A Sammy In Siberia
Series: Harold Lloyd
Company: Pathé Exchange
Released: 06 April 1919
Type: silent short
Length: 1-reel
Production: L-73
Filming dates: January 23-28, 1919
Director: Hal Roach
Producer: Hal Roach
Photography: Walter Lundin
Titles: H.M. Walker
Assistant director: Lige Conley
Pvt. Sammy Strong: Harold Lloyd
Olga: Bebe Daniels
Count Pop-up-skyvitch: Snub Pollard
Short renegade: Sammy Brooks
Ivan Whiski Broomsky: Gus Leonard
Soldier: Wallace Howe
Kidnapped girl: Marie Mosquini
Burly soldier: Noah Young


An American doughboy (called a "Sammy" after Uncle Sam) in Russia protects a family against some renegade Bolsheviks.

Olga (Bebe Daniels) lives in a small chalet with her father (Gus Leonard) out in snow-covered Siberia. One day she takes her bucket out to the frozen lake to gather water where the leader of the Bolsheviks, one Count Pop-up-skyvitch (Snub Pollard) awaits with his small army of men. As they advance, she runs home and together with her father they start shooting at the men. Unfortunately the father is shot and the army descend upon the front door. They go inside and take the girl and her father hostage whilst helping themselves to a bottle of vodka they discover in the cupboard.
At the American army headquarters a message is received to send out troops on patrol where they find Private Sammy Strong (Harold Lloyd) lying in the snow reading a magazine and smoking a cigarette. He is quickly commissioned to join in the mission before he wanders off and becomes disengaged with the others.
With the renegades distracted by the booze, Olga slips out of the chalet and goes for help. She finds Sammy stuck up a tree on account of her dog which had chased him. After rescuing him Sammy and Olga hide in a fallen tree and as the army of men approach, Sammy kicks them all one by one down the snow-covered hill and into a heap at the bottom [see favourite bit]. Sammy and Olga go back to her chalet and Sammy hides in the attic. The army burst in and Sammy drops a vase over the Count's head before launching an attack on every man individually. Finally, the renegades run away, leaving Sammy with Olga. He barely has enough time to ask her to come and live with him in Chicago before his commanding officer comes and takes him away.

Favourite bit
Harold Lloyd's disposal of the renegades down the hill in the snow.

Copyrighted February 27, 1919.
Bebe Daniels' mother Phyllis has a small role in the film.
The dog's name is Fidovitch.

What the experts say
"Pristine, beautiful print of the film made it pleasurable to watch." ~ Lord Heath.

Harold Lloyd
Private Sammy Strong
Bebe Daniels
Snub Pollard
Count Pop-up-skyvitch
Gus Leonard
Ivan Whiski Broomsky
Sammy Brooks
Short renegade
Marie Mosquini
Kidnapped girl
James Parrott
Bud Jamison
Noah Young
Burly soldier
Wallace Howe
Fred C. Newmeyer
Private Brown
Phyllis Daniels
Kidnapped woman
Lige Conley
Commanding officer
Dee Lampton
E.J. Ritter
Chase Thorne



The Harold Lloyd Encyclopedia by Annette D'Agostino Lloyd
Steve Massa (help)
Jesse Brisson (identification of Bud Jamison, Dee Lampton, Fred Newmeyer and Lige Conley)
Thomas Schober (help)

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