Mildred Davis - Haunted Spooks (1920)
Harold Lloyd in a publicity photo for "High And Dizzy" (1920)
The special effect of Harold’s hair standing on end was achieved by making his hair very, very dry, and then having him stand underneath a magnetic field, that lifted the hair up briefly via static electricity. This effect was also used in Lloyd’s “Haunted Spooks” (1920) and “Hot Water” (1924)
Thank you so much - I *wish* I were, but as it is, I’m on the opposite coast - I hope someone in your area can help you with that, as a Lloyd screening would be fabulous! I actually got into him via seeing “Speedy” (1928) on the big screen out here in Los Angeles about 5 years ago, and was hooked on the spot. Seeing all those wonderful shots of New York City in the 1920s in that film were amazing, and having never seen a Lloyd film before, I was totally captivated and have been a die-hard fan ever since. I also got to see Keaton’s “The General” (1926) on the same bill, so that was an incredible night - I wish there were more Silent film screenings in more theatres, and would love to program one - that would be a dream come true. I hope your plans for a screening work out, and do keep me posted on that - thank you for your nice message and for following this blog too!
Haunted Spooks (1920)
Safety Last! (1923)
One afternoon in downtown Los Angeles I stopped to watch Bill Strothers, who called himself the Human Spider, scale the sheer walls of a high office building. The higher he climbed the more nervous I grew, until, when he came to a difficult ledge twelve stories up, I had to cut around a corner out of sight of him and peek back to see if he was over the ledge. If it makes me this jumpy, what would it do to a picture audience, I asked myself.
— Harold Lloyd