Safety Last!

1923

Safety Last!

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97%

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Average Rating: 4.2/5

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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 beloved, pretending to be the store's manager and spending his earnings on lavish gifts. The Boy's roommate, The Pal (Bill Strother) makes money as a "human fly," performing attention-getting stunts. Promised $1,000 by DeVore's real manager if he can devise a publicity gimmick, The Boy convinces his friend to climb the 12-story establishment and split the winnings with him. On the day of the event, however, The Pal is busy dodging The Law (Noah Young), forcing The Boy to make the arduous climb solo. Dodging a variety of obstacles, The Boy climbs higher and higher, eventually dangling from the store's clock tower, in the film's most memorable image. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

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Cast

Harold Lloyd
as The Boy
Mildred Davis
as The Girl
W.B. Clarke
as The Floorwalker
Mrs. Anna Townsend
as The Grandma
Gus Leonard
as Office worker
Charles Stevenson
as Ambulance attendant
Helen Gilmore
as Customer
Charles E. Stevenson
as Ambulance attendant
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Critic Reviews for Safety Last!

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (5)

  • A [masterpiece].

    Sep 21, 2017 | Full Review…

    David Ehrlich

    Film.com
    Top Critic
  • This Harold Lloyd high-class low comedy has thrills as well as guffaws.

    Mar 11, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • 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!

    Jan 20, 2006 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • The other great silent comics defined their own worlds; Lloyd lives dangerously in ours.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • Refutes the idea that success and selfishness must be bedfellows, or that to be economically unburdened is to be emotionally uncaring. The idea to continually aspire and ascend propels both the brilliance of "Safety Last!" & Lloyd's enduring appeal.

    Jan 21, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Safety Last!

½

harold lloyd is so cute :)

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

½

Enjoyable slapstick comedy with a lot of inventiveness that still impresses. Simple shots such as the hiding on the coat hanger scene are still great to watch and it is the idea that amazes more than the stunt itself. The first shot was genuinely laugh out loud funny, and many moments after continued to bring a grin. If you are in the mood for a live action Looney Tune then this could be it. Suffers from a climax that is overlong and it is disappointing to see such a strong film lose the comedy towards the end.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

Brilliant, perhaps the finest and most famous of the silent-era comedies. Technically amazing, and hilarious to boot.

Daniel Hetteix
Daniel Hetteix

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic][color=blue]I have seen plenty of silent comedies starring Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton before but I really do not think I had seen one starring Harold Lloyd before I saw "Safety Last" yesterday. At least in this picture, Lloyd has a mild-mannered demeanor. In this film, he has gone to the big city to make it big, only to end up working behind the counter at a department store. This is only the set-up for some hilarious gags. "Safety Last" combines the best of sight gags with some amazing physical derring-do to make for a truly excellent silent comedy.[/color][/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

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