Profile America -- Wednesday, April 20th. The birthday of a comic genius of early motion pictures -- Harold Lloyd -- is noted today. A contemporary of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, he made more movies than both of them combined, but is little known today. His movies were called "daredevil comedy," featuring dangerous stunts, all of which he performed himself. Lloyd is perhaps best known by hanging from the hands of a clock at the top of a tall building. His creative use of perspective and camera angles greatly influenced the development of stunt work and action films. When Harold Lloyd was the height of his career in the 1920s, there were just over 150,000 people working in the movie industry. Now, that figure is more than twice as large. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2011, p. 229
Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, p. 840
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2011, t. 1129
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