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Safety Last!
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Writers:
Hal Roach (story) &
Sam Taylor (story) ...
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Release Date:
1 April 1923 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Excellent Comedy in the Best Tradition of the Silent Classics See more (69 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Harold Lloyd ... The Boy

Mildred Davis ... The Girl
Bill Strother ... The Pal
Noah Young ... The Law
Westcott Clarke ... The Floorwalker (as Westcott B. Clarke)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roy Brooks ... Man Laughing from Window (uncredited)

Mickey Daniels ... Newsboy with Freckles (uncredited)
Richard Daniels ... Worker with Acetylene Torch (uncredited)
Ray Erlenborn ... Newsboy with Cap (uncredited)
William Gillespie ... Ambulance Driver (uncredited)
Helen Gilmore ... Department Store Customer (uncredited)
Wallace Howe ... Man with Flowers / Studio Photographer (uncredited)
James T. Kelley ... Old Driver of Delivery Truck (uncredited)
Gus Leonard ... Office Worker (uncredited)
Sam Lufkin ... Pawnshop Owner (uncredited)
Earl Mohan ... Drunk Exiting Acme Drug Co. (uncredited)
Marie Mosquini ... Salesgirl (uncredited)
Fred C. Newmeyer ... Car Driver Who Gets Parking Ticket (uncredited)
Charles Stevenson ... Ambulance Attendant (uncredited)
Anna Townsend ... The Grandma Punched During the Sale (uncredited)
Patrick Youch ... Onlooker - Clock Sequence (uncredited)

Directed by
Fred C. Newmeyer  (as Fred Neymeyer)
Sam Taylor 
 
Writing credits
Hal Roach (story) &
Sam Taylor (story) and
Tim Whelan (story)

H.M. Walker (titles)

Jean C. Havez  uncredited
Harold Lloyd  uncredited

Produced by
Kevin Brownlow .... producer (1990 alternate version)
David Gill .... producer (1990 alternate version)
Suzanne Lloyd Hayes .... executive producer (video release) (as Suzanne Lloyd)
Suzanne Lloyd Hayes .... executive producer: The Harold Lloyd Trust (1990 alternate version) (as Suzanne Lloyd)
Jeffrey Vance .... producer (video release)
Hal Roach .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Carl Davis (1990 alternate version)
Don Hulette (1974)
 
Cinematography by
Walter Lundin (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Thomas J. Crizer (edited by) (as T.J. Crizer)
 
Makeup Department
Wallace Howe .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Liz Sutherland .... production manager (1990 alternate version)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert A. Golden .... assistant director
 
Stunts
Harvey Parry .... stunt double: Harold Lloyd (uncredited)
Bill Strother .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Dick Bradford .... telecine engineer (1990 alternate version)
Bruno Mansi .... editor: video tape (1990 alternate version)
 
Music Department
Richard Bradford .... music recordist (1990 alternate version)
Carl Davis .... music conductor: The Live Cinema Orchestra (1990 alternate version)
Mike Fairbairn .... music dubbing (1990 alternate version)
Erich Gruenberg .... orchestra leader: The Live Cinema Orchestra (1990 alternate version)
Don Hulette .... conductor (1974 version)
Don Hulette .... orchestrator (1974 version)
Nic Raine .... orchestrator (1990 alternate version)
Paul Wing .... orchestra manager: The Live Cinema Orchestra (1990 alternate version)
 
Other crew
Carole Anne Brown .... production assistant (1990 alternate version)
C.E. Christensen .... technical staff
Fred Guiol .... technical staff (as Fred L. Guiol)
John L. Murphy .... technical staff (as J.L. Murphy)
Hal Roach .... presenter
Roy Brooks .... secretary to the director (uncredited)
 
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70 min (24 fps)
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Trivia:
Harold Lloyd got the idea for this film when he saw Bill Strother climbing the Brockman Building in Los Angeles as a stunt one day. Lloyd - who had a difficult time watching anyone else perform a dangerous stunt because he had no control over that situation - hid behind a corner, peeking to check on Strother's progress every few moments. After Strother reached the roof, Lloyd went up and introduced himself.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The Girl is wearing a ring on her right ring finger while she's reading the letter. The ring disappears on close up.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014)See more »

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19 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Excellent Comedy in the Best Tradition of the Silent Classics, 29 October 2001
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

This is an excellent comedy in the best tradition of the silent classics. It is pleasant and lively, with a story revolving around silly predicaments combined with a good assortment of gags, and it all leads up to a terrific finale that combines humor with excitement and suspense.

Harold Lloyd has an ideal role as an earnest young man trying to make good in the big city so that he can impress his girlfriend. His antics in the department store are very amusing - in this part, it's hard not to be reminded of "Are You Being Served?" - there is even Stubbs the floorwalker fussing endlessly over trivial details. The situation is built up nicely until we get to the famous climbing scene that climaxes everything. This climax is one of the best sequences of its kind, set up very carefully and executed skillfully with lots of good detail.

Most fans of silent comedies should find "Safety Last" to be very enjoyable. And even those who do not normally watch silent comedy should be able to appreciate its masterful and thoroughly entertaining conclusion.

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