Viewing your Watchlist and recommended content requires Javascript

  • TBC
  • Comedy, Family
  • 1923
  • 70 mins

Safety Last

Safety Last

About

Classic stuff from Lloyd, who may have demonstrated his knack for breathtaking physical comedy in films before and since but rarely did it as well or as memorably as here. Everybody remembers the ending of this film, featuring the comic dangling from the top of a clock face as it slowly loosens itself from its fixtures, but not many remember how he got there in the first place. It's all down to a story in which Lloyd, as a naive country boy who comes to the city and gets a job in a department store, offers $1,000 to anyone who's daring enough to climb the tower. He talks a friend into it but is left to complete the task himself when the friend fails to show up. A brilliant example of the effectiveness of silent movies.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Mickey Daniels, Harold Lloyd, Bill Strothers, Mildred Davis, Noah Young, Westcott Clarke
  • Director: Sam Taylor, Fred C Newmeyer
  • Writer: Tim Whelan, Jean C Havez, Sam Taylor, HM Walker
  • Producer: Hal Roach
  • Photographer: Walter Lundin

In a nutshell

No words are necessary to illustrate Lloyd's genius as he gets into deeper and deeper trouble.

Latest from Film4...

  • Film4

    The Five-Year Engagement

    Jason Segel and Emily Blunt are Tom and Violet, a happy couple whose plans to marry become increasingly hopeless. Co-starring Chris Pratt and a host of sit-com favourites, expect sincerely romantic moments amongst Segel's signature frat boy humour.

    On Film4: 4 Aug 9:00PM

  • Film4

    Maidan

    Documentary portrait of the winter 2013/14 Ukrainian demonstrations in Kiev against the pro-Moscow presidency of Viktor Yanukovych and for a greater integration with Europe.

  • Film4

    Damsels in Distress on Film4

    Whit Stillman returns to directing, with a twee comedy that follows Greta Gerwig and her pompous college buddies as they set about improving campus life for all

  • Film4

    The Five-Year Engagement on Film4

    Jason Segel and Emily Blunt are Tom and Violet, a happy couple whose plans to marry become increasingly hopeless. Co-starring Chris Pratt and a host of sit-com favourites, expect sincerely romantic moments amongst Segel's signature frat boy humour.

Register with Film4.com

Personalise your Film4 experience

  • Set film reminders
  • Build your watchlist
  • Get film suggestions

or Register

Share