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Bashful (1917)

In order to claim his inheritance, our hero must first produce a wife and family.

Director:

Alfred J. Goulding (as Alf Gounding)

Writer:

H.M. Walker (titles)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Harold Lloyd ... Harold
'Snub' Pollard ... Snub the Butler (as Harry Pollard)
Bebe Daniels ... The Girl
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With the help of his butler Snub, Harold is getting all dressed up for a girl's fancy birthday party. Once at the party, Harold is too bashful to accept a kiss from the girl. Although he wants to have a good time at the party, he is also too shy to get or do what he really wants. Things have the potential to change when he receives word from his Uncle Bill of his imminent visit, and the fact that Harold's aunt just died leaving him an inheritance of $2 million, only if he's married and has a baby. The girl is willing to be his wife - which may result in the kiss she wants from him - but finding a suitable baby may be more difficult. But once Snub gets the hang of finding babies, the problems may be which babies constitute Harold's family, and having to deal with a mob of worried mothers in the process. Written by Huggo

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A 35mm original print of this film has been preserved by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. See more »

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Uncle Bill: Your wife's a peacherino, but where's the baby?
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Hilarious Short from Lloyd
3 June 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Bashful (1917)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Hilarious one-reeler has Harold Lloyd playing a shy young man who attends a party a meets a beautiful, if slightly wild girl (Bebe Daniels). While at the party he receives a letter stating that his aunt has died and left him two million dollars but he must be married and with a child. The woman agrees to play the wife but they have a few issues trying to get a kid. BASHFUL is a rather hilarious little gem that really should be better known than it is. It's really too bad that more people aren't familiar with it because it contains some very big laughs including one that's certainly going to be considered politically incorrect. It involves a man bringing a baby over for Lloyd to show his uncle but when he up-wraps the baby it turns out to be black. WIthout missing a beat, Lloyd goes to wipe it clean. Yes, I know this won't sit too well today but the joke really worked well. Another hilarious moment deals with the uncle going up to the nursery only to discover countless babies that have actually been stolen from around the neighborhood. Both Lloyd and Daniels are at the top of their game here and 'Snub' Pollard is also good in his role as the butler. Bud Jamison is also extremely funny as the uncle. Fans of silent films should certainly give this one a try.


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Country:

USA

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Release Date:

23 December 1917 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un enfant s.v.p. See more »

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Rolin Films See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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