Safety Last (1923)

Designated as Worthy of Preservation by Act of Congress.

In Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor's terrific silent comedy, country boy Harold Lloyd heads to the big city to seek success. While working as a clerk in a department store, he talks the manager into offering $1000 to anyone willing to climb the face of the store building as a publicity stunt. He then arranges for a friend, a “human fly,” to accept the challenge, but when he fails to show, he decides to make the climb himself.

At each ledge he encounters new difficulties, climaxing in the famous “Clock Scene.” Eighty years later, the famous building-climbing sequence is just as impressive and exciting as it was back then.


Harold Lloyd…. Harold Lloyd
Mildred Davis…. The Girl (Mildred)
Bill Strothers…. The Pal (Limpy Bill)
Noah Young (I)…. The Law
Westcott Clarke…. Head Floorwalker (Mr. Stubbs)
Mickey Daniels…. The Kid
Anna Townsend (I)…. The Grandma


Directed by Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor (I)
Writing credits: Jean C. Havez and Sam Taylor (I)
Running Time: About 70 Minutes
Country: USA
Black and White
Sound Mix: Silent