Safety Last! (1923)
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After Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, the silent film era's "third genius" was Harold Lloyd, who stars in this Horatio Alger-style story of an average country boy trying to make good in the big city. The Boy (Lloyd) leaves his sweetheart, The Girl (Mildred Davis, later the real-life Mrs. Lloyd) in Great Bend while he pursues his fortune in a teeming metropolis. The Boy lands a job as a clerk at a fabric counter of DeVore's, a huge department store, but he lies in his letters home to his
Apr 1, 1923 Wide
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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.
The other great silent comics defined their own worlds; Lloyd lives dangerously in ours.
... a briskly paced thrill comedy with memorable gag after memorable gag, and a surprising dark streak.
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
Of the great silent film comedians, Harold Lloyd stood apart from Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton by virtue of his everyman approach to physical comedy. He had to work at it and he let his difficulty show, but not entirely.
As a personality, Lloyd is a combination of silly and sweet, but his true star power comes from his daring athleticism.
Harold Lloyd manages to make the characters sympathetic enough to carry the audience's concern on his journey of crazy stunts and mishaps. One of the best of this era.
One of Harold Lloyd's funniest comedies, and silent.
I laughed more at some of the scenes with Harold in the store than I did at the climb itself.
On video, Safety Last! is a certified treat, but in packed movie houses, with audiences invariably gasping and giggling on every cue, it's a near-religious experience. [Criterion Blu-ray]
Might be the best film of acclaimed comedian Harold Lloyd's silent film days.
Lloyd's most famous film with the great building climbing climax.
No words are necessary to illustrate Lloyd's genius as he gets into deeper and deeper trouble.
Combining the heart of Chaplin and the physical dexterity and daring of Keaton
Safety Last (1923) earned Harold Lloyd, the bookish, horn-rimmed glasses-wearing comedian, his nickname "the King of Daredevil Comedy."
Impossible to watch without undergoing visitations of vertigo, Safety Last's climactic sequence is all it's reputed to be.
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