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  • TBC
  • Comedy, Family
  • 1923
  • 70 mins

Safety Last

Safety Last


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: Westcott Clarke, Noah Young, Mildred Davis, Harold Lloyd, Bill Strothers, Mickey Daniels
  • Director: Fred C Newmeyer, Sam Taylor
  • Writer: Jean C Havez, Tim Whelan, 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.

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