Now or Never (1921)

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This Harold Lloyd three-reeler is one of his best short subjects, in good part because of the interplay between him and child actress Anna May Bilson. Bilson almost steals the show as Dolly, the lonesome little girl who begs to go with her babysitter Mary (Mildred Davis) on a short trip. Mary is going home to see her boyfriend who has promised to come get her when she turns 18. Since her boyfriend is Harold, complications naturally arise. As Harold heads to see his girl, a bum tricks him out of his money. When he once again sees the bum, he is clinging to the rails of a moving train, so Harold grabs onto the rails, too. The money gets lost, but the train turns out to be the same one that Mary and her charge are on. It is discovered that her employer is also on the train, so Mary leaves Dolly with Harold until she can explain the child's presence. The rest of the film primarily consists of charming comic moments between Harold and Dolly, while he attempts to stay on the train without a ticket. All ends well, as it turns out Mary's employer has just hired Harold to work at his firm.