Girl Shy 1924


A Pathe Picture

Whilst digging through my Harold Lloyd Comedy Collection (see my previous review of Now or Never 1921), I found another train-related silent in 1924’s Girl Shy. Not only is a steam train journey involved, but a key piece of Lloyd’s final chase scene involves a Pacific Electric streetcar madly wheeling through the streets of Hollywood, California.

Many thanks to John Bengtson and his superb Chaplin-Keaton-Lloyd film locations blog.


Harold Lloyd climbs up PE streetcar #234 to put the trolley pole back on the wire. Hilarity ensues.

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Harold Lloyd (as Harold Meadows “The Poor Boy”), has completed his great novelette and is taking the train to town to have it published; Nice depot view as Union Pacific (Los Angeles & Salt Lake) #3376 an A-70 class 4-4-2 and train pulls in.

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Good detail shot of two wooden passenger cars as conductor waves a “that’ll do” to the engineer; Boy meets Girl for the first time (Jobyna Ralston as Mary Buckingham “The Rich Girl”).

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Rich Girl flirts with painfully shy Poor Boy as the train prepares to depart.

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Uh-oh! Mary has dropped her pooch who proceeds to climb down the steps and off the train; the conductor tells Mary dogs aren’t allowed aboard anyway.

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Good view of a truss rod, wooden observation car; Harold to the rescue! Borrowing a gentleman’s cane, he neatly snags Fido off the cinders and onto the brass railed observation platform.

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Nice shot of a (probably Southern Pacific) passenger train rounding a sharp curve.

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Interior shot of day coach; Harold discovers the only available seat is next to Mary.

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Mary sees Harold’s manuscript and wants to know what it’s all about…(sex!).

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Coming and going shot of SP’s Train #76, the southbound (railroad eastbound) “Lark” at Chatsworth tunnel.

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View of train “butcher” handing Harold a box of Crackerjack; Harold gives the treat to Mary, then proceeds to tell her all about his life’s passion.

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Suddenly, here comes a Santa Fe train at LaGrande Station in Los Angeles; Passengers disembarking.

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Meanwhile, Harold is still grandly boasting about his book as Mary munches her snack; Finally detraining (from SP 1444), Harold hands Mary’s canine to the bemused conductor.

A tremendous amount of plot left off HERE

Long story short, Harold’s got to stop Mary’s wedding to a philandering cad – using any mode of transport possible.
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With the train about to leave, Harold frantically tries to buy a ticket from the Stationmaster; The agent watches from his bay window as Harold races after the train.

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Lloyd pursues the train, but doesn’t count on it taking a different route!

Lots of chase scene left off HERE

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Harold hollers at the streetcar trainmen to no avail — so he STEALS Pacific Electric car #234, leaving the bewildered transit employees in the dust.

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Here we see Lloyd urging the elderly car along as fast as it will go; Careening through the streets of Hollywood.

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A District Street Cleaner tumbles into his wagon as the car zooms past.

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A matron and her package-festooned husband get bumped aside by the speeding #234.

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Eventually, the trolley pole bumps off the wire, stopping the streetcar; Harold clambers on top to put it back….

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…except he forgot the controller was still on FULL SPEED. Once he put the pole back on the juice, the car began to race along again; You can get a good view of Harold Lloyd’s right hand in this picture. He is wearing a prosthetic glove, due to losing his thumb and index finger in an accident. It’s incredible, but he did his stunts with only one good hand!

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Interesting look at a fare counter (10¢) on the streetcar.

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Somehow, Harold winds up hanging onto the streetcar pole for dear life as the vehicle hurtles along; He finally drops from the pole into (and through) the canvas top of a flivver. End of streetcar scene.

To sum up: Seeing steam trains on three different railroads (Espee, Uncle Pete & Chico) as well as a Pacific Electric streetcar run amok, is a splendid way to spend an afternoon. BTW, try those 3 links — they’re pretty cool. ;p

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About Lindsay Korst

Webmaster, Blogmaster, Ferroequinologist - Lindsay Korst works for a nationwide home improvement center after a 20+ year career supporting computer users. A resident of the Seattle area since 1976, he has had a life-long interest in railroads, particularly those in the Pacific Northwest. He is an enthusiastic participant in the Great Northern Railway Historical Society. He and his wife reside in Redmond, Washington.
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