Movieland (1926)

Film Review

MOVIELAND

Release Date: 28 November, 1926

Studio: Lupino Lane Comedy Corporation

Director: Norman Taurog

Starring: Lupino Lane, Wallace Lupino, Kathryn McGuire

Related Topic: Essanay Silent Film Museum

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Synopsis

Lane, a rich young man, longs to meet movie star McGuire. She refuses to see him and instructs the guard (Lupino) at the studio gate to keep him out. Lane does not accept her refusal and keeps sneaking back into the studio. The guard throws him over the wall each time. He is mistaken for a dummy, dragged around the studio lot, and nearly thrown off a roof. In the end, he learns that McGuire is married.

Discussion

Lane, a mildly amusing English import to Hollywood, based his comedy on his considerable gymnastic skills. His stunts include headstands, back flips, splits, and funny walks. His screen character is simple, slightly childish, and harmless. His facial appearance is open and innocent with wide eyes, round cheeks, and a cute forehead curl. Wallace Lupino, his brother, was his usual comic antagonist and provided a contrast in size and appearance. Compared to Lane, Lupino was taller, wider, and more menacing.

Norman Taurog directed dozens of comic shorts during the 1920s. He continued directing comedies in the talking era and ended his career directing nine Elvis Presley musicals from 1960 to 1968.