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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.

Director:

Hal Roach (uncredited)

Writer:

H.M. Walker (titles)
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Cast overview:
Harold Lloyd ... The Boy
Bebe Daniels ... The Girl
'Snub' Pollard ... Director of Musical Comedy (as Harry Pollard)
Helen Gilmore ... 'Bearcat' the Landlady
Noah Young Noah Young ... The Bearcat's Bouncer
Fred C. Newmeyer Fred C. Newmeyer ... (as Freddie Neomeyer)
Charles Stevenson Charles Stevenson
Sammy Brooks Sammy Brooks
Gus Leonard Gus Leonard ... Desperate Spinster
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Storyline

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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Trivia

The $3.75 in back rent would equate to over $58 in 2019. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Title Card: BUT - there is the other side of Broadway. For instance, Bearcat Simpson's boarding house where the floors are dyed in prune juice.
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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 »

Connections

Featured in Silent Clowns: Harold Lloyd (2006) See more »

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Very amusing Harold Lloyd two-reel short...
29 September 2008 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

There are three segments to this two-reel short, and each one has their highlight. It begins with HAROLD LLOYD as a struggling writer who can't pay the rent (a flimsy amount of $3.70 is overdue!!) and this leads to a boarding house sequence that has him avoiding the grim landlady and her strong partner bent on giving deadbeats rough treatment. Lloyd excels in this segment as he narrowly avoids detection when they try to track him down.

BEBE DANIELS makes little impression as "the girl," also unable to pay her rent until Lloyd comes to her aid. Thereafter, there's a backstage Broadway scene that has Lloyd trying to sell his story to a producer with dismal results.

And finally, a gambling joint scene climaxes the film with a wild chase as the dumb cops try to nab Lloyd, who comes up with an ingenious coat rack trip that has to be seen to be believed--or described.

This all plays very quickly--fast and funny throughout with nary a lapse of pace, making it one of the most enjoyable of all the Lloyd silent shorts that I've seen. The TCM showing has it accompanied by a brisk musical score.


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Country:

USA

Language:

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2004 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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