Series: Harold Lloyd

Director: Alf Goulding
Producer: Hal Roach
Titles: H.M. Walker
Photography: Walter Lundin
Editor:

Stars: Harold Lloyd, Bebe Daniels, Snub Pollard
Company: Pathé Exchange
Released: 17 November 1918
Length: 1 reel
Production No.: L-43
Filming dates: June 19-24, 1918
Rating: -/10


Nothing But Trouble

[from approximately 2 minutes of footage]

Three men (unidentified, Gus Leonard and William Gillespie) are on a beach spying on a group of women bathers through binoculars when a policeman (Dee Lampton) accosts them and runs them off. He then finds a fourth man (Snub Pollard) buried in the sand with a bucket over his head, using a telescope to spy on the ladies. They struggle, and Snub kicks the cop before running off to join the others. When the overweight cop takes a breather he spots Harold in a trench and spying on the girls through a periscope-type pipe. The cop crawls after him and chases Harold around a sand dune. When Harold tries to make a run for it he bumps into a man walking in his direction (Sammy Brooks) The cop pounces on him, thinking he is Harold, who has run off.
Along the beach Harold stumbles upon his girlfriend (Bebe Daniels) who is being hassled by a love rival (William Blaisdell). Harold sneaks her away from him and the two sit on the beach kissing (she kisses him on the mouth a total of 14 times in about 10 seconds!) until the rival comes over and breaks it up and then challenges Harold to a duel. Picking Harold up by the hair before smacking him back down onto the ground with a left-handed smack to the face, the rival gives Harold a pistol and stands back-to-back with him, instructing his opponent to walk four paces then turn around and shoot. Harold just shoots him in the back and runs off.

Trivia
Copyrighted September 27, 1918.
Reissued April 23, 1922.
Originally scheduled for release October 27, 1918.
Re-issued June 4, 1922.
I was able to review 1 minute 53 seconds of footage from the film.
According to noted film locations historian John Bengtson, "the shot with the girls looks south towards the Santa Monica pier. The arched windows to the left belong to the Looff Carousel which still stands today, Santa Monica’s first National Historic Landmark. My gut tells me the roller coaster shot looks north at the Venice Pier, a mile or two south. The roller coaster on the SM pier was further out on the water, while this coaster has beach in front of it."
My opinion
From the limited footage available to me for review, it appears to have the potential to be a very good film.

Harold Lloyd
The boy
Bebe Daniels
The girl
Snub Pollard
Voyeur on beach
William Blaisdell
Rival
Dee Lampton
Cop on beach
Gus Leonard
Beach voyeur
William Gillespie
Beach voyeur
Sammy Brooks
Innocent passerby
Herbert Crawford
[?]
Crete Carton
[Girl on beach (?)]
Edith Depew
[Girl on beach (?)]
Florence Depew
[Girl on beach (?)]
Helen Gilmore
[?]
Estelle Harrison
[?]
Lew Harvey
[?]
Bud Jamison
[?]
Oscar Larson
[?]
Maynard Laswell
[?]
Lois Neilson
[?]
Bonita Russell
[?]
Ada Saunders
[?]
Myrtle Watson
[?]
Wallace Howe
[?]
Belle Mitchell
[?]
Noah Young
[?]

UNIDENTIFIED CAST

SHOT ON LOCATION
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Locations expert John Bengston says, "the shot with the girls looks south towards the Santa Monica pier.
The arched windows to the left belong to the Looff Carousel which still stands today, Santa Monica's
first National Historic Landmark. The rollercoaster shot looks north at the Venice Pier, a mile or two south.
The rollercoaster on the SM pier was further out on the water, while this coaster has beach in front of it."

Acknowledgements:
The Harold Lloyd Encyclopedia by Annette D'Agostino Lloyd (book)
Dave Glass (help with footage)
Jesse Brisson (help with cast information)
John Bengtson (locations information)

This page was last updated on: 17 November 2017