Series: Harold Lloyd

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

Stars: Harold Lloyd, Bebe Daniels, Snub Pollard
Company: Pathé Exchange
Released: 01 June 1919
Length: 1 reel
Production No.: L-62
Filming dates: October 28 - November 2, 1918
Rating: 2/10

Back To The Woods

Available on DVD:

Harold and Snub are in a canoe, with Harold sitting looking through some binoculars as Snub tries to row whilst holding a gramophone player. They get out and Snub walks into the bush with the canoe on his head before Harold has to rescue him. They head off to an inn where Snub has a rifle pointed in his direction by a hunter (Bud Jamison) who is checking out the barrels; whilst out on the porch an Indian woman gets a bit over familiar with Harold, much to the chagrin of her husband. The husband unrolls a sheaf to reveal two knives. Harold takes one thinking he it is meant for a duel but the Indian charges him $2 for it! When Harold enters the inn he too thinks the hunter is holding Snub up and also puts his hands in the air. In walks Jenny (Bebe Daniels) who laughs at the men's misinterpreted predicament.
Harold and Snub hire two trackers and head off into the woods but when the trackers see a bear they quickly hightail it out of there leaving Harold on his own as Snub strangely enough decides it's the right time to sit down and start a picnic. After the bear has a good sniff of Harold's arse, a wild cat starts sniffing around Snub's food. Then a second bear appears (you can tell by the style of this review how much I enjoyed watching the film, right?) Jenny heads off out into the woods, followed by the customer who then assaults her but Harold comes to the rescue before encountering a skunk. Meanwhile Snub returns to the inn shaking with fear after his ordeal shortly followed by Harold and Jenny. Harold and Snub are shown to their single bed but Snub hogs it. A bear crawls through an open window prompting Jenny to scream and Harold comes to her rescue. The bear and Harold get into a wrestling hold but Jenny scares it - and all the other guests in the inn away with her gun. She then embraces Harold and surprise, surprise they kiss as the film ends.

Favourite bit
Snub is sitting on the grass eating food from a picnic hamper when a large wild cat emerges from the bushes, walks right across him and starts eating from the basket. I mean, the absolute cheek of it.

Copyrighted March 13, 1919.
The 61st film in the series to be released.
Reissued November 27, 1921.
Annette D'Agostino Lloyd states in her Harold Lloyd Encyclopedia that the film is not known to have survived, but it is currently available on DVD.
To give Harold Lloyd some credit, that does look like a real bear he wrestles with at the end of the film.
My opinion
Watching this film just reminds me of the ten minutes of my life I will never get back.

Harold Lloyd
Bebe Daniels
Snub Pollard
James Fitzgerald
Tall tracker
Sammy Brooks
Short tracker
Billy Fay
Bud Jamison
Noah Young
Man in upper bunk
Marie Mosquini
Indian wife on porch
Dee Lampton
Fat woman in inn
Fred Newmeyer
Indian husband on porch
E.J. Ritter
Chase Thorne
William Peterson

CREDITS (click image to enlarge) INTERTITLES (click image to enlarge)

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The Harold Lloyd Encyclopedia by Annette D'Agostino Lloyd (book)
Jesse Brisson (identification of Fred Newmeyer and Noah Young)

This page was last updated on: 12 June 2021