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Safety Last (1923)



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Safety Last is one of the best films of a forgotten great: silent comedian Harold Lloyd, whose memory has been obscured by Keaton and Chaplin. But Lloyd's death-defying stuntwork is a joy to behold. This is the film that contains his most famous moment: Lloyd, dangling from the minute hand of a nerve-wrackingly tall clock tower. This and a great many other perilous stunts -- he did his own and worked without safety nets -- are present in the film. Of course, in themselves, stunts are just stunts, but Lloyd's endearing demeanor (and trademark horn-rimmed spectacles) make him funny and sympathetic at the same time.