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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:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

None | English

Release Date:

27 March 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jetzt oder nie See more »

Company Credits

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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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

The Child's Daddy: I must leave on the morning train - I have no time for dancing - -...
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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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Mediocre Harold Lloyd Comedy
7 August 2017 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

Amusing Harold Lloyd short about a bumbling man (guess who) who is stuck taking care of a little girl on a long train ride. Of course he doesn't know the first thing about how to take care of children, so you can imagine the kind of hijinks that ensue.

This is fairly mediocre Harold Lloyd. The jokes when they come aren't that funny, and he gets little opportunity to showcase his knack for physical comedy. But paired with a couple of other Lloyd shorts, it's not a bad way to spend an evening.

Grade: B-


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