Review: ‘Safety Last’

This Harold Lloyd high-class low comedy has thrills as well as guffaws. It leads up to big shrieks through Lloyd apparently climbing the outside wall to the top or 12th floor of a building, probably in Los Angeles. This bit is chockerblock with trick camera work but skilfully done.

This Harold Lloyd high-class low comedy has thrills as well as guffaws. It leads up to big shrieks through Lloyd apparently climbing the outside wall to the top or 12th floor of a building, probably in Los Angeles. This bit is chockerblock with trick camera work but skilfully done.

The comedy business of the department store where Lloyd is a clerk nearly equals the remainder.

Lloyd as a small town boy leaves his sweetheart in the country, going to the city and obtains a $15-a-week position as a counter jumper. Back home the girl receives a little cheap piece of jewelry and believes Lloyd has made the great success he said he would in the big city. Upon the advice of her mother she goes there.

Lloyd, in an attempt to have her think he is the boss instead of a clerk, wanders into all kinds of complications. It leads up to the building climbing, a plan suggested by the clerk to the general manager as a means of obtaining publicity for the firm.

Safety Last

Production

Roach. Director Fred Newmeyer, Sam Taylor; Screenplay Hal Roach, Sam Taylor, Tim Whelan, H.M. Walker; Camera Walter Lundin; Editor Thomas J. Crizer; Art Director Fred Guiol

Crew

Silent. (B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1923. Running time: 77 MIN.

With

Harold Lloyd Mildred Davis Bill Strother Noah Young Westcott B. Clarke Mickey Daniels

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