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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)




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 ... Undetermined Secondary Role (as Freddie Neomeyer)
Charles Stevenson Charles Stevenson
Sammy Brooks Sammy Brooks


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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Did You Know?


Note the early typewriter Lloyd is using - it has a "full" keyboard with separate keys for upper-case (black) and lower-case (white) letters. 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 »


Title Card: Number 13 wins again. The bank is busted. With his luck he could sell snowshoes on a battle-ship.
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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 »


Referenced in American Masters: Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius (1989) See more »

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Harold wants the girl and some fame
11 May 2010 | by Petey-10See all my reviews

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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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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