“You boys will have to stop this fighting — it’s bad for my heart.”
A wealthy hypochondriac (Harold Lloyd) and his nurse (Jobyna Ralston) arrive on a supposedly peaceful South American island which has just been taken over by revolutionaries. When Lloyd befriends an imprisoned giant (John Aasen) by helping him get rid of an aching tooth, he acquires an instant bodyguard and loyal servant.
Peary lists no less then nine films by bespectacled comedian Harold Lloyd in his Guide for the Film Fanatic, including the two generally acknowledged as his best: Safety Last! (1923) and The Freshman (1925). Unfortunately, while Why Worry? is technically solid (Lloyd, as always, did his own stuntwork here), the silly storyline is repetitive and ultimately one-note in its lack of character arc or narrative complexity — indeed, the scenario seems much better suited for a comedic short than a full-length film. Not must-see unless you’re a diehard fan of Lloyd or of slapstick comedy in general.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- A few clever situational moments
No. Listed as a film with Historical Relevance and a Personal Recommendation in the back of Peary’s book.