Safety LastDirector: Fred Newmeyer, Sam Taylor
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.
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Cast & Crew
|Harold Lloyd||The Boy|
|Mildred Davis||The Girl|
|Bill Strother||The Pal|
|Noah Young||The Law|
|W.B. Clarke||The Floorwalker|
|Mickey Daniels||The Kid|
|Mrs. Anna Townsend||The Grandma|
|Gus Leonard||Office worker|
|Charles E. Stevenson||Ambulance attendant|
|Fred Guiol||Art Director,Editor|
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I first saw this film on TCM, then I saw it referenced in the movie Hugo. Harold Lloyd's glasses character is funny and lovable. It is a very funny film, and it embodies the silent film comedy era perfectly. If you are a fan of Buster Ketene and/or Charlie Chaplin, then you with love this film. Harold Lloyd is one of the greats right along with them.
I give safety last 3 1/2 stars----If your reading this than you've never seen the film and/or are wondering if the criterion transfer is any good---- I'm no ocd cinefile but I have not run into a criterion in the last several years that was edgy and this ones no exception. If your looking for funny gags and that sort of atmosphere I would get Modern Times with Charlie chaplain if you don't already have it.------If your rounding out your collection safety last has some things that were never done by anyone else and the film is quite enjoyable. Interestingly I REALLY liked the included short----"Take a chance"----It it quite hilarious and there is another included short that is funny but not as good as "Take a chance".-----Anyway to sum things up----A worthwhile purchase. If you want to have a strong bare bones collection of silent movies you have to have Either "Safety Last " or "The Freshman" by Harold Lloyd --------"The General" by Buster Keaton------And Either "Modern Times"---"City Lights" or Goldrush By Charlie Chaplin---So have fun adding to your collection.