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Safety Last! (Silent)

The brilliant Harold Lloyd stars in his most famous silent feature, performing stunts that still astonish audiences almost a century later!
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DVD-R Details

  • Run Time: 1 hours, 12 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Released: December 10, 2019
  • Originally Released: 1923
  • Label: Alpha Video

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 3,719
Rating: 8/10 -- ...one of Lloyd's best films, combining a touching romantic plot with some amazing stunt work. Full Review
Playback:stl
Dec 27, 2015
This Harold Lloyd high-class low comedy has thrills as well as guffaws. Full Review
Variety
Mar 11, 2009
... the most famous of Harold Lloyd's silent comedies and first of his "thrill pictures," films that he built around slapstick ingenuity in the midst of daredevil stunts. This one has a doozy... Full Review
Seanax.com
Apr 22, 2016
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
Time Out
Jun 24, 2006
The other great silent comics defined their own worlds; Lloyd lives dangerously in ours. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Jan 1, 2000
A [masterpiece]. Full Review
Film.com
Sep 21, 2017
The climb itself is a masterful feat of physical acting and comic timing, surpassed only by the best works of Chaplin and Keaton. Full Review
Tiny Mix Tapes
Dec 9, 2015

Description by OLDIES.com:

Harold leaves his fiancée Mildred behind to make it in the big city. Despite his best efforts, he is unable to find anything better than working as a lowly clerk at DeVore's department store. Harold still sends Mildred expensive gifts in spite of the meager salary, and hopes to save up enough money to marry her. When DeVore's manager offers a $1,000 prize to anyone who can attract an enormous crowd to the store, Harold convinces his acrobatic roommate Bill to scale the store's 12-story facade for half the prize money. On the day of the event, Bill finds himself in trouble with the police and unable to attend. Now a petrified Harold has to climb those 12 stories all by himself...or kiss the money (and Mildred) goodbye!

Safety Last! is widely considered Harold Lloyd's best film, mainly for its astounding concluding stunt: Lloyd scaling the side of a 12-story high building, eventually hanging for dear life from the hands of a giant clock. Harold told historian Kevin Brownlow that he was inspired after seeing "human fly" Bill Strothers climb the Brockman Building in Los Angeles. Always looking for exciting gimmicks to put into his films, Lloyd signed the steeplejack to a contract, but while Harold was writing the scenario, Strothers broke his leg. So, much like in the story of Safety Last!, Harold had to perform the closing death-defying feat by himself (Strothers was originally supposed to double for him.) Harold had only mattresses on the ground waiting to break his fall if he slipped. Later, a dummy was thrown from the building and bounced off the mattresses onto the street, showing that Lloyd had been in real danger. Modern sources indicate that the stunt may not have been quite as dangerous as it looked - After Lloyd's death, stuntman Harvey Parry revealed that Harold had actually climbed a fake facade constructed on a rooftop, and that he had doubled for the comedian during the long shots in which the street below was visible. Despite this, the illusion is just as convincing today as it was in 1923, proving once again that Harold Lloyd is the "Third Genius" of silent comedy after Chaplin and Keaton.

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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 651
  • UPC: 089218829993
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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