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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:
A classic silent film! 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:
In 1919 Harold Lloyd was handed what he thought was a prop bomb, which he lit with his cigarette. It turned out to be real and exploded, blowing off Lloyd's right thumb and index finger, and putting him in the hospital for months. When he recovered, he went back to making movies, wearing a white glove while on screen to hide his damaged right hand. He did his stunts in this film and Feet First (1930), dangling from ledges, clocks and windows, using only eight fingers.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The Boy knows the Cop is behind him from the position of long shadows, but the cop is too far behind the boy for the shadow to be seen. In other shots where shadows from people are seen, including Boy and Cop, the shadows are short.See more »

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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A classic silent film!, 28 June 2003
Author: Kim Wood (cammie) from St. Louis, MO USA

In the era of silent comedies, the man who was 2nd only to Charlie Chaplin was not Buster Keaton, but Harold Lloyd. Though he has since been mostly forgotten, except by film historians (who reluctantly list him automatically as the third great silent comedian behind Keaton and Chaplin), Lloyd's is still remembered for his clock sequence in Safety Last. More recently, this has been reproduced in "Back to the Future" and "Shanghai Knights".

However, it is not just the skyscraper sequence that makes this film special. Harold portrays his usual go-getter self, as his character moves to the city and tries to become a successful businessman, in order to impress his girlfriend. Along the way, there are many amusing mishaps, which conclude with the aforementioned skyscraper sequence. Quite magical in its silence, as compared to the later remake, also by Lloyd, "Feet First".

Highly recommended for silent film fans, and anyone wanting to get a taste of the genre.

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