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GET OUT AND GET UNDER (director/writer: Hal Roach/Fred C. Newmeyer; screenwriter: H.M. Walker; cinematographer: Walter Lundin; music: Robert Israel; cast: Harold Lloyd (young actor), Mildred Davis (girlfriend), Fred McPherson (rival), Sammy “Sunshine” Morrison (black kid), William Gillespie(heroin addict), Nat Clifford (neighbor); Runtime: 25; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Hal Roach; Kino; 1920-silent)
It just didn’t make me laugh that much.

Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz

Hal Roach/Fred C. Newmeyer co-direct this weak Harold Lloyd silent slapstick comedy. It just didn’t make me laugh that much.

Harold Lloyd is an amateur actor who is in the middle of a nightmare. He is awakened by the telephone call of his amateur actress girlfriend Mildred Davis telling him to hurry because he’s late for the amateur theater show where he plays the masked prince. Harold is then delayed by an argument with his neighbor (Nat Clifford), as while backing out of the garage the car smashes through it and crosses over his neighbor’s garden to ruin the flowers. Once on the road, Harold’s new Model T Ford stalls. In a hurry to fix it, he’s pestered by a playful black kid (“Sunshine” Morrison) eating a banana who won’t stop interfering with him. Out of desperation Harold steals the needle of a passer-by heroin addict and injects the car with the drug. The car suddenly moves forward without Harold and he has to run after it on the road. Harold somehow finds himself in the car aboard a freight train heading out of LA, but is roughly thrown off by the train security at a water stop. Harold then gets into an uninspired chase with motorcycle cops for speeding. Despite all the delays, Harold arrives at the theater in his prince costume just before the play ends. Since his role required a disguise, his girlfriend never noticed the part was played by his rival (Fred McPherson) and congratulates him for giving a professional performance. The title, “Get Out and Get Under,” comes from a popular 1913 song, “He’d Have To Get Under – Get Out And Get Under (To Fix Up His Automobile).”


Dennis Schwartz: “Ozus’ World Movie Reviews”