Movie of the Week: Safety Last (1923)

Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor directs Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis and Bill Strother in this slapstick comedy where a hapless department store clerk finds himself climbing all 13 storeys of the building’s exterior in an ill advised publicity stunt.

Iconic for a very good reason… nearly all the gags and stunts retain their reactive power a century down the line. Lloyd’s scraggly daftie is a bit wittier than Laurel & Hardy, earthier than Chaplin and modern than Keaton. The movie has similar sensibilities to peak Adam Sandler… generous ensemble work, the underdog in romantic chaos. Lloyd is a winning presence, constantly trying to trick or outpace the system. Fake It Until You Make It: The Movie.

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