Series: Harold Lloyd

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

Stars: Harold Lloyd, Bebe Daniels, Snub Pollard
Company: Pathé Exchange
Released: 30 March 1919
Length: 1 reel
Production No.: L-54
Filming dates: August 24-30, 1918
Rating: 4/10

Next Aisle Over

The owner of a store is frustrated with the clerks who fall asleep on the job. Up steps enthusiastic clerk Bebe Daniels who tells the stressed-out boss she will take over. Meanwhile, a family led by husband Snub Pollard, his wife Margaret Joslin and their three kids (including Dee Lampton and Jerome LaPlanche) are heading for the store. Snub is overloaded with packages and a birdcage when he trips over and drops the lot. His wife goes into the store without him. A revolving door becomes an obstacle for anybody wanting to enter or leave the store, which includes Harold, who tries desperately to get through it but is thwarted at every chance by others. Eventually Harold (and Snub) enter through an empty window. Inside, Harold and Bebe take an instant liking to one another. A 'masher' (whatever that is) comes in and tries his luck with Bebe but gets nowhere with her. Harold is introduced to the boss as the new shoe salesman for the store.
Harold deliberately steps on the foot of a customer and then tries to sell him a pair of shoes. Snub comes in and Harold attends to him roughly, holding one of Snub's legs whilst walking around the shelves and trying to find a suitable pair of shoes for him. When Harold takes off Snub's shoe he sees a big hole in Snub's sock, so he begins painting his toes so that the colours match. Next, a lady sits down next to Snub and wanting a pair of shoes but she ends up chasing Harold out of the store when he assaults her. A cop comes by to investigate but he too gets whacked by Harold who is acting as a shop window dummy. Thinking it was the woman, he takes her away. The masher returns with two buddies to steal the sales girl but Harold overhears their plan and fights them all off single handedly. Harold is rewarded when Bebe receives a telegram informing her of a big inheritance. He suddenly gets very excited.

Favourite bit
When Harold Lloyd gets annoyed with Sammy Brooks who keeps getting in the way of his efforts to get into the store through the revolving door so Harold ends up spinning the poor guy around. The door goes so fast that Sammy has to hold on for dear life.

Copyrighted December 17, 1918.
Reissued April 9, 1922.
The 52nd film in the series to be produced and also to be released.
Try counting the number of times Bebe Daniels looks straight at the camera.
My opinion
What is it with Bebe Daniels looking at the camera every chance she gets? And is it just normal that every Harold Lloyd film has to try and cram as many background players into the picture as possible? As long as I live I will never ever understand how anybody can find these films remotely interesting. This was completely boring - a typical Harold Lloyd film in other words. There's just too much going on and it's all crammed (or cramped) into a short ten minutes. Trying to identify all the background players in a HL film is virtually impossible and tedious.

Harold Lloyd
The hustler
Bebe Daniels
Vera De Luxe
Snub Pollard
The henpecked husband
Sammy Brooks
Short customer stuck in revolving door
Dee Lampton
Fat customer
Marie Mosquini
Shoe customer
Margaret Joslin
The henpecking wife
Bud Jamison
The masher
James Parrott
Customer leaving store/
Masher stooge #2
Wallace Howe
Pedestrian chatting with maid/
Masher stooge #1
Dorothea Wolbert
Maid on street
Lew Harvey
Window cleaner/
Jerome LaPlanche
M.J. McCarty
Store proprietor
Estelle Harrison
Sales clerk
William Gillespie
Shoe customer
William Peterson
Sleepy sales clerk
Fred Jefferson
Shocked customer
Belle Mitchell
Dorothy Burns (Vernon)
Emmylou Wallace
Dorothy Terry
Billy Fay
Noah Young
Oscar Larson
D. Coburn
Lucille Lovell
Paddy McGuire
Vivienne Plaza
Edna Renze
Mildred Forbes
Georgia Chapman
Catherine Surtees


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 Lew Harvey, Estelle Harrison, Fred Jefferson, Belle Mitchell, Dorothy Vernon, Emmylou Wallace, Dorothy Terry)

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