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With: Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Walter James, Leo Willis, Olin Francis, Constantine Romanoff, Eddie Boland, Frank Lanning, Ralph Yearsley
Written by: Thomas J. Crizer, Howard J. Green, John Grey, Lex Neal, Ted Wilde
Directed by: Ted Wilde, J.A. Howe
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 82
Date: 01/17/1927

The Kid Brother (1927)

4 Stars (out of 4)

Sibling Ribaldry

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Considered Lloyd's masterpiece, The Kid Brother (1927) represents Lloyd's richest and most beautifully sustained storytelling. In it, he plays the youngest brother in a family of strapping men -- including his father, the local sheriff -- and he constantly tries to earn their admiration. When a stash of money is stolen out from under his father's nose, Harold gets his chance. The strangely violent, climactic fight scene takes place on a dilapidated ship, tilted slightly to one side. The stunningly beautiful Jobyna Ralston, with her feathery eyelashes, plays Harold's leading lady. Lloyd shared the directorial duties, as usual, without credit, but Lewis Milestone apparently did some work as well.

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