Glasses (Lloyd), the store clerk, talks his manager into offering $1000 for a publicity stunt, in which a man called human fly would climb the face of the 12-storey store building, thus bringing customers nearby.
At the last minute, however, it turns out that the human fly is wanted by the law, and thus cannot do the stunt. Glasses has no choice but to roll up his sleeves and start climbing…
Persuasive enough to give audiences acrophobia when they aren’t laughing at Harold Lloyd’s antics, Safety Last! is a marvel of visual effects and slapstick comedy.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus
Major accolades received by Safety Last! (1923)
- Featured in Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list.
- Selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
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