Number, Please? (1920)

“You’ve given me eight ‘wrong numbers’, nine ‘busy buzzes’ and four ‘informations’. What else have you?” – The Boy

“What do you expect for a nickel – the White House?” – Telephone Operator

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Jul 2022)

Brief Synopsis – A man suffering from a breakup sees a woman and instantly falls in love which causes him to vie for her love at the amusement park.

My Take on it – Such a fun silent film by Harold Lloyd who was always so great about using his physical comedy throughout.

The film moves at a great speed and does a wonderful job showing the way that this character is willing to go to great lengths in order to win the love of this woman he has set his eyes on.

The film using some great slapstick especially dealing with animals, most notably a dog and just tying him to the carousel is cringe-worthy when thinking about it, but it is so effective.

The whole segment devoted to making a phone call is perfectly set up and is hilarious watching it all happening because it isn’t a short gag, but rather an ongoing one that takes up a large chunk of time in the film, yet stays so satisfying to watch unfold.

The best part about that ploy is the that the film is a silent movie, yet they manage to still make the idea of making a phone call so hilarious.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The amusement park featured is Pickering’s Pleasure Pier / Ocean Park, Santa Monica, California, one of a few that existed on and nearby the property. It burned down in 1924. The most famous and popular, Pacific Ocean Park, or P.O.P., was eventually built on the site and opened in July 1958. It closed in 1967, and was demolished in the winter of 1974. Nothing remains other than a few underwater supports. The current Ocean Park on Santa Monica Pier is in a different location than Pickering’s. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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