8 Weirdest Accidents On The Sets Of Films

7. Harold Lloyd - Haunted Spooks

Blade Accident
By Rolin Films / Pathe Distributors [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Harold Lloyd is often considered one of the best actors during the black and white period of film, held in the same regard as actors like Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. Unlike a lot of actors that got famous during the silent era, Lloyd managed to maintain a successful career well into the late 40s.

During a press shoot for his up-and-coming title Haunted Spooks, Lloyd was to pose for a series of pictures that would serve as the poster for the film. He was given a box of "gag" props to pose with for the pictures, but, unbeknownst to him or any of the crew, a real bomb found its way into the props.

Supposedly the production company, Pathe, had been testing these bombs for a different film but deemed them too dangerous to use. The bomb Lloyd held exploded as he lit a cigarette, blowing off his thumb and his forefinger.

For the rest of his career, Lloyd used a prosthetic glove to hide his injury and continued to work in film for another twenty-five years. He took the injury in his stride, never mentioning it in interviews, only once referring to it by saying he was "a most fortunate unfortunate".

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