul Smith
Production Co
The Harold Lloyd Corporation
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Oct 12, 1929, Original
Runtime
1h 52m