Safety Last! (1923)

Safety Last!


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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Action & Adventure, Classics, Comedy
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Tim Whelan Sr., Hal Roach, Sam Taylor
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On DVD: Jun 18, 2013
Criterion Collection


as The Boy

as The Girl

as The Floorwalker

as The Grandma

as Office worker

as Ambulance attendant

as Customer

as Ambulance attendant
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Critic Reviews for Safety Last!

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (5)

This Harold Lloyd high-class low comedy has thrills as well as guffaws.

Full Review… | March 11, 2009
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.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
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!

Full Review… | January 20, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times
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The other great silent comics defined their own worlds; Lloyd lives dangerously in ours.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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... a briskly paced thrill comedy with memorable gag after memorable gag, and a surprising dark streak.

Full Review… | July 22, 2013

You'll believe a man can die.

Full Review… | July 11, 2013
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Safety Last!

Classic Harold Lloyd, in what is probably his best known film. I can't get enough of it!

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer


harold lloyd is so cute :)

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


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

Super Reviewer

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