MUST-SEES

Safety Last [1923]

Hailed as the 3rd genius of the silent era (along with Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton), Harold Lloyd may not be as popular, but he’s certainly the funniest in my opinion. The gags in “Safety Last” are sensational but my favorite will always remain the famous building climb at the end. There’s some real movie magic at work here!

Fun fact: “In 1919 Harold Lloyd was handed what he thought was a prop bomb, which he lit with his cigarette. It turned out to be real and exploded, blowing off Lloyd’s right thumb and index finger, and putting him in the hospital for months. When he recovered, he went back to making movies, wearing a white glove while on screen to hide his damaged right hand. He did his stunts in this film and Feet First (1930), dangling from ledges, clocks and windows, using only eight fingers”.

Rating: 3.5/4

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Categories: MUST-SEES, The 20's

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