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The restored version of this film plays pretty well. The orchestration
on the TCM set version is pretty good. A couple of sequences are a
little grainy & choppy. As usual, this is a LLoyd Romantic Comedy but
the pace in this 25 minute short is more frantic than the features he
did later. There are lots of physical stunts packed into this
essentially 2 reeler. Bebe Daniels fans should enjoy this as she does
very well in her role as LLoyds love. In real life, she was his love at
this time as Harold had given her an engagement ring, but she decided
to leave Harold for her career.
This restored version even has some shots in Septia tone instead of black & white. I thought septa tone was not used much until the 1920's. Much of the sight gags & situations in this one got worked into later LLoyd films also. In fact, GIRL SHY later borrows from it, as far as how Harold's Character is set up in this one. While I prefer Girl Shy over all, if you like some stunts & comedy in shorts form, this one will make you a happy camper as well. It is not as elaborate as the feature, but great fun just the same.
A Hal Roach HAROLD LLOYD Comedy Short.
An impoverished young fellow finds himself BUMPING INTO BROADWAY when he falls in love with a pretty showgirl.
This fast-moving romp gave Harold Lloyd an early success for his Glasses Character. Antic chases and sight gags abound, and Harold gets to showoff his buoyant physical dexterity in this film made before a freak accident so badly damaged his right hand. Swiftly moving from boardinghouse to street, on to the theater, and finally to an elaborate speakeasy, the plot gives Harold plenty of opportunity to amuse.
Bebe Daniels is his love interest. Helen Gilmore is the fierce landlady; tough guy Noah Young is the boardinghouse bouncer. In a brief role, Gus Leonard, in drag, is hilarious as the man-crazy spinster who lives one floor below Harold.
Robert Israel has composed an excellent film score which perfectly complements Harold's antics on the screen.
This is a very entertaining Harold Lloyd comedy, with some good
settings and good joke ideas. There is lots of action, with Bebe
Daniels, Snub Pollard, and Noah Young all adding to the fun. Much of
the emphasis is on the various characters chasing each other or
attempting to elude one another, and Hal Roach is in his element,
keeping the pace and the timing on track.
There are basically three sequences, first at a boarding house, then backstage, and then at a gambling club. The first sequence, with Young as the landlady's enforcer, and the third one, with lots of manic chase action, are both very good, and the middle sequence also has some good moments.
The settings and many of the story developments must have been highly contemporary at the time, and yet the enthusiasm from Lloyd and the cast makes it seem fresh and up-to-date. When Lloyd was in his best form, he made you feel as if you knew his characters and understood their troubles, and that's one of the things that makes this one fun to watch.
Lloyd is a struggling broadway writer while Bebe daniels is a show girl aspiring to be a star. They live next door to each other in a boarding house struggling to make ends meet. They meet one day and Lloyd offers to pay Bebe's rent while forsaking his own rent, thus setting off the hijinks. Three sets are used in this smart and insightful comedy; the boarding house, the broadway stage and set and an underground speakeasy which is raided by the cops. As Lloyd is chased up and down the boarding house eventually ending up in an old woman's home who was crying out for a man, you cannot help but smile. On the broadway set, as he tries to meet the director and sell his story before being forcefully thrown out, you grin. And after following Bebe to protect from the playboy star of the show who has dragged her along to the speakeasy where all hell breaks loose and harold uses a coat hanger to great comic effect, you must applaud. Final scene is perfect denouement to an enjoyable mish-mash.
This is the third comedy short I watched on the Kino DVD "The Harold Lloyd Collection" starring Lloyd in his famous "glasses" character with Bebe Daniels and Snub Pollard. Ms. Daniels plays a showgirl to Lloyd's playwright and they both now have to pay the $3.75 rent since they both got the same typed warning for the third time. Lloyd gives Bebe his money since she's broke but now Harold has to run from the landlady and her bouncer. Pollard has a brief part as a choreographer who's mean to Lloyd when they meet. There's also another funny chase scene involving cops infiltrating a gambling den where Lloyd meets Lady Luck. Very funny with all those chases and avoiding certain people. And what a sweet romance between Lloyd and Daniels. So on that note, I highly recommend Bumping Into Broadway.
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During this same year, 2008, I had my introduction to both the work of
Buster Keaton (with the marvelous and perfect film "The General") and
to the work of the Marx Brothers (with the memorable and perfect film
"Duck Soup"). Unfortunately I haven't watched another Buster Keaton
film and neither another Marx Brothers film but fortunately the 10-disc
box set "The Definitive Collection: Harold Lloyd" is available. I came
across some Harold Lloyd films on DVD but for some reasons I never got
any of them even I do had desires to watch something of his stuff and
finally when I saw the box set I decided to wait in buying Harold Lloyd
stuff until I could get the box set. The past week was my birthday and
my dad gave me lots of hours of Harold Lloyd. The box set consists of
two "seasons" each of them with 5 discs and "Bumping Into Broadway" is
the first from the disc 1. It is a great, nearly perfect 26 minutes
film that was nothing but an amazingly funny and absolutely pleasant
introduction to the work of Lloyd.
