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Safety Last! (Silent)

The brilliant Harold Lloyd stars in his most famous silent feature, performing stunts that still astonish audiences almost a century later!
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  • Run Time: 1 hours, 12 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Released: December 10, 2019
  • Originally Released: 1923
  • Label: Alpha Video

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User Ratings: 3,719
The clock-hanging climax that caps this generally charming tale of a country boy out to make his fortune in the big city is a superb example of his ability to mix suspense and slapstick. Full Review
Time Out
Jun 24, 2006
Rating: 4/4 -- The Glasses character in Safety Last would have blended with the background of the department store where he worked if it had not been for action imposed upon him. But what action! Full Review
Chicago Sun-Times
Jan 20, 2006
Rating: 3.5/4 -- ... a briskly paced thrill comedy with memorable gag after memorable gag, and a surprising dark streak. Full Review
Jul 22, 2013
... the most famous of Harold Lloyd's silent comedies and first of his "thrill pictures," films that he built around slapstick ingenuity in the midst of daredevil stunts. This one has a doozy... Full Review
Apr 22, 2016
Rating: 4/4 -- The climb has both comic and dramatic weight because it is both a thrilling exercise in physical humor and a thematically rich evocation of the pressures men feel to succeed, lest they be viewed as less than a man Full Review
Q Network Film Desk
Jun 12, 2013
This Harold Lloyd high-class low comedy has thrills as well as guffaws. Full Review
Mar 11, 2009
Rating: 8/10 -- of Lloyd's best films, combining a touching romantic plot with some amazing stunt work. Full Review
Dec 27, 2015

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Harold leaves his fiancée Mildred behind to make it in the big city. Despite his best efforts, he is unable to find anything better than working as a lowly clerk at DeVore's department store. Harold still sends Mildred expensive gifts in spite of the meager salary, and hopes to save up enough money to marry her. When DeVore's manager offers a $1,000 prize to anyone who can attract an enormous crowd to the store, Harold convinces his acrobatic roommate Bill to scale the store's 12-story facade for half the prize money. On the day of the event, Bill finds himself in trouble with the police and unable to attend. Now a petrified Harold has to climb those 12 stories all by himself...or kiss the money (and Mildred) goodbye!

Safety Last! is widely considered Harold Lloyd's best film, mainly for its astounding concluding stunt: Lloyd scaling the side of a 12-story high building, eventually hanging for dear life from the hands of a giant clock. Harold told historian Kevin Brownlow that he was inspired after seeing "human fly" Bill Strothers climb the Brockman Building in Los Angeles. Always looking for exciting gimmicks to put into his films, Lloyd signed the steeplejack to a contract, but while Harold was writing the scenario, Strothers broke his leg. So, much like in the story of Safety Last!, Harold had to perform the closing death-defying feat by himself (Strothers was originally supposed to double for him.) Harold had only mattresses on the ground waiting to break his fall if he slipped. Later, a dummy was thrown from the building and bounced off the mattresses onto the street, showing that Lloyd had been in real danger. Modern sources indicate that the stunt may not have been quite as dangerous as it looked - After Lloyd's death, stuntman Harvey Parry revealed that Harold had actually climbed a fake facade constructed on a rooftop, and that he had doubled for the comedian during the long shots in which the street below was visible. Despite this, the illusion is just as convincing today as it was in 1923, proving once again that Harold Lloyd is the "Third Genius" of silent comedy after Chaplin and Keaton.

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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 495
  • UPC: 089218829993
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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