When writing the biography of a film star, it seems
on natural that the bulk of the book should deal with the star's
career. Too many biographies seem to go on forever talking about
the star's early years before you ever get to the portion of the
book that deals with the person's entrance into films. In Dardis'
book, Lloyd's arrival in Hollywood is recounted very quickly,
in Chapter 2, as a matter of fact. Which means that 11 of the
12 chapters deal with the stuff we're really interested in. And
it's a good bio, too - easy reading, absorbing, accurate and entertaining.
Of course, there's plenty on Lloyd's sound films of the 1930's,
too, and sufficient observation of why Lloyd just couldn't seem
to make it in talkies. There is mention of some of his family
problem, but credit goes to Dardis that he doesn't dwell on this.
Instead, he's more interested in the film artist, and, after all,
that's why we love Lloyd. This makes a good companion book to
Adam Reilly's Harold Lloyd - The King of Daredevil Comedy
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