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According to the 5 Apr 1924 Exhibitors Herald, Girl Shy was Harold Lloyd’s first feature film as an independent producer after several successful collaborations with Hal Roach. He opened his own Lloyd Studio in Hollywood, CA, after taking over the Hollywood Metropolitan Studio on Santa Monica Boulevard, near Las Palmas.
       A 24 Jan 1924 FD item listed the working title as The Girl Expert. Principal photography took place at various locations around Los Angeles, CA. In an article in the Jun 1924 AmCin, Lloyd’s chief cinematographer, Walter Lundin, described a stunt in which Lloyd steered a group of galloping horses down Grand Avenue. In his 2011 book, Silent Visions (Santa Monica, CA), John Bengtson identified several locations, including the Santa Fe Depot and Southern Pacific Depot in downtown Los Angeles; the area around the corner of Hollywood and Cahuenga boulevards in Hollywood; Yucca and Argyle streets in Hollywood; the Bunker Hill neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles; Hollenbeck Park Lake in the Boyle Heights district; the 7000 block of Hollywood Boulevard; Culver City; and the Palms district.
       The 23 Mar 1924 FD stated that a trade preview screening was scheduled for Friday, 28 Mar 1924, nearly one month before its national release on Easter Sunday, 20 Apr 1924.
       Voted one of the “Top Best Features” of 1924 by the 1929 Film Daily Year Book, as reported in the Feb 7, 1930 FD. ... More Less

According to the 5 Apr 1924 Exhibitors Herald, Girl Shy was Harold Lloyd’s first feature film as an independent producer after several successful collaborations with Hal Roach. He opened his own Lloyd Studio in Hollywood, CA, after taking over the Hollywood Metropolitan Studio on Santa Monica Boulevard, near Las Palmas.
       A 24 Jan 1924 FD item listed the working title as The Girl Expert. Principal photography took place at various locations around Los Angeles, CA. In an article in the Jun 1924 AmCin, Lloyd’s chief cinematographer, Walter Lundin, described a stunt in which Lloyd steered a group of galloping horses down Grand Avenue. In his 2011 book, Silent Visions (Santa Monica, CA), John Bengtson identified several locations, including the Santa Fe Depot and Southern Pacific Depot in downtown Los Angeles; the area around the corner of Hollywood and Cahuenga boulevards in Hollywood; Yucca and Argyle streets in Hollywood; the Bunker Hill neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles; Hollenbeck Park Lake in the Boyle Heights district; the 7000 block of Hollywood Boulevard; Culver City; and the Palms district.
       The 23 Mar 1924 FD stated that a trade preview screening was scheduled for Friday, 28 Mar 1924, nearly one month before its national release on Easter Sunday, 20 Apr 1924.
       Voted one of the “Top Best Features” of 1924 by the 1929 Film Daily Year Book, as reported in the Feb 7, 1930 FD. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
American Cinematographer
Jun 1924
p. 25.
Exhibitors Herald
5 Apr 1924
p. 45.
Film Daily
24 Jan 1924
p. 7.
Film Daily
23 Mar 1924
p. 2.
Film Daily
6 Apr 1924.
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Film Daily
7 Feb 1930
p. 8.
New York Times
21 Apr 1924
p. 21.
Variety
2 Apr 1924
p. 23.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
WRITERS
Story
Story
Story
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Girl Expert
Release Date:
20 April 1924
Premiere Information:
New York trade showing: 28 March 1924
Copyright Claimant:
Harold Lloyd Corp.
Copyright Date:
12 March 1924
Copyright Number:
LU19987
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
7,457
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

En route to the city to find a publisher for his book, a collection of romances in which he plays the amorous hero, The Poor Boy, a shy tailor's apprentice, meets The Rich Girl and helps conceal her toy dog from the train conductor. The publisher rejects his manuscript, and The Poor Boy, disappointed at his failure, gives up The Rich Girl. Following a change of mind, the publisher sends The Poor Boy an advance of $3,000, thereby provoking him to pursue his true love, who is about to marry a man who already has a wife. In a wild chase, The Poor Boy, using an automobile, motorcycles, horses, and a trolley car, arrives at the church in time to halt the wedding. Tongue-tied, he picks up the girl and carries her out of the ... +


En route to the city to find a publisher for his book, a collection of romances in which he plays the amorous hero, The Poor Boy, a shy tailor's apprentice, meets The Rich Girl and helps conceal her toy dog from the train conductor. The publisher rejects his manuscript, and The Poor Boy, disappointed at his failure, gives up The Rich Girl. Following a change of mind, the publisher sends The Poor Boy an advance of $3,000, thereby provoking him to pursue his true love, who is about to marry a man who already has a wife. In a wild chase, The Poor Boy, using an automobile, motorcycles, horses, and a trolley car, arrives at the church in time to halt the wedding. Tongue-tied, he picks up the girl and carries her out of the church. +

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