Dr. Jack

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Dr. Jack
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Directed by Fred C. Newmeyer
Produced by Hal Roach (uncredited)
Written by Hal Roach
Sam Taylor
Jean C. Havez
H.M. Walker
Starring Harold Lloyd
Mildred Davis
Cinematography Walter Lundin
Edited by Thomas J. Crizer
Production
company
Distributed by Pathé Distributors
Release date
  • November 26, 1922 (1922-11-26)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States
Language Silent (English intertitles)
Budget$113,440 [1]

Dr. Jack is a 1922 American silent comedy film starring Harold Lloyd. It was produced by Hal Roach and directed by Fred Newmeyer. The story was by Jean Havez, Hal Roach, and Sam Taylor. The film was released on November 26, 1922.

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Grossing $1,275,423, Dr. Jack was one of the top-ten most profitable releases of 1922. [1]

Plot

As described in a film magazine, [2] young Dr. Jackson (Lloyd), or Dr. Jack, has plenty of practice but scant fees. He believes in using sunshine methods and avoids medicine as far as possible. This is quite contrary to the methods employed by the renowned Dr. Ludwig von Saulsbourg (Mayne), who for four years has reaped a golden harvest out of the father (Prince) of the Sick-Little-Well-Girl (Davis), keeping the latter in dark rooms and feeding her drugs without end. The family lawyer Jamison (Hammond) introduces Dr. Jack as a consultant and things begin to happen. Dr. Jack has met the Girl once accidentally, and is overjoyed when he is called to prescribe for her, a proceeding that results in both falling in love. Caught kissing the Girl, Dr. Jack falls into disgrace and is told that he must leave the next morning. In the meantime, news that a dangerous lunatic has escaped and has been seen in the vicinity of the house reaches its occupants. Dr. Jack, who holds that a little excitement is all the patient needs to make her perfectly normal, arranges a night alarm for the occupants of the home. He dons a wig and hat and, thus disguised, makes unexpected appearances in various parts of the establishment, throwing everybody into spasms of momentary terror. In the long run he reveals himself to the Girl, her father realizes that she is cured, von Saulsbourg is required to make an undignified exit, and the two lovers are happy.

Background

Dr. Jack is an upbeat gag-driven film, played solely for laughs. Released between the sensitive, complex character comedy of Grandma's Boy and the daredevil "thrill picture" Safety Last! , it was Lloyd's first intentional five-reeler, whereas his two previous features, A Sailor-Made Man and Grandma's Boy, both grew from two-reelers to five-reelers during the actual shooting.

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Preservation status

Prints of Dr. Jack exist in the collection of the UCLA Film and Television Archive and the British Film Institute's National Film Archive. [3]

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References

  1. 1 2 Vance, Jeffrey and Suzanne Lloyd. Harold Lloyd: Master Comedian. New York: Harry N Abrams. p. 88
  2. "Dr. Jack: Pathe Photoplay in Five Parts". Exhibitor's Trade Review. East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania: Exhibitor's Trade Review, Inc. 13 (6): 324. January 6, 1923.
  3. Progressive Silent Film List: Dr. Jack at silentera.com