Why Worry?

Why Worry?

Infobox Film
name = Why Worry?

image_size = 172
caption = Poster for Why Worry?
director = Fred Newmeyer Sam Taylor
producer = Hal Roach
writer = Sam Taylor (story) H.M. Walker (titles)
starring = Harold Lloyd (Harold Van Pelham) Jobyna Ralston (Nurse) John Aasen (Colosso) Jim Mason (Jim Blake)
music =
cinematography = Walter Lundin
editing = Thomas J. Crizer
distributor =
released = September 2, 1923 flagicon|US
runtime = 60/63 minutes
country = USA
language = Silent film
English intertitles
budget =
preceded_by =
followed_by =
amg_id = 1:116939
imdb_id = 0014611
"Why Worry?" is a 1923 comedy silent film starring Harold Lloyd. It was made shortly after and within the same year as Lloyd's most well-known film today, "Safety Last!".


Harold Van Pelham (Lloyd) is a rich businessman who fancies himself deathly sick when in fact he is perfectly fine. He decides to sail to a small nearly-unknown island some distance West of South America for his health.

Instead of the peace and seclusion he is seeking, he finds himself in the midst of a revolution, although for a long time he does not realize this (resulting in several hilarious scenes). Finally, he is thrown into prison where he meets the friendly giant, Colosso (Aasen). Together, they engineer an escape. After Harold helps Colosso pull out a bad tooth, Colosso is eternally grateful and vows to do Harold's will. Harold decides that the revolution is bad for his health and must be stopped. Harold, Colosso, and Harold's nurse (Ralston) manage to single-handedly quell the revolution. Finally, Harold realizes that he is not as sick as he thought he was.


This was the last film made in Lloyd's partnership with Hal Roach. The village set for the film was used in Roach's Our Gang short film "Dogs of War", filmed at the same time and featuring guest appearances by Lloyd and Jobyna Ralston. Lloyd and Roach parted on good terms, as each simply wanted to go in different directions and Harold Lloyd now had enough money to independently finance his films. It was also Lloyd's first film to have Jobyna Ralston as leading lady. She would go on to star in his next five films.

The main character was originally to go to Mexico, but after some accused the film of unfair stereotyping Harold Lloyd decided to change the location to a remote island in the Pacific.fact|date=September 2007


*Harold Lloyd as Harold Van Pelham
*Jobyna Ralston as Nurse
*John Aasen as Colosso
*Jim Mason as Jim Blake

George Auger (who used the stage name "Cardiff Giant"), a Ringling Brothers circus giant who was originally supposed to play to play the role of Colosso, died shortly after filming began. After a nationwide publicity campaign to find a replacement, Norwegian John Aasen from Minnesota was cast to play the part. He was discovered as a result of a newspaper article about his shoe size.fact|date=September 2007

ee also

*List of United States comedy films
*Harold Lloyd filmography

External links

* [http://www.haroldlloyd.com The Harold Lloyd Trust] (only the forum currently works)

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