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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.

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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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Harold Lloyd's car is a 1919 Mercer Series 5 "Raceabout". MSRP was $4,350 ($64,500 in 2017). Only 857 were ever built. At auction, in excellent condition, these cars can fetch over $300,000 in 2017. See more »

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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
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Lyrics by Effie I. Canning
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Uneven three-reeler from Mr. Lloyd
11 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

Harold's on his way to reclaim his childhood sweetheart as promised on the occasion of her eighteenth birthday. She is a nanny and brings her cute little charge along with her even though she isn't really supposed to. Harold, driving like a maniac – Lloyd certainly saw speed (and heights) as an infallible ingredient in his thrill comedies – ends up driving through a farmers barn and ends up riding under a train with the bum who cheated him out of his bankroll.

The second part of the film takes place on board the train, where Harold has been lumbered with the little girl because his sweetheart has spotted her boss on the same train. Although the kid is cute, some of the humour is strained here, with some gags lasting too long, and things feel a little flat after the breakneck pace of the film's first half. At 40 minutes, this film was longer than Lloyd's usual two-reelers and it's likely that he deliberately made the film this way so that it could be split into two short films if the longer running time failed to please his fans.

This isn't one of Lloyd's best film but it probably has just about enough highlights to keep most fans happy.


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