- Directed by Fred Newmeyer and Sam Taylor
- Starring Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis and Bill Stroth
Harold Lloyd's search for a character that could capture the American public's imagination resulted in 'the Boy', a bespectacled, straw-hatted and aspiring young man typical of his generation.
Safety Last is the classic thrill picture, inspired by the 'human fly' phenomenon of the time when men climbed sky-scrapers unaided as publicity stunts.
Lloyd plays the Boy, who comes to the big city and wins his fortune and his girl by becoming a human fly.
The orchestration of Davis's score is based on the line-up of the Paul Whiteman Band, and is inspired by the popular music of the Twenties. The two-reeler An Eastern Westerner has the same orchestration so that the two films can be run as a double bill.
Production Company: Hal Roach Studios USA, 1923
Duration: 74 minutes
Film Print: 35mm, DigiBeta, DVD, Blu-Ray (Criterion version) and DCP B&W print available from Harold Lloyd Entertainment Inc
(Film Speed: 20-22 frames per second)
Premiere with Davis's score: 1989, London
"It is a fast, brash and hilarious film and Davis, once again conducting his own music from podium, created a colourful score to accompany the hectic action."The Scotsman, 1993
"More than just a fitting score, it was a musical tribute to Lloyd."Santa Monica Evening Outlook, 1993