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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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Comedy | Short

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Trivia

Harold Lloyd married his co-star Mildred Davis on 10 February 1923. They remained married until her death on 18 August 1969. They had three children. See more »

Quotes

The Lonesome Little Child: Aren't you going to undress me?
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Alternate Versions

In 2002, the Harold Lloyd Trust copyrighted a 35-minute version of this film with music written, arranged and conducted by Robert Israel, and played by The Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra and members of The Robert Israel Orchestra. The addition of modern credits stretch the film to 36 minutes. See more »

Soundtracks

Rock-a-Bye Baby
(1886) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Effie I. Canning
Sheet music shown with lyrics printed
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User Reviews

 
NOW OR NEVER (Fred Newmeyer and Hal Roach, 1921) ***
21 December 2006 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Being a three-reeler, this Harold Lloyd vehicle commands more attention than his typical short - though it's not quite as rounded as his feature-length films either!

Train-set for a good part of the duration, it provides plenty of gags characteristic to such a situation: being a stowaway with a small girl in tow, Lloyd has to devise several ways in which to avoid detection; there's a lengthy scene in the berths (at one point, Lloyd causes the train to make an emergency stop in the middle of the country-side simply because his spoilt ward wants a glass of milk!); and the star even contrives to find himself on top of the train as it's speeding towards a tunnel.

As with many of his other shorts I've watched, a good enough comedy but these, somehow, aren't as highly regarded as the equivalent work of a Keaton or even Laurel & Hardy!


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Country:

USA

Language:

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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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Runtime:

(2002 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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