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Safety Last! (1923) was a Comedy - Romance Film directed by Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor and produced by Hal Roach.

Safety Last! was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1994.

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Fridays With…Harold Lloyd: Safety Last! (1923)

on Jan 15, 2016 From Journeys in Classic Film

Fridays with Harold Lloyd continues and this week we look at one of Lloyd’s most iconic works; one that has become a visual legend throughout cinema history. An unnamed Boy (Lloyd) wants to impress his girl (Mildred Davis) by becoming a man of distinction. Unfortunately, despite telling his g... Read full article


Fridays With…Harold Lloyd: Safety Last! (1923)

on Jan 15, 2016 From Journeys in Classic Film

Fridays with Harold Lloyd continues and this week we look at one of Lloyd’s most iconic works; one that has become a visual legend throughout cinema history. An unnamed Boy (Lloyd) wants to impress his girl (Mildred Davis) by becoming a man of distinction. Unfortunately, despite telling his g... Read full article


High Hopes: Safety Last!

By Vanessa Buttino on Sep 25, 2013 From Stardust

High Hopes: Safety Last! Harold Lloyd hangs on for dear life in Safety Last! (1923). Well, if I wasn't afraid of heights before, I am now! What should have been a glorious first ever viewing of Safety Last! (1923) turned into a sweaty, paranoid, stomach-churning afternoon in front of the t... Read full article


Classics Revisited: Safety Last!

By Barry P. on Sep 3, 2013 From Cinematic Catharsis

(1923) Directed by: Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor; Written by Hal Roach, Sam Taylor and Tim Whelan: Starring: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Bill Strother and Noah Young Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: ***** “…we actually did this, in those days. I was up j... Read full article


Classics Revisited: Safety Last!

By Barry P. on Sep 3, 2013 From Cinematic Catharsis

(1923) Directed by: Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor; Written by Hal Roach, Sam Taylor and Tim Whelan: Starring: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Bill Strother and Noah Young Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: ***** “…we actually did this, in those days. I was up j... Read full article


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Harold Lloyd first tested the safety precautions for the clock stunt by dropping a dummy onto the mattress below. The dummy bounced off and plummeted to the street below.
A stuntman revealed for the first time in the television documentary, Hollywood, that Harold Lloyd actually climbed a fake building facade that was constructed over another building's rooftop, positioned so the camera angle could capture the street scene below. The stuntman also revealed that he doubled for Lloyd in the long shots of him climbing the building in the distance. Up until then, even the Time-Life version of Safety Last! that was aired on PBS contained an opening title declaring that Harold Lloyd climbed the building himself and without the use of a stuntman or trick photography.

The stuntman stated that he chose to suppress this information until Lloyd's death, and yet, he did not want to detract from the danger of Lloyd's actual stunt work. Lloyd performed the majority of the stunts himself on the rigged facade over a small platform, which was built near the rooftop's edge and still had to be raised a great height to get the proper street perspective for the camera. The size of the platform did not offer much of a safety net, and had Lloyd fallen, there was the risk he could have tumbled off the platform.
The famous 'Harold Lloyd hanging from a clock' scene from "Safety Last" (1923), was filmed at the Brockman Building, located in downtown Los Angeles (530 W. 7th Street between Grand Avenue and Olive Street) a block south of the Biltmore Hotel.
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Safety Last!

Released 1923
Inducted 1994
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