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Number, Please? (1920)

Passed  -  Comedy | Short  -  26 December 1920 (USA)
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While at an amusement park, two men try to win the heart of a young lady. They compete with each other while attempting to find her runaway dog, and they race to ask her mother's permission to take her up in a hot air balloon.

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While at an amusement park, trying vainly to forget the girl he has lost, a young man sees the girl with her new boyfriend. When her dog gets loose in the park, both suitors have to help her catch it. Then, the girl's uncle, a balloonist, gives her a pass for two in his balloon, provided that her mother approves. She then offers to take along the first of her admirers who is able to get her mother's consent. Written by Snow Leopard

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Harold Lloyd wore gloves, with the right one modified to disguise his maimed hand. The gloves are visible in medium shots. But in two different close-ups, Harold's character isn't wearing gloves. See more »

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Bumpy Ride
21 January 2010 | by (www.moviemoviesite.com) – See all my reviews

Roy Brooks makes an unlikely love rival for Harold Lloyd in this fairly tame comedy short. He's a tall, slightly lumpy man with childish features, but Harold seems to see him as a real threat as he tries to enjoy a day at the beach with Mildred Davis. She plays the boys off one another, promising to ride in a hot air balloon (and you can't help wondering whether that was a metaphor for something entirely different) with the first to win her mother's consent. Big Roy races off in his car, but wily Harold figures on being the first to ask mum by phoning her.

It's this decision that sets the tone of the film, which I can only describe as the comedy of frustration which, when you think about it, really isn't very funny at all. Everything that can go wrong for Harold as he tries to make his call does: people keep beating him into one of three available booths, and when he does finally make it into one he discovers he hasn't any money. A kindly desk clerk allows him to use his phone but the line accidentally gets burned through by a carelessly placed cigar. On and on goes Harold's woes and, while the quality of the comedy isn't always worthy of admiration, Harold's dogged determination to enjoy a ride with Mildred certainly is.

The second half of the film is mostly concerned with Harold and Roy's attempts to distance themselves from Mildred's purse which has been stolen by a thief who sneaks it into Harold's pocket when the police – who are everywhere – get too close. Considering Lloyd's reputation for thrill comedy, this one is fairly routine, even though it begins on a roller-coaster. You wonder how, with such a gigantic, fast-moving prop at his disposal, Lloyd allowed a gilt-edged opportunity to pass him by…


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