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Writers:
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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 »
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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Harold's ultimate thrill feature...his memorable 'clock-dangling' sequence shows comedy time-ing at its very best! See more (65 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)
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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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Final film of Anna Townsend.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Harold Lloyd swings on a rope to kiss The Girl on the roof, it's played back in reverse; he's actually hugging her, then jumping.See more »

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19 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Harold's ultimate thrill feature...his memorable 'clock-dangling' sequence shows comedy time-ing at its very best!, 8 June 2001
Author: gary brumburgh (gbrumburgh@aol.com) from Los Angeles, California

Wiry, athletic, bespectacled Harold Lloyd may rank third after Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton in "silent age" comedy polls, but when it comes to perilous, pulse-racing, gravity-defying stuntwork, he's the "King of the World!"

The aptly-titled "Safety Last" is without a doubt Lloyd's signature film. The indelible still taken of Harold dangling from the minute-hand of that Big Ben-looking clock is definitive silent screen imagery. A shame too for it is only one classic moment from a tireless legacy of work that is too often overlooked.

Isn't it amazing that despite knowing the outcome of this movie, knowing that Lloyd survived all these crazy stunts, your heart still skips a beat every time he scales that 12-story building, floor by floor, encountering every obstacle imaginable...or unimaginable? Those pesky pigeons, the mouse, the flagpole, the painters, the rope, the mad dog and, of course, the clock. What adds to the intrigue is knowing he did his own stunts, that he had lost fingers prior to this filming in another movie mishap, that there were no safety nets underneath, and that there was no trick photography used. I say Harold deserves a more prominent place in movie history, suffering for his art as no other artist has.

The plot leading up to his daredevil antics is fairly pat but sprayed throughout with inventive sight gags. Harold plays your simple, hapless, small-town 'everyman' who goes to the BIG city to seek fame and fortune, leaving his true love (played by Mildred Davis, his real-life wife) at home until he's makes it. Fresh off the bus, he eventually manages to scrape up a job as a clerk in a department store, a job that takes him nowhere fast. To save face, he keeps sending expensive trinkets back home that indicate otherwise. Convinced that he has indeed made it, she heads off to the BIG city to join him, much to his chagrin. Desperate to earn quick cash before she discovers the truth, he takes his boss up on an offer and works up a publicity ruse to drum up sales for the store.

The rest is classic Lloyd. Wearing his trademark straw hat and horn-rimmed glasses, the meek mouse suddenly turns into Mighty Mouse as our boy, through a series of mishaps, literally moves up in the world, scaling heights even he never dreamed of!

All's well, of course, that ends well, as we've been saying for centuries. Sure, we know how things ended back in the good ol' days, but isn't it great to know that when Harold got the girl, he STAYED with the girl? In real life, Harold and Mildred remained sweethearts for over 45 years.

Highly recommended for those who want to see more of this genius's amazing work is "Kid Brother" and "The Freshman." For me, this guy still provides one heck of an "E" ticket rollercoaster ride.

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