It begins as a story about the differences between classes in a same place. Meanwhile in Broadway famous actresses spend hundreds of dollars just for a dinner other people can't afford $3.75 for the their rent. Classic stuff and one of the persons who can't afford the rent is the boy that Harold plays, the boy who is a writer but who's wonderfully old typewriter is practically unusable. The desperation is there, they could be outside without a place to say but the boy is one of those persons. He, with some difficulties, found the money for his rent but there's the neighbour, the girl (Bebe Daniels) who doesn't have any cent, the boy give her his money, she kiss him and he has to run.
Mostly is a hilarious escape of the boy, first he is just again the woman, who is the owner of the building, and her helper who had just given the beating of his life to another man in the same position of the boy, without any cent. But our protagonist is not like that man, he is quite agile and clever enough to can fool those who want the money. There are some memorable and hilarious moments; I think my favourite of the "first part" is when the boy is seated but just apparently. And the final encounter with the police is great and not just for the moment when it happens (just after the boy wins lots of money!) but for everything; Lloyd against many many cops and eventually making fool of all of them to be finally with the girl, his girl.
"Bumping Into Broadway" is a short film of 20 and so minutes of pure silent fun. Absolutely recommend to any film lover out there. 9.5 out of 10
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This short had so much going for it and I really have few complaints at
all. Harold is an up-and-coming writer--trying to write his first
Broadway play. But, he's also broke and unable to pay his rent--which
is a problem, as the landlady is planning on having her thug beat the
money out of Harold! Well, as a result, there are a lot of chases in
the movie--which is true of so many slapstick shorts. At the same time,
his neighbor (Ms. Daniels) is also in the same predicament, although
she longs to dance on Broadway.
Later in the film, after she is fired, Ms. Daniels goes with a rogue to a restaurant. However, he instead takes her to a gambling den and has plans on seducing our heroine. So, it's Harold to the rescue. In the end, naturally, he gets the girl. However, it's how well it all works together that makes this a very good and worthwhile movie.
Despite the title, the plot of this Harold Lloyd short is evenly distributed among three different settings: a boarding-house, a theater and an exclusive club. As in FROM HAND TO MOUTH (1919), comedy emerges out of the characters' desperation - but there's no denying the assuredness of the gags (in fact, I'd say that this one's an even better film) and, in any case, H.M. Walker's title cards are among the wittiest for a Silent that I've come across! Lloyd is in his element as the perennial dreamer, a novice playwright, and Bebe Daniels is an ideal co-star as an aspiring Broadway star. Still, the best scenes are probably those set in the casino - where the penniless Lloyd accidentally cops himself a large sum of money but, needless to say, he's not allowed to reap the rewards of his fortune because the joint is raided soon after by the Police!
The Boy is a writer.The Girl is a chorus line girl.They both want to make it big but find it hard.But they do find each other.Bumping Into Broadway (1919) is directed by Hal Roach and its star is Harold Lloyd.Its female star is Bebe Daniels.Together they really hit it off.Snub Pollard plays Director of Musical Comedy and he's hilarious.Helen Gilmore does great job as 'Bearcat' the Landlady.Same thing with Noah Young who plays her Bouncer.Harold's brother Gaylord Lloyd is seen in the movie.This short has many funny moments.Harold's writing efforts is funny to watch.He moves on very slowly, letter by letter.And when he tries to escape the landlady and the bouncer.It's funny to watch Harold trying to get in the theater with his never-say-die way.And it also makes you laugh when Snub shows to his actors how those dance moves are done.Robert Israel's music (made in 2004) and Harold Lloyd's comedy skills make this movie a hilarious experience.
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The first of Lloyd's two-reelers featuring his "glasses" character
neatly presents its story in a brief Prologue and Three Acts. After a
rose-tinted glimpse of Broadway as a playground for the rich, the First
Act amusingly establishes the boy as a struggling playwright with just
enough cash on hand to pay his $3.70 overdue rent. He has a crush on
the girl next door (the beautiful Bebe Daniels). Her rent is behind
too, but she has zilch to pay it with. So what does Harold do? Needless
to say, the rest of the Act is heartily devoted to the many diverting
stratagems Harold is forced to adopt to avoid the landlady's vicious
Act Two takes place in the theater where brash Harold contrives to elude a vigilant doorman to present his play to the producer. The lovely Bebe is employed in the chorus. Snub Pollard exhibits some fancy footwork in this sequence in an unusual role as the show's choreographer. He's funny but he's more of a heavy than a comic in this story. It's the only occasion I can recall where Snub played a totally unlikable character.
Act Three is set in a posh speakeasy where the action is in illegal gambling rather than drinking. To my surprise, New York's finest are presented in a most unflattering light. All our sympathies are directed towards the boy as he struggles to escape the vicious convoy of burly flatfeet. Does he win out? Does he save the heroine? You'll have to see the movie to find out how he manages it.
Clever, witty, fast-paced with an accent on slapstick but still with time out for some more fanciful rib-tickling routines and snappy character-building, Bumping Into Broadway is undoubtedly one of the most entertaining of Lloyd's two-reel shorts.
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