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Bumping Into Broadway (1919)

Young playwright spends his last cent to pay the rent of struggling actress in a theatrical boarding house. Pursuing her, he winds up at a gambling club, where he wins big, just before a police raid.


Hal Roach (uncredited)


H.M. Walker (titles)




Credited cast:
Harold Lloyd ... The Boy
Bebe Daniels ... The Girl
'Snub' Pollard ... Director of Musical Comedy (as Harry Pollard)
Helen Gilmore ... 'Bearcat' the Landlady
Noah Young ... The Bearcat's Bouncer
Fred C. Newmeyer Fred C. Newmeyer ... Undetermined Secondary Role (as Freddie Neomeyer)
Charles Stevenson Charles Stevenson
Sammy Brooks Sammy Brooks
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Jack O'Brien John Jack O'Brien ... Unidentified


She's a chorus girl in unpaid tryouts for a Broadway show, behind in her rent, about to be evicted. He's in the room next door, from Peoria, struggling to write his first comedy; he's also behind in his rent. He gives her his last dollar so she can square with "Bearcat," the landlady, then he has to avoid Bearcat and her bouncer. Later, he tries to get his comedy read by the production manager at the same theater where his neighbor's just been fired. She's desperate, so she agrees to lunch with a Lothario, who takes her to a speakeasy. Our comedy-writer follows them to the club where an accidental roulette bet, a police raid, and a hectic pursuit end the story. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Short


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Preserved by the UCLA Film and Television Archive. See more »


When Lloyd leaves his room, there is a stool beside his bed. When he returns, the stool is at the foot of the bed. See more »


Desperate Spinster: Oh, Lord, send me a man.
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Alternate Versions

In 2004, The Harold Lloyd Trust copyrighted a 25-minute version of this film with a musical score written, arranged and conducted by Robert Israel, and played The Robert Israel Orchestra (Europe). See more »


Featured in Harold Lloyd Comedy Collection: Mini Biographies (2005) See more »

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23 April 2004 | by raskimonoSee all my reviews

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.

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Release Date:

2 November 1919 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amour et poésie See more »

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Rolin Films See more »
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(2004 alternate)

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1.33 : 1
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