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Now or Never (1921)

Passed | | Comedy, Short | 27 March 1921 (USA)
A young man, unaccustomed to children, must accompany a young girl on a train trip.

Directors:

Fred C. Newmeyer (as Fred Newmeyer), Hal Roach

Writers:

H.M. Walker (titles), Sam Taylor (scenario)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Harold Lloyd ... The Boy
Mildred Davis ... The Girl
Anna Mae Bilson ... The Lonesome Little Child (as Anna May Bilson)
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Storyline

Mary is a nanny to an infant girl named Dolly, neglected by her parents in their own self-absorbed lives. Mary is scheduled to go on vacation, she going home to meet her childhood sweetheart, his childhood promise to her to meet her on her eighteenth birthday, which is upcoming. However, feeling Dolly will be all alone, Mary decides to take Dolly with her, Mary not having asked her parents' permission in their neglect. Mary meets her beau on the train to their hometown, unaware of the trials he has had to make it this far, he on board the train without a ticket or money which he lost en route. Mary also sees Dolly's father on board, he who is off to a business meeting. Not wanting to let Dolly's father see Dolly on board the train with her, Mary leaves Dolly with her beau while she spends time with the father. The beau's inexperience with child caring and his attempts to evade the train conductor who is checking for tickets leads to one misadventure after another for the beau and ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Short

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

None | English

Release Date:

27 March 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jetzt oder nie See more »

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Production Co:

Rolin Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2002 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Title Card: Many the thoughtless Mother who loses her real self in the tinseled haze of social sham.
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Rock-a-Bye Baby
(1886) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Effie I. Canning
Sheet music shown with lyrics printed
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Has Some Very Enjoyable Moments
5 October 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

While probably a bit more uneven than most of Harold Lloyd's early 1920s comedies, this feature has some very enjoyable moments. Lloyd and Mildred Davis star in a rather complicated story that sees them spend considerable time with a cute young child, giving Lloyd some different material than usual to work with.

The story is the kind of deliberately illogical series of predicaments that provides a showcase for a skilled comic like Lloyd, as his character movies rapidly from one jam to another. Most of it takes place on a train, which provides an enjoyable setting with lots of good props and minor characters.

The parts that work the best turn out to be the scenes with the child. Lloyd's eager beaver style forms a nice contrast with the young girl, combining humor with an occasional warmer moment that works well. The rest of the movie also contains some good gags, but many of the others are only average, at least by Lloyd's standards. Nothing at all is wrong with Lloyd's timing or with the pace; it's just that this time only some of the gag ideas are really creative or funny. It still adds up to an enjoyable comedy that is somewhat above average overall.


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