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Safety Last! (1923)


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Safety Last! (1923) remains a cinematic marvel and a comedic masterpiece. Watching Harold Lloyd scale De Vore Department Store, dangling from a giant clock, just so he can win $1,000 and get married, still gives me sweaty palms.  The inventive gags come lightning fast, blink and you'll miss one.  Considering the madhouse Harold had to endure working at the store - waiting on a horde of rabid women fighting over fabrics, concocting a charade to trick his girlfriend into thinking he's the General Manager rather than a lowly clerk - climbing a skyscraper was just another day at the office.  The supporting cast was great, especially Westcott Clarke as Mr. Stubbs, the tyrannical Floorwalker, and Bill Strother as Harold's best friend and, of course, Mildred Davis, as Harold's sweetheart. Also, the scenic backdrops of 1920s downtown Los Angeles were a treat.

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