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  • Post last modified:October 22, 2017

Safety Last!

safetylast,jpgHarold Lloyd finds a job in the city as a salesclerk at a department store, but he exaggerates his luck in letters to his girlfriend (Mildred Davis) ‚Äď who soon comes to visit. One of the star’s most famous comedies is one of the last he made with his co-star Davis before marrying her. The story is very simple, but has many funny slapstick scenes (with well-staged gags) that eventually lead to the sequence that has gone down in history, where Lloyd is climbing a building and constantly faces challenges that could cause him to fall down. Ingeniously made, with clock and all, and looks really dangerous. Directed with a lot of playfulness, as in the cheeky opening scene.

1923-U.S. Silent. 78 min. B/W. Produced by Hal Roach. Directed by Fred Newmeyer, Sam Taylor. Screenplay: Hal Roach, Sam Taylor, Tim Whelan. Cinematography: Walter Lundin. Cast: Harold Lloyd (The Boy), Mildred Davis (The Girl), Bill Strothers (The Pal), Noah Young. 

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