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Writers:
Hal Roach (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 Climb to Remember See more (68 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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Trivia:
Premiere ranked this movie as number one on its "The 50 Greatest Comedies Of All Time" list in 2006. (It should be noted that this list was ranked chronologically, so this movie's number one ranking only reflects that it is the oldest movie on the list.)See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When "The Boy" (Harold Lloyd) is climbing the upper part of the building, (by the clock) the background collection of buildings is different from those when he is on the lower part.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Shanghai Knights (2003)See more »

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30 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
A Climb to Remember, 20 November 2005
Author: theowinthrop from United States

It has truly said that while THE FRESHMAN, or SPEEDY, or THE KID BROTHER, are better films, SAFETY LAST is the film that everyone who never saw a Harold Lloyd comedy recalls. That is because in one moment on the screen he engraved himself forever into the minds of movie lovers (something, oddly enough, Chaplin and Keanton never quite did in a single moment of film). Lloyd, of course, became immortal for being the man suspended from the clock of the building he was climbing in the concluding half hour of this wonderful comedy. There is more to the film than that of course. Harold, here in love with his home town girlfriend Mildred Davis (who was his wife in real life), has sacrificed money to buy her jewelry, and has been sending her letters lying about his business success. He claims he is a bigwig at the department store he is a clerk in. Actually he is constantly in hot water with the pompous floor walker, Mr. Stubbs (Westcott Clarke). After he sends a second gift to Mildred she decides to join him in the city. He manages to pass himself off as the store's general manager (don't ask - you have to see how he does it). But she wants to get married now - he's making enough supposedly for a house. His best friend is a human fly (Bill Strother), so Harold proposes to the actual general manager a publicity stunt wherein a mystery man will climb the department store facade (15 stories). Unfortunately, Police Officer Noah Young has a grudge against Strother, and keeps preventing him from climbing. So Harold has to climb up the side - with Strother promising to take over at the right moment once he shakes off Young.

Although Chaplin and Keaton's physical comedy included dangers to them (Keaton and the water fall in OUR HOSPITALITY, for example), the climb up the store's facade is considered in a class by itself. Certainly it is one of the few comedy stunts that have been taken apart and analyzed over the years (even when we know how it was done, it still impresses us). The stunt got a life of it's own, beyond the famous clock photograph, because the film's theme is the success theme in American business life. Harold wants to make it in business, and he's just a down-trodden clerk. To make it rich, and to get his girl, he has to risk all on a $1,000.00 gamble. He does in the end, with his "climbing" having been cleverly compared to "climbing" the business ladder or getting ahead in America. When he seems to retreat at one point some of the onlookers shake their heads and point upward. Once he is on his route to success, he can't turn back.

The film is more fun than that particularly good interpretation makes it sound. It deserves a 10 for it's success at remaining a humorous and lasting peace of cinematic comic art, and a fitting monument to that comedy master Harold Lloyd.

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