The Milky Way (February 7, 1936)

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The Milky Way
 

Released on February 7, 1936: The world thinks that a skinny bespeckled milk man has knocked out the world middle weight champion boxer . . . . Twice!

Produced by E. Lloyd Sheldon

Directed by Leo McCarey

The Actors: Harold Lloyd (Burleigh Sullivan), Adolphe Menjou (Gabby Sloan), Verree Teasdale (Ann Westley), Helen Mack (Mae Sullivan), William Gargan (Speed McFarland), George Barbier (Wilbur Austin), Dorothy Wilson (Polly Pringle), Lionel Stander (Spider Schultz), Charles Lane (Willard), Marjorie Gateson (Mrs. E. Winthrop LeMoyne), Milburn Stone (reporter), Anthony Quinn (Todd fight spectator), Murray Alper (cab driver with Little Agnes), Bull Anderson (Oblitsky), Harry Anderson (milkman), Gertrude Astor (party guest), Eugene Barry (cop), Jay Belasco (man in car), Harry Bernard (cop), Bonita (landlady), Harry Bowen (bartender), A.S. 'Pop' Byron (cop), Bob Callahan (Onion), Leonard Carey (Mrs. Winthrop's Butler), Jack Clifford (Todd fight announcer), Morrie Cohan (Polo referee), James Conaty (Todd fight spectator), Ray Cooper (Todd fight spectator), Thomas A. Curran (Todd fight spectator), Eddie Dunn (barber shaving Burleigh), Jim Farley (promoter), Eddie Fetherston (cameraman), James Ford (Todd fight spectator), Charles K. French (Mrs. Lemoyne's guest), Ethyl May Halls (unknown), Tom Hanlon (LaGrue fight announcer), Sam Hayes (polo radio announcer), Wallace Howe (Dr. O.O. White), Lloyd Ingraham (barbershop customer), Hazel Laughton (woman in coupe), Gus Leonard (band member at title fight), Carl M. Leviness (Mrs. Lemoyne's guest), Jim Marples (O'Rourke), Marty Martin (polo ticket seller), Larry McGrath (Todd fight referee), Charles McMurphy (cop), Harold Miller (party guest), Frank Mills (party guest), Bruce Mitchell (Todd fight spectator), Jack Murphy (newsboy), Harry Myers (photographer), Broderick O'Farrell (Todd fight spectator), Paddy O'Flynn (reporter), Jack Perry (Tornado Todd), Earl Pingree (cop), Victor Potel (Todd fight spectator), Henry Roquemore (Gabby's doctor), Mel Ruick (Austin's secretary), Antrim Short (photographer), Oscar Smith (barbershop porter), Jack Stoney (preliminary bout fighter), Phil Tead (Todd fight radio announcer), Dan Tobey (polo announcer)

 

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Boxing fans unite . . . and find another movie to watch right now, because this one caters to the folk who love a good laugh, and boxing is just the side-car on the madcap laughter express. Mae Sullivan, played by Helen Mack, is a beautiful girl working in a nightclub that is being bothered by the boxing champion of the world and his tough side-kick. They follow Helen to the street as she waits for her brother to pick her up from work . . . Her skinny, ready-to-be-fired milk man brother that is the butt of everyone's humor. Harold Lloyd is milk man Burleigh Sullivan, a skinny fellow who couldn't hit a rose petal hard enough to knock it off its stem, but he isn't a dumb dude. Don't think of the Three Stooges or the stereotype idiot that always seems to come out on top, but rather think of a witty skinny kid that can think on his feet and come out on top whether or not those around him think he can. Anyway . . . you'll get the picture as the story moves along . . . Just know that the one person in the story that you won't need to waste any sympathy on is this guy . . . He will be just fine, while all the smart folk around him scheme and plot to their own ends. The story is packed with witty lines and even comedy in the silence if you are sharp enough to get it. In one scene Adolphe Menjou his trainer tells Harold Lloyd to take the milk bottle from the baby, and with a puzzled look Harold asks Menjou if he really wants him to have it . . . and the camera pauses for just a moment on Adolphe Menjou as he stands silently, and we know that he is thinking, "Boy, to I want to give it to him!" - And just as suddenly the conversation continues, and if you missed that pregnant pause, you missed it. So before you begin, the big plot is a boxing promoters dream of the big time, and the skinny bespeckled milk man is his ticket to riches. The world believes that the skinny milk man has knocked out the middleweight champion twice, and promoter Gabby, played by Adolphe Menjou, will arrange to have the milk man fight in several fixed matches guaranteeing that the milk man will win. When the world believes that the milk man is a real knock-out pro, Gabby will arrange the big fight against the same middle weight fighter, but this time the fight won't be fixed - with everyone betting on the milk man, the middle weight champion will knock his block off . . . in one conversation it is mentioned that his head may end up in the 26th row singing "I ain't got no-body." The wit continues up to the big fight, and the plot tangles more as bets are placed and the big fight is ready to begin. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Adolphe Menjou
Adolphe Menjou
Adolphe Menjou, Harold Lloyd and William Gargan
Adolphe Menjou, Harold Lloyd and William Gargan
Adolphe Menjou and Verree Teasdale
Adolphe Menjou and Verree Teasdale
Adolphe Menjou
Adolphe Menjou
Dorothy Wilson
Dorothy Wilson
Dorothy Wilson
Dorothy Wilson
Harold Lloyd
Harold Lloyd
Harold Lloyd and Adolphe Menjou
Harold Lloyd and Adolphe Menjou
Harold Lloyd, Charles Lane and Adolphe Menjou
Harold Lloyd, Charles Lane and Adolphe Menjou
Harold Lloyd and Dorothy Wilson
Harold Lloyd and Dorothy Wilson
Harold Lloyd and Lionel Stander
Harold Lloyd and Lionel Stander
Harold Lloyd and Lionel Stander
Harold Lloyd and Lionel Stander
Harold Lloyd meets Dorothy Wilson
Harold Lloyd meets Dorothy Wilson
Harold Lloyd
Harold Lloyd
Helen Mack and Harold Lloyd
Helen Mack and Harold Lloyd
Henry Roquemore and Verree Teasdale
Henry Roquemore and Verree Teasdale
Lionel Stander, Harold Lloyd and Adolphe Menjou
Lionel Stander, Harold Lloyd and Adolphe Menjou
Lionel Stander, William Gargan and Verree Teasdale
Lionel Stander, William Gargan and Verree Teasdale
Marjorie Gateson and George Barbier
Marjorie Gateson and George Barbier
Marjorie Gateson and Harold Lloyd
Marjorie Gateson and Harold Lloyd
The Big Fight
The Big Fight
Verree Teasdale
Verree Teasdale
Verree Teasdale and Adolphe Menjou
Verree Teasdale and Adolphe Menjou
Verree Teasdale
Verree Teasdale
William Gargan and Harold Lloyd
William Gargan and Harold Lloyd
William Gargan and Helen Mack
William Gargan and Helen Mack
William Gargan and Helen Mack
William Gargan and Helen Mack
William Gargan and Verree Teasdale
William Gargan and Verree Teasdale
William Gargan
William Gargan
William Gargan with a black eye
William Gargan with a black eye