Safety Last! [2 Discs] [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1923]

  • SKU: 21199916
  • Release Date: 06/18/2013
  • Rating: NR
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Special Features

  • Disc one:
  • New, restored 2K digital film transfer
  • Musical score by composer Carl Davis from 1989, synchronized and restored under his supervision
  • Alternate score by organist Gaylord Carter from the 1960s
  • Audio commentary featuiring film critic Leonard Maltin and director and Harold Lloyd archivist Richard Correll
  • Introduction by Suzanne Lloyd, Lloyd's granddaughter and the president of Harold Lloyd Entertainment
  • Three newly restored Lloyd shorts: Take a Chance (1918), Young Mr. Jazz (1919), and His Royal Slyness (1920), with commentary by Correll and film writer John Bengtson
  • Disc two:
  • Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius, a 108-minute documentary from 1989
  • Locations and Effects, a new documentary Bengtson and visual-effects expert Craig Barron
  • New interview with Davis
  • Plus:
  • A booklet featuring an essay by critic Ed Park


Safety Last
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. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Harold Lloyd
    Harold Lloyd - The Boy
  • Mildred Davis
    Mildred Davis - The Girl
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    Bill Strother - The Pal
  • Noah Young
    Noah Young - The Law
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    W.B. Clarke - The Floorwalker

Customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic silent film from Criterion

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    It's surprising how few silent films Criterion currently has in its library. Thankfully, Safety Last! is one of them. Great film, and it looks great on Blu-ray.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie

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    Great movie, great movie, great movie, great movie

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