I was pleased to have recently acquired additional plot details for Lloyd Hamilton's No Luck (1923) from newly digitized issues of The Film Daily and Exhibitors Herald. A critic wrote in The Film Daily, "The ladylike comedian is first seen trying his luck as a fisherman. The fish bite everything imaginable but the bait, finally jumping inside his shirt and biting him." The fish gag was nothing new for Hamilton. A variety of animals found their way inside Hamilton's shirt or pants at one time or another.
Describing Hamilton as a "ladylike comedian" was not unusual either. Hamilton's comic character was boyish and fussy. He had a distinctly swishy walk. This was enough for critics to refer to the comedian as "prissy," "sissyish," or even "ladylike." The second half of No Luck takes place at a society ball. During the scene, Hamilton finds himself unable to pull off a sticky pair of rubber gloves. Later in the scene, Hamilton performs the fast-paced ragtime dance known as balling the jack.
Here are images that I obtained from these digitized magazines.
|Hamilton had a reputation for dressing stylishly.|