Number, Please? (1920)
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This movie was hilarious, even thought it was predictable, I really enjoyed it. The gags are priceless. I highly recommend it. Best line from a telephone operator: "What did you expect for a nickle?"
The Cleveland Institute of Art's Cinematheque had a night of five short silents by comedy greats. This one was very charming and had some very creative gags. It's your classic love triangle. Harold Lloyd is depressed over losing his girl, but then decides to try to win her back when he sees her with a new beau at the carnival (which made me think of Coney Island, but it is evidently Venice Beach). They compete to catch and return her little dog. They compete to get her mother's permission to take her up in a balloon ride. When the rival, who has a car, takes off, Lloyd tries to call ahead and has some of the funniest complications trying to secure a phone booth and get the operator girl to connect his call correctly. Then on returning to the girl, the boys inadvertently stop a man who has stolen the girl's purse. Only they don't know it is her's so they just try to hide the merchandise that has been slipped in their pockets from the cops. Lloyd had a unique persona as the nerdy boy next door.
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