Safety Last! (1923) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • In 1922, the country boy Harold says goodbye to his mother and his girlfriend Mildred in the train station and leaves Great Bend expecting to be successful in the big city. Harold promises to Mildred to get married with her as soon as he "make good". Harold shares a room with his friend "Limpy" Bill and he finally gets a job as salesman in the De Vore Department Store. However, he pawns Bill's phonograph, buys a lavaliere and writes to Mildred telling that he is a manager of De Vore. One day, Harold sees an old friend from Great Bend that is a policeman and when he meets his friend Bill, he asks Bill to push the policeman over him and make him fall down. However Bill pushes the wrong policeman that chases him, but he escapes climbing up a building. Out of the blue, Mildred is convinced by her mother to visit Harold without previous notice and he pretends to be the manager of De Vore. When Harold overhears the general manager telling that he would give one thousand dollars to to anyone that could promote De Vore attracting people to the department store, he offers five hundred dollars to Bill to climb up the Bolton Building. However things go wrong when the angry policeman decides to check whether the mystery man that will climb up the building is the one who pushed him over on the floor.

    - Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • A young man named Harold leaves his small home town of Great Bend to head to the big city so that he can earn enough money to marry his sweetheart, Mildred. He finds that life in the big city is more difficult than he imagined, he only managing to get a low paying sales clerk job at De Vore's Department Store. He even has to share a room with his pal Bill to make ends meet. In the meantime, he writes letters home to Mildred, telling her that he has a great job, and to be patient as he will soon be able to send for her, which is the farthest thing from the truth. He even sends her gifts which he can ill afford. Harold gets into one misadventure after another as he works on not getting fired. His life gets more complicated as Mildred makes a surprise visit into the city, which makes his task of masquerading as a high powered businessman even more difficult, while still trying to do his job under the watchful and critical eye of the department store's head floorwalker, Mr. Stubbs. Harold thinks all his prayers are answered when, after overhearing a conversation with De Vore's General Manager, he comes up with a scheme to make enough money to get married using Bill's special skills. But Harold may have to use those skills himself in order to carry out that scheme.

    - Written by Huggo
  • Country boy (Lloyd) heads to the big city to seek success. While working as a clerk in a department store, he talks the manager into offering $1000 to anyone who can bring more customers to the store. He then arranges for a friend, a "human fly," (Strother) to climb the face of the store building as a publicity stunt. Unfortunatly the "human fly" is a wanted man, and when "The Law" (Young) shows, our hero must make the climb, himself. At each ledge he encounters new difficulties, climaxing in the famous 'clock scene.'

    - Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com> & Chris Goodbread <tasadek@hotmail.com>
  • 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.

    - Written by Kenneth Chisholm


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