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Safety Last! (1923)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Thriller | 1 April 1923 (USA)
When a store clerk organizes a publicity stunt, in which a friend climbs the outside of a tall building, circumstances force him to make the perilous climb himself.

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In 1922, the country boy Harold says goodbye to his mother and his girlfriend Mildred in the train station and leaves Great Bend expecting to be successful in the big city. Harold promises to Mildred to get married with her as soon as he "make good". Harold shares a room with his friend "Limpy" Bill and he finally gets a job as salesman in the De Vore Department Store. However, he pawns Bill's phonograph, buys a lavaliere and writes to Mildred telling that he is a manager of De Vore. One day, Harold sees an old friend from Great Bend that is a policeman and when he meets his friend Bill, he asks Bill to push the policeman over him and make him fall down. However Bill pushes the wrong policeman that chases him, but he escapes climbing up a building. Out of the blue, Mildred is convinced by her mother to visit Harold without previous notice and he pretends to be the manager of De Vore. When Harold overhears the general manager telling that he would give one thousand dollars to to anyone... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Comedy | Thriller

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1 April 1923 (USA)  »

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$623,809, 31 December 1923
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Included among the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the 400 movies nominated for the Top 100 Greatest American Movies. See more »

Goofs

Some of the bricks on the building facade are not flat and have been modified to aid climbing: specifically, they are recessed where the brick meets the wall, giving a climber's fingertips a much stronger purchase. This feature is particularly noticeable when Harold Lloyd ascends to the ledge above the clock structure. See more »

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Mildred's Mother: Don't you think it's dangerous for a young man to be alone in the city, with so much money? -...
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Referenced in Too Much Johnson (1938) See more »

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a great short film,...and a great full-length film--the best when it comes to laughs and stunts.
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This was a wonderful film that lasted only about 50 minutes--though some versions run shorter or longer. For years, the only version available was the shorter sequence involving climbing the building. Then, the Lloyd family more recently released a complete 70+ minute version. I've seen both and both I would score iun each about a 10. I was NOT aware of this difference when I first reviewed the movie--having reviewed it for the SHORT version. Later, I saw the full version and the review was updated in light of this. Safety Last has a rather thin plot in the shortened version and is jam-packed full of insanely dangerous looking stunts in both. In this sense, it is probably the BEST film of its type---by Lloyd, Keaton or Chaplin. However, because it has so many stunts, it lacks some of the charm of his other longer movies--especially if you see the short version. The longer adds the rather familiar plot of Harold meeting a sweet girl and wanting to make good. This is familiar, but handled very well. While I think I prefer THE FRESHMAN as well as THE KID BROTHER, this is a wonderful don't-miss film and is a must-see for any true cinephile as it's filled with great laughs and in unbelievably creative and fresh.


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