Safety Last! 2023 NR

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With its torrent of perfectly executed gags and astonishing stunts, Safety Last! is the perfect introduction to the comic genius of Harold Lloyd. He plays a small-town bumpkin trying to make it in the big city, who finds employment as a lowly department-store clerk. Laugh-out-loud funny and jaw-dropping in equal measure, Safety Last! is a movie experience par excellence, anchored by a true legend.

Starring:
Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis
Runtime:
1 hour 8 minutes

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Safety Last!

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Romance, Comedy
Director Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor
Starring Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis
Supporting actors Bill Strother, Noah Young, Westcott Clarke, Roy Brooks, Mickey Daniels, Richard Daniels, Ray Erlenborn, William Gillespie, Helen Gilmore, Wallace Howe, James T. Kelley, Gus Leonard, Sam Lufkin, Earl Mohan, Marie Mosquini, Fred C. Newmeyer, Charles Stevenson, Anna Townsend
Studio The Criterion Collection
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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He did all of his stunts and this silent film is still funny TODAY.
Clayton E. Royce
Filmed without stunt-doubles or such devices as rear-screen projection, the squirm effect of the sequence is still tremendous--and the film is all the funnier for it.
Gary F. Taylor
Bill Strother plays "The Pal," The Boy's roommate and compatriot in misery.
Jeremy W. Forstadt

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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 27, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Although he is generally considered the equal of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd's films are much less widely available--with the exception of SAFETY LAST, which turns up with great regularity at film festivals and on cable television. Like most of his films, SAFETY LAST finds Lloyd struggling to make good in order to win the girl of his dreams (in this case his actual wife, actress Mildred Davis)--and when the big boss offers a thousand dollars for a promotional idea that will draw hundreds to the store, Lloyd suggests a human fly act... but at the last minute circumstances go awry, leaving Lloyd to make the climb himself.
While the first half of the film abounds in brilliant, hilarious sight gags, it is Lloyd's climb up the skyscraper that is best remembered: attacked by pigeons, entangled in a net, running afoul of a mouse, and ultimately hanging from the hands of a clock face hundreds of feet above a cheering crowd. Filmed without stunt-doubles or such devices as rear-screen projection, the squirm effect of the sequence is still tremendous--and the film is all the funnier for it. Always wearing his signature straw hat and round-frame glasses, Lloyd's eager optimism personified the go-getter mentality of the 1920s, when the sky seemed the limit and progress hadn't yet gone on too long. If you are a fan of silent film but have not yet encountered Harold Lloyd, SAFETY LAST is the perfect introduction--and an essential for your collection.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Alex Udvary on April 21, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Okay, when we think of Harold Lloyd we think of the famous image of him hanging onto the hands of a clock outside a building, right? Well, this is where the shot was taken from. "Safety Last" was one of the few Lloyd comedies I actually saw when I was younger. I mostly saw his short 2 and 3 reelers growing up. But, I happened to see "Safety Last" on tv yesterday. It's been about 15 years since I last saw, and I was still amazed.
"Safety Last" tells the story of a couple in love (Lloyd and Mildred Davis). Lloyd is going to become a big businessman so he can marry the girl of his dreams. As soon as he gets enough money he will send out for her to come. At best Lloyd gets a job as a salesman making $15 a week. In 1923 I'm guessing that was pretty good, but, even by those standards not enough to get married on. So, naturally like any man would do, he lies to his girlfriend pretending that he's doing much better than he actually is. He goes without eating so he can buy her a chain. He writes to her everyday of the week dreaming of the day they can be together.
Feeling she has waited long enough for Lloyd, Davis decides it's time for her to go to him. Thus making things worst for him due to the fact she visits him at work! But, as fate would have it the department store where he is working is looking for a scheme to draw costumers. And Lloyd gets a great idea that will earn him $1,000!
Okay, I feel I have to commet on the building climbing piece. It is one of the most daring scenes I have scene in comedy history. Now, I know that no harm came to Lloyd making shooting that scene. I know he survived the making of that scene and went on to make other movies, but, I became so caught in the moment that my heart was in my throat. I was sitting on the edge of my seat.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy W. Forstadt on October 20, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
Anyone who knows anything about cinematic history knows that the payoff in SAFETY LAST is Harold Lloyd's harrowing and comedic exploits hanging from the hands of a clock on the side of a building high above the city streets. As many times as I had seen excerpts from that sequence in various places, I had never seen the movie in its entirety until now.

Harold Lloyd was a comic genius. The story is simple enough--boy goes to the big city; boy lies to girl about how well he is doing; girl comes to the city to surprise boy--but the movie is so rich in site gags that it is truly enjoyable throughout. Because this is a silent film, the comedy is physical and universal and appealing even to the jaded sensibilities of the present day.

Lloyd plays "The Boy," a fresh-faced country lad who bids "The Girl" (Mildred Davis) farewell in order to pursue his dreams of riches in the city. When he arrives, however, he lands a job as a lowly sales clerk, and it is a daily struggle for him to avoid being fired. Bill Strother plays "The Pal," The Boy's roommate and compatriot in misery. The Pal, as a construction worker, has a talent for scaling tall buildings. When The Boy's boss offers $1000 to anyone who can draw shoppers to the department store, The Boy proposes a human fly stunt (by The Pal) to bring in the crowds. Unfortunately, The Boy unintentionally draws the ire of "The Law" (Noah Young) onto The Pal. As the time for the stunt draws near, The Boy needs to start climbing, at least until The Pal is able to shake The Law.

Even after seeing excerpts from this scene hundreds of times, the clock-hanging sequence in SAFETY LAST is utterly breathtaking, more so when you consider that (evidently) no special effects or trick photography was used in the filming.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 7, 1999
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Harold is funny no matter what he does. One of the funniest parts is in the department store where he works, on bargain day, when the customers are practically tearing him apart. Another very funny part is at the first where he is trapped in a delivery truck and ends up getting back to his job by ambulance. Harold means well and tries hard and funny things just happen to him. Very original sight gags and good clean fun, which left me eager to see all the Harold Lloyd films I can.
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