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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:
Hanging Around With Harold Lloyd 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:
A stuntman revealed for the first time in the television documentary, "Hollywood" (1980), that Harold Lloyd actually climbed a fake building facade that was constructed over another building's rooftop, positioned so the camera angle could capture the street scene below. The stuntman also revealed that he doubled for Lloyd in the long shots of him climbing the building in the distance. Up until then, even the Time-Life version of Safety Last! (1923) that was aired on PBS contained an opening title declaring that Harold Lloyd climbed the building himself and without the use of a stuntman or trick photography. The stuntman chose to suppress this information until Lloyd's death, and yet, he did not want to detract from the danger of Lloyd's actual stunt work. Lloyd performed the majority of the stunts himself on the rigged facade over a small platform, which was built near the rooftop's edge and still had to be raised a great height to get the proper street perspective for the camera. The size of the platform did not offer much of a safety net, and had Lloyd fallen, there was the risk he could have tumbled off the platform.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Mr. Magoo (1997)See more »

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24 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Hanging Around With Harold Lloyd, 14 January 2000
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

The "human fly" antics which ends this movie is undoubtly the most famous sequence in all of silent cinema. It is also the most hilarious. Breathtaking, heart-stopping & very funny, it is the element that you remember the longest. While THE KID BROTHER was Harold Lloyd's masterpiece, SAFETY LAST was & is his most famous movie.

But don't overlook the rest of the film in which he plays a lowly store clerk (dealing with frantic female shoppers and an imperious floorwalker) who tries to convince his rather gullible girlfriend - played by real-life wife Mildred Davis - that he's actually the store manager.

Throughout, Harold Lloyd is beyond praise. His comic genius makes it all look so easy. And his athletic daredeviltry is even more amazing when you realize that 2 of the fingers on his right hand are fake - he lost the real digits in a freak studio accident.

